Communications & Development Coordinator

Development · Roxbury, Massachusetts
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Compensation $45,000 per year

About the Opportunity

826 Boston seeks a creative individual with strong organizational skills to serve as the Communications & Development Coordinator. The ideal candidate will build on the team’s current strengths—centering students in communications and events, spreading awareness about the work of the 826 Boston team, cultivating collaborative relationships with donors—and assist with the team’s future growth, including identifying ways to expand and diversify our community of supporters. 


826 Boston is a nonprofit writing, tutoring, and publishing organization where students in grades K-12 and beyond can share their stories, amplify their voices, and develop as leaders in school and in life.



  • Work closely with the Communications Manager to design and implement a communications strategy, including a yearly calendar of campaigns and activities, brand management oversight, and an online presence that reflects our commitment to our ongoing DEI and antiracism work 
  • Create social media content (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn), with the goal of transforming followers into engaged supporters who become donors or volunteers
  • Manage the 826 Boston website, including developing a content marketing plan that amplifies student voice and showcases the work of the 826 Boston team and its community
  • Coordinate book release parties and seek out other opportunities for students to showcase their work and to work alongside other authors, artists, and partners in the community


  • Work closely with the Development and Events Manager to provide support in day-to-day fundraising efforts, including managing and updating the databases that track and record contributions from donors, and overseeing the gift acknowledgment process
  • Support one or more aspects of 826 Boston’s annual fundraising events, including community outreach for sponsorships, event logistics, donor coordination, and management of our online event platform
  • Seek out and attend virtual and in-person events to help strengthen existing relationships, and expand and diversify our donor community 


The ideal candidate is a team player with a steadfast commitment to improving the quality of K-12 education, a desire to work in a collaborative and inclusive culture, and a passion for youth empowerment through writing and publishing.

826 Boston recognizes that impostor syndrome and the confidence gap might prevent some applicants from applying. Few candidates will have all of the relevant experience listed below, but 826 Boston is committed to assessing candidates with transferable skills and a willingness to be trained for this role.

Skills and experiences:

  • 1-3 years of professional experience in communications, development, or nonprofits preferred
  • Strong communication skills, and an ability to proofread others’ work
  • Strong organizational, time management, and resource management skills; high attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering community, building a strong sense of team, and embracing values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Commitment to 826 Boston mission and to honoring the identities, experiences, and voices of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and differently-abled communities
  • Professional experience with social media platforms preferred
  • Knowledge of digital accessibility practices a plus
  • Experience in Salesforce, Google Apps, and Canva preferred


$45,000 per year. Benefits include generous paid time off (including vacation, sick leave, holidays, and a two-week winter break); flexible schedule, including hybrid work options; health and dental insurance (826 Boston covers 80% of premiums); parental leave; and more. This position will have a designated workspace available in a wheelchair-accessible office.

This is an exempt, full-time position that reports to the Communications Manager. The ideal start date for this position is in the summer of 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

In addition to submitting an application, please also complete the following form ( and note the confirmation code shown upon completion of the form, which you will be asked to share below. The code is universal for all applicants and is used to verify completion of the form.

826 Boston Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement 

At 826 Boston, we honor and actively work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across our organization. We are committed to centering the voices of the students who we serve, to creating inclusive spaces, and to incorporating feedback from our community into our decision-making processes. Our DEI lens is always evolving through the courageous conversations in which we participate and the relationships that we build through our work and service. We strengthen our cultural competency through experience, training, and feedback, which informs the development of all new organizational practices and goals and the evaluation of all existing procedures.

826 Boston is dedicated to providing a platform for student advocacy through writing and publishing opportunities. In our work and mission, we are committed to dismantling white supremacy culture by recognizing that we are complicit in systems of racism and oppression. We will work to hold ourselves accountable in addressing these harmful structures and behaviors. 

About Us

826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, co-founded by the award-winning author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, that were named in GOOD Magazine’s “30 Places We Want to Work.” Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to more than 29,000 students and has been recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the best places in the city to volunteer. 826 Boston’s youth writers have published their work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous award-winning 826 Boston books, including A Place for Me in the World, which was hailed as a “triumph of middle school education” by The Boston Globe. In 2013, the 826 National network garnered the prestigious American Literacy Prize awarded by the Library of Congress.

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  • Location
    Roxbury, Massachusetts
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  • Compensation
    $45,000 per year