Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, offers emergency and long-term assistance to women who have nowhere else to turn. Founded in 1974 by Kip Tiernan, Rosie’s Place welcomes each guest with respect and unconditional love, carrying forward Kip’s spirit of social justice.
Every year, Rosie’s Place meets thousands of poor and homeless women with thousands of unique needs and challenges. Leadership, staff and Board at Rosie’s Place have formed a supportive community and understand that there’s no single cause of poverty and homelessness and consequently, there’s no single cure-all. For this reason, they offer a spectrum of services to guests. The organization’s constellation of programs and services include the following:
Rosie’s Place offers free meals 365 days a year; a food pantry with non-perishable items and fresh produce; showers, laundry and lockers; overnight beds for up to 21 days; and providers who offer health and wellness care.
Women can take English as a Second or Other Language, as well as Literacy and computer classes in the Women’s Education Center and find assistance with job and housing searches.
Advocacy and Empowerment
Multi-lingual Advocates assist women with short- and long-term issues, attorneys provide holistic legal services, and guests are encouraged to participate in Rosie’s Place’s diverse Arts and Public Policy activities, which can empower them to be their own best advocates.
Outreach and Stability
Rosie’s Place stays connected to guests by providing ongoing follow-up to newly housed guests, oversight of women who have complex physical and mental health issues, and home visits to isolated women. The organization reaches women beyond their walls through a satellite office at Franklin Field and collaborations with Boston Public Schools and Massachusetts Trial Courts.
With committed and collaborative leadership and staff and a dedicated Board, Rosie’s Place is one of the most respected, well-branded organizations in Boston. With an expansive network of staff, constituents, and people who believe change is possible and share a vision of justice, Rosie’s Place accomplished the following in FY19:
Throughout the pandemic, Rosie’s Place’s doors have remained open and their help, constant. Rosie’s Place has adapted their programs and services to meet the most urgent needs of homeless women with medical screenings, meals, showers and both daytime and overnight shelter. Responding to the growing hunger crisis, their Food Pantry has doubled its capacity.
Further, the organization’s remote Advocacy, Legal and Outreach programs are lifelines to women who are facing the enormous challenges of looming evictions and crushing debt as a result of the pandemic. Rosie’s Place’s team gives these women the expert help they need to remain stable. Between March and June of 2020, Rosie’s Place raised an additional $241,600 in funds to address their COVID response efforts.
The fundraising program at Rosie’s Place is well established, sophisticated, and poised for additional growth. In the last five years, annual funds raised have grown from $7.4M to $11.2M, with funds coming from individuals, foundations and corporations. Rosie’s Place does not accept government funding, allowing for greater flexibility and sustainability. Instead, they rely on committed volunteers and private supporters to accomplish its effective and innovative work.
Rosie’s Place embraces utilization of metrics for all aspects of their work, including their fundraising program, which is data driven and evidence based.
The opportunity exists now to take the Rosie’s Place fundraising program to even greater heights, specifically in the area of institutional giving. Rosie’s Place is currently raising $1.5M from grants and $700K from corporate partners and supporters annually.
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for securing corporate, family and private foundation donations in support of the mission of Rosie’s Place. They will lead the implementation of best practices regarding Foundation and Corporate Relations operations within the larger Development framework and team. Additionally, they will work collaboratively with the Director of Development and Special Events Manager to lead and maintain corporate partnerships and other cause marketing opportunities.
We are a hands-on team and seek employees who are passionate about our work and service to our community. The Director of Community & Foundation Relations is a 40 hours/week, exempt position and is expected to work onsite at Rosie’s Place during their work week and engage regularly with staff, guests and volunteers.
We continue to adapt to safety protocols related to COVID-19 as we understand them. For the safety of the community, Rosie’s Place employees, whether vaccinated or not, are responsible for obtaining regular COVID surveillance testing and submitting results.
It is the policy of this organization to afford equal opportunity in all aspects of employment to all persons without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, handicap (disability), genetics, color, or marital status. This policy shall apply to all employees, applicants for employment, board and committee members, and volunteers and extends to all phases of employment, including recruitment, screening, referral, hiring, training, promotion, discharge or layoff, rehiring, compensation, and benefits.
Rosie’s Place strives to maintain formal and consistent procedures that provide equal employment opportunities in recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, staff development and training, promotion, and any other conditions of employment.
If you are interested in being considered for this search, please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:
Senior Vice President & Prinicpal
Development Guild DDI