Vice President, Development & Communications - Kennedy-Donovan Center - Foxboro, MA

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy-Donovan Center, Inc. (KDC) is looking for a Vice President of Development & Communications. The Vice President of Development & Communications is responsible for supporting the overall strategic mission of the organization and its programs and services. Responsible for leading development, marketing of programs, and public relations for the agency, ensuring accountability and compliance. He/she is an essential part of the strategic development, leadership, and day to day operation of the organization. The Vice President of Development & Communications is responsible for effectively directing the organization's fundraising, communications and public relations initiatives. The Vice President of Development & Communications also develops policy and directs and coordinates activities related to the media, and special events.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years non-profit development experience in a management role required, including substantial professional experience in the personal attainment of major gifts (not just as a team member). Inclusive of Corporate and Individual Giving.
  • Proven track record working with leadership in developing and meeting fundraising goals, with proven and measurable success in advancing the overall program. Best practices. Building a case.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills; must possess poise and sophistication to effectively manage relationships with donors, Board Members, and staff. Superior interpersonal, organizational, communication, strategical, and leadership skills
  • Managing department staff by empowering and motivating
  • Experience with Capital Campaigns preferred. Experience managing a portfolio or major donors required.
  • Experience with managing Annual Fund programs, particularly in managing annual appeals.
  • Experience in implementing fundraising events.
  • Experience with board development and high-level volunteer management required.
  • Able to meet required competency level in Microsoft Office Software and donor database.
  • Minimum five years of experience in developing marketing collateral, including brochures, invitations, flyers and more. A keen understanding of branding and messaging. Familiarity with all social media platforms, Wordpress and Constant Contact.
  • Expertise in effective grant writing, with a proven track record of success. An understanding of the “big picture” in identifying and approaching new funders, cultivating existing funders and working in concert with program staff and foundation staff to meet the needs of the organization.

Physical Requirements:

  • Moderate travel in Massachusetts required
  • Ability to sit for extended time periods

Fundraising/Development Responsibilities:

  • Work with Senior Leadership Team and the Chief Executive Officer to determine funding priorities and develop a formal strategic plan to achieve ambitious annual and capital fundraising goals.
  • Oversee and direct development program, including annual appeal, grant program, special campaigns and funds, planned giving, corporate donor and build major gift programs.
  • Assess the organization’s development, fundraising and media positions and issue periodic written reports.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to such issues as IRS standards, taxes, non-profit status, conflicts, etc. as they relate to development, fundraising and public relations, consulting appropriate sources as required.
  • Oversee the recruitment and selection process of staff, consultants, and volunteers as required to carry out the goals and objectives of the department.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Kennedy-Donovan Center’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Ensure agency branding and is well represented in the community.
  • Complete and maintain documentation as required by KDC and all applicable funding or regulatory agencies.
  • Develop and implement an on-going planned giving program by working with the Board to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects.
  • Identify and manage a portfolio of up to 100 major donor prospects that have a gift capacity of $10,000 or more.
  • Proactively identify, cultivate, and solicit major donors to significantly grow and diversify the donor base.
  • Introduces new projects and fundraising concepts to ensure long-term and immediate fundraising for the organization.
  • Develop and coordinate a plan for donor recognition, retention, renewal, and upgrade.
  • Provide training and leadership for programs regarding effective fundraising methods.
  • Represent organization and build relationships at various networking events.
  • Increase visibility in the communities of KDC’s Programs and form relationships with new donors and volunteers.
  • Plan cultivation events and coordinate stewardship for major donors.

Communications Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the development of Agency printed and marketing materials, i.e. newspapers, annual report, brochures, posters, invitations.
  • Work closely with KDC’s Program Directors to continue with existing, successful programs and build new strategies to gain more support from families.
  • Prepare an Annual Development & Marketing Plan to outline goals and objectives for the department, as well as the agency.
  • Work with the Foundation & Communications Manager on managing the website and social media pages, as needed.
  • Fulfill other professional duties as may be assigned by the President/CEO, including but not limited to serving as a staff member of the Board Development Committee and the Fundraising Committee of the Board of Vice Presidents.

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