Rio Grande Community Farm is seeking a Development Director. Please see description below and send documents to Marcia Ludden at email@example.com
Description of organization: The Rio Grande Community Farm (RGCF) is a non-profit urban farm dedicated to organic farming and community gardening, education, wildlife habitat, and farming traditions. RGCF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located on 50 acres of Open Space in Albuquerque’s North Valley. RGCF strives to be a fully sustainable urban farm that provides fresh organic produce for diverse populations of the community. The farm is a research station for farming methods and innovations. RGCF has a Farm to School program with Albuquerque Public Schools and aims to sell 20% of its total food production at a discount to other non-profits that serve meals to vulnerable populations. Produce is also donated to food banks. Wildlife plantings and preservation areas are provided to maintain habitat for wildlife. The farm provides educational and service opportunities for schools, churches, businesses and community organizations.
Summary of position: The Development Director’s primary responsibility is to raise money for RGCF. This person creates and implements a development plan that details how the organization solicits donors and identifies funding sources such as grants, in-kind donations, charitable events and marketing opportunities. This person is charged to create and execute a $3 million campaign over the next 5 year period. The Development Director shares his/her ideas with the Board of Directors, which is the governing body for RGCF and provides oversight and leadership. The Development Director also spends time personally soliciting donors and writing grants, maintaining those grants including providing reports to the grantor. Strong relationship building and solicitation skills are very important for this position.
Public Relations: Candidates should expect to create marketing materials, and social media and advertising campaigns as part of a public relations strategy. As such, the Development Director is responsible for branding. This concept, critical to successful fundraising endeavors, should focus on a strategy that expands the target audience through community relations, speaking engagements, newsletters and charitable events.
Qualifications: Well-qualified candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or nonprofit leadership with fundraising experience. Other useful experience includes, but is not limited to, public relations, prospecting, business development and negotiation. Persuasive writing, strong verbal communication and the ability to interact at the executive level are other key qualifications. Prefer a person who would make a 3-5 year commitment with extensive contacts in the Albuquerque community.
Salary: Negotiable, as are the hours/week. Since this organization is re-building the funding base, the applicant must be willing to accept a low salary initially. The position is ideal for a retired person who wants to utilize their fundraising skills, but also wants a flexibility.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume. Finalists will be asked for examples of fundraising plans that they have developed as well as grant proposals.
Send documents to Marcia Ludden at firstname.lastname@example.org