Development Associate

RESPONSIBLE TO: Manager, President’s Council

Organization Overview

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.  As a humane society, ARL provides:  animal sheltering and adoption services, including behavioral and medical rehabilitation; veterinary services, including a community clinic, shelter care, and mobile spay/neuter services; emergency rescue services, advocacy and humane law enforcement throughout Massachusetts.

SUMMARY: The Development Associate supports the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) leadership and major giving program.  Responsibilities include identifying, researching, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects capable of supporting the ARL at the level of $1,000 and above.  These individuals comprise the President’s Council, which recognizes and honors ARL’s most generous individual and family donors.

The Development Associate will oversee the implementation of all President’s Council programs and events, including receptions to introduce prospective members to ARL, events to thank and celebrate members, and special communications to keep members informed of the impact of their support.

The Development Associate will also be responsible for supporting the management and growth of the Leadership Council, the leading volunteers who serve as advocates, brand ambassadors and fundraisers for ARL.  The Development Associate will support council meetings, will provide council members with the information necessary to support their fundraising efforts, and will support the chair and lead staff in managing current council members and recruiting new members.

Concurrently, the Development Associate will participate as a member of the development department and provide coverage for departmental and ARL-wide activities when needed.

This full-time, non-exempt position requires fundraising knowledge, a comfort managing donor databases, as well as superb interpersonal and communication skills with both internal and external audiences.

ARL manages shelters in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster, Massachusetts.  Occasional travel involved.


  1. *Support ARL’s leadership giving staff, President, and board leadership in stewarding and soliciting prospects and members of the President’s Council in order to retain current members, attract new members and increase overall giving from individual and family contributors investing $1,000 or more annual at ARL.
  2. *Design and implement plans to identify and recruit new President’s Council members.  Develop cultivation strategies to deepen prospect relationships and experiences with ARL.
  3. *Manage a portfolio of select President’s Council members.  Work collaboratively with staff and volunteers to ensure these donors have an outstanding philanthropic experience at ARL and are inspired to increase their support and advocacy of the organization.  Communicate with donors to answer questions, to inform them of the impact of their support, and to invite broader participation with the organization.
  4. *Work collaboratively with the marketing and communications team to produce materials that will inform and interest President’s Council members in order to articulate the value of their support.  Engage ARL’s programmatic leadership in the stewardship of donors as needed.  Conduct tours of ARL’s shelters to share ARL’s work with donors and prospects.
  5. *Serve as lead staff in implementing all President’s Council events.  Support the preparation of all materials and event follow-up.
  6. *Support the management of Leadership Council Chair and members.  Coordinate Leadership Council meetings and provide support to individual members as needed.
  7. *Use Raiser’s Edge to track all prospect and donor interactions and strategies.  Provide reports to colleagues and supervisors as needed.
  8. Must complete a ninety-day orientation and training period.
  9. Must maintain a good attendance record.
  10. The above covers the most significant responsibilities of the position. It does not, however, exclude other occasional duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.


  1. BA degree.Must have a minimum of 2 years experience in a non-profit fundraising environment.
  2. Extensive experience using Raiser’s Edge for tracking, reporting, lead cultivation, and prospecting required.
  3. Experience using Donor Search for prospecting and lead cultivation preferred.
  4. Excellent customer service, writing, and verbal communication skills required. Strong attention to detail required.
  5. Ability to work independently without close supervision but at the same time providing strong accountability and ongoing progress reports to the Manager, President’s Council.
  6. Commitment to the mission of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
  7. Must maintain confidentiality and be able to deal with highly confidential donor material without compromise.
  8. Must be highly organized.
  9. Must maintain a good driving record and valid MA driver’s license.

*Essential functions of the job in compliance with ADA.


How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume to or:

Human Resources Department
Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA 02116

HR fax (617) 423-6201