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Associate Executive Director


Wellesley, MA, USA

Company Description

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit

As a JDRF team member, you can look forward to interesting and challenging work, building strong relationships with fellow staff and our network of volunteers, and having a meaningful impact on the lives of everyone affected by this devastating disease.

Job Description

In partnership with the Executive Director’s overarching leadership of the New England Chapter’s revenue portfolio ($6MM+), to include support of the Leadership Giving infrastructure, Foundations and Corporate Sponsorship development (to include strategy and ongoing stewardship activity). The AED will be responsible for overseeing the management and financial growth of Outreach, Walk, P2P projects, 3rd party events and other Special Events.  In addition, the AED oversees Chapter operations including annual budget development, forecasting, planning, finances and office processes.  A thorough understanding of JDRF’s operations and financial policies, and procedures is essential, as is a solid background in relational fund development. The AED will be the relationship manager to key constituent accounts, with a strong emphasis on corporate, and will have a substantial working relationship with the local Board of Directors. This important Chapter leadership team role requires a strong, collaborative leader who is outcomes driven and who requires minimal supervision from the Executive Director, with whom he/she will be partnering to bring the chapter to new levels of success. 


•    Working within JDRF’s volunteer-staff partnership environment, the Associate Executive Director will support and maintain the vision, mission, priorities, and guiding principles of JDRF.  

•    In partnership with the Executive Director, manage the functioning of the daily operations.

•    Provide proactive partnership and support to the Executive Director, to help drive Chapter excellence, growth and execution. Serve as a thought partner, strategist, and executor in collaboration with ED’s vision.

•    Oversee the day-to-day management of key Core Program activity and additional duties as assigned, making certain that staff and volunteers are supported in the implementation of strategic and operational plans to drive fundraising priorities.

•    Directly supervise key program development managers in the areas of Peer to Peer, Social Events and Outreach.  Adjust accordingly when organization charts are revised due to Chapter evolution.

· Oversee the growth and strategy of the Outreach program, including Youth Ambassadors, TypeOneNation and the JDRF specific programs for the development, encouragement and recruitment of new individuals to the organization.  

•    In collaboration with the ED and Nominating Committee, assist in the development and engagement of Board members in Chapter activities, as well as with the identification and cultivation of potential Board members.  Develop content for key board activities including annual board orientation, and quarterly meetings, as needed.

•    Support ED in planning and execution of major donor reception events, including donor research and stewardship planning and execution. 

•    Support ED with National projects as needed.

•    Help build and manage specific committees by providing leadership, cultivation, acknowledgement, material support, and assistance in creating and implementing committee annual plans and desired outcomes.

•    Provide strategic direction and leadership for major Chapter external/community development activities.

•    Serve as staff partner to key members on the Board of Directors.  Develop an account management system to improve engagement, retention and acquisition of corporate partners.

•    Assist, at times, in the recruitment and screening for chapter positions.  When needed, assume interim responsibility for staffing vacant positions. If needed, coordinate training and orientation for new staff.

•  Help with the oversight, planning and strategy of volunteer student leadership (interns) for the Chapter    

Represent the best interests, professionalism and integrity of JDRF in all activities and relationships through a unified message of the JDRF mission and a commitment to organizational standards and leadership by personal example.

•    Maintain a basic understanding of JDRF’s mission and research strategy.

•    Ensure the confidentiality and security of proprietary information.

•    Establish a network through which he/she represents the organization in professional societies/organizations.

•    Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.


•    5-10 years of progressively responsible and related fundraising and event experience with a minimum
of 3 years in a supervisory capacity. 

•    Understanding and working knowledge of philanthropy within the New England landscape.

•    Understanding and knowledge of donor centered fundraising.

•    Demonstrated experience in donor retention and upgrade programs.

•    Demonstrated understanding and experience in the planning, managing, implementing, and analyzing special events with proven success in executing on key performance indicators.

•    Volunteer management experience, especially around the staff-volunteer partnership.

•    Experienced in event committee development, succession planning and committee accountability.

•    Proficiency in non-profit and fiscal management and budget development. Works well within a matrix structure where more than one individual is providing guidance, feedback, counsel and support.
•    Understanding of computer systems and databases.  Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).  

•    Effectively multi-task, establishes priorities, and work in a fast paced environment.  Highly efficient in time management and can meet deadlines under pressure.

•    Team player that has the ability to interface with all levels of staff and volunteers.  Must develop, maintain, and utilize relationships.  Capability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements.

•    Excellent written, oral, and communication skills.  Ability for presentation delivery, conveying ideas, and instructing effectively. 

•    Superior active listening, observation, analytical, and problem recognition and solving skills.  Exercise sound judgment.

•    Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative.  Well disciplined and a self-starter that is extremely resourceful.

•    High capacity to assess the value, importance, and/or quality of activities and people.

•    Ability to travel locally required.  Occasional overnight travel as needed.

•    Evening and weekend work required as needed.

Additional Information

JDRF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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