Development Associate


President & Executive Director


The French Library seeks to hire a Development Associate to execute and/or assist on a variety of administrative tasks and events in the Development department.

Founded in 1945, the French Library of Boston, is a 501(c)3, membership-based organization housed in a beautiful French Revival townhouse in Boston’s historic Back Bay. The French Library has three areas of activity: French language education for students of all ages, from children to adults, based on close affiliation with the internationally renowned Federation of Alliances Françaises; French-themed artistic and cultural activities throughout the year, including the annual Bastille Day Celebration block party; and a library/médiathèque that houses some 32,000 French-language books, periodicals and electronic media, making it the largest private collection in the U.S.

The Development Associate will be joining the French Library at a very exciting time as we have just renovated our brownstone building and rebranded.


  The Development Associate is responsible for:
  • Maintaining correspondence with individuals/foundations/corporate donors, including gift acknowledgement letters and foundation reports;
  • Maintaining donors database;
  • Under the supervision of the Executive Director, planning fundraising events, donor appreciation events, and other VIP receptions;
  • Planning donor appeal campaigns as well as donor recognition efforts, including the Annual Report project;
  • Informing trustees and committee members of upcoming meetings (board meetings held quarterly); tracking planned attendance at the meetings; setting up for and breaking down from the meetings;
  • Order  and setting up food and/or beverages for meetings as appropriate; taking minutes of meetings as requested; distributing minutes and other documents to meeting attendees as requested;
  • Organizing yearly Executive Director’s holiday party.
  • Assisting with marketing efforts to increase membership;
  • Assisting Cultural Manager on some events.


  • Fluency or advanced proficiency in French
  • Native level fluency in English
  • At least 3 years experience as a Development Assistant or Associate required
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to write clearly, concisely and with conviction
  • Polite and persuasive oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional presence
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexible and responsive
  • Takes initiative and demonstrates follow-through
  • Ability to anticipate short-term and long-term needs
  • Ability to handle confidential information with professionalism
  • Advanced user of the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Familiarity with database systems required
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent 3-year experience minimum required in development or nonprofit administration
  • Experience with event planning desired
  • Experience in a multicultural environment desired


Monday to Friday (9 AM – 5 PM)
Must be able to work occasional evenings for events and committee meetings.


Annual salary $50,000 - $55,000, plus benefits (health, dental, free membership, etc.)


February 13, 2023


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