Jobs at Better Future Project

Come join our team! If the posting is up, that means we are still accepting applications.

Please note that our office is on the second floor of a building without an elevator and unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible. 


Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full Time
Salary Range: $45-60,000, depending on experience. Salaries negotiable for candidates with exceptional experience.

Better Future Project is looking for an experienced and dynamic development professional with a passion for grassroots organizing, movement-building, and climate action to help oversee the organization’s next stage of growth and development. In partnership with the Executive Director, the Director of Development is responsible for ensuring the organization’s successful identification and actualization of funding sources (especially major donors and foundations) to enable the organization to continue on its growth trajectory to address the climate crisis.


  • Devising an annual plan for fundraising initiatives and establishing a fundraising calendar with input from the Executive Director; developing revenue projections for annual budget
  • Identifying and qualifying prospective major donors; identifying new foundation leads
  • Conducting major donor cultivation in partnership with the Executive Director
  • Drafting letters of intent, grant proposals, grant reports, and other fundraising materials and working with the Executive Director to revise and edit these materials prior to submission or presentation
  • Supervising the Development Associate’s ongoing stewardship of small and mid-size donors and other projects
  • Managing donor profiles in NationBuilder database
  • Leading grassroots fundraising initiatives with input from volunteers and other staff
  • Convening the board fundraising committee and working with board members on fundraising activities
  • Serving as the lead organizer of fundraising parties
  • Assisting the Director of Operations with revenue reporting and preparing fundraising reports for the board
  • Other duties as required

As a member of the Leadership Team, the Director of Development meets regularly with other team members to discuss organizational priorities and challenges, such as staffing issues, proposed organizational initiatives, and so on. The Director of Development also leads discussion and drafting of the development aspects of the organization’s annual plan and is expected to actively participate in the organization's strategic planning.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., communications, nonprofit management, English) or equivalent work experience
  • Work experience: At least 5 years’ work experience demonstrating progressive levels of responsibility; at least 2-5 years’ direct fundraising experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize under deadlines and juggle multiple tasks at once
  • Database experience
  • Passion for grassroots organizing, movement-building, and climate justice
  • Experience cultivating and soliciting gifts of at least five figures
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Experience writing grant proposals

More about Better Future Project

Better Future Project (BFP) is a dynamic organization dedicated to building a powerful grassroots movement to address the climate crisis and advance a rapid and responsible transition beyond coal, oil, and gas toward a renewable energy future for all. We empower new leaders, build powerful networks and run hard-hitting campaigns to change the narrative around climate and energy and win campus, community, and state-level policy victories.

Better Future Project is an equal opportunity employer. While we still have much work to do, we are an organization working to actively challenge systems of oppression. People of color, women, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Jobs[at] with the subject line “Development Director.” Include your last name in your attached files. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. No calls please.


  • Dental and vision insurance option
  • 401k socially responsible investment (including fossil free) retirement option
  • Generous paid time off, including separate personal, vacation, and sick time

Semester & Summer Organizing Internships

Better Future Project offers two paid internship positions each semester for a current or recently graduated student! This internship is in partnership with the Mass Clean Energy Center's Clean Energy Internship Program. NOTE: You must either have attended college in Massachusetts or graduated in the last year and are now a resident in Massachusetts.

We are specifically looking for young people with a demonstrated interest in issue-based community organizing. Past experience with social media, campus or community organizing, and advocacy are desired, but not required.

Compensation: $16 per hour
     FALL/SPRING: $3,840 for up to 240 hours
     SUMMER: $7,680 for up to 480 hours
Hours: Flexible
     FALL/SPRING: Part-time, between 10-20 hours per week
     SUMMER: Part-time (25-39 hours per week) or Full-time
SPRING: January or February
     FALL: September or October
     SUMMER: May or June
End: Approx. 12-15 weeks after your starting week
Location: Our office in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA (Please note that our office is NOT wheelchair-accessible.)

Generally, applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs[at] with the subject line: "Semester Organizing Internship" or "Summer Organizing Internship". Include your last name in your resume and cover letter files.

We have already hired our interns for fall 2018.

Volunteer Opportunities

We also may have other volunteer opportunities in the office. If interested, please e-mail Jobs[at] with your resume and cover letter, including details on your past experience and the type of work you are interested in doing.

Better Future Project is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization working to actively challenge systems of oppression. Women, people of color, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.