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Director of Institutional Giving
Boston Arts Academy Foundation (BAAF) in Boston, Massachusetts
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Date Posted 11/16/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Director of Institutional Giving is an outgoing, professional fundraiser responsible for all grant writing and corporate sponsorship applications. Establish and maintain long-term partnerships and relationships with grant funders and corporate foundation partners. Work collaboratively with staff members, the Headmaster, and faculty to write and submit successful proposals and reports.


  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of Boston Arts Academy Foundation’s strategic funding priorities.

  • Write, edit, submit, and steward funding proposals.

  • Produce high-quality proposals, briefings and reports to meet BAAF’s fundraising goals.

  • Collaborate with BAA Faculty Chairs, Teachers, Board members, Finance, and the President to meet funding goals by conducting interdepartmental planning sessions for proposal and budget development.

  • Recommend and manage outreach and prospect research to build awareness, and support colleagues’ cultivation and acquisition of new philanthropic funders.

  • Develop and maintain methodical systems of stewardship that sustain and strengthen funders’ and corporate partners’ engagement and commitment to BAAF’s mission.

  • Create and maintain the grant schedule on Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT®.

  • Develop and cultivate existing funding sources, prospects and new partnerships in response to current and future strategic priorities, while managing a portfolio of 75+ including: family foundations, private and corporate foundations, state and federal funding opportunities.

  • Arrange and manage funder site visits as needed.

  • Research and write School, Faculty, and Volunteer Awards that benefit BAA either through funding or visibility.

  • Ability to work effectively and thrive in an energetic, fast-paced organization with multiple competing priorities.

  • Familiarity with Greater Boston and surrounding communities is preferred and passion for Boston Arts Academy’s mission is essential.

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Minimum 5-7 years of grant writing, communications and/or public relations experience.

  • Experience developing relationships in the Boston education marketplace. Well-developed relationships through fundraising in the arts and education sectors.

  • Demonstrated and proven track record of securing five- and six-figure grants and multi-year funding.

  • Experience with fundraising and data management systems Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT ® is preferred.

  • Experience in prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

  • Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing grants from a variety of sources and in developing relationships with donors.


  • Excellent writing skills. Demonstrated passion for the school’s mission. Self-motivated and goal-driven; able to do the work with a high degree of independence.

  • Excellent time management skills. Able to prioritize and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines. Careful attention to detail.

  • Proficiency in the use of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT®, Microsoft Office software; Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

  • Ability to work as part of a team.



  • Generous compensation commensurate with experience and a competitive benefits package.


About the Foundation:

The Boston Arts Academy Foundation (BAAF) is an independent non-profit organization that raises essential funds for Boston Arts Academy (BAA) high school. Support from government, foundations, corporations, and individual donors is critical to the school’s ability to offer a comprehensive arts and academic education.


About the School:

Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts and is a pilot (autonomous) high school. BAA provides a diverse student body, a majority of whom come from low-income families, access to an arts-intensive and college-preparatory academic education not otherwise available to them.

The BAA Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


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