AgeSpan seeks a Director of Development to oversee and expand its fundraising program.
AgeSpan is a nonprofit agency working to help the people of northeastern Massachusetts maintain their highest levels of independence, health, and safety as they age. AgeSpan is a trusted resource connecting people of all ages and abilities and their caregivers with impartial information, quality services, and vigorous advocacy. Program and service areas include Home Care, Caregiver Support, Financial Education, Health Equity & Access, Housing Support, Nutrition & Meal Services, Protective Services, and Transportation, among others. Based in Lawrence, Massachusetts with a satellite office in Danvers, Massachusetts, AgeSpan is one of 25 Massachusetts Aging Services Access Points and one of 21 Area Agencies on Aging.
Everything AgeSpan does is focused on empowering people to lead fulfilling lives as they age and they achieve this through four key strengths:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AgeSpan
AgeSpan has a long history of inclusive values and practices beginning with their inception in 1972. Over the years, their diverse, workforce-elected Staff Council advised management on inclusive practices and procedures. The Fund, an employee-led group, created opportunities to celebrate and honor the many cultures and backgrounds that AgeSpan employees and the communities served represent. For many years, AgeSpan has also co-produced an annual conference on serving LGBTQ elders, to educate others in the elder services community on the unique needs of these consumers. More recently, DEI actions have included successful recruitment, retention, and promotion of a highly diverse staff, the inclusion of Ageism and unconscious bias education into new employee orientation, and the launch of two employee resource groups: one focused on the LGBTQ+ community and the other a racism learning collaborative. In addition to internal action, AgeSpan is also committed to promoting and advancing Health Equity and Access for our consumers. Some of the programs that we have advanced with a health equity lens include LGBTQ+ Senior Social Groups and Digital Access & Literacy programs. Health Equity & Access – AgeSpan
AgeSpan’s annual operating budget is in the range of $100M, with the majority of the organization’s funding coming from state and federal contracts, and regularly operates with a surplus. In 2022, AgeSpan engaged an outside firm to conduct a development assessment which identified the opportunity to build a stronger culture of philanthropy and grow private revenue. Currently, private revenue is primarily made up of annual individual giving, corporate and foundations grants, and events.
The Director of Development will be responsible for developing, implementing, and expanding AgeSpan’s fundraising program, with a particular focus on building a pipeline of individual donors and establishing a culture of philanthropy within the organization. The DOD will report to the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and work closely with her and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to align all elements of the organization’s development and fundraising functions with the strategic plan and ensure the integration of the vision, core values, and culture of AgeSpan into the overall strategy.
The DOD will oversee three staff: a Grant Writer, Development Manager, and a Development Coordinator, and will also work closely with AgeSpan’s Philanthropic Alignment Committee, an internal group comprised of members of the development, communications, and strategy team.
The right candidate will be a well-rounded development professional who is committed to the mission of AgeSpan and is excited by the opportunity to oversee development strategy in an entrepreneurial and innovative environment.
The Agency provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender-related identity/appearance/behavior, genetic information, membership in the uniformed services, veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.
AgeSpan employs 500 employees with a diversity of skills, knowledge, and 11 language capacities. Among other honors, AgeSpan is a multi-year, past recipient of the Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work award.
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