Employment Opportunities

Development Director- Half Time




TITLE:  Development Director


LightHouse Holyoke is changing what school can be. We are an educational nonprofit in downtown Holyoke, Massachusetts founded in 2015. We are extremely proud of our inspired, engaged staff who truly enjoy working together. LightHouse serves 50 teenagers and their families, offering a transformational educational experience to some of the students who need it most. We are in the process of growing our development team, currently consisting of the Executive Director and an administrative support person, with further support from our Board of Directors. We are seeking a half time director with the hope and plan that this will grow into a full time position.


LightHouse is seeking a half time Development Director to envision and oversee our donor relations and manage our fundraising initiatives. The Development Director will report directly to the Executive Director and collaborate closely with her in identifying and cultivating relationships with donors as well as stewarding donor relationships. This position requires a skilled collaborator who is inspired by our mission. Applicants should be detail oriented, creative, organized, self-starters with a commitment to creating a high-quality donor experience.


⚬ Design and coordinate strategic development plan for LightHouse.

⚬ Envision and realize major fundraising events and initiatives.

⚬ Develop relationships with donors and communicate effectively about our work.

⚬ Coordinate donor cultivation process and maintain donor activity information in donor database with help from support staff.

⚬ Manage donor database for Lighthouse fundraising. Produce standard and ad hoc reports on donor analytics.

⚬ Prepare and send timely donor acknowledgements.

⚬ Support additional marketing efforts and communications.

⚬ Manage printed materials, mailing list and tracking responses. Coordinate with post office, printer and mailing house in collaboration with support staff.


⚬ One to three years working in development, ideally two to four years in a leadership position.

⚬ Demonstrated success in fundraising.

⚬ Knowledge of basic research principles and donor research, grant application and writing; proficient in English.

⚬ Computer knowledge and experience required, including Microsoft programs Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience managing databases is essential.

⚬ Must be able to manage multiple priority projects at once with ease and efficiency. Must be a self-starter who is highly motivated, can think independently and analytically, is organized, and detail oriented.

⚬ Experience coordinating events and experience maintaining relationships with donors.

⚬ Requires valid driver’s license and reliable transportation / vehicle.


⚬ Ability to interact with contacts inside and outside Lighthouse with tact, professionalism, and care to establish and maintain productive and positive relationships.

⚬ Highly organized and detail oriented with the ability to prioritize tasks, implement and track projects, set goals, and effectively manage time.

⚬ Independent and strong work ethic.

⚬ Ability to hold confidential data such as donor and grant application information which if disclosed may have adverse internal or external effect.

⚬ Creative thinker with the ability to effectively work in team environment.

⚬ Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and adapt to new or unexpected challenges.

⚬ Excellent judgment, the ability to meet new or different situations positively, and make relevant decisions within established policies.

⚬ Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively interact with diverse groups and present data on which Lighthouse leadership bases important decisions, and the ability to read, write and communicate in English. Bilingual Spanish-English preferred.

⚬ Must be able to maintain regular onsite attendance when safe to do so in regard to CoVid, and the ability to work remotely when necessary.


LightHouse Holyoke is an equal opportunity organization. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


Flow of work and character of duties require mental and visual along with some manual coordination.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Usual office working conditions. The noise level in the work environment can be high due to numbers of people and high levels of activity.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, talk and hear; lift, carry and maintain balance. The employee may rarely lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee is regularly required to sit and stand; push and pull with force. The employee occasionally is required to climb and stoop; reach with hands and arms, use hands to finger objects or controls. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision; reading of written, printed or computer screen data.


  • Reports to the Executive Director


Optional 50% employer sponsored health insurance and four weeks scheduled paid vacation.

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] We look forward to meeting you!


Core Staff Teacher/Advisor

LightHouse Holyoke is an innovative educational program for teens choosing to
pursue a personalized approach to their education. Guided by an advisor,
LightHouse teens develop their own goals and learn at their own pace in a
supportive, bilingual community. Teens have the opportunity to pursue learning
through classes, individual tutorials, independent studies, volunteer work in the
community, and through their own natural exploration and inquiry. LightHouse is a nonprofit program, open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3pm, September
through June, serving 50 teens.

LightHouse is seeking a highly-skilled, creative, compassionate, and innovative
individual to fill the position of  Core Staff Advisor and Teacher. The Teacher/Advisor will be part of a team of “core staff” that also includes the Executive Director, Program Director, Teacher/Advisors, and the Development Associate. Together this team will guide LightHouse forward, working collaboratively to provide a world-class education to teens in Hampden County.

The Advisor will be responsible for:

• Developing and teaching courses on varied topics throughout the year,
based on their own expertise as well as the interests of LightHouse students.
• Working one-on-one with teens to arrange and facilitate individual tutorials in subjects of interest.
• Serving as an advisor for up to 12 teens, meeting one-on-one weekly to provide support in developing their individual academic programs and personal growth.
• Providing guidance and support to all LightHouse students, through
informal conversations, one-on-one meetings and group discussions.
• Participating in community events, including the weekly community meeting, weekly staff meeting, helping to care for our space and professional development every Friday afternoon.

Job Description

We are seeking an individual with, above all else, a demonstrated passion for
working with young people, a commitment to transformative education, and an
ability to be forward-thinking. The ideal candidate will meet many of the following
• Experienced teacher and/or tutor
• Professional work background in education/working with young people
• Knowledgeable and experienced with models of non-traditional education
• Skill or expertise in relevant instructional area/in-demand knowledge base
• Sense of humor, desire to have fun, laugh, and enjoy what we are doing!
• A desire to be part of a team that strives to make decisions collaboratively
and to work together cooperatively and supportively
• Fluent in Spanish and English
• Familiarity with Holyoke and its surrounding communities
• Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments, as well as to
understanding and addressing issues of social (in)justice
• Commitment to the belief that teens in and around Holyoke deserve a
positive and affirming educational experience, and that authentic selfdirected
learning can be a pathway for fostering confidence, passion, and
ultimately success in young people This position is 34 hours per week,
8:30am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 – 3:00 on Fridays, with
a half-hour lunch break each day. The position has an annual employment
cycle of August 31- June 15 (dates may vary slightly year to year).

LightHouse Holyoke provides core staff with optional employer-sponsored health
insurance, a 2% contribution to an IRA, a paid sick time benefit, and four weeks
paid time off during student vacations (December, February, April) as well as
additional holidays during the academic year.

LightHouse Holyoke is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate
on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender
expression, religion, national origin, disability, or any other protected category.

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] We look forward to meeting you!

Teaching Positions

Courses at LightHouse are taught in 10-13 week blocks.  Classes meet twice per week for 90 minutes, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.  Class times are 9:00-10:25, 10:30-12:00, and 1:00-2:30.

Some courses are taught by core staff directors, some by volunteers and college work-study students, and some by paid teachers.

Most classes are relevant to one or more of our Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Creative Arts, Tech, and College Prep.

If you would like to offer a course, we accept proposals on a rolling basis.

Offer a course


LightHouse would like to provide lunch to all students four days per week.  Our ideal vision is that lunch prep be a class for 5 or 6 students to work with a local chef to prepare a meal that we will then all eat together.

Preparation will happen between 10:30 and noon, and we will eat together and clean up between noon and 1:00.

We are in the conversation with local chefs and kitchens to develop this possibility, and looking for more.

If you are interested in being part of providing fresh, healthy meals to our community, either as a cook, teacher, or visionary, please be in touch: [email protected]

Community Partners

LightHouse will spend Fridays off-site engaging in community work, service learning, and other enrichment activities.

Our goal is to partner with one organization per block or per year in order to give us time to build a meaningful relationship and to offer useful assistance.  LightHouse teens and staff will work on projects that are of use to our partner organization, and learn about the important work that the organization is doing.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner or in being part of the vision team for this aspect of the program, please be in touch: [email protected]

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