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Director of Development


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Pioneer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

Pioneer Institute, Massachusetts’ premier free-market think tank, seeks a Director of Development to oversee its fundraising efforts. This is an exciting opportunity to work with one of the country’s most effective think tanks. Pioneer Institute has long played a key role in reforming Massachusetts’ government and has built a record of achievement over the last 20 years that means its work is taken seriously on Beacon Hill and throughout the Commonwealth.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development is charged with managing the overall development effort, building on the current donor base to establish a dynamic individual giving program, and expanding outreach to strategic business leaders, targeted sectors, foundations and corporations. The Director will understand and embrace the mission of the Institute, and have the ability to identify and cultivate resources and people who can support the mission.

The ideal candidate is a highly collaborative, self-assured, strategic leader, who is able to build new programs and systems to increase Pioneer’s support from individuals, foundations, and businesses. He or she will be a creative problem solver and will use critical intellect to evaluate existing development strategies and change them where appropriate. The candidate will be able to quickly gain trust and credibility with the organization as a whole and will have the ability to work closely with the Executive Director, strategically managing opportunities for him to engage the highest level prospects.  


Principal Responsibilities


Candidates will be self-assured development professionals who can quickly gain trust and credibility with the organization as a whole and the Executive Director, in particular.  Preference will be given to candidates with policy and business experience. The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:


About Pioneer Institute

Founded in 1988, Pioneer Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy think tank committed to keeping Massachusetts economically competitive and to strengthening the core values of an open society. Pioneer promotes individual freedom and responsibility, prosperity, and limited, accountable government through the application of free markets. The Institute seeks to improve the intellectual climate in Massachusetts by commissioning timely and rigorous academic studies from leading scholars and by injecting new ideas into the public debate through forums and lectures, transcripts, media campaigns, and outreach to legislators, business groups and the general public.


To Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:

Materials should be emailed to Claire Kittle, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:


While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.


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Development/Fundraising, Full-Time.