Director of Development

POSTED Aug 07 2017

Citizens for Juvenile Justice
Boston, MA


Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ) is the only independent, non-profit, statewide organization working exclusively to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. Through advocacy, research, public education, and coalition building, CfJJ works to keep young people out of the adult criminal justice system, reduce unnecessary incarceration of children and youth, ensure effective treatment and services, and eliminate system-wide racial and ethnic disparities. Since its founding in 1994, over 10,000 young people across Massachusetts have been positively impacted by CfJJ’s work to create a more effective and developmentally appropriate justice system.

As CfJJ expands its footprint across the state, we are excited to add a leader to our team--the Director of Development. We seek an energetic and strategic development professional to help us sustain and expand our development efforts, broaden our impact, and elevate our presence across Massachusetts. You will be an ideal candidate for this position if you are a self-directed and tenacious individual who has a proven track record of stewarding relationships and securing financial resources. In partnership with the Executive Director, staff and the Board of Directors, you will develop and execute our development plan, research and write grant proposals, assist with grant reporting and manage CfJJ’s annual Leadership Celebration and direct appeals.

The Director of Development will be based at our offices in downtown Boston, MA and will report to our Executive Director.

Citizens for Juvenile Justice is an organization deeply committed to social justice and equity. We work in a fast-paced environment that values collaboration and an entrepreneurial approach. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Citizens for Juvenile Justice is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse team across our organization. Please be sure to submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization. We appreciate your time and will review and respond to all applications received.


To apply to this position, please have an updated resume ready and complete the online application. Please contact us (via email at for any assistance needed in completing the application.



Resource Generation and Strategy Development

  • Work with the ED to plan and execute CfJJ’s long-term development goals, including cultivating new and strengthening existing relationships with individual, organizational, corporate and foundation supporters for CfJJ’s work
  • Envision and execute all aspects of CfJJ’s annual development campaigns
  • Partner with the Board Development Subcommittee to engage the Board in development efforts

Communication and Events

  • Plan and execute CfJJ’s annual Leadership Celebration, including soliciting sponsors, managing the venue, vendors, registration, and marketing for the event
  • Assist CfJJ team as needed to produce CfJJ events throughout the year, including Juvenile Justice Forums, stakeholder meetings, and conferences
  • Work with CfJJ team to create marketing and development materials, update and maintain our website, bolster email and social media presence as needed
  • Partner with CfJJ team to generate ideas for and execute other types of communications or fundraising activities to advance CfJJ’s advocacy agenda and community presence



There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • 7+ years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, including demonstrated success with individual donor cultivation, event planning, and grant-writing
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a development plan for a growing organization
  • Exceptional writing, analytical, and research skills, including experience writing successful grant proposals and reports
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including demonstrated success with personal solicitations and individual donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage follow-up communication, CRM database entries, and other operational details efficiently
  • Experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors
  • Flexibility, adaptability and the ability to remain detail oriented in an environment in which change can happen quickly
  • A strong orientation to justice and equity, a sense of humor, and ability to work in a highly collaborative work environment
  • A passion for CfJJ’s mission and agenda


Citizens for Juvenile Justice offers a robust compensation and benefit package including high quality health and dental insurance. CfJJ will consider flexible options including partial telecommuting and part time employment.


Founded in 1994, CfJJ is the leading voice in Massachusetts for systemic reform of the juvenile justice system. We believe that young people in the system and overall public safety are best served by a fair and effective system that recognizes the ways children and young people are different from adults and focuses primarily on their healthy development and rehabilitation. CfJJ is an independent, statewide organization whose work is grounded in research and data. We gather information, conduct policy analysis, prepare reports and fact sheets, and build diverse and powerful coalitions. We use a full range of communication strategies to educate the public and inform decision-makers, including person-to- person meetings, presentations, forums and conferences; traditional and social media; email and our website. We have been recognized for our advocacy work by the Massachusetts Non-Profit Network and were recently selected as a 2017 Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum.