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Development Committee Chair

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Fair Trade USA

Posted on: October 25, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity description

About Fair Trade USA:

Fair Trade USA, a four-time winner of Fast Company Magazine's Social Capitalist award, is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization that is the leading third party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Our unique market-based model links 2.5 million farming families in the developing world to more than 900 companies in the United States to bring more benefit to farmers and high-quality products to consumers. Based in downtown Oakland, Fair Trade USA is a fast-paced, dynamic environment driven by a passion for doing good in the world by harnessing the power of markets and corporate partnerships.

Position Overview:

We are looking for a group of volunteers with varying abilities who wish to elevate Fair Trade USA's donor and community presence in the Bay Area. This volunteer group will meet once a month, with alternating locations between Oakland (Fair Trade USA's Office) and San Francisco (TBD). Volunteer meetings are mandatory! Each volunteer will agree to donate 8-10 hours of their free time per week to play a critical role in Fair Trade USA's donor expansion.

This position will interface directly with Fair Trade USA Development staff, serving as a key liaison between the Volunteer-based Development Committee and the organization to ensure alignment of agendas and achieve key development objectives.


  • liaise with Development Staff, facilitate monthly meetings and lead Volunteer Development Committee.
  • Create various strategies to increase number of individual donors each year i.e. grassroots, marketing / communications, event-based, etc.


  • Strong interest in sustainable development.
  • Ideally seeking a background in Marketing/PR, Communications, Business/Nonprofit Fund Development, Strategic Partnerships, etc.
  • Knowledge and interest in Fair Trade USA's principles.
  • Proven history of fundraising and/or business development.
  • Innovative and creative.
  • Desire to help create new funding pathways for a Fair Trade USA.

How to apply

Email a paragraph tostating your interest and background, along with your resume. Please state examples of relevant skills and experience that you will contribute to the position; and enumerate several realistic goals for what they wish to learn and experience serving on the committee.

Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone and/or email, and asked to participate in a follow-up Phone interview. Due to the number of applications we receive, we will be able to respond only to those candidates who are selected for interviews, but we thank all candidates for their interest in Fair Trade USA.

These positions are open to Fair Traders and the general public.


1500 Broadway, Suite 400, Oakland, CA, 94612, US

Time Commitment

3 months or longer
Time commitment
A lot (10+ hours/week)
Times of day
Days of week
Flexible schedule