development operations and events manager

development operations and events manager

The Children's Trust (CT) seeks to hire a Development Operations and Events Manager to serve as the lead on CT’s annual fundraising event and oversees the management of the Development Department’s internal operations processes. In addition, this person will oversee cultivation and stewardship events and assist the Development Department with various projects and tasks related to the organization’s fundraising goals. This position is full time, located at the Children’s Trust office in Boston.


Special Events:

  • Serve as the main event lead – or Producer – in planning creative, inspirational events that powerfully communicate Children’s Trust impact and need for support.
  • Oversee all event logistics (event timelines, venue scheduling, auctions, etc.).
  • Manage and solicit in-kind donations for CT’s annual event auction and raffles; plan and write descriptions; package items for display.
  • Maintain database of event invitees and help create follow-up plan for event attendees.
  • Create and track budgets for each event led by Development Department.
  • Choose vendors for external event services as needed (A/V, caterers, entertainment, bartenders, etc.).
  • Work closely with Marketing in developing collateral and messaging for events.

Operations Management:

  • Work closely with the Director of Development on research of major donors and the management and tracking of cultivation and stewardship plans.
  • Assist in creating new solicitation materials and tools; letters, reports, and cultivation pieces.
  • Assist in the preparation and the analysis of data to help develop individual and overall fundraising strategies.
  • Working closely with the Development Assistant ensure information is correctly added into the database to maintain cultivation/stewardship plans and accurate reports.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the Board Development Committee, Event Committees, and Board of Directors as it pertains to the annual fall fundraiser and third-party fundraising events.
  • Manage and generate mailing lists for various communications: letters, invitations, e-communications, and annual report.
  • Execute general development operations including, but not limited to; responding to donor inquires, appeal letters, general correspondence, and data input as needed.
  • Participate in weekly development team meetings and other meetings when appropriate.


  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong knowledge of software applications such as excel, project management systems, and fundraising software systems (Experience in Abila Fundraising 50 is a plus)
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to manage and complete multiple tasks.
  • Ability to prepare timely documents and reports accurately
  • An understanding of fundraising principles and the philanthropic climate in Massachusetts.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to take initiative.          
  • Strong commitment to the mission of the Children's Trust.

To apply, please visit MassCareers Job Opportunities.