Employment & Volunteering

There are a variety of opportunities for people interested in getting involved with the work of the Foundation for MetroWest. Below are some of the employment and volunteering opportunities currently available; interested individuals should email us or call (508) 647-2260.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Foundation for MetroWest team. We are currently seeking: Chief Operating Officer and Development Associate.

Chief Operating Officer

Title: Chief Operating Officer
Job Function: Business Operations
Location: Natick, MA

Organization Overview
The Foundation for MetroWest is a community foundation founded in 1995 with a mission to connect philanthropic opportunity with demonstrated need in the MetroWest region. We are building a permanent source of philanthropy for the region. We help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofit organizations, and work to enhance the quality of life for all of our citizens. The Foundation is seeking a skilled professional to join our management team. 

Position Summary
The Foundation for MetroWest is hiring our first Chief Operating Officer (COO) to help further build the internal organizational infrastructure to accomplish our ambitious goals. The Foundation for MetroWest has grown steadily and the COO will play a critical role in supporting the organization’s next phase of growth. The primary responsibilities of the COO will be to ensure the overall health, growth and sustainability of the organization through building effective operations and programs, setting goals and metrics that lead to high performance across all functions, leading and growing a talented team, and partnering with the Executive Director in executing the strategic plan through best practices. The COO will report to the Executive Director and directly supervise a staff of six.

Position Outcomes
During the first 6 months of his or her tenure, the COO will:

  • Review key processes of business functions for efficiency and effectiveness in meeting needs of the business.
  • Review talent and performance management processes ensuring expectations and accountabilities are clear across the organization and that staff are given opportunities to develop professionally.
  • Introduce project management and measurement practices ensuring that resources are effectively deployed and efforts are appropriately prioritized, planned, and tracked across the organization.
  • Partner with the senior staff in the formalizing management practices in the organization; enable their ongoing development as managers and leaders for their teams; support a staff culture of mutual cooperation, collaboration, and respect.

Key Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Executive Director, oversee the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, making adjustments based on data and metrics and the evolving needs of the organization. 
  • Serve as the internal leader of the organization to oversee the annual operations plan and budgeting process.
  • Present to the Board at quarterly meetings and serve on several board committees.
  • With management team, lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates the team’s performance in alignment with organizational goals. 
  • Refine core human resources functions including recruiting, onboarding and training, compensation and benefits, employee relations,and performance evaluation; instill a coaching culture across management structures. 
  • Bridge departmental operations to optimize processes and systems that lead to efficiency. 
  • Directly supervise three senior staff members, with specific oversight of the following areas: 
                • Programs (Grantmaking, Youth in Philanthropy and the Center for Philanthropy Education) 
                • Town Funds
                • Finance and Operations
  • Identification of metrics, tools, and processes to scale impact.
  • Finance, Technology, and Human Resources
  • Financial and accounting systems and strategic budgeting
  • Technology infrastructure and investments 
  • Recruitment, onboarding and performance management systems
  • Translating identified metrics, tools, and processes to external partners and donors 


  • Significant experience overseeing business operations, and driving results in a high-performance, growing and evolving organization. 
  • Proven track record of achieving short and long-term organizational objectives and financial growth through the implementation of infrastructure, business processes, and systems; especially in a multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Excellent quantitative knowledge and problem solving skills in order to analyze, assess, and manage financial, human resources, technology, administrative and operational execution.
  • Strong organizational management with the ability to develop high-performing multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experienced strategist, innovator, and executor who will contribute in the leadership, management, and growth of the organization; adept at synthesizing information, building stakeholder trust and making sound decisions.
  • Critical thinker who can successfully build and lead an execution strategy from a long-term vision, taking an analytical approach.
  • Strong manager of people; demonstrated success managing and inspiring teams to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Ability to coach and mentor diverse staff; ability to inspire trust and high performance. 
  • Demonstrated passion for the nonprofit sector and the mission of the Foundation for MetroWest. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in business relevant field strongly preferred.
To Apply
Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter, including salary requirements and outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position to info@foundationformetrowest.org. The Foundation for MetroWest offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.


Development Associate

Status: Full Time
Education: Bachelors Degree preferred
3+ Years of experience working in an office environment
Reports to: Manager of Annual Fund & Communications

The Development Associate will play an integral role in supporting the growth of the organization and our mission by providing operational administrative support to all aspects of the Foundation’s fundraising activities.

Database Responsibilities

  • Manage the Foundation’s donor database, including: maintaining data integrity, managing mailing lists, event attendance/participation, gift records, constituent queries and exports
  • Work with Operations Associate to coordinate and manage database capabilities for maximum efficiency and accuracy
  • Enter all gifts in Etapestry, including checks, pledges, recurring gifts, credit cards, online gifts, and event ticket purchases
  • Produce and process all gift acknowledgement letters in a timely manner
  • Work with outside vendors and brokers to ensure that gifts of stock are processed and recorded correctly 
  • Generate and circulate daily reports to appropriate staff at the Foundation
  • Acts as first point of contact for donors with questions about giving to Foundation

Annual Appeal

  • Working with the Manager of Annual Fund and Communications, assist in the planning and implementation of the Foundation’s Annual Appeal 
  • Generate mail merges where appropriate for solicitations
  • Track giving, generate reports, and analyze annual giving results

