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Development Manager

Development Manager

The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) builds the networks and capacity to accelerate social change in Greater Boston. SIF connects innovative nonprofit organizations and social impact businesses with an ever-growing community of 1,400 volunteers, investors and practitioners who contribute their time, talents, resources and money to drive positive social impact. It is by mobilizing the members of Greater Boston that SIF is able to catalyze the impact of over 100 social impact organizations since its launch in 2003. To learn more about the Social Innovation Forum’s impact, check out this video: http://www.socialinnovationforum.org/our-impact

As our first Development Manager, you’ll share our belief that we can meaningfully drive social change by leveraging the resources that already exist within Greater Boston. Your prior experience obtaining and managing grants from corporate and foundation funders and track record with individual giving, major gifts, and corporate sponsorships will help you thrive in this role as SIF’s primary multi-functional development professional.  


The Development Manager is a critical member of the SIF team whose work sits at the center of SIF’s efforts to engage a range of supporters in its work. This position plays a key role in keeping the development team organized, aligned, and on track to achieve its fundraising goals. This role reports to our newly-hired DIrector of Community Mobilization and works closely with SIF’s Executive Director, Director of Network Engagement, and Director of Strategy & Operations. This role is a great opportunity for someone with previous development experience to take on greater leadership while further growing their skills in nonprofit fundraising. 

You’ll be a wonderful addition to our team if you are an experienced, results-oriented professional who is eager to lead efforts to secure and sustain revenue.  It’s your ambition to be a creative, strategic and driven champion for SIF that will help you excel in the role.  


Corporate and Foundation Funding 

  • Create and manage a multi-year grants solicitation pipeline and schedule.
  • Manage all grants through their full lifecycle from writing compelling proposals (adapting organizationally adapted narratives) through final reporting.
  • Maintain and deepen existing foundation and corporate relationships.
  • Steward SIF’s Approach and Impact lunch series with the Director of Network Engagement and Director of Community Mobilization to introduce potential funders to the organization.
  • Manage workplace giving and combined fund campaign participation.
  • Identify prospects and secure new foundation and corporate supporters.

Individual Donors and Major Gifts

  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Director of Community Mobilization to implement SIF’s individual giving program.
  • Project manage SIF’s annual report production and appeal mailings.
  • Identify prospects and support the organization in developing a structured approach to moves management to cultivate and secure new individual donors and engage existing donors more deeply.
  • Work with the full development team to produce timely reports through Salesforce that will aid with decisions around development strategy.

Communications and Publications

  • Partner with the Communications & Events Coordinator to implement an integrated strategic communications plan, including media and social media strategies to advance awareness of SIF’s work within Greater Boston.
  • Cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, and increase the visibility of our program across key stakeholder audiences.


Each candidate brings their own unique combination of strengths, skills and lived and professional experiences to a role. Reviewing the qualifications listed below can help you to better understand what will be expected of you as a member of the SIF team. We do not expect candidates to meet all of the criteria. If you think you would be a strong candidate for this role, please apply even if you don't meet all of the qualifications listed.  Due to SIF’s event schedule, a willingness to work some early mornings and evenings is required for this position.

  • 4+ years of experience with prospect research, moves management, grant writing and best practices in corporate sponsorships, individual giving and major gifts
  • A strong interest in / knowledge of the range of social issues our Innovators are working to address (familiarity with the Greater Boston community highly desired)
  • Technology-savvy individual, experienced with CRM databases (experience using Salesforce for Nonprofits is a plus) and online email marketing services (such as Constant Contact). Aptitude and drive to learn new software and systems.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, detail orientation, professionalism, maturity, and discretion. 
  • Cultural humility and an ability to build strong and lasting relationships with various stakeholders
  • Commitment to SIF’s mission and to capacity building as an approach to strengthening the nonprofit sector
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including strong editing skills
  • Flexibility and an ability to thrive and learn in our fast-paced environment while bringing an enthusiastic, collaborative approach to your work. 


Engaged Community   SIF’s “marketplace approach” centers on a connected and collaborative community in which nonprofit leaders, donors, volunteers, and others put their skills to work most effectively towards the shared goal of addressing inequities and accelerating social impact in Greater Boston and beyond.  

Deep Relationships  Building and fostering authentic and trusting relationships among members of our community is core to how we do our work. SIF makes these connections with intentionality and care, and we find joy in seeking them grow and evolve.  

Continuous Learning  Our team actively seeks to gain new knowledge and understanding from others, with others, and independently. We welcome feedback, engage in honest reflection and focus on ongoing improvement. We also share our learning with others whenever possible. 

Nimbleness  SIF is willing to take risks, test new approaches, and pivot in order to respond to emerging priorities. We are adaptable and recognize the need to continuously adjust and innovate in an ever-changing world. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  At the Social Innovation Forum (SIF), diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our core values. We commit to continuous learning and acknowledge that making progress in these areas will be an ongoing journey. We invite all members of our community to engage in this learning with us, share their perspectives, and give us feedback along the way. 


The Social Innovation Forum offers a robust compensation and benefits package including high quality health and dental insurance, four weeks of paid time off, and access to a retirement plan.   The salary range for this role begins at $67,000 and is commensurate with experience.

This position is currently remote, though we are expecting all employees to return to our Boston office as soon as we can safely return to the workplace following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interested candidates are encouraged to promptly submit their application through the online portal operated by our recruitment partner Positively Partners. All applicants will receive a response to their application within two weeks of submission. Please email SIF@positivelypartners.org with questions or for support submitting your application. 

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 SIF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, SIF is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among our sector leadership.

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