Parenting Journey

Parenting Journey’s mission is to create safer, more resilient families by supporting them in developing the inner strengths, life skills, and networks of resources they need to succeed.


Parenting Journey, a nonprofit agency headquartered in Somerville, MA, offers powerful programs that help parents build safer, stronger families and partners with other social service agencies to train their staff to implement and scale our high-impact approach. Since its founding in 1982, Parenting Journey (formerly The Family Center), has provided direct services at our center’s “learning lab” to thousands of low-income and/or immigrant family members annually in Greater Boston. In addition, we have trained more than 2,000 human service professionals who have replicated Parenting Journey’s programs in more than 500 sites throughout New England and New York City, Florida, and Washington, DC to the benefit of more than 52,000 parents and their 130,000 children.


Reporting to the Managing Partner & Chief External Relations Officer (CERO) and in close collaboration with the Executive Team, the Development Director plays a critical role in achieving Parenting Journey’s development efforts. He/she is a key contributor in the planning and execution of a comprehensive development plan based on long and short-term goals. The Development Director holds shared responsibility for all grant seeking initiatives including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.


●        As part of the Development Team, responsible for achieving fiscal year revenue goal of $2.5M through a mix of multi-year gifts, new donors, and corporate sponsors.

●        Responsible for developing an in-depth knowledge of Parenting Journey programs along with emerging events and initiatives, to ensure full understanding and accurate representation when communicating to funders.

●        In partnership with the Managing Partner & CERO, responsible for developing and implementing Parenting Journey’s annual development plan, including goals and strategies for institutional donors, major donors, individual donors, corporate donors and events; articulate clear benchmarks for progress; and identify and develop the partnerships, strategies and tools to implement these priorities.

●        In partnership with the Managing Partner & CERO, responsible for all grant seeking initiatives including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.

●        Responsible for the design and roll-out of major gift, endowment, planned giving and monthly giving programs; responsible for the delivery of (2) annual appeals to individual donors.

●        Responsible for regular reporting of revenue, progress and successes to Executive Team.

●        Responsible for building a culture of philanthropy throughout Parenting Journey, informing staff of all fundraising and communications activities.

●        Responsible for serving as staff liaison to Development Committee of the Board of Directors.

●        Responsible for maintaining accurate prospect and donor records.


The Development Director is a relationship-builder who is able to adapt his or her communication style to work effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders including the Executive Team and other members of the Parenting Journey Team. He/she has experience working with diverse communities across race, class, ethnic,  political and geographic boundaries. In addition, the successful candidate will have a proven ability to:

●     Define, size, and prioritize partnership opportunities.

●     Develop and execute against a development pipeline with limited oversight.

●     Work on short-term wins and longer term opportunities in parallel and prioritize accordingly.

●     Handle multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously and to consistently meet all deadlines.


The successful candidate has the ability to thrive when working under deadlines; strong project, time and budget management skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail; a willingness to share in both ‘big picture’ thinking and administrative tasks. He/she must be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner. He/she is a creative thinker with insight into the rapidly changing fundraising environment.


●     Bachelor’s degree

●     5+ years of relevant experience in development, ideally gained in the human service arena

●     Credibility and experience to connect Parenting Journey to a range of resources and opportunities outside the organization

●     Successful experience raising money from a variety of sources, including major donors, special events, corporate partnerships and foundations

●     Outstanding written and oral communications skills, with the presence, credibility and skills to develop and sustain a broad range of relationships; highly developed listening skills

●     Solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants

●     Experienced using online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information

●     Self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly-organized, and have experience using online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information.


JOB TYPE: Full-time

SALARY: Commensurate with Experience

Parenting Journey is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please email a cover letter and resume to by April 14, 2017. For more information about Parenting Journey, please visit our website at

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