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Salary- $34,320 – $51,480 salaried (at 80% FTE), dependent on experience and location
The Development Director will develop and implement key strategies and actions to secure an annual
budget ($800,000 in FY22) and will play a critical role in ensuring the future growth of RFG. This position
will be responsible for relationship cultivation with individual supporters, developing compelling
language for proposals and acknowledgments, grant applications and grants management, developing
and implementing key fundraising strategies with a focus on large gifts, and supporting the Grassroots
Communications Coordinator in building an active base of individual supporters nationally.
The Development Director will: 1) cultivate relationships with new individual donors and nourish
existing relationships; 2) ensure up–to–date, compelling language for asks and acknowledgements; 3)
lead grant application and reporting activities; 4) work closely with the Grassroots Communications and
Fundraising Coordinator to increase individual giving on the grassroots level; and 5) create and
implement a robust development strategy to ensure long–term sustainability of the organization. This
individual will be expected to take initiative, problem–solve on the fly and work with a diverse, and often
geographically dispersed team.
● Identify and secure new funding opportunities for the organization, based on established
organizational and programmatic goals, through research and networking
● Develop and implement robust donor engagement strategies
● Drive fundraising strategies, coordinated with RFG initiatives when appropriate (e.g.
identifying programmatic activities that could foster support)
● Coordinate with Grassroots Communications and Fundraising Coordinator to maintain the
donor database and to train staff to use the database to track interactions with their contacts.
● Manage and nourish relationships with supporters
● Manage and delegate fundraising administrative tasks, e.g. gift acknowledgments,
maintaining online donation processing systems
Increasing Income from Foundations and Grants:
● Identify new opportunities for grant funding; secure grants from foundations and other funders
● Manage grant proposal and reporting deadlines and improve grants tracking systems
● Craft new, updated, and engaging language for grant proposals and reports
● Maintain relationships with key contacts at funding organizations
Other Activities, Including:
● Identify and implement earned revenue opportunities
● Identify opportunities to engage advisory board members in fundraising
● Manage the development and fundraising budget
● Ensure that goals and success metrics communicated to donors and funders align with
organizational plans and strategies; collect progress updates from the team as needed
● We seek to fill this position immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
● This position may involve travel 4–6 times per year, including strategy retreats, actions, and
trainings, in accordance with travel and safety guidelines due to COVID–19. There may be
additional opportunities to represent Real Food Generation at conferences and to attend
trainings for professional development.
● This is a Part–Time position at 30 hours per week with the potential to extend to Full Time based
on need and budget. Occasional evening work may be required.
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific
qualifications and skills described below.
● An understanding of and passion for food justice, racial justice, and youth power.
● A passion for food sovereignty and a clear personal stake in transforming the food system and
higher ed’s role in the food system.
● A commitment to anti–racism, economic justice, collective liberation, and youth power.
● A proven track record of successful fundraising for social movements, including major gifts, and
large ($50k–$100K+) and multi–year grant commitments.
● 5+ years experience in donor development or fundraising.
● Experience managing relationships and stewarding individuals towards giving.
● Experience with budget management and database management.
● Experience and comfort with maintaining sensitive, confidential information.
● Demonstrated ability to think strategically and critically, and to build a robust and diversified
funding base for long–term growth of the organization
● Experience with social movements and community organizing is preferred.
● Strong writing and public speaking skills;
● Strong self–motivation and an eagerness to be challenged.
● Team leadership experience.
● Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize and problem solve while working with a team
through a remote setting.
● Exceptionally well organized with an eye for detail.
● Understanding of activism and activism–based group dynamics.