Jobs: Nonprofit Jobs

Development Coordinator, Future Chefs

Boston, Mass.
Aug / 29 / 2017

Organization Description

Future Chefs prepares high school-aged youth in the Greater Boston Area for quality employment and post-secondary opportunities in the culinary field and supports them in developing broad base transferable career skills for the working world. With its primary focus on youth development, Future Chefs provides culinary training and authentic hands-on experience working with culinary professionals in some of Boston’s top restaurants. Future Chefs learn in an environment that instills a mindset of success along with civic responsibility. Future Chefs’ model is based on the belief that every student is unique and flourishes in settings that provide: High Expectations, Opportunities for Growth, and Positive Interactions with Adults.

Job Summary

A key position reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director, the Development Coordinator provides daily coordination and administration for all development activities. Primary responsibilities are to support the Executive Director in managing individual and institutional giving by supporting donor outreach, donor correspondence, prospect research, gift processing, solicitations, and events. The Development Coordinator will also support the Advisory Council. This position is crucial to the efforts of Future Chefs to expand its fundraising capabilities.

Essential Job Functions

Development / Fundraising Support — 80%

  • Contribute to the development of a diverse fundraising plan to meet a growing annual budget, currently about $1,000,000;
  • Support and coordinate administration of all annual fundraising campaigns and donor outreach;
  • Support the Executive Director in creating and executing a strategy to cultivate foundation and corporate partners;
  • Assist with special events as needed;
  • Support the Executive Director in maintaining and growing fundraising partnerships;
  • Work with Leadership Team and Communications and Brand Manager to insure that all fundraising collaterals protect and reinforce Future Chefs’ brand;
  • Attend donor meetings with Executive Director, taking minute notes, initiating, and ensuring follow up;
  • Develop and maintain working knowledge of programmatic strengths in service of fundraising goals;
  • Generate new ideas for events, outreach, and communication with current and potential donors in order to creatively tell the Future Chef story;
  • Join the rest of the staff at events and other activities, as needed;
  • Prospect for individual donors; recommending and scheduling meetings for the Executive Director;
  • Support all aspects of fundraising administration and operations, using Salesforce to manage donors/gifts and access program data.

Organizational/Administrative Support – 20%  

  • Prepare briefing memos for the Executive Director prior to meetings, including background info about funder, historical relationship with Future Chefs and desired outcomes for the meeting;
  • Conduct research to identify prospective individual and institutional donors;
  • Draft compelling letters of inquiry and donor correspondence for the Executive Director including thank you letters and meeting follow-up correspondence and gift acknowledgement; 
  • Provide administrative support for quarterly Advisory Council meetings and support the Executive Director guiding the Advisory Council to leverage their networks to cultivate and steward major donors;
  • Ensure that all sponsor, donor, and gift data are entered into the Salesforce database;
  • Generate, analyze, and communicate reports;
  • Participate in professional development;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Who You Are

You are interested in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and grassroots programming. You possess proven administrative and coordination skills and a keen appreciation for detail, accuracy, confidentiality, and professionalism. You are a confident and strong writer, clear communicator, and a creative, collaborative thinker willing to learn and grow in an important right hand role with opportunities to advance.


You may have experience on a development team that has implemented successful fundraising campaigns from concept to reporting, effectively assisting with the cultivation of individual donors and large gifts. You have proven organizational, analytical, and administrative skills and are comfortable using technology, research, and data to achieve fundraising or organizational objectives.


You are a positive, committed team player, willing to dive-in and get your hands dirty with mission-based work. You think creatively and collaboratively and know how to get things done. You have demonstrated good judgment and are able to protect and sustain long-term connections important to the organization you work for. You respect young people from diverse backgrounds and believe in youth development and the value of hands-on vocational careers.

Work Style

You are able to successfully manage multiple deadlines with efficient organization and great customer service skills. You have a “big picture” approach to your work but a keen eye to detail. You know that communication with donors requires accuracy, integrity and warmth. You are able to manage up and across departments, are motivated by new challenges, and see work to completion. You are able to represent your organization on behalf of its mission and enjoy being in a right hand role.


  • Minimum 3-5 years of executive level administrative support experience ideally in a successful development department with increasing responsibility;
  • Proven ability to skillfully develop and maintain relationships of all kinds – with donors, colleagues, and other constituents – and with people of varied backgrounds and experiences;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively oversee projects and volunteer resources;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated sound judgment and confidentiality working with advisors, staff, donors, and partners;
  • Experience tracking donors and gifts with a database (Salesforce a plus);
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and able to learn new software and applications with confidence;
  • Flexible self-starter with a positive attitude;
  • Respect for the dignity of all work and willingness to consider multiple points of view;
  • Knowledge of food service industry a plus;
  • College degree or equivalent preferred.

Special Requirements

  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends as needed;
  • CORI check required.

To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and cover letter.

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
Attn: Employment Manager
NonProfit Center
89 South Street, Suite 700
Boston, MA 02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and Future Chefs will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.