An Excellent Place to Work 

On The Rise's Management Team and Board of Directors are committed to running a secure, stable organization with a strong infrastructure. 

Our mission is to create a community where women have the relationships, safety, and resources they need to move out of homelessness. We engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities. 

On The Rise is a community-based organization with 15 employees and an annual budget of approximately $1.3M, from private philanthropy (75%) and government contracts (25%).   On The Rise is committed to excellence, innovation and continuing evolution. We are committed to providing highly accountable and responsive programming and being an excellent place to work.

Employee Benefits:

In addition to competitive salaries, On The Rise’s full-time employees enjoy a liberal benefits package, generously sponsored by their employer:

  • On The Rise pays 75% of health insurance premiums for full-time employees and their families, and offers two plan options with excellent coverage and access to premium Bostonarea healthcare.

  • On The Rise pays 100% of full-time employees’ premiums for disability (short-term and long-term) and life insurance.

  • On The Rise offers a flexible spending plan with the maximum dollar threshold allowed by the IRS.

  • On The Rise’s membership in the MA Council of Human Service Providers gives employees access to Tuition Remission for undergraduate classes at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and the University of Massachusetts, and access to certain graduate certificate programs and scholarships.

  • Employees earn 3 weeks’ vacation in their first year of employment, in addition to other types of paid-time-off.

On The Rise, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age , disability or genetic information or any other legally protected status under applicable law.  

Development & Engagement Coordinator

This full-time, non-exempt employee reports to the Director of Development & Communications, helps supervise a Social Media & Engagement Intern (academic year or summer), and stewards 350+ volunteers and in-kind donors. The Development & Engagement Coordinator will work a full-time schedule including one Saturday per month and occasional evening and weekend hours. This role offers the opportunity to work in a small nonprofit and develop skills in all areas of the Development function. We strongly encourage time spent in the Safe Haven to develop relationships with direct service staff and the women.

An ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented individual skilled at handling multiple projects at the same time, who displays a commitment to the mission of On The Rise. Must possess ability to interact professionally with a range of constituents: volunteers, donors, board members, event attendees and program participants. Microsoft Office literacy and strong oral and written communication skills required. Excellent communications skills with the ability to build personal rapport with diverse constituencies.  High level of organization and project follow-through. Microsoft Office literacy, internet and social media savvy. Knowledge, experience of homelessness and trauma services a plus.

Community Engagement

Represent On The Rise via telephone, email and through individual and business contacts in the community, both old and new:

  • Engage new communities by initiating speaking opportunities and presentations to groups, including local corporations, business associations, community/civic organizations, religious organizations, and schools;

  • Strategically involve the management team, other staff, and the Board of Directors in community engagement;

  • Be the liaison between On The Rise and ambassadors who promote On The Rise in their communities;

  • Develop and implement social media plan (web site, Facebook, twitter, Constant Contact) with Social Media & Engagement Intern;

  • Identify and develop content for distribution of a monthly e-newsletter, Cup of Sugar through Constant Contact.

Volunteer & In-kind Resource Coordination

Support On The Rise’s services and operations by stewarding and building relationships with existing volunteers and recruiting new individuals.  Encourage and support staff to ensure that their interactions with volunteers and donors are positive. Develop and fulfill new volunteer opportunities while balancing the costs and benefits of volunteer involvement with the privacy and self-determination of the women in On The Rise’s program:

Manage all aspects (recruitment, scheduling, training, supervision, recognition) of volunteer activities, including:

  • Volunteer Lunch Program

  • In-kind Donations Program (clothing, toiletries, special items and services)

  • Moving Home Drives

  • Volunteer Days

  • Holiday Gift Drives

  • Silent Auction/Raffle items for special events

 Work with staff to determine programmatic and facilities needs that can be fulfilled by volunteers;

  • Oversee the Program and Operations team’s management of the clothing room and storage areas to ensure the easy circulation, and organization of in-kind donations (includes removal of unneeded items). 4-5 hours per week of work in sorting, organizing and arranging the space for ease of use (with the help of staff or interns).

Donation Processing & Information Management

Maintain the donor database (Donor Perfect Online) and Development policies and procedures to maximize strategic use of donor information and develop/maintain strong internal systems including:

  • Add new records and update existing records in Donor Perfect Online, tracking gifts, events, volunteer hours, and other information;

  • Process all cash, in-kind and stock contributions in Donor Perfect Online, entering gift and donor details, generating donor acknowledgement letters, ensuring timely personalization and mailing of letters, and submitting gift codes to accounting;

  • Create filters and pull reports from Donor Perfect Online for mailings, reports to donors, and quarterly board meetings;

  • Track volunteer activities in Donor Perfect Online and acknowledge volunteers;

  • Use the database to assist in documenting and scheduling communications with donors and volunteers;

  • Generate lists for mailings, event attendance and follow-up reports, monthly reconciliation reports, and summary and analysis reports on a regular schedule;

  • Review and analyze information in the development database on a regular schedule;

  • Provide data on volunteers and in-kind donors to the management team and board;

  • Protect donor privacy.

Fundraising & Event Planning

Work with Director of Development and Communications (DDC) and Executive Director to develop individual and corporate fundraising strategies:

  • Manage silent auction, including soliciting items and coordinating logistics;

  • Encourage and support individuals and groups who want to raise money for On The Rise (third-party events);

  • Steward volunteers and interested parties, working with the DDC to identify and cultivate potential donors and board members;

  • Conduct research into foundation, corporate, and individual prospective donors; and phone and personal gift solicitations;

  • Participate in editing process, developing/filtering mailing lists, and executing mailings;

  • Assist in all aspects of event planning and logistics;

  • Signature fundraising event (Prepare For Winter Dinner)

  • Empty Bowls Project

  • Stewardship events for donors, volunteers,

  • 3rd party events (Flatbread Benefit Night, Taste of Cambridge)


  • Like all employees, the Development & Engagement Coordinator will be flexible and open to “pitching in” as needed with other duties that arise in the course of the organization’s day-to-day operations;

  • Like all employees, the Development & Engagement Coordinator is expected to strive to continuously increase skills and competence, e.g. taking advantage of opportunities for professional networking and continuing education;

  • Like all employees, the Development & Engagement Coordinator will demonstrate a commitment to social justice and will participate in employer-sponsored activities acknowledging, confronting, and dismantling racism and other issues of oppression and examining the impact of racism on themselves, on On The Rise, and in the community at large;

  • Interest in learning about and developing inclusive, equitable, anti-racist fundraising practices;

  • Openness to ongoing learning and practice of On The Rise’s community practices: racial equity, relationship building and trauma-informed care.

Education/Experience: B.A. and at least a year of work experience in areas of community engagement, customer service, marketing (telephone marketing), volunteer management, event planning, public relations, public speaking, or fundraising. Prior experience with database and office administration and donor management software strongly preferred.

Salary range: $40-44K, comprehensive and liberal benefits package

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to