NBSS is a non-profit institution that offers a welcoming and collaborative environment in Boston's North End. We're small but ambitious, supporting the School's mission to help students achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods.

One of nation’s oldest schools for hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, NBSS is internationally known for its programs that help students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. For more than a century, the exceptional programs, master faculty, and inspiring community have encouraged individual growth, curiosity, technical mastery, and commitment to excellence.

As we build on the School’s legacy of fine craftsmanship, we seek positive, dynamic individuals who share our dedication to innovation, excellence, and superior customer service.

Director of Development

NBSS seeks a Director of Development to assist the School with reaching new levels of philanthropic support. This is a unique opportunity to join NBSS as it welcomes a new President, celebrates the successful close of its $20 million Lives & Livelihoods campaign, and begins the exciting work of planning its next phase of growth and development.

NBSS is working with Talent Citizen on this search; please view the position description and more information here.

In addition to the search above, we're seeking an entry level Development Coordinator to support NBSS's development efforts.

Development Coordinator

Position Summary

The Development Coordinator is responsible for high level administrative support and project management for the activities of the Development Office, including management of the school’s development database, gift entry, tracking, acknowledgements, and reports; support of the annual fund through mailings and outreach; and coordination, support, and execution of Development events. The position also provides support and coordination to the Board of Directors and Advisors, and to the President.

Essential Duties:

Data Management

  • Development data management, gift entry and acknowledgements, and updates to development database.
  • Prepare donor letters, gift acknowledgements, and gift reports.
  • Provide support for Development staff including generating mailing lists, queries, and reports.
  • Assemble donor information for Annual Report publication.
  • Track and report on results of appeals and special campaigns, providing analysis and recommendations to adjust strategies as needed.
  • Prepare reconciliation and comparison reports and review with Director of Finance.

Annual Fund Management

  • Manage the Annual Fund calendar, budget, expenses, and reporting.
  • With the Director of Development, segment pools of donors to ensure accurate ask amounts are sought from each constituency, and the message to each constituency group is tailored.
  • Coordinate direct and digital mail Annual Fund appeals with external vendors and internal staff.
  • Assist with planning, execution, and assessment of Annual Fund and giving events throughout the year.

Board of Directors and Board of Advisors Relations

  • With the Director of Development, coordinate the Board’s calendar, including scheduling, preparation, and logistics for all meetings and committees.
  • Attend meetings, take and keep minutes, and maintain the official records of all Board actions and membership.
  • Assist the Board chair, committee chairs, President, and Director of Development in maintaining frequent contact with Board members.

General Development Responsibilities and Support

  • Assist with the planning, logistics, and execution of Development events, such as the Annual Celebration of Craft, which typically hosts 100+ guests.
  • Assist with capital campaign logistics and events.
  • Serve as the point person for Development publications.
  • Assist Director of Development with research of prospective donors and partners.
  • Perform a range of administrative support duties to the Director of Development, including correspondence, travel arrangements, and online research.
  • Support the Director of Development in promoting a culture of philanthropy and stewardship across the institution.
  • Work evening and weekend events as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications

  • 2+ years of experience in nonprofit fundraising work, including direct work in annual campaign fundraising, as well as event and project management experience.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Google Drive, and maintaining and updating development databases (eTapestry experience a plus).
  • Open and regular communicator about progress towards goals with Director of Development and Development team members.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Build authentic relationships with colleagues across roles, teams, and identities.
  • The initiative and ability to anticipate needs with minimal direction, meet deadlines, meticulous attention to detail, ability to effectively organize oneself and others and to ‘manage up’.
  • A team player who is committed to the team’s well-being, and proactively models institutional customs, beliefs, and values, while also able to direct and motivate independently.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population and a variety of stakeholders and audiences, while maintaining strict confidentiality.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience.
  • An understanding of the unique nature and mission of North Bennet Street School, and experience with a craft, trade or related activity preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience. Health, retirement, and other benefits are available.

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@nbss.edu. In your cover letter, please include an example of something you've fundraised or advocated for. Applications will be reviewed as submitted and we expect to begin interviewing in February.

Freelance Writers

North Bennet Street School is seeking Freelance Writers eager to develop compelling stories that highlight our talented community and champion our important work.

We’re looking for creative, passionate people who are able to capture our institution’s voice and who will produce meaningful, relevant stories across multiple channels and publications. For a sampling of content, please check out nbss.edu/blog.

NBSS offers a creative and collegial environment that’s small but ambitious. Your work will support our mission to help students achieve meaningful lives and careers.

Key Responsibilities

  • With editorial direction provided, develop stories and content that highlight the School’s program offerings and demonstrate its leadership in craft and trade education.
  • Conduct interviews with senior staff, donors, alumni, employers, and students.
  • Pitch new story/content ideas that may be relevant to the School’s broad audience.
  • Adjust style/format of copy as needed, based on editorial feedback and performance data.
  • Maintain the quality, consistency, and innovation of copy within publications, websites, blog posts, emails, and other communications.
  • Attend editorial meetings at the School—by phone or in-person—and provide regular updates on progress via email.

Required Qualifications

  • A strong portfolio of written work.
  • Excellent communication, writing, and project management skills.
  • Attention to detail, including producing the highest quality work that follows editorial guidelines and rules for punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc.
  • Ability to prioritize workload, handle tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with SEO, keywords, and other aspects of inbound marketing a plus.

Freelance Writers will be hired on a per-project basis. Those interested should email a cover letter, resume, and two examples of written work to jobs@nbss.edu with “Freelance Writer position” in the subject line. Please include your rate in the cover letter. We’ll begin interviewing candidates immediately. No phone calls please.

North Bennet Street School is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applicants of all backgrounds to apply for employment at the School.