MAPA Seeks Development and Fundraising Specialist

Development and Fundraising Specialist (Half-Time)

Organization: Massachusetts Peace Action and Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund

Location: 1991 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02140

Job Description:

We are seeking a motivated and passionate Development and Fundraising Associate to join our team on a half-time basis. This position is ideal for someone with previous experience in fundraising for nonprofit organizations or institutions who is also passionate about making a contribution to the movement for peace and justice.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Grant Research and Writing: Conduct research on potential funding sources, assist in the development of grant proposals, and contribute to the writing and submission process.
  • Donor Relations: Support the cultivation and stewardship of individual donors and institutional funders through personalized communications, thank-you notes, and updates on organizational activities.
  • Fundraising Campaigns: Collaborate with the development team to plan and execute fundraising campaigns, including direct mail, online giving, and special events.
  • Database Management: Maintain accurate donor records and fundraising databases, ensuring data integrity and timely donor acknowledgments.
  • Communication Support: Assist in crafting compelling narratives and impact stories for fundraising materials, website content, and social media platforms.
  • Event Coordination: Provide logistical support for fundraising events, including venue coordination, guest communications, and on-site assistance.
  • Administrative Support: Perform administrative tasks as needed to support the smooth operation of the development and fundraising efforts.

The Development and Fundraising Specialist will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Chair of the Fundraising Committee.


Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., nonprofit management, communications, social sciences).

Experience in academic research or administration preferred, with an interest in transitioning into nonprofit development and fundraising.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a strong attention to detail.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a dynamic team environment.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and familiarity with donor/ CRM databases (we use EveryAction) is a plus.

Passion for peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and social justice.


Competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience. (Suggesting $25,000 per year for 20 hours per week).

Flexible work schedule with opportunities for remote work. Some office time (1 day per week encouraged).

Professional development and training opportunities in nonprofit fundraising and development.

The chance to make a meaningful impact and contribute to promoting peace and nonviolence globally.

Application Process:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample demonstrating your ability to communicate effectively and persuasively by July 15h. Applications should be sent to Assistant Director Brian Garvey at

Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We encourage individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

About Massachusetts Peace Action:

We struggle for peace at home and abroad. We see that the racism that fuels injustice at home is integral to the justification of wars abroad and that bombs and bullets are not the only threat to peace. White supremacy,  predatory capitalism, and militarism work together to maintain violence. Racism is a tool used to dehumanize Black and Brown people in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Asia  and to justify endless war and oppression. Economic and military interventions keep a few people and a few countries rich and most people and countries  poor, while destroying the planet. In today’s rising climate justice movement, ending war is an urgent necessity. Peace is a bridge between movements for social change, a common foundation that connects movements that resist violence and oppression of all kinds.  

Join us as we build the peace movement as a vehicle for driving holistic social change in our world.  MAPA is the largest grassroots peace organization in Massachusetts, with approximately 1,800 members and 15,000 online supporters.  We work for peace and justice at home and abroad through grassroots organizing, educational programs, elections, and legislative advocacy.

We are hiring a part-time Development and Fundraising specialist to help us tell our story to donors as we strive to end and prevent wars, abolish nuclear weapons, challenge the military-industrial complex and advocate for a redistribution of resources from military spending to human needs to create a more just and equitable society.  We are a collaborative workplace and welcome your experience and ideas.