Job Description




The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Founded in 1980, the Association operates out of its main office in Waltham, MA, with regional offices in Springfield, Worcester, and Raynham, MA, as well as Bedford, NH.  The MA/NH Chapter is a founding chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association.


General Statement of Responsibilities


Reporting to the Director, Corporate Initiatives & Foundation Relations, this Development Officer plays a key role in achieving the goals of the Alzheimer's Association. As a staff member of a comprehensive development program, the responsibilities of the Development Officer include foundation grant proposals, including stewarding and managing relationships, researching potential funding sources, and developing and reporting concept ideas. Other writing responsibilities include assisting the Development Department with corporate proposals, sections of the Annual Report, invitations, event collateral, proof reading, etc.  Occasional evening and weekend work is required.


Core Job Responsibilities

  • Manage relationships with foundations, including:
    • Identifying cultivating and stewarding funders and potential funders
    • Driving the grant process through work with key stakeholders
    • Writing and submitting grant proposals, working closely with input from program staff colleagues
    • Maintaining electronic and paper records on foundation proposals:  tracking, writing and submitting all reports as required by funders
    • Planning and leading meetings to cultivate funders as well as to host site visits meetings with relevant staff
    • Researching potential funding sources using online and other resources

  • Collaborate with the National Alzheimer’s Association on shared fundraising efforts and comply with Association policies, procedures and standards
  • Tell Alzheimer  Association’s story and mission to make it relevant to a diverse community  of donors and partners in a number of communication vehicles, including  but not limited to:
    • Annual Report
    • Invitations and Program Books
    • Donor and Corporate Letters
    • Corporate Proposals

Key Educational/Professional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred or equivalent experience in fundraising
  • Five years’ related experience, with proven success in fundraising, foundations relations and/or grant writing
  • Strong writing and proof reading skills
  • Three years’ demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including fundraising software, preferably Raiser’s Edge, and donor database applications

Key Professional Attributes

  • Superior self-management skills, as independent initiative and ability to collaborate are essential
  • Sound decision making skills, reflecting effective establishing of priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Deadline driven, incorporating effective planning and time management strategies that support collaborative delivery of results
  • Ability to build effective relationship networks (inside and outside the Association), including supporting others to work enthusiastically towards common objectives
  • Highly collaborative and team focused, as much of the delivery of results requires influencing other without "reporting authority"
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, reflecting an understanding of the appropriate use of communication technologies and an appreciation that each audience requires its own approach

Compensation and benefits are competitive.

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