Development Officer Opportunity

About History Cambridge

We engage with Cambridge, Massachusetts, to explore how the past influences the present in order to shape a better future. More about our plans for the future can be found on our website.

About the Role

History Cambridge seeks a creative, organized, and passionate fundraiser to help develop and execute a fundraising strategy that is aligned with our mission, goals, and values. This individual would be part of a small team working closely together to increase engagement and visibility in our community.

Job Responsibilities

  • Donor cultivation and stewardship, including research
  • Identifying, cultivating, and stewarding major gift prospects
  • Management of fundraising appeal strategies throughout the year
  • Planning and executing small fundraising events
  • Gift processing, data entry, and ongoing database management using donor management software (we use Little Green Light)
  • Other projects that may arise


  • Minimum 2-5 years of experience in development
  • A track record of fundraising success
  • Proven ability to work within dynamic teams and build strong relationships with colleagues 
  • Demonstrated commitment to evolving fundraising practices through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Proven ability to interact and work effectively with Board members, donors, and funding agencies
  • Comfortable engaging with donors virtually and in person
  • Creative thinking and a spirit of experimentation with a flexible mindset
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills 
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, handle multiple tasks, and manage demanding situations effectively, while showing initiative and being anticipatory rather than reactive
  • Effective time management and work organization skills, with a high attention to detail
  • Excellent computer and technology skills, including facility with Internet navigation, social media channels, databases, and Microsoft Office suite
  • Passion for our community-oriented history work

Compensation Structure

This position is grant-funded for 12 months.

Part-time/20-hours a week


This position involves on- and off-site work.

History Cambridge is an equal opportunity organization and will not allow discrimination based on age, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or any other status prohibited by applicable law.


We believe the best person for this job might not have all of the above skills. We encourage you to still apply and let us know how you could grow into this role.

Please email executive director Marieke Van Damme ( with the subject line “Development Officer.”

– Attach your resume.

– Include a cover letter. Because this role is outward-facing and involves communicating with partners, please use this letter to demonstrate your ability to write an

introductory pitch. Include why you are the right person for the role and the top skills or talents you bring.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a submission deadline of January 26. The target start date for this role is late February 2024.