Full Time Position Available at the Massachusetts Public Health Association: Development Manager

Title: Development Manager

Organization: Massachusetts Public Health Association

About MPHA

MPHA, a statewide nonprofit organization, is a champion for public health in the Commonwealth. MPHA uses a combination of advocacy, community organizing, policy development, and coalition leadership to promote policy change, bolster public health infrastructure, and drive progress to greater health equity.   

Promoting racial justice is a core component of MPHA’s work and identity. As MPHA pursues policy changes to promote health equity, we strive to confront the history of structural racism that has been embedded in public policy. MPHA’s Health Equity Policy Framework is designed to guide us in addressing all forms of health inequities in our external work and internal practices. The framework places special emphasis on racial inequities because we believe that this injustice needs explicit attention. 

MPHA’s success depends on a small but excellent staff and its ability to work as a team.  We believe that our ongoing success depends on a diversity of lived experiences and talents as we strive for greater health equity in Massachusetts. 

Summary of Position

The Development Manager reports to the Executive Director and is a core part of the MPHA Team. This is a full time (approx. 40 hour per week) position.  MPHA’s office is in downtown Boston, though all staff are currently working remotely due to COVID.  Work on weekends or after hours is occasionally required. 

This position is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of annual fundraising plans to assure that MPHA has the resources to pursue its mission by focusing on growing MPHA’s individual and organizational membership, producing inspiring fundraising events, and developing a strategy to engage individual and corporate donors. The selected candidate will be excited to engage donors and stakeholders in MPHA’s work.  


Members and Donors

  • Develop and implement plans to engage current individual members, identify donor prospects, and develop cultivation and solicitation strategies. 
  • Grow MPHA’S organizational membership program by engaging current organizational members, identifying additional organizational member prospects, and inviting them to become members.  
  • Oversee the annual appeal and support Board members in donor engagement. 
  • Represent MPHA to potential donors as needed. 

Foundations and Corporation

  • Identify new prospects for foundation and corporate gifts.
  • Develop strategies for cultivation and solicitation.


  • Direct the planning, marketing, and fundraising related to MPHA’s two signature annual events, the Spring Awards Breakfast and our Annual Meeting/Conference in the fall.
    • Work with the Operations Associate on day-to-day activities including coordination with venues/digital platforms, solicitation of sponsorships and ticket sales.
    • Oversight and coordination of all “day of” activities. 
    • Identification and supervision of events coordination consultants, as needed. 
    • Work with Executive Director and other staff to identify awardees, develop program content, etc. 

Development Strategy

  • Coordinate and staff the Board Development Committee and work with them to develop and execute the annual development plan including a donor cultivation calendar. 
  • Over time, develop a portfolio of donors to cultivate and solicit directly. 
  • Work with Executive Director and bookkeeper to monitor revenue against the development plan/calendar.  

Reporting & Marketing

  • Work with communications consultant to ensure that MPHA’s website and any other fundraising tools are fully functioning, on-message, branded, and easy for donors and prospective donors to find and use. 
  • Work with communications consultant to prepare MPHA’s Annual Report. 
  • Work with the Executive Director to assure timely grant reporting. 

Database Management

  • Maintain the organization’s database in coordination with the Operations Associate and members of the Policy & Field Team.  


  • Participation in staff meetings.
  • Recruit and supervise interns, consultants and/or volunteers as needed.
  • Occasional presentations or public speaking.

Working Conditions

This position may be based in MPHA’s office in Boston or in a home office. However, when staff return to the office (when it is safe to do so) in-person participation in weekly staff meetings in the Boston office will be required. This position’s duties require the ability to sit/stand and work at a desk for several hours at a time.  Additionally, the position requires the ability to travel and attend meetings, presentations, and events outside the office, which may require occasional use of a motor vehicle for transportation to other locations not accessible by public transportation.  Work may require weekends and/or extended workday. 

Qualifications & Experience

We understand that there are many paths to acquiring experience, and that lived experience can provide important skills and abilities.  Therefore, we welcome candidates from diverse and nontraditional backgrounds for this role, including those who have demonstrated transferable skills to carry out the major duties outlined in this job description. 


  • Commitment to health equity; racial justice; and the mission, vision, and values of MPHA.
  • Fast and enthusiastic learner interested in growing your knowledge of MPHA’s mission and work.


  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Experience working with and communicating with a broad range of stakeholders.

Experience in Development

  •  3+ years demonstrated experience in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Demonstrated experience with and enthusiasm for relationship building.
  • Experience, and/or willingness, to engage in direct requests for funding.

Communication Skills

  • Exceptional English written and verbal communications skills, including editing and proofreading. (Final candidates will be asked for a writing sample and may be asked for a brief, real-time writing assignment and/or to role-play a phone call.)  
  • Ability to tailor communication style for different audiences and environments.  
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, Google Docs and other computer applications. 
  • Experience managing databases (e.g., CRM/Customer Relationship Management platform). 
  • Experience using design software, including Canva, and social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, a plus. 

Project and Time Management

  • Experience in project management, developing action plans, and tracking progress. 
  • Demonstrated experience in taking ownership of projects and leadership in driving work forward.  
  • Exceptionally organized with strong attention to detail.  
  • Strong time management and multi-tasking capabilities and ability to work in a fast-paced environment while meeting deadlines. 

Salary range: $6575,000, depending upon experienceMPHA provides excellent benefits including 80% coverage of health and dental insurance with immediate eligibility15 days vacation and 12 sick days annually13 holidays, 3 personal days, and time off between December 25th and New Year’s Day.  Additional benefits include short term disability insurance and a SIMPLE IRA with MPHA match up to 3%. 

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Individuals interested in applying should click https://www.tfaforms.com/4913562. You will be asked to complete some basic application information and provide a cover letter and resume. No calls, please.

MPHA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a workplace that reflects the diversity of the people of Massachusetts.  We make a particular effort to recruit people of color.

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