Boch Center

270 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
July 22, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Chief Development Officer


The Boch Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of Boston’s historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. Through numerous education and community outreach initiatives, collaborations, and partnerships, the Boch Center strives to inspire and ignite greater appreciation for art, culture, and creativity.


Fosters a culture of philanthropy within the organization. Assures that the organization’s corporate culture, systems and procedures support fund development and vice versa. Leads staff and Board to institutionalize philanthropy and fund development within the organization.

Plans, coordinates and assures implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the organization. Assures development and maintenance of appropriate systems to fund development including but not limited to Board and donor management, research and cultivation, fits processing and recognition. Maintains accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.


1) Participates with the Chief Executive Officer, staff and governing body to define the

organization’s mission and direction.

a) Provides vital input in short- and long-term strategic and operational planning and positioning within the organization.

b) Ensures that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and plans.

c) Participates with the Chief Executive Officer, staff and Board in charting the organization’s course in fund development.

d) Evaluates the effect of internal and external forces on the organization and its fund development, recommends short- and long-range fund development plans and programs that support the organization’s values, mission and general objectives.

e) Keeps informed of developments in philanthropy and fund development as well as the general fields of management and the not-for-profit sector; informs the Chief Executive Officer, Development Committee(s) and Board on current trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy making. Recommends policy positions concerning fund development.

f) Helps develop a balanced donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.

g) Helps establish performance measures, monitors results and helps the Chief Executive Officer, Development Committee(s) and Board the effectiveness of the organization’s fund development program.

2) Provides general oversight of all the organization’s fund development activities, manages the day-to-day operations of the development function and monitors adequacy of activities through coordination with staff, appropriate committees and governing body.

a) Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintains accountability standards to donors and ensures compliance with code of ethical principles and standards or professional conduct for fundraising executives.

b) Ensures establishment of and compliance with the organization’s own fund development and philanthropic principles, policies and procedures.

c) Assures stability by creating a working environment that is rewarding to staff.

3) Works with the CEO, development committee(s), chair(s) and chair of the governing Board to ensure fulfilment of fund development roles and facilitate the optimum interaction between management and Board.

a) With the development committee(s), chair(s) and CEO, develops agendas for meetings so that the committees can fulfill their responsibilities effectively; develops an annual calendar to cover all crucial development issues in a timely fashion.

b) Informs the CEO on the condition of the organization’s fund development program and on all important factors influencing it.

c) Gets the best thinking and involvement of each Board member.

d) Works with the CEO and Board leadership to make development committee(s) and the Board function effectively in fund development.

e) Assures proper planning including goal setting, strategy identification, benchmarking and evaluation to support fund development.

f) Assures sound fiscal operation of development function including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of charitable contributions income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring and implementation.

g) Solicits contributions on behalf of the organization.

h) Assures development and writing of foundation, corporate and government proposals and solicitation materials.

i) Assures design and maintenance of donor and prospect records, gift management systems and informational reports.

j) Assures appropriate prospect research.

k) Assures design and implementation of cultivation, acknowledgment and recognition programs.

l) Staff and oversee Loge Club as it pertains to board, members, and prospects

m) Governance Committee liaison

n) Oversee and implement fundraising events

o) Oversee/strategize annual giving, membership, and young professionals groups


This position reports to the CEO and serves as part of the senior management team. The position currently supervises the following positions: Manager of Individual Giving, Senior Manager of Grants & Foundations and Development Assistant.


As a member of the senior management team, this is a high-stress position that helps set the direction and ensures the health of the institution. The individual is expected to be a competent fundraising technician and an excellent organizational development specialist.

The individual is expected to: Translate broad goals into achievable steps. Help set and manage appropriate expectations. Handle detailed, complex concepts and problems and make rapid decisions regarding management and development issues. Plan and implement programs. Establish strong and appropriate relationships with the CEO, staff, governing Board, volunteers, donors and the general community. Develop smooth and constructive relationships with people from all segments of the community.

The individual is expected to: Plan and meet deadlines. Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of the executive management. Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player.

The individual is expected to: Adhere to the highest ethical standards in management, governance and fund development. Convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the organization and the not-for-profit sector. Demonstrate commitment to continued professional growth and development.


Comprehensive management skills and experience are required including but not limited to short- and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff, oral and written communication skills, marketing and financial management, values clarification, organizational behavior and development and governance.

The position requires demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program and producing charitable contributions. The individual is expected to be a highly competent enable of volunteers and staff.

Knowledge and experience in the following areas is required: the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivations practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation and direct mail, and, development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories and fundraising reporting. The individual is also expected to have demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money. Familiarity with computer systems is necessary.

How To Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to
Apply by:
August 22, 2019
About this Organization:

The Boch Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. As New England’s largest cultural venue, the Boch Center is home to theater, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, opera, Broadway musicals, family entertainment, and more.

Located in Boston’s historic Theater District, the Boch Center also offers a diverse mix of educational and community outreach initiatives, including the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek; collaborates with artists and local nonprofit arts organizations; preserves historic venues; and acts as a champion for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural community.