Details: This is a year-round part time position.
The Needham Community Farm (NCF) Development Director is responsible for driving all aspects of organizational fundraising and marketing to support our fundraising efforts. This year-round, part-time employee works closely with the Board of Directors, volunteers and seasonal employees to meet the fundraising goals of the Farm. This position reports the President and is a 20-hour a week position, but hours may vary seasonally. The pay range is $16.00 to $18.00 an hour depending on experience.
Fundraising & Development Priority #1
In this role the Development Director will create and implement the annual fundraising plan in coordination with the President and Development Committee. The current fundraising scope includes: one (1) annual silent auction event, one (1) online auction, the on-going annual appeal campaign, selective grant writing proposals, and the procurement of corporate sponsorships that underwrite specific community events and programs.
In this role the Board expects this Development Director to evaluate overall effectiveness of current programs & make necessary adjustments to increase revenue and operational efficiency. The Director will also be expected to identify additional fundraising opportunities suitable to the Farm donor audience. The Needham Community Farm values relationship-based fundraising and therefore desires an individual with professional standards and excellent communication skills.
Produce and implement the annual development plan that meets or exceeds NCF development goals
Drive, own and implement all development activities: run auctions, send annual appeal letters, secure major corporate donors, write grants, nurture individual donors and launch special events
Analyze data by event, month and time-investment and report to the President on fundraising progress as identified in the annual development plan
Send monthly updates to Board of Directors with fundraising progress by campaign/event; provide both qualitative and quantitative information
Develop new donor relationships and nurture existing ones
Craft and send timely thank you letters to all donors, sponsors and partners
Update and maintain donor tracking database, Little Green Light
Attend NCF Board meetings as necessary
Other duties upon request
Marketing and Public Relations Priority #2
To meet the organization’s fundraising goals, the Development Director will also be responsible all aspects of marketing and public relations
Develop and implement a marketing communications plan that supports the Farm’s fundraising goals
Support all aspect of fundraising and development by writing letters, producing brochures (and other marketing collateral) and leveraging local media both print and online
Nurture and expand upon NCFs social media presence by posting and updating profile with blogs, pictures, etc.
Serve as NCF’s project-manager for our monthly E-newsletter; collaborate with Farmer, other employees, volunteers, NCF President and Board Members for topics, deadlines and available writers
Maintain and manage audience database held in ConstantContact
Circulate all marketing materials in draft form to President and Board of Directors for review, input, etc. prior to release
Other duties upon request
A minimum of five years experience in fundraising and demonstrated effectiveness as a successful development professional
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Exceptional interpersonal skills: ability to interact effectively with community leaders, board members, corporate executives, prospects, donors, and a variety of volunteers
Possess ability to work independently, problem solve, think critically; engage support as necessary
Ability to handle flexible hours (A few evenings, and occasional Saturday / Sunday to help with events)
Experience organizing events
Project planning and leadership skills
Possess creativity, drive, enthusiasm to carry projects to conclusion
Strong knowledge Microsoft Office applications
Ability to learn and use database management software required
Meet with President weekly/bi-weekly
Ability to work from home as NCF has no physical office space
Design skills preferred
Grant writing experience preferred
Working knowledge of social media tools: Facebook & Twitter;
Experience with Website management preferred
Familiarity with small, organic farms and the needs of the local food system preferred
Please submit your cover letter and resume to:
Susan Shaver, President Needham Community Farm
free produce; opportunity for more work as organization grows.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please provide resume with cover letter and three references.