Development Director

OVERVIEW: Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is an independent 501 (c) 3 affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International with an annual budget of approximately $2.5 million.  Our mission is to build homes, community, and hope and believe that everyone should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety. The Habitat program is one of self-empowerment based upon “a hand up, not a handout”.

JOB SUMMARY: The Director should be a professional with familiarity and knowledge of local corporations, businesses, and donors, and able to run a successful development plan with minimal supervision. Our affiliate covers 42 cities and towns throughout MetroWest and Greater Worcester. We value relationship-based fundraising and seek a leader who will develop long-term donor partnerships that support our mission of transforming lives in our community.  The position will be based in the Worcester office, with the possibility of moving to our new, second ReStore location in Ashland later in 2018.

The Director of Development reports to the Vice President of Philanthropy, and will help to create and implement the development-fundraising strategy for the MetroWest/Greater Worcester affiliate.  This position also works with the Executive Director and the Board to strategically plan and set tactical goals to achieve long term sustainability centered on the building of shelter for those in need. This position oversees the cultivation of corporate partners, foundations and individual donors as well as the execution of all events, marketing strategies, grant writing and annual appeals to bring visibility and revenue to the affiliate. The Director helps to manage volunteer event committees and recruits new committee members when applicable.  The development department consists of the Vice President of Philanthropy, Director of Development, Marketing and Development Associate, and a Grants Coordinator, all of whom assist with the implementation of their strategic development plans.  Monthly reporting is communicated to the Board of Directors on all development areas, including grants, sponsorships, events, and the development budget and goals.


  • Develop and drive short- and long-term strategic planning activities that create clear and concise fundraising goals and objectives supported by clear tactics and metrics.
  • Communicate and execute an aggressive development plan that incorporates a range of strategies including cultivation of major donors, annual appeals, fundraising events, grants, and corporate & individual giving.
  • Represent the affiliate at meetings and events as an ambassador of the brand, including public speaking and solicitations.
  • Work with Board of Directors to plan and execute their participation in the mission.
  • Educate and support Board of Directors and Local Project Committees with respect to their development leadership roles and respective goals.
  • Work with the Senior Director to establish a cohesive branding strategy as well as securing a supporting donor base.
  • Help to manage event committees to plan and execute at least three events (Gala, Women Build, Operation Playhouse Build-A-Thon, etc.) annually at minimum.
  • Assist with the creation and execution of all marketing and outreach materials including media coverage for events and builds, branding compliance, social media posts, invitations/save the dates for events, and other stewardship activity materials for donor retention and recruitment.
  • Adhere to a strict Stewardship plan to increase organizational capacity through appropriate relationship management.
  • Work with the development staff to research and write grants.

Skills and Qualifications:

  •  7+ years of professional experience.
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree.
  • Proven experience as team leader.
  • Knowledge of donor database management, social media and web management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a diverse and ever growing donor base.
  • Knowledge of marketing strategies, processes, and available resources including social marketing and web-based strategies.
  • Organizational, project planning and strong leadership skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills: ability to interact effectively with community leaders, board members, prospects, donors, and a variety of volunteers.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated creativity, drive and enthusiasm to carry projects to conclusion.
  • Ability to gather data, analyze metrics, and prepare supporting reports.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and weekends.
  • Commitment to Habitat for Humanity mission.


Competitive non-profit range salary and benefits

Please forward resume and cover letter to:

Deb Huegel at

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