Regional Development Director Connecticut/Massachusetts

Reach Out and Read is currently seeking applicants for the Regional Development Director of Connecticut and Massachusetts position

Position Summary

The Regional Development Director is a new leadership position in our recently formed Connecticut / Massachusetts Region. Upon analyzing the existing fundraising landscape for the Region, the Regional Development Director will be responsible for creating, leading, managing and enhancing a comprehensive fundraising strategy that secures in excess of $1,000,000 annually in philanthropic support from all donor sources (individuals, foundations, corporations, events) to achieve current and future goals of the Region. The ideal candidate will be a seas oned fundraiser, highly motivated, entrepreneurial and a self-starter, skilled at building strategic fundraising plans. This includes identifying funding opportunities from all donor sources, building relationships and providing exceptional stewardship to both existing and prospective individual and institutional funders. Strong analytical skills as well as solid fundraising skills are necessary to be successful, along with the ability to continually multi-task and re- prioritize projects. This is an extremely fast paced, multi-faceted position for a region that is both established and very much a startup between the two states.

This essential position helps ensure regional strength to fulfill the mission, program implementation and expansion, thus requires passion for our mission. The Regional Development Director is a vital part of the Region's leadership team including the Regional Executive Director and the Regional Program Director.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties

The primary functions of this position consist of the following:

  • Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, with a dotted line to the Regional Executive Director in the first year, the Regional Director of Development will conduct an analysis of the current funding landscape of the Region in order to successfully develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy to include government, foundation, corporation, events, major donors and individual revenues sufficient to meet strategic goals of the Region.

  • Oversee and manage all development functions, including annual giving and direct mail, special events, major gifts, corporate and foundation giving.

  • Create and manage annual giving program with an emphasis on donor acquisition, retention and upgrades. Includes direct mail appeals and electronic communication. Works closely with our National Development team to ensure consistency in messaging and communications.

  • Manage and grow corporate and foundation giving, including prospect research, developing relationships with institutional funders, proposal writing and reporting requirements.

  • Meet with donors / prospective donors, conduct presentations, site visits and share organization mission and impact with confidence, enthusiasm and passion.

  • Establish an annual leadership giving program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.

  • Support the Regional Executive Director's work with top leadership prospects and donors.

  • Creation of publications to support fund raising activities. Works closely with our National Center to ensure

    consistent messaging.

  • Create and maintain gift recognition programs.

  • Keep Salesforce up to date and use as an administrative and planning tool.

  • Provide monthly and annual data analysis to Regional Executive Director.

  • Work with the Regional Program Director to ensure fundraising activities align with programmatic and

    operational goals and capacity.

  • Assist in the creation of and stewardship of an Advisory Board.

  • Serve as a vital member of the Region's leadership team.


Bachelor's Degree required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration Required

None required.

Knowledge and Skills

  • B.S./B.A. degree required

  • Seven or more years fundraising including experience with both institutional and individual giving. Knowledge

    of the Massachusetts fundraising landscape preferred.

  • Success in prospecting, writing proposals, and providing reporting including creating and reporting on budgets.

  • Proven ability to both cultivate new leads for donors and effectively steward current donors (both individuals and


  • Demonstrated track record of successfully managing an established book of business and growing donors (both

    individuals and institutional).

  • Ability to multi-task, handle frequent interruptions and competing priorities, manage time efficiently and

    meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work remotely both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will

    productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of the organization.

  • Computer proficiency and analytical skills required. Experience working with a fundraising database

    (Salesforce), running reports and analyzing data to deliver accurate metrics and reports.

  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Organizational and project management skills are essential.

  • Experience working with low-income families, early literacy programs and/or in a medical setting preferred

  • Strong commitment to Reach Out and Read's mission with influencing and public speaking skills.

  • Creative problem solver and "can do" attitude.

  • Strong sense of humor.

Special Working Conditions (Responsible for On-Call, 24-Hour Coverage, etc.)
  • Requires ability to travel locally and regionally at least 50% of the time.

  • Attend annual leadership conference and regional conferences as scheduled.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Chris Garber at


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis. 




Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111