Executive Director, New England International Donors - The Boston Foundation


The Executive Director will work closely with the New England International Donors (NEID) Advisory Board to develop strategies, to produce annual operating budgets, to generate requisite funding, and to mobilize and manage NEID’s resources to achieve its mission as effectively as possible.  The Executive Director will work to further the collaboration between NEID and The Boston Foundation, specifically working with The Center for Global Philanthropy.  The Executive Director will work to create a highly efficient and fluid operating culture that is both strategic and responsive to the goals and needs of a membership organization.

Essential Functions:

Program Development - work with the Board to develop a “pro-active” program agenda to advance our mission, to identify and nurture critical partnerships, to be responsive to member-driven agendas and to propel global change;

Program Execution - recruit presenters/facilitators, publicize and recruit attendance to events, provide logistical coordination and solicit feedback on varied programs;
Budget Management - produce and provide quarterly budget updates that align strategic mission goals with tactical objectives and constraints; 

Fundraising - Ensure the budget is supported in “partnership” with the Advisory Board through effective fund raising via membership dues, grant proposals, annual “event(s)” and other efforts;

Communications - manage the web-based calendar to inform membership; publish a monthly newsletter of curated events; create promotional materials; and prepare reports and other information for regular Board meetings

Culture – Create an entrepreneurial “can do” environment that supports multiple activities at various levels of development from idea through design to execution.  Support a climate of collaboration with members, external partners and the Advisory Board. Integrate NEID programs into the Center for Global Philanthropy (CGP) to ensure that NEID is “connected” to the intellectual energy and resources of the larger work of The Philanthropic Initiative/The Boston Foundation (TPI/TBF).


Other Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • The Director will allocate 10% of his/her time and effort to the goals of the CGP.  This is to ensure that s/he is “connected” to a larger organization that shares a common mission: affording intellectual peer networking and a collegial working environment.
  • The Director will be expected to provide managerial support and direction to a full-time assistant.
  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned.



Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in a relevant field perferred;
  • 10 to 15 years of professional experience in the field of international philanthropy or international development, experience in a foundation is preferred;
  • Must have experience leading a service organization that delivered a multi-service offering -- for profit or non-profit -- to a dynamic and demanding market.  Managing this delivery with real expense constraints creatively and effectively;
  • Must have proven successful experience managing an operating budget;
  • Must have successful experience managing and/or supervising one or more reporting relationships;
  • Must have proven successful experience fundraising via a collaborative effort, including soliciting and stewarding contributions and relationships successfully and independently.


Skills, Abilities, Competencies: 

  • Collaborative:  seeking ways to work with others, i.e. “making more with less;”
  • Entrepreneurial: taking a pro-active approach to setting and accomplishing goals;
  • Enthusiastic: exemplifying a “can-do” attitude to the opportunities and challenges;
  • Respectful: understanding that our members are taking risks, experimenting and developing an emotional understanding of the power of philanthropy;
  • Ability to Connect and Build Relationships: we are a membership organization, and so our greatest asset is the emotional energy that we create together.  Our leader needs to be outgoing, and a thoughtful listener and source of positive energy.


  • Visionary:  holds a Big Vision for the organization
  • Deep listener: able to hear the passions and motivations of various members from diverse backgrounds and perspectives;
  • Powerful networker:  able to seek and develop collaborations;
  • Excellent Written and Verbal Communication Skills: able to clearly articulate goals, to communicate through written and verbal mediums (web-site, newsletter, gatherings and events) and express a passion for the mission;
  • Learning Facilitator: nurtures a community of life-long learners with various learning styles, different experiences and unique perspectives. Creates an environment where “all” are welcomed and feel “safe” to explore their individual and collective philanthropy;
  • Entrepreneurial Manager:  shares a compelling vision for impact while creating structure and efficiency in an ambitious and under-resourced culture.  Uses analytical skill and judgment to balance the “tension” of aspirational goals within a limited operating budget;


  • Leadership: ability to create a highly efficient and fluid operating culture that is both strategic and responsive to the goals and needs of a membership organization.
  • Participative work style; ability to receive feedback
  • Mature interpersonal style, ability to interact well with a diverse range of people.


Working Conditions & Physical Demands: 

  • This job operates in a professional office environment
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines
  • Ability to lift files, 5 pounds or less on a regular basis, up to 10 pounds occasionally

To Apply:

All applications should be submitted online. 

Go to http://www.tbf.org/about/careers-at-tbf  and select  Executive Director – New England International Donors  to complete our online application process. 

Diversity candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  Equal Opportunity Employer.


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