About World Ocean School
On the tall ship Roseway, ship’s bells replace school
bells. Teamwork takes the place of busy work. And salty breezes
power an appetite for learning — about the ocean, community, and
For 20 years, the World Ocean School and Roseway have
been changing lives. More than 20,000 students have sailed on our
historic vessel for hours, days or weeks. As they plot a course
with chart and compass, hoist 2,000-pound sails up towering wooden
masts, or stand watch in her tapered bow, these young people learn
new skills and absorb an entirely new perspective. They come to see
themselves as capable of so much more than they understood before.
They return to shore with newfound confidence, pride, and the tools
to be changemakers who can bring their communities together and
work for a future where everyone can thrive.
As our schooner nears its centennial in 2025, World Ocean School
stands at a pivotal juncture. Our beloved wooden ship needs a major
restoration to remain seaworthy for more decades of service.
Another schooner, Denis Sullivan, has recently joined our
fleet, enabling us to expand our impact and continue to deliver our
programs uninterrupted while Roseway undergoes a historic
project. This moment invites us to honor the past and invest in the
We are looking for a powerhouse leader to join us to be part of
this exciting and historic season for World Ocean School.
To learn more about our exciting work, please visit www.worldoceanschool.org.
The Director of Development is a key partner on the Senior
Leadership Team at World Ocean School, providing critical
leadership and implementation of development activities at this
exciting moment in our organizational history. Reporting to the
Executive Director and managing the Development Associate and
part-time Database Administrator, the Director of Development is
responsible for sustaining and growing the annual philanthropic
support for World Ocean School. World Ocean School is currently a
$1.3M organization annually, planning for a multi-million dollar
campaign that would double our programming at the completion of the
project and ultimately require doubling the annual fund.
We are seeking an inspired leader and relationship builder to
reinforce and expand the World Ocean School Development Program to
sustain our transformative educational programming in Boston and
St. Croix, during a time of exciting organizational evolution and
growth. Specifically, but not limited to:
Manage, implement, and steward the
Annual Fund, including Annual Fundraising Events in Boston and St.
Steward annual fund donors through a
moves management program in Raisers Edge NXT, including the timely
production of customized acknowledgment letters, donor recognition
communications, and thanking donors by phone and email.
Manage the Development Associate and
Database Administrator to support the communications and
administrative efforts of our Development initiatives.
Work closely with the Director of
Operations, Port Captain, and Executive Director as the Senior
Leadership Team, to manage the budget, financial goals, and the
coordination of events and fundraising activities in the midst of
and parallel to programming.
Develop and maintain a pipeline of
major individual, foundation, and corporate donors.
A strong working relationship with
the Board of Directors, key stakeholders, volunteers, and our small
Qualifications: Strong candidates for this role
will exhibit many, if not all, of the following attributes,
experience, and qualifications:
An interest in the mission and vision
of World Ocean School and the ability to communicate passionately
about the impact of our work with various audiences and across
Experience in fundraising, with a
preference for at least 3-5 years of experience in annual
Demonstrated skills in event
A team player with the desire and
skills to lead and build community as we grow organizationally
Talent for developing meaningful,
genuine relationships through volunteer management and
Outstanding interpersonal and
communication skills, both oral and written, with comfort in public
speaking and presentations
An ability, grace, and sophistication
to interact with colleagues, donors, and clients of all levels and
Excellent organizational skills and
attention to detail
Technologically savvy and confident,
computer literate - specific experience with Raiser’s Edge NXT, and
the Google Suite preferred
Energetic, flexible, and able to work
in a dynamic environment
Comfortable working independently as
well as being an active leader of a small dynamic team
Mature well-grounded sense of
personal ethics, evident in the individual’s integrity, fairness,
and openness—upholding the highest standards in public and personal
Please note: This role involves travel and time on
evenings and weekends for events on board
Denis Sullivan, or in the
community to support our Development activities.
World Ocean School is an equal-opportunity employer. We seek
to build a team that reflects the diversity we celebrate in our
community. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants
who share our vision, as we want to engage all those who can
contribute to our work and mission. We encourage candidates of all
backgrounds to apply for this position and we do not discriminate
on any basis prohibited by law.
Compensation for this position will range from $68-90K depending
on experience. World Ocean School provides a benefits package
that includes health insurance, 401K with a matching option, two
weeks of vacation in addition to federal holidays, and office
closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
The Director of Development is a full-time, exempt, 12-month
staff position, entitled to full benefits. The position could
be a hybrid work arrangement, with the requirement that certain
events and meetings will require in-person participation. World
Ocean School is committed to relationship building and values
face-to-face engagement as our educational programming embodies
this, especially for an integral leader in a small, dynamic team.
This position includes travel and work in St. Croix, US Virgin
Islands, specifically. Travel and accommodations will be provided
for duties outside of Boston.
To Apply: Please send a resume and compelling
cover letter addressed to Eden Leonard, Executive Director, to