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 Manager 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. Responsibilities will include prospect management; donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; proposal writing; special event coordination; and strategic and operational planning within the Development Team.


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

●        Develop 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.

●        Assist in the development of 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.

●        Vet, organize, and prioritize lists identify top prospects for relevant outreach.

●        Support Parenting Journey’s grant seeking initiatives, including research and proposal writing; coordinate all grant processes (e.g. evaluations, budget, finance, reports, etc.) to ensure compliance with funder guidelines.

●        Maintaining accurate prospect and donor records and collaborate with the data management team on system improvements, reports, and other infrastructure needs.

●        Develop and execution of (2) annual appeals to individual donors in support of annual fundraising goal.

●        Planning and implementation of annual donor cultivation events.

●        Developing and maintaining funding calendar of activities, including cultivation activities.

●        Responsible for maintaining accurate prospect and donor records.



The Development Manager 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 will be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner. Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential. Candidates must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly- organized, and have experience using online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information. A high level of computer literacy required. Candidates must possess an ability to work well under pressure and the ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form.


●     Bachelor’s degree

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

●     Proven track record of achieving revenue targets and securing new funding opportunities

●     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, 2016. For more information about Parenting Journey, please visit our website at

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