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.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Foundation for MetroWest team. Please see below for our current open positions. 

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Development Assistant

Education: Bachelors Degree, 3+ years of experience working in an office environment
Location: Natick, MA
Job Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt (20 hours per week)
Reports to: Senior Development Officer

Position Overview
The Development Assistant will play an integral role in supporting the growth of the organization and our mission by executing all aspects of the Foundation’s donor database system as it relates to the Development Team. This position will also play a role in the donor moves management process.

Database Responsibilities

  • Execute on all aspects related to the Foundation’s donor database system, including: maintaining data integrity, managing mailing lists, event attendance/participation, gift records, constituent queries and reports
  • 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, stock gifts, and event ticket purchases
  • Produce and process all gift acknowledgement letters in a timely manner
  • Generate and circulate reports to appropriate staff 
  • Maintain and update prospect records in eTapestry

Moves Management Responsibilities

  • Support the Development team in the donor moves management process through updated donor data via eTapestry
  • Attend regularly scheduled development meetings to capture data on prospects to input into eTapestry
  • Implement process for disbursing donor portfolios to Development Team
  • Some responsibility for prospect research, researching prospects via online and print sources, and creating brief donor profiles in eTapestry.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Very strong attention to detail
  • Very strong organizational skills:     
  • Juggle a variety of activities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Assess and manage priorities 
  • Ability to take initiative     
  • Problem solve
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • Excellent technology skills. Superior proficiency with MS Office Suite (including Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Database experience preferred. eTapestry and/or CRM experience a plus.
  • 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

  • Adhere to ethical and confidentiality guidelines and safeguard the confidentiality of donor information at all times
  • Consistent work schedule; ability to work 20 hours per week
  • Excellent work ethic and passion for working in a team-focused environment 
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented
  • 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: jobs@foundationformetrowest.org

Incomplete applications will not be considered

Foundation for MetroWest offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.  Foundation for MetroWest is an equal opportunity employer.

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) Instructor

The Foundation for MetroWest seeks energetic and passionate individuals to educate and mentor local teens participating in our Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program.

A unique experiential learning program, YIP provides participants the knowledge to become engaged and informed civic leaders in our community by learning the importance of philanthropy and the needs that exist in our backyard. YIP also helps local youth develop valuable 21st century skills, including critical thinking, financial literacy, public speaking, consensus-building, and case-making. Each YIP group, comprised of 20 High School students, works together to evaluate grant applications and distribute funds to worthy youth-serving nonprofits in our communities.

The goals of YIP are:

  • To give students the skills that they need to be successful and active civic leaders
  • To guide youth in identifying their philanthropic interests and goals through exposure to philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and fundraising
  • To improve our communities by granting funds to local organizations dedicated to improving the lives of youth
  • To build a culture of philanthropy among our communities’ youth that will be carried through to the next generation


  • Educate students using the Foundation’s philanthropy, leadership and grant making curriculum as a guide
  • Guide students in the promotion of community leadership and giving by providing a deep understand of how individual/group actions and grant making impact the community
  • Provide a safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environment that supports student learning, leadership, and growth
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with YIP participants and serve as a professional role model and mentor
  • Motivate students to plan and implement a fundraising project that supports the YIP group’s grant making
  • Accompany and support students during site visits to local nonprofit organizations
  • Communicate regularly with students and Foundation staff
  • Complete administrative duties, including attendance tracking, updating class information on YIP’s online platform, collecting student paperwork, etc.


  • Interest and experience in working with and mentoring youth and teens
  • Experience and comfort with classroom management
  • Passionate about community development and service learning
  • Ability to demonstrate a theoretical foundation in the principals and practices of philanthropy, leadership and the nonprofit sector
  • Personal connection to philanthropy (volunteer, board member, staff member, etc.) preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Creative, professional, flexible, and excellent sense of humor
  • Experience working with a diverse range of individuals and accepting of different perspectives and cultures
  • Ability to build a climate of inclusivity
  • Knowledge of MetroWest community a plus
  • CORI and Driving Record checks required

A training program with regular check-ins and ongoing support is required of all instructors.

The Foundation currently has YIP Instructor positions available for the Needham program for High School students. The program runs from January to May with a commitment of 4 hours/week for 17 weeks:

Needham: You can find a detailed program schedule here.

