Molly Abrahamson



About Us

Housing Families Inc., founded in 1986 by community members concerned about the growing crisis of homelessness, helped families make the transition out of homelessness to successfully retain permanent housing. Today, Housing Families is one of the largest and most capable providers of shelter and affordable rental housing in Massachusetts.

We provide safe, temporary shelter and quality affordable housing to those experiencing homelessness and at-risk families and individuals. We offer individualized supportive services to enrich children’s lives, nurture the potential of each individual, family member, and help families maintain permanent housing.

We are becoming a thought leader in the field of housing equity, to advocate with our clients at the state and federal lawmaking level, and to ensure that our culture and practices are rooted in antiracism and equity.

Our vision is a world in which everybody has a place to call home. We are looking for those who believe in this vision and for skilled, compassionate individuals who share in our agency values of Respect, Caring, Integrity, Growth, and Teamwork:

  • Respect – We treat people with dignity.
  • Caring – We show compassion and act thoughtfully.
  • Integrity – We adhere to high standards.
  • Growth – We foster innovation and continuous development.
  • Teamwork – We collaborate and celebrate.

Role Purpose & Responsibilities


The Development Associate reports to the Associate Director, Individual Giving and serves a key role in implementing a comprehensive development program and strategies to ensure funding that will serve Housing Families. This position will also work alongside the Associate Director, Grants and Contracts and Chief Executive Officer/Development Director.


  • Works with the Development team to determine solicitation strategies for increased community, foundation, corporate and individual support
  • In partnership with Associate Director, Grants and Contracts, supports grant research and application process (40% of workload), including:
    • Conducting research for prospective grant opportunities and outreach to prospects to determine their fit with our mission and programs
    • Drafting and editing proposals and supporting documentation for grant applications
    • Meeting weekly regarding grants project management and deadlines
    • Working collaboratively to strategically tailor applications to funders’ interests
    • Managing multiple proposals at a time and a calendar of deadlines
    • Entering grant information and research in the Raiser’s Edge database
  • In partnership with Associate Director, Individual Giving (60% of workload):
    • Supports marketing and annual fundraising communications, including annual campaigns and regular appeals to individual donors through email campaigns, social media posts, and print materials
    • Manage Housing Families’ social media and external communications, including designing and implementing monthly communications and social media strategy (including LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, email campaigns)
    • Perform research on current benchmark trends and audience preferences
    • Generate, edit, publish and share engaging content daily (e.g. original text, photos, videos and news), including fundraising campaign content
    • Ensure brand consistency
    • Communicate with followers and respond to queries in a timely manner
  • Provide support to ensure the successful execution of major fundraising and cultivations events throughout the year
  • Support the in-kind donation and drives-logistics team on donor related questions and donation stewardship
  • Adhere to ethical and confidentiality guidelines of the organization and donors
  • Provide support for donor relations efforts with a focus on donor retention
  • All other assigned duties as they arise

Qualifications / Requirements


  • Committed to using the Principles of Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) and ethical storytelling in all aspects of fundraising, including intentionally incorporating the principles in our communications and language around the clients we serve
  • The ideal candidate will be successful in working with people from broadly diverse ethnic, economic, social and cultural backgrounds, have strong interpersonal skills, as well as a culturally competent approach to soliciting and telling the stories of the individuals and families we serve
  • Experience in website, copywriting, and/or social media management
  • Experience successfully soliciting donations and/or sales experience


We believe that to be successful in this position, it is crucial that the candidate can honestly assess their strengths and determine that they include:

  • Maturity and ability to protect confidential and sensitive information
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience with CRM software (Blackbaud software [Raiser’s Edge] preferred)
  • Excellent communication and engagement skills
  • Attention to detail and time management
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and community-centric fundraising

Desired Characteristics

  • Detailed-oriented and organized outlook with ability to oversee multiple projects from origin through on-time execution
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure, both individually and within a team
  • Sensitivity to the challenges of low-income families and individuals
  • Knowledge of issues relating to housing equity, food insecurity, and health and wellness helpful but not required
  • Personal integrity, optimism, and a sense of humor

Physical Requirements

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Must be able to lift to 30 pounds at a time walking up and down flights of stairs
  • Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time at a desk while working on a computer

Eligibility Requirements

  • 3-4 years experience in nonprofit fundraising
  • Bachelors’ degree in communications, marketing, nonprofit management, writing or comparable field preferred
  • Equivalent combination of formal education and related experience may be substituted for degree
  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel in the Greater Boston area
  • Must be willing to work 40 hours per week, and adapt schedule as needed for work-related events when necessary, including some early morning and evening commitments
  • Hybrid remote work schedules are available with manager approval following a successful 90-day introductory period
  • Ability to form strong interpersonal relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must be able to pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) background check


  • Compensation/Hours:  40 hours per week/salary range: $48,000-50,000
  • Benefits: Eligible for full benefits including Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, 403B Retirement Plan, Paid Time Off, Tuition Reimbursement
  • Please send a cover letter and resume to: HR@housingfamilies.org
  • Please include “Development Associate” in the subject line.