Development Manager

Location: Cape Cod, MA
Sanctuary: Long Pasture , Wellfleet Bay

Be a part of Mass Audubon’s dynamic development team on Cape Cod. Mass Audubon Cape Cod is home to two staffed wildlife sanctuaries including Wellfleet Bay (South Wellfleet) and Long Pasture (Cummaquid), and many satellite sanctuaries including Ashumet Holly (Falmouth), Skunknett River (Osterville), Sampsons Island (Osterville), and Barnstable Great Marsh (Barnstable). Each sanctuary is unique with a rich diversity of habitats and wildlife. Mass Audubon Cape Cod has a talented and fun team that makes it a wonderful place to work.  

Reporting to the Cape Cod Director of Development and supported by the Cape Cod Regional Director and a robust statewide philanthropy staff, you will use your experience and creativity to help develop a fundraising strategy and build support for connecting people to nature. You’ll help grow a renewable base of funding by stewarding and expanding a loyal corps of donors, and overseeing donor events and activities. Put your strong writing and technical skills to use by writing foundation grants, crafting personal correspondence to donors and funders, and preparing compelling collateral materials. We are looking for a team player who is creative, flexible, goal-oriented, enjoys collaboration, and has a passion for connecting people with nature!


  • Manage a portfolio of Leadership Friends, Mass Audubon’s highest level of membership, including overseeing renewal cycle in partnership with Headquarters’ team and Cape Cod Director of Development.
  • Oversee annual giving ($500+ donors) cultivation and stewardship. 
  • Develop and implement stewardship plans for Leadership Friends and Community Partners, including timely gift acknowledgement and regular communication.
  • Hold a portfolio of institutional donors and assist with proposal development, especially for locally based funders (prospecting, writing, and reporting) as needed. 
  • Event creation, management, and execution to steward existing donors and recruit new philanthropic contacts; work closely with Mass Audubon Cape Cod Development team and centralized development staff.  
  • In collaboration with marketing staff and central development staff, produce donor and event related collateral, including newsletters, case statements, e-communications, invitations, etc.  
  • Accurate and timely record keeping and moves management through donor database.


  • Four years of non-profit development experience, or equivalent transferrable skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience in soliciting and stewarding donors. 
  • Must have ability to relate well to staff, visitors, donors, and volunteers and to handle confidential information with discretion. 
  • Strong planning and organizational abilities. 
  • Strong verbal communication skills; proven ability to write clearly and persuasively. Previous grant writing skills preferred.
  • Possess the highest level of integrity, donor confidentiality and discretion with sensitive information, tasks and relationships. 
  • Ability to work in a small work community locally, and as part of a large, complex organization emphasizing teamwork, collegiality, respect, and excellence. 
  • Ability to think strategically, work independently, and lead by example. 
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Strong technical skills, especially with Microsoft Office products
  • B.A./B.S. degree or higher.   

Compensation and Benefits

This is a 32 hour week position and offers a competitive salary with an excellent benefits program including a 403B retirement plan and generous paid time off.

Additional Comments

Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted, interviews will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply

All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:

Wendy O'Keefe, Director of Development
Job# 3451

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