The German Centre, one of Boston’s leading nonprofit care providers for older adults, seeks a visionary and experienced fundraising professional to design and implement a best-practice, results-oriented development program that leverages the Centre’s 110-year legacy of caring for its community. Poised for growth with an eye on continuously improving services, the Centre’s leadership is investing in its philanthropy program with the addition of a Chief Development Officer (CDO) to partner with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and board leadership in building the infrastructure and pipeline needed to advance the Centre’s mission and strategic initiatives. Among the Centre’s current funding opportunities is a $2 million memory care unit renovation to address the growing number of people and families living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Founded as Deutsches Altenheim, Inc. in 1914 to serve as a retirement residence for elderly German Americans, the German Centre of today is a $20-million organization with a dedicated team of nearly 300 employees. It offers an expansive scope of services to individuals and their families seeking excellence in skilled nursing care and senior living opportunities. Located in a picturesque 14-acre setting in a western suburb of Boston, the campus houses the German Centre for Extended Care, a five-star rated provider by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid that offers long-term care, post-acute rehabilitation, and the Schrafft Pavilion Memory Support Neighborhood; Edelweiss Village, a 62-apartment assisted living community; and Senior Place Adult Day Health.
Since its inception, the German Centre has been a beloved community partner serving generations of area residents. The staff, many with a long history of service, strive to meet the evolving needs of an aging population through unwavering compassion and a commitment to excellence in providing life-enhancing care for seniors and their families. Backed by an historic commitment to cultivating and preserving the traditions of a German cultural environment, the Centre welcomes individuals of every ethnicity, religion and background, helping each achieve and maintain their maximum level of dignity and independence.
Position Summary: Reporting to the CEO, the CDO is responsible for developing, leading, and executing a strategic fundraising plan to increase philanthropic support for the German Centre and its 501.c.3 Foundation, the Deutsches Altenheim Foundation, which operates exclusively to advance the German Centre’s mission and services. With a focus on major and planned gifts, this front-line fundraising role is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospective donors for both unrestricted and restricted charitable giving, including short-term and longer-term campaigns. Additionally, the CDO assists with grant opportunities for key program areas, and guides donor engagement, recognition, stewardship, and fulfillment reporting with the support of an executive assistant/development coordinator.
Qualifications, Qualities and Attributes: BA/BS with 7+ years of experience in fundraising with knowledge of donor portfolio management, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding 5+figure gifts; exceptional verbal and written communication skills; donor/client centric with a results orientation; high degree of professionalism and integrity, attention to detail, discretion and sound judgment; self-motivated and data-driven. Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
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