To Apply:
Please submit your résumé and cover letter to:

Julie Williams, Program Officer
Phone: 508-647-2260

Program Officer, Nonprofit Effectiveness

Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Location: Natick, MA
Job Status: Full-time
Reports to: Senior Program Officer

Position Overview: The Program Officer, Nonprofit Effectiveness is a critical team member for the Foundation’s Program team and will work closely with the Senior Program Officer on aspects of the Foundation’s program activities and grant making. In this role, he/she is responsible for helping to develop and sustain long-term relationships with community stakeholders, program partners and nonprofit organizations to support multiple Foundation programs, including the Center for Philanthropy Education and Foundation Grant Programs. The Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Center for Philanthropy Education: This role will oversee all aspects of annual program strategy and delivery, including:
    • Managing relevant workshops, convenings, and cohort-based learning series for nonprofit professionals and board members 
    • Identifying and engaging content experts
    • Developing and adjusting programming as necessary to meet expectations outlined in the program’s strategic plan
    • Measuring program impact and outcomes
    • Building and maintaining industry relationships to keep informed on community issues and events
    • Articulating the importance of our nonprofit capacity building opportunities and the Foundation’s expertise in the field
  • Grant Programs: This role will support the Senior Program Officer in developing and implementing all Foundation Grant Programs. This person will also support our Town Funds with their respective Grant Programs and serve as the main point of contact. Specific responsibilities include:  
    • Ensuring timely and effective grants management processes
    • Managing grant criteria, applications, and reports through Foundant 
    • Evaluating proposals
    • Assembling and working with multiple committees 
    • Building and maintaining grantee relationships to keep informed on community issues and events
    • Conducting nonprofit meetings/visits as necessary
    • Solving problems and adjusting programs as needed to achieve desired results
    • Providing technical assistance and any reporting or data as needed to staff, committee and board members, and applicants
    • Supporting other key funds with grant making efforts as necessary

The successful candidate will demonstrate a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and will possess strong communication and analytical skills. Additional qualities include:

  • Must have exceptional technology skills, including familiarity of or willingness to learn online grants management and event systems
  • Ability to gather, analyze and produce key reports and data related to programs 
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Grant making or philanthropy experience a plus
  • Keen conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • Ability to prioritize, juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Flexible work schedule (some early morning meetings, and some later evening events)
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good sense of humor
  • Willingness to roll your sleeves up, do the “little things that need to be done”
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, focused, ambitious
  • Professional demeanor, team player, positive attitude
  • Strong ties to the MetroWest community a plus

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to info@foundationformetrowest.org.  

Foundation for MetroWest offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.  Foundation for MetroWest is an equal opportunity employer.

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

We often have openings for college level internships as well as high school internships.

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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.

The Foundation for MetroWest is currently seeking Instructor's Assistants for our spring Youth in Philanthropy programs in Needham, Wellesley, Weston, and Sudbury. As a YIP Instructor’s Assistant you would be responsible for assisting the YIP Instructor with a variety of tasks, including:

  • Organizing and disseminating any materials and supplies to students
  • Supporting YIP students during activities and group work
  • Recording and gathering any class information
  • Helping to keep the class on task and engaged
  • Helping to keep class space clean and organized
  • Facilitating positive group discussions when necessary
  • Being an overall positive role model to YIP students
  • Other duties as assigned by the YIP Instructor

Candidates are required to have participated in a semester-long YIP program with the Foundation for MetroWest. Experience in a YIP leadership role is preferred, but not required. Candidates should be:

  • Knowledgeable of and passionate about the YIP program and the MetroWest community
  • Interested in working with and able to relate to other high school students
  • Available to attend all classes
  • Flexible
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Energetic and ready to have fun
  • Able to communicate well with peers and adults

Our spring programs run from January to May 2019. Program details are below:

  • YIP Needham - meets Sundays from 5:00 - 6:30pm at the Needham History Center and Museum
  • YIP Wellesley - meets Mondays from 7:00 - 8:30pm at the Wellesley Police Department
  • YIP Weston - meets Mondays from 7:00 - 8:30pm at Weston Public Library
  • YIP Sudbury - meets Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:30pm at The Grange Hall

If this sounds like the right volunteer opportunity for you, please send your resume, a brief one page write up sharing why you think you’d be a strong YIP Instructor’s Assistant, and which program you would like to Intern to Julie Williams at jwilliams@foundationformetrowest.org.   

The deadline for Instructor's Assistant applications is December 7, 2018