Director of Development and Communications

MAHA is a non-profit community organization that is dedicated to increasing affordable homeownership, breaking down barriers for first-time and first-generation homebuyers, and closing the racial homeownership gap in Massachusetts.

MAHA was founded in 1985 and our office is based in Dorchester, Massachusetts. MAHA supports homebuyers from their first notion of buying a house through the early years of owning a home. We offer homebuyers and homeowners comprehensive pre-purchase and post-ownership classes.  MAHA also works extensively to enforce the Community Reinvestment Act, a state and federal law which requires banks to meet the credit needs of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

Competitive Salary & Benefits:

  • 4 weeks paid vacation a year
  • Employer pays 90% of health care & 50% dental 
  • Hybrid position – Work from home with some in office requirements
  • $72,000 to $75,000 Annual Salary

The Role:

We are currently looking for a Director of Development and Communications who will identify and obtain funding to support MAHA's mission. The ideal candidate will prepare and submit grant proposals to federal, state, and private funding sources. The director will also be responsible for leading and organizing fundraising events. 

Responsibilities include:


  • Lead the annual fundraising planning process to produce effective strategies to achieve income targets across the range of revenue streams  
  • Organize semi-annual fundraising events  
  • Manage donor research, cultivation, tracking, correspondence, and acknowledgment 
  • Oversee entry and tracking of fundraising data; assist with database creation and management 
  • Foster ongoing relationships with donors 
  • Assist with other fundraising efforts as needed 


  • Research and identify new grant sources that complement MAHA and its mission
  • Prepare and write competitive grant proposals by gathering organization information, creating persuasive responses that will need minimal editing
  • Prepare contract proposals in accordance with business goals and objectives, administer major contracts for private and public funders as needed
  • Keep track of and meet all grant deadlines by maintaining a grant schedule and prioritizing proposals
  • Follow-up with funding sources on the progress of submitted proposals
  • Create and maintain a master file of all pending grants
  • Monitor the proposal process, ensure submission of grant reports, funder policies, and legal requirements are followed and completed in a timely manner
  • Ensure the Executive Director is informed on the progress of all grants and issues that may arise
  • Responsible for grant reporting to funders in a timely manner
  • Join weekly staff meeting to learn about organizational priorities and share give updates on new funding sources
  • Edit, draft, and advise on annual appeals, e-newsletters and other communications
  • Handle press releases and communicate with media representatives
  • Other grant and funding related responsibilities as time and circumstances permit


  • Bachelor’s Degree with 2-4 years of grant writing experience
  • Previous experience in a nonprofit setting (preferred)
  • Excellent writing skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks to meet proposal deadlines
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Highly Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, etc.), Adobe Acrobat, and utilizing internet resources to research grants.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter by September 15th, 2022 to:

 Executive Director, Symone Crawford, (Email:

** If you have questions, email Symone Crawford at

We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.