Director of Development, The Brien Center

The Brien Center seeks a Director of Development.

The Brien Center is the largest provider of behavioral health services in Berkshire County, MA; its mission is to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and innovative community-based services that promote the highest possible degree of recovery, independence, and quality of life for those served. The organization’s impact is highlighted in the 10,000 individuals, including 4,000 children, whose lives are saved, whose illnesses are successfully treated, and who continue as successful, contributing members of our community. The passionate employees of the Brien Center work extremely hard, every day, to end the stigma that continues to shadow mental illness and addiction. The Brien Center’s highest priority is keeping people safe and supporting their choices and their voices throughout their treatment and recovery.

The Brien Center is located in the Berkshires, the westernmost county in Massachusetts, with a national reputation for its unique and profoundly beautiful landscape, its rich history of cultural venues, and a culinary scene that is unmatched. From rolling hills, picturesque mountains, lush green valleys, numerous lakes, farmlands, and scenic trails to national treasures such as Tanglewood, the Clark Art Institute, Barrington Stage Company, MASS MoCA, and Jacob’s Pillow, the Berkshires offers an unparalleled environment to live, work, and play.

The Brien Center seeks to hire a Director of Development (DOD) responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all fundraising and donor/community relations efforts. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Development is a member of the senior leadership team that manages over 450 staff and the programs of this $29 million organization. This position is full-time with a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Major Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the CEO, Board, and senior management team, develop a comprehensive fundraising plan to include prospecting, solicitation and stewardship of individuals, corporations, and foundations with accountability for meeting specific targets and measurable results.
  • Ensure current and prospective major donors experience in-person visits to establish effective communications and further deepen relationships. The DOD is responsible for assigning donors to specific leadership staff, including the CEO, for stewardship.
  • Research, respond to, and provide reporting for current and potential private funding opportunities. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with funders and potential funders.
  • Serve as community relations lead, scheduling public appearances/speaking engagements for CEO and other leadership team members to increase awareness of the Brien Center and identify opportunities for collaboration and financial support. Promote the Brien Center through local media outlets as well as via social media.
  • Imagine and execute unique events for fundraising and prospecting. Events should increase the visibility, improve the image, and add financial resources to the organization.
  • Manage the Development Department, including creating internal infrastructure and systems to successfully support fundraising efforts; supervise support staff; direct efforts of fundraising and PR contractors/consultants; ensure all gifts are processed with integrity and in a timely fashion; coordinate with the Finance department on monthly reconciliations and fundraising reporting.
  • Recruit and coordinate interns, volunteer support, and other resources to enhance fundraising efforts.
  • Provide timely and ongoing reporting to the senior leadership team, CEO, and Board of Directors on all fundraising efforts and results.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 or more years’ fundraising experience, preferably in a healthcare environment. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in development and expansion of a major gifts program.
  • Experience creating and implementing comprehensive development strategies to obtain private financial investments from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, donor databases, web-based applications and use of the internet for research required.


  • A proactive approach and willingness to think outside of the box to make the organization stand out.
  • Self-motivated with an appreciation of the Brien Center’s mission.
  • Organized, capable of handling multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills; experience using social media as a communications tool.
  • Well-developed fundraising and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of constituents.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relations with direct reports, management, board of directors, and donors.

Additional Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license and use of personally-insured automobile.
  • Some weekend and evening engagements required.
  • Criminal Offender Record Information check (CORI).
  • Driver’s license check (RMV).

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2022-01-05T11:49:04-05:00December 17th, 2021|Categories: Careers, Fundraising/Advancement, Health/Human Services, Sales/Advertising, Senior-Level|

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