Spoons Across America,® the recipe for healthier children, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers, and families about the benefits of healthy eating. We work to influence the eating habits of children through hands-on education that celebrates the connection to local farmers and the important tradition of sharing meals around the family table.
Spoons Across America is currently seeking a Development Associate that will provide critical support for fundraising activities, including foundation grants; event production; cause marketing; and the solicitation of large- and small-scale donations from corporate sponsors. The Development Associate will work directly with the Executive Director. A great opportunity to make a big impact at a fast-growing nonprofit organization. This is a full-time exempt position.
- In conjunction with the Executive Director, responsible for securing new sources of revenue from foundations, corporations, and special events
- Research and cultivate new sources of corporate, foundation and individual support
- Write and submit letters of inquiry and proposals to foundations and corporations
- Maintain system for tracking all development correspondence, reporting, donor records, and fundraising calendar
- Coordinate logistical details related to fundraising events including pre and post event tracking of sponsorships, tickets, donations, and silent and live auctions
- Provide support to the Executive Director (this may include: mailings, venue logistics, invitation design, research of prospective donors and corporate sponsors).
- Schedule and organize activities such as board and committee meetings including sending meeting notices, ordering food, keeping track of respondents, and follow up.
- Maintain correspondence, document files including financial reports relating to fundraising campaigns, and donor database
- Interact with the board, donors, event honorees and attendees, membership and the public.
- General office duties include organize and prioritize e-mails, and incoming and outgoing mail, as well as other clerical duties.
- Other duties may be assigned.
- On occasion, may have to work some evenings before and during special event campaigns
- Bachelor’s degree
- Three to four years of direct fundraising experience soliciting donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals
- Experience with special event coordination
- Excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, telephone skills, tact and diplomacy
- Dependable with well-developed organizational and time management skills, especially the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously; strong problem-solving skills
- Demonstrated commitment to high ethical standards, including strict adherence to confidentiality
- Ability to work effectively under pressure
- Strong attention to detail and follow-through
- A team player with the ability to work independently as a self-starter
- Ability to attend events, meetings and programs outside of standard working hours
- Computer skills: MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint with the ability to learn; Give Smart event software, Adobe DC, knowledge of Donor Perfect a plus
- Experience producing print and electronic communications; savvy in social media communications
- A willingness to perform administrative functions and provide support wherever needed