Development Associate

Central Office Opportunities Boston, Massachusetts



Position: Development Associate

Location: Jamaica Plain, MA

Start date: Summer 2019



Match Education ( is the shared brand name of Match Charter Public School, The Match School Foundation, Inc., and The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, Inc.


Match Education is an engine of discovery and applied innovation in education. We currently operate a high-performing, urban public charter school serving 1,250 students across grades preK-12 on three campuses in Boston (Match Charter Public School), a unique graduate school of education that trains teachers and instructional leaders to work in high-poverty schools (The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, Inc.), and a dissemination group that seeks to share what we are learning in our applied work (Match Export).


The mission of Match Education is twofold.  First, we are committed to delivering extraordinary results for the students we serve in our charter school and graduate school of education.  Second, we strive to be a source of innovation in education nationwide.


Match Education is seeking a Development Associate for its Development and Communications team.



The Development Associate will support, develop and implement a fundraising strategy for the organization. He or she will lead research, cultivation and stewardship activities in partnership with the Director of Development & Communications and the Chief Executive Officer. The Development Associate will have a significant focus on local and national foundations; however, work will also cut across other donor categories, including corporations and individuals. The Development Associate will work in partnership with the Director of Development & Communications to ensure strong development operations and to support broad communications strategies.



The Development Associate will report to Match’s Director of Development & Communications. The development team will be comprised of the CEO, Director of Development & Communications, and Development Associate. The Development Associate will be part of the weekly cycle of development and communication team meetings.


While the Development Associate will not have any direct reports, he/she will work closely with the Director of Development & Communications to facilitate all team operations.




        Research: Help build a robust pipeline of potential donors that span foundation, corporate and individual donors.  Conduct sophisticated research on prospects to appropriately qualify and set strategy.

        Cultivation: Prepare CEO and Director of Development & Communications for prospect and donor meetings by conducting appropriate research on donor background and strategic alignment.

        Stewardship: Maintain a schedule of cultivation and stewardship activities – moves management system.  Also includes maintaining impeccable records in Salesforce (data base system) to ensure deep knowledge of donor relationships.

        Grant Proposals: Ensure timely grant and report submissions.  Maintain a grants submission calendar.  Ensure funders receive individual reports and updates on program results in accordance with reporting requirements and beyond.

        Other: Other duties as assigned




        Manage the fundraising operational structure in partnership with the Director of Development & Communications.

        Work closely with Finance team and Director of Development & Communications to ensure that accurate fundraising numbers are being communicated to internal and external stakeholders.

        Develop information and tracking systems for donor cultivation and relationship management using Salesforce.

        Work with Director of Development & Communications to ensure that development plan is being executed and moving towards targeted fundraising goals.


This job description is intended to be general and will evolve over time.  The description is subject to periodic updating.  At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties.



        Education, Experience and Skills:

        Bachelor’s degree in a related field required.

        1 – 2 years of fundraising experience.

        Previous experience in creating and implementing development pipeline tracking systems.

        Demonstrated fundraising experience in both the institutional and individual/major donor context.

        Knowledge of how to conduct institutional fundraising techniques (proposal creation, submission, and reporting).  Understands how to cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donations.

        Strong time management and organizational skills.

        Knowledge of the cultural dynamics of the communities throughout Boston highly preferred.

        Exceptional computer skills with working proficiency of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and understanding Internet capabilities.

        Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to write and present information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences.

        Excellent attention to detail and ability to multitask, ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.

        Ability to work strategically and professionally under pressure and tight deadlines.

        Mature interpersonal style, ability to interact and relate well with a range of people from diverse backgrounds.


Compensation:  Compensation is commensurate with experience.



The Match Foundation, Inc., The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, Inc., and Match Charter Public School prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment..

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