Senior Manager of Donor Engagement

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Organization Profile:

Founded in 1999, BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the power of youth in under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial mindsets, and Opportunity. We help students become the CEO of their own lives

BUILD’s unique program offers students a four-year entrepreneurship experience designed to develop 21st Century Skills and motivate student engagement in school. Starting in 9th grade, BUILD students work with their peers and community mentors to develop business ideas, pitch to funders and launch real businesses. As students journey through high school and continue to grow their businesses, BUILD helps them explore college and career options, and assists students with the college application process. Entrepreneurship is the spark – college, career, and life success are the goals.

BUILD currently serves approximately 2,000 high school students annually at programs located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC, New York City and Boston. Our new digital offerings are reaching up to 15,000 students in 50 cities. For more information, please visit

Our Culture:

BUILD is made up of a diverse, results driven and passionate team who believe in the potential of every student and the power of entrepreneurship to transform the education landscape. We work in a collaborative environment where perseverance, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated. Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, equity and inclusion, including cross-cultural understanding. Kindness, empathy and respect are at the forefront of the way we treat each other, our students, our teachers and our supporters. We believe in the potential of every student and are dedicated to breaking down the educational, economic and social barriers that stand in the way of their long-term success.  The remarkable young men and women whom we serve are at the center of everything we do. We are intentional about our culture so that we can best support them.

Position Summary

The Senior Manager, Donor Engagement (SMDE) will further BUILD’s mission by being a creative, strategic, and thoughtful member of the Boston Development Team. The SMDE is responsible for cultivating relationships with donors and engaging them in the organization’s programs and activities with the goal of increasing philanthropic support. The SMDE will maintain and grow our constituent portfolio of individual donors, crafting and implementing donor stewardship strategies, and increasing the number of annual donors who have the capacity to give $5,000+ gifts. This is an exceptional opportunity to play a key role in contributing to the organization’s growth and ensure that BUILD has a vibrant culture of philanthropy. This position is a member of the Boston Development Team and reports to the Boston Director of Philanthropy.

Position Responsibilities:

Individual Donor Acquisition Strategy: Serve as Boston’s resident individual giving expert, co-creating strategy and managing the day-to-day operations of the individual giving and monthly giving programs.

Portfolio Management: Successfully steward a portfolio of individuals, prioritizing donors with the capacity to give $5k+, to ensure proper and timely cultivation, solicitation and recognition of donors, ongoing engagement and accurate record keeping using BUILD’s CRM tools.

Events & Donor Engagement Opportunities: Plan, develop, and oversee the implementation of donor events, program highlight reports, and other creative stewardship strategies throughout the year to keep donors engaged in events, programs or projects they have helped fund, and encourage renewal and increased donor support

Community Building: Develop and oversee a BUILD ambassador program, helping our community of supporters feel empowered to be effective stewards of the mission particularly around peer-to-peer fundraising and external affairs

Associate Board Management: Lead the Boston Associate Board, overseeing quarterly meetings, member recruitment and retention; work collaboratively with the Boston Director of Mentor & Community Engagement and Manager of Strategic Partnerships on committee involvement, including mobilizing the Associate Board to support mentor recruitment, corporate sponsorships, and special events

Staff Partnership: Leverage the National Assistant Director of Donor Engagement, Boston Leadership Team, and Boston Development Team on strategy development and implementation to deepen and solidify individual donor relationships; work as a collaborative member of the Boston Development Team, promoting a positive work environment and assisting in other development projects as needed.


Passionate commitment to BUILD’s mission, vision, and strategic direction

At least 3-5 years of fundraising from individual donors cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a diverse portfolio of four, five, & six figure gifts

Successful background of crafting, refining and/or managing a well-respected brand across a variety of communications platforms

Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills; including the ability to develop and strengthen internal and external relationships and serve as a compelling spokesperson for BUILD in person and through a variety of mediums

Ability to thrive effectively in a creative, dynamic, deadline-driven environment with humor

Excellent attention to detail, project and process management skills, including experience using CRM software

BUILD requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable accommodations based on a qualifying medical exemption or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.

Successful candidates will demonstrate BUILD’s Core Values and competencies through a combination of previous education/work experiences:

BUILD’s Core Values:

Keep Students at the Center – As BUILDers, we hold an unwavering passionate commitment and belief in the power and potential of youth.  Our organization exists to serve students. We seize each opportunity to contribute to the foundation of knowledge, skills, and networks from which students can build extraordinary lives. Our operating principles and decisions focus on what is in the best interest of our students.

Bring the Spark – As BUILDers, we excel in the entrepreneurial Spark Skills that we teach our students – Communication, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Innovation, Grit and Self-Management. We communicate through transparent and honest dialogue. We cherish teamwork, tenacity, and thinking outside the box. We demonstrate a relentless pursuit of excellence and approach work with a positive can do attitude. When we bring the spark we achieve great things together, and we model the way for our students.

Bridge Communities – As BUILDers, we develop and foster relationships in service of creating access and opportunities for our students, staff, and stakeholders. We value all who come to the table as partners to maximize our collective impact. By connecting the communities in which we work, we build empathy, equity, and social capital.

Promote Diversity and Social Action – As BUILDers, we understand that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion matters, but what matters even more is Action. We strive to create equity of voice, access, influence and power across lines of difference – both in and beyond BUILD, specifically for groups that have been historically denied social and economic justice. If we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem. We welcome, celebrate, and embrace the unique expressions and contributions of us all – our backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, and social class.

Role Specific Competencies:

Relationship-Building/Relationships Management: Utilize effective interpersonal skills and techniques to reach mutually beneficial goals over time.

Project Management: Identify the steps of a project, set appropriate deadlines, identify required participants, and hold self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines.

Strategic Thinking: Take into account and analyze various points of view/relationships and pieces of data to form a perspective appropriate to a particular context/network. Translate business strategy into clear objectives and tactics at the program/department level.

Persuasive Communication –   Plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade their intended audiences

Perseverance: Self-motivated and motivates others to relentlessly pursue the organization’s goals, strategies, and mission.

Creativity/Innovation: Envision new ideas that transcend traditional approaches and practices to move work forward.

Position Details:

Full Time/Exempt

Location: Boston; this role functions mostly remote with a requirement of at least one day in person at our BUILD office spaces. BUILD is currently operating entirely virtual in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.  Updates to this may change at any time.

Occasional travel is required during the year for BUILD events and gatherings nationally.


The salary for Senior Manager of Donor Engagement ranges from $75-85k in accordance with BUILD’s equity focused salary bands. BUILD offers a competitive benefits package for eligible employees.  This includes employer paid medical, dental & vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, employer paid life insurance, and a 403(b) plan with match.  In addition, eligible BUILD employees qualify for generous vacation, sick time, paid Federal holidays,  and a flexible work environment.

COVID-19 Commitment to Safety:

BUILD requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable accommodations based on a qualifying medical exemption or sincerely held religious beliefs are being considered in accordance with applicable law.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume.  BUILD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.