OARS is hiring a Director of Development and Community Engagement

Exciting opportunity to join our team in a dynamic environmental nonprofit

About OARS:
OARS is the nonprofit watershed organization for the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers in MetroWest/Central Massachusetts. OARS uses research, advocacy, and education to ensure that these beautiful rivers will continue to provide clean and abundant water, exceptional recreational opportunities, and rich wildlife habitat for the benefit of all our communities—all within a short drive of Boston, Lowell, and Worcester. For 35 years OARS has had a major impact on cleaning up our rivers and building climate resiliency.

OARS is seeking a motivated, collaborative and organized professional for the position of Director of Development and Community Engagement. This position is responsible for leading fundraising to meet OARS' financial needs, achieve our mission, and maximize our impact in the community, paired with communication and events to make OARS a highly visible and respected organization.

The Director of Development and Community Engagement reports directly to the Executive Director and works closely with the Finance and Operations Manager and Board Committees. This position is 20-25 hours/week, pay range $32-36/hour, based on qualifications, with paid vacation and 11 paid holidays. Flexible hours, hybrid or in-person at OARS’ office in West Concord, MA.

Core Responsibilities

  • all aspects of membership and fundraising program
  • annual strategic development/fundraising plan
  • unrestricted donations from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • ongoing relationships with major donors
  • OARS’ fundraising events, special and Annual Appeals, and other related events
  • renewal, reminder, and acknowledgement letters
  • utilize and maintain the member/donor database (CRM) system (Bloomerang)


  • produce high development materials and information
  • create and utilize effective conventional and social media outreach, e-newsletters, and website content to clearly communicate the mission and mobilize support for the work of the organization
  • support growth of volunteer participation in OARS’ work

Download the Job description

To Apply
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to office@oars3rivers.org. Include "DDCE [last name]" in the subject line. No calls, please. The position will be open until filled.

As an equal-opportunity employer, OARS aims to be an inclusive workplace that is representative of the people we serve. We encourage applications from all interested candidates and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, creed, religion, personal appearance, national origin, citizenship, age, gender, or sexual orientation.