Director of Annual Giving

Great professional opportunity to join the MetroWest YMCA in Massachusetts as the Director of Annual Giving!
Job Description

Director of Annual Giving, Ashland 

At the MetroWest YMCA, our cause defines us. We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That's why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive!

Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively impacts the lives of the people in your community. Working at the Y, you'll discover more than a job - you'll have the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you! Exempt salary range is $65,000 - $75,000/annually! Competitive benefits! Equal Opportunity Employer. 

POSITION SUMMARY: The Director of Annual Giving reports to the Chief Development Officer, providing strategic leadership in financial development to advance the MetroWest YMCA’s mission through annual giving, grants, and special events, and assists public relations activities. Works to develop actively engaged staff and fundraising volunteers, and to position the Y as a “charity of choice” for the investment of donations within the local community. 


1.   A Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent; Master’s degree preferred.

2.   Five or more years of professional experience with a background in fundraising in the YMCA or another not-for-profit preferred.

3.   Ability to relate to top community leaders and diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

4.   Working knowledge of giving and charitable vehicles.

5.   Ability to create interpretive materials to enable potential donors to understand the YMCA and how they contribute to the achievement of its mission.

6.   Knowledge of the media and its use in gaining exposure for YMCA events and programs.

7.   Foundation and government grant writing expertise.

8.   Outstanding oral and written communication skills with ability to produce creative and effective development and public relations materials. 

Essential Functions

1.   Directs and coordinates association annual campaign, and Special events including MetroWest YMCA Marathon Team, Rally For the Y, and Annual Auction.

2.   Develops strategies to increase volunteer involvement and relationship development.

3.   Actively involved in identifying, cultivating and soliciting gift prospects.  Maintains database resource files on prospects and information on local community leaders.

4.   Serves as grant writing resource for grants from private sources and assists in grants for government sources.

5.   Develops and implements annual campaign and events fundraising plan.

6.   Tracks all gifts and pledges by source and purpose and provides reports as needed.

7.   Ensures that gift acknowledgements are sent out in a timely manner.

8.   Serves on Financial Development (Philanthropy) Committee and other ad-hoc committees as required.

9.   Provides training in fundraising. Educates, motivates and provides feedback to individuals related to best practices in the fundraising process.

10. Ensures that news releases, feature stories, the Annual Report and newsletters are distributed on a regular basis to appropriate audiences in order to keep funders, potential funders, public officials and others informed about the YMCA.

11. Contributes to Association efforts in communications and public relations, and ensures members, participants and the community understand the case for support as the MetroWest YMCA as a charity.

12. Represents the association as needed in the community.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement


Operational Effectiveness

Personal Growth