Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time




Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $65,000
Details: Plus commission



Start Date


Application Deadline



San Francisco
United States


Farming Hope

Fund Development Associate

Full time

Salary Range: $45-65,000 plus commission



San Francisco, CA

Telecommuting possible


Reports to

Executive Director


Organization Description

Farming Hope is a culinary program and social movement promoting self-sufficiency by creating equitable opportunities in local food businesses. Our mission is to employ and empower neighbors experiencing or at risk of homelessness to grow food and feed others. We place an emphasis on employment training and skills building to set our employees up for sustained employment on their journey out of poverty. This is accomplished through employment in our food business, our kitchen gardens, and through programming exercises that emphasize setting and working toward goals, work readiness, and community engagement. Farming Hope was born out of the Stanford Design School and we use key principles of Human Centered Design in our operations. We encourage feedback and leadership from employees at all levels of the organization. Special focus is placed on developing an exemplary model for food as a tool for community organizing.


Position Description

As the Fund Development Associate, you will help establish a robust development program for a small but quickly growing social enterprise. You will spearhead processes, plans and execution to support meeting the primary objectives of opening a cafe and hiring more employees. You will also be responsible for hands-on grant research and writing, high net worth donor cultivation, event fundraising and reporting metrics. This is a unique opportunity for a professional fundraiser to work with a lean and young non-profit startup, with strong potential to grow with Farming Hope. You will work in close partnership with our Executive Director to create and co-lead an effective fundraising program. The ideal candidate will bring three or more years of work experience in starting and/or managing a development program.


This position begins at the Associate level with strong potential for a full-time leadership position as funding is acquired, based on employee performance and fit with the organization. Starting at full-time is flexible: if a highly qualified and motivated candidate prefers to start part-time to transition into working with Farming Hope, they may work the initial three months of employment as part-time according to their scheduling needs. Position is highly self-directed, but flexibility in availability will be necessary for week-to-week scheduling. Salary is based on experience and commission.



Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Establish robust development program  

●     Create fundraising strategic plan based on current fundraising and organizational objectives

●     Design fundraising policies and practices


●     Develop grant calendar

●     Research grants, primarily private foundations

●     Grant writing and editing

●     Complete follow-up reports for grants

Donor cultivation

●     Cultivate high net worth individual donors

●     Maintain ongoing communications and thank you acknowledgements

Corporate partnerships

●     Cultivate CSR support through event sponsorships, donations and partnerships

Board management

●     Assist Executive Director and Board Chair in growing and leveraging give-get advisory board


●     Assist in strategy and fundraising for annual fundraiser

●     Develop strategy for recurring and low-dollar donor cultivation through weekly pop up dinners

Reporting metrics

●     Work with Program Director to shape metrics narrative for development communication



Average work week

The typical work week might include:

●     Draft two grants for review by Executive Director

●     Write six month follow-up report for foundation

●     Hold initial call with foundation to see if values and mission align

●     Seek corporate sponsors for annual fundraiser

●     Help craft marketing pitch for donations at weekly pop up dinners

●     Help interview transitional employees to share their stories through social media



We are looking for people with these qualities:

●     Disciplined self-starter: We are building our organization and working with a population facing many challenges, so we are looking for individuals who can thrive independently in a more fluid and less-structured environment. You will require strict self-discipline and follow-through in this job. 

●     Lived experience: 3+ years of Development experience, experience in:

○     Budgeting and documentation

○     Process creation and project management

○     Individual donor cultivation

○     Successful grant writing

○     Metrics and reporting

○     Leadership and interpersonal skills

○     Professional communication and writing

●     Commitment to transformation: We want to empower those experiencing poverty to be community leaders; we want our food system to be more sustainable for all; we want everyone we meet to think differently about charity and justice. Sound like something you want to help build?


Additional qualifications that are not necessary but would benefit an applicant: Spanish language skills, social media expertise, food systems employment experience, management/consulting background, marketing/PR/media background.


To apply

Send your cover letter and resume to, along with your brief answers to these questions:

●     Share what drives you to work in fundraising for social impact?

●     Tell us about an experience you had creating structure for a new program or organization?



*Farming Hope is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition as defined under State law, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions or any other classification protected by federal, state, and/or local laws and ordinances.



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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement