Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center

ToxicsAction Toxics Action Center

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Toxics Action Center, a New England-wide non-profit public health and environmental organization, seeks a smart, hard-working and detail-oriented individual who knows that it takes an engaged and active citizenry to make democracy work, hold polluters accountable, and win real results for public health and the environment.

The Development Associate will play a key role in building Toxics Action Center’s membership and raising the money needed to win on our crucial campaigns organizing with communities to tackle environmental threats and bring residents together to achieve proactive, positive change.


At Toxics Action Center, we start from the core belief that everyone has the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community where government operates responsively and democratically. For the last 29 years, our mission has been to make these rights a reality by organizing side by side with residents who are facing toxic threats. We train residents in the skills and know-how they need to run effective local campaigns, while also developing long-term leaders to fuel New England’s progressive movements. We have prioritized working in communities of color and low-income communities, who bear the biggest burden of environmental injustice. Our work has helped fenceline and environmental justice groups win hundreds of local victories: we have prevented radioactive waste dumps from being built across Massachusetts, helped win fights against incinerators and landfills and for zero waste across the region, won retirement of three coal-fired power plants in Massachusetts, and organized with citizens in South Portland to stop Exxon Mobil’s plans to bring tar sands into Maine.

Job Description:

That’s where you come in. We are seeking an organizational builder who is a skilled face-to-face fundraiser, efficient, systems-oriented, attentive to detail, and an excellent writer. You know that corporate polluters have deep pockets and will go to great lengths to avoid responsibility for their messes, and that government bureaucracies are under-funded and slow to act. You believe in the power of grassroots funds to fuel community organizing, and you’re willing to organize and engage with donors so that we can achieve our goals. You are sharp, committed to social change, and have an excellent fundraising track record and strong project management skills.

Key Responsibilities:

Major Donor Program. Implement a strategy of writing, calling and holding one-on-one meetings with current members to ask them to deepen their financial support. Design and print materials for donor meetings and cultivation. Keep in touch with top donors and funders throughout the year, creating and sending at least six personalized updates. Engage donors in program and organizational work, such as events or campaign actions.

  • Membership Prospecting. Plan, implement and manage two staff canvasses a year to identify new members.
  • Event Planning. Plan and implement at least three house parties per year to fundraise and identify potential new supporters. Assist with Toxics Action Center’s conferences and summits, including the Center’s flagship annual event: The Local Environmental Action Conference. This includes planning and recruiting co-sponsors, attendees, and high-quality speakers.
  • Administration. Implement systems for tracking income for the Toxics Action Center team. Track rates for calling, canvassing and donor work, and assist in developing budgets.


Candidates must be relational, ambitious, have leadership experience, strong written and verbal communication skills, a track record of accomplishment, and an ability to work effectively with all different types of people. The ideal candidate is passionate about community organizing, movement building, and racial and environmental justice.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary for this position is commensurate with relevant professional experience. Toxics Action Center offers a competitive benefits package. Eligible staff receive health insurance, paid holidays, sick days, vacation days, and the opportunity to enroll in our college loan assistance and 401(k) programs. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


This position is based in Boston.

To Apply:

Apply below. Direct your application to Sylvia Broude, Executive Director.  We’ll review your application, and if we are if we are interested in discussing your candidacy further, we will be in touch with you shortly.

Toxics Action Center is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace and a diverse movement.  People of color, women, and LGBT people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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