We're Hiring a Development Director!

City Life / Vida Urbana seeks a full-time Director of Development to raise funds and build solidarity. This is a key role within the development team, and will work closely with the co-executive directors, finance manager, communications team and organizing team. This individual must have a strong commitment to serving the interests of low and moderate-income people and fighting racial, class, and gender oppression. 

City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) is a 48-year old multilingual community-based organization that supports tenants and small homeowners facing eviction, rent increases, unhealthy conditions, foreclosure, or gentrification in Greater Boston. CLVU also plays an anchor role in our statewide and local housing justice movement. 

Our individual giving program currently accounts for 36% of our annual revenue. We cultivate a team approach in our organizing, administrative and fundraising work and shared responsibility in achieving campaign goals. We’re in a moment of organizational growth requiring expanded resources and heading into our 50th Anniversary which we expect to provide major fundraising opportunities. Our FY22 Organizational Budget is $1.8 million. This person reports directly to the Co-Executive Directors. 

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is committed to fighting for racial, social, and economic justice
  • Is a dynamic communicator, both written and verbal, with good follow up 
  • Has strong computer skills
  • Is goal oriented 
  • Is easy to connect with on a personal level
  • Is organized & detail oriented
  • Is flexible & resourceful


Preferred Capacities, Skills, & Experience:

  • Demonstrated ability as a development professional with 2-5 years of experience in fundraising (either paid or volunteer). Major gifts experience is a plus.
  • Ability to track, prioritize and meet multiple deadlines, both internal and external.
  • Demonstrated ability as a fundraising database administrator (we use Kindful) and the ability to use electronic communications tools (we use Nationbuilder) in creative and efficient ways.
  • Strong project management skills
  • Familiar with body of legal and regulatory requirements for fundraising 
  • Ability to facilitate relational and efficient conversations among colleagues, supervisors, consultants and volunteers.
  • Comfortable training interns, volunteers, staff or organizational partners in how to mobilize resources.


Key Responsibilities: 

Major Gifts 

  • Oversee major donor fundraising efforts, including research and analysis.
  • Be a primary point of contact with major donors and coordinate donor meetings w/ co-EDs.
  • Manage portfolio of 15-20 donors, including knowledge of their communications preferences, interests, levels of involvement, stewardship plans, and asks.

Annual Campaigns 

  • Write appeal letters & email blasts for winter and spring direct mail campaigns.
  • Coordinate direct mail, online giving and other donation programs with other departments and external vendors.

Donation Processing

  • Maintain a basic donor database (Kindful) with accurate information.
  • Process mail donations, prepare deposits for the finance department.
  • Print and mail thank you letters and annual tax receipts.

Solidarity Community Events

  • As is useful, coordinate “solidarity community updates” for donors and funders to better understand our work, its impacts and challenges. 
  • Working with event planning consultants, vendors, staff, board and volunteers, this person will bottom line our 50th Anniversary fundraising events in 2023.


Reports to: Co-Executive Directors

Compensation: $61,000 to $72,000 annually plus medical and dental insurance coverage at no cost to the employee, including family coverage; healthcare expense reimbursement; retirement plan with employer contribution; 2-4 weeks paid vacation per year, and 12 paid holidays annually.

City Life/Vida Urbana is committed to hiring people represented by the diverse communities we serve. People of color, LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Send or email a cover letter and resume to [email protected], Attn: Development Director