Development Officer (LDPBI)

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Boston, MA

Chaplain Clementina (Tina) Chéry co-founded the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in honor of her son Louis who was murdered in the crossfire of a shootout. Louis was an avid reader, a total bookworm. He was caring and compassionate. Louis believed that all young people had the potential to be peacemakers regardless of what side of the streets they come from. He had the long-term goal of becoming the first Black president of the United States. 

When Louis was pronounced brain-dead, Tina left the hospital empty-handed and empty-hearted because there were no homicide response protocols in place at that time. In the 22 years since Louis was killed, there have more than 1320 murders in Boston. Each one of those victims leaves behind beloved family, friends, co-workers, and classmates to cope with lasting trauma after a homicide. 

The Peace Institute is a center of healing, teaching and learning for families and communities dealing with murder, trauma, grief and loss.  Our commitment is to transform society’s response to homicide so all families are treated with dignity and compassion. Our programs and services are grounded in the Center for Disease Control’s social-ecological framework that interventions are needed at multiple levels in order to interrupt cycles of violence. The heart of our work is with families impacted by murder on both sides. Our impact extends to community and society through tools, training, and technical assistance. 

The Peace Institute is recognized across the state and country for the best practices in the field of homicide response. With 22 years of experience, the Peace Institute continues to innovate and grow. Over the next two years we will work to launch a Training & Technical Assistance Center to increase the capacity of public health professionals and institutional stakeholders to implement coordinated, consistent, and compassionate homicide response protocols. 

At this critical and exciting juncture, we seek an experienced development professional to build on a strong fundraising foundation—including the annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace—and to lead the strategic growth of our fundraising for the next era of our work. 

The Development Officer will work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and a dynamic fundraising and communications team. 


§    Work closely and collaboratively with President/CEO, fundraising staff, Board of Directors, and Fundraising Committee

§    Increase Mother’s Day Walk for Peace sponsorship revenue from family foundations, hospitals, and especially corporate donors

§    Co-design and implement a major donor program that expands our network and revenue from major donors over the next two years

§    Build and maintain relationships with new and existing donors and funders

§    Develop and implement strategies to increase revenue from our existing donor base


§    Significant experience in fundraising, development and/or philanthropy

§    Good fit with the Peace Institute mission, the Seven Principles of Peace, and the Peace Institute’s community-oriented workplace culture

§    Ability to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers, providing them with direction and support to accomplish fundraising tasks

§    Ability to work effectively and comfortably with a broad spectrum of people including survivors of homicide victims, families of incarcerated people, communities of color, development/philanthropy professionals, donors, business owners, and elected leaders

§    Experience developing strategies to increase revenue from current and potential donors

§    Attention to detail, ability to manage multiple tasks and complete work on schedule and within budget

§    Outstanding writing, editing, speaking, research and presentation skills

§    Experience with donor databases, event management, and donor relations and communications 


Position is full time (40 hours/week), including some evening and weekend work. Starting salary is $50,000 depending on experience. The Peace Institute offers a competitive benefit package.


To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to <[email protected]> by November 30th, 2016. Position will remain open until filled. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to submit a writing sample at that time. 

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Peace Institute is an equal opportunity employer.  

Transforming Society’s Response to Homicide

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