Events and Special Projects

  • Help organize and implement fundraising/cultivation events including annual Spring Inspiration Breakfast, Community Leadership Breakfast, Grant Celebration and others
  • Plan and implement all donor and development special events
  • Provide administrative support for all special projects as necessary
  • Provide support as necessary to Foundation staff in preparing proposals and reports to funders
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to Foundation for MetroWest staff 
  • Provide support for Executive Director development activities
Knowledge and Skills
  • Database experience required – eTapestry and/or donor database experience is a plus
  • Must have excellent and current technology skills- superior proficiency with MS Office Suite (including Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Very strong organizational skills: 
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to draft thoughtful well constructed, personalized gift acknowledgement letters
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working and communicating with a wide range of people 
Other Requirements
  • Flexible work schedule- (some early morning meetings, and some later evening events)
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Willingness to roll your sleeves up, do the “little things that need to be done”
  • Self motivated, detail oriented, focused
  • Professional demeanor, team player, positive attitude
  • Ideal candidate will live in or have strong ties to the MetroWest community
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: info@foundationformetrowest.org
Incomplete applications will not be considered


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Thank you for your interest in joining the Foundation for MetroWest team. 

College-level internship

Fundraising and Research Assistant for Fall 2017


Internship opportunities  for Youth in Philanthropy alumni

YIP Instructor Assistant Fall 2017

Office Internship for Fall 2017 


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Youth in Philanthropy Junior Board

Launching Fall 2017

The YIP Junior Board offers past participants of the Youth in Philanthropy program, their friends and peers, opportunities to engage in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, while igniting unique leadership opportunities within their communities. The program supports young people as they look to gain a deeper understanding of the underserved youth population in the MetroWest region, and how they can individually and collaboratively help shape the future of this population.

The idea of a YIP Junior Board grew from the desire of YIP participants to stay connected to the world of philanthropy beyond the core YIP program. There are many meaningful and tangible benefits for students who want to join the YIP Junior Board. We like to call it the next level of youth philanthropy leadership!

Through committing to join the YIP Junior Board, members will have the opportunity to not only create change in their community, but be exposed to professional development seminars, non-profit board shadowing opportunities, and much more throughout the year.

The Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) Junior Board is scheduled to launch fall 2017 and will hold its first committee meeting in September.


The Board

The Youth in Philanthropy Junior Board is seeking a maximum of 20 motivated members who are willing to promote, raise awareness, and fundraise for the Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program. Members should have a strong desire to see the program grow so that it can have an even greater impact throughout the MetroWest region.

Board Leadership

The board will have five (5) leadership positions and two (2) sub-committees:
Leadership Positions

  • Oversee the YIP Junior Board chairs and committees
  • Facilitate all meetings
  • Ensure committee leaders are on track with goals
  • Sets agenda for each meeting
  • Primary liaison between Board and non-profit organizations
  • Oversee and distribute all meeting minutes
  • Manage information sent out among board members


  • Oversee and approve all fundraising initiatives
  • Work with all members to organize fundraising events, assign responsibilities, and keeps track of committee member assignments as they relate to fundraising goals

Sub-Committee: Fundraising

  • Creatively determine fundraising strategy for YIP Junior Board
  • Work to ensure fundraising events and initiatives are carried out among all board members; ensures fundraising success to meet YIP Board goals

Public Relations/Social Media

  • Oversee promotion of the YIP program throughout MetroWest; includes speaking engagements within MetroWest region
  • Assist Foundation in managing social media handles, calendar, and ambassadors as it relates to YIP promotion
  • Acts as primary liaison between YIP social media ambassadors and Alumni Board

Sub-Committee: Public Relations/Social Media

  • Creatively determine ways to promote YIP within the region and beyond through print, electronic, and social media
  •  Assist fundraising committee in promotion of fundraising events and initiatives


The board will be comprised of no more than 20 YIP alumni, friends, and peers. Board members must commit to the following:

  • Serve a minimum of a one (1) year term; with option to renew
  • Attend four (4) in person meetings, per year; committee meetings as assigned
  • Attend YIP Junior Board fundraising events as assigned
  • Attend one (1) community service event, hosted by YIP Junior Board
  • Fundraise for designated non-profit or board event
  • Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador and recruiter for YIP

Serving on the Youth in Philanthropy Junior Board during this crucial time of growth for the program is an excellent opportunity to deepen your leadership skills, engage with other civically-minded young people, partner with youth-focused non-profits in the MetroWest region, and help promote the importance of youth philanthropy education and giving back in your local community.

If you have questions or would like to further discuss this opportunity, please contact Renee Quinn, Senior Philanthropy Officer or 508.647.2260.

The work of the Foundation is dependent upon active committee members. In addition to our Board of Trustees, permanent committees are also staffed by volunteers. These individuals donate their time, energy, and expertise on the following committees: Audit, Development & Marketing, Distribution, Executive, Finance, Government, and Investment. Ad hoc committees are often created to handle specific events. We welcome those with specific expertise or interest to inquire about participation.

There are no volunteer positions available at this time. Check back soon!

High school students are invited to volunteer at our office for a variety of administrative tasks. Volunteers must be willing to commit to regular hours at least once per week. In addition to general office work for the Foundation as a whole, there are opportunities to assist the Youth in Philanthropy program. Activities may include curriculum research, alumni outreach, creating and compiling surveys, and general program-related tasks.