Wisconsin – The Biodynamic Association hiring Development Director

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Employment Opportunity: Development Director

The Biodynamic Association (BDA) awakens and enlivens co-creative relationships between humans and the earth, transforming the practice and culture of agriculture to renew the vitality of the earth, the integrity of our food, and the health and wholeness of our communities.

Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. It is also a potent movement for new thought and practices in all aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.

The BDA strives to embody biodynamic principles in how we operate as an organization, and we have an agile, living approach to organizing our work. Drawing inspiration from Reinventing Organizations and Holacracy, our organization is structured into self-managing circles made up of a number of roles focused on different needs of the organization. Most BDA staff people are responsible for multiple roles. The structure of the circles and roles is designed to evolve over time to meet the changing needs and opportunities that the BDA encounters. For more on this approach, please see our forum, “Organizations as Living Organisms.”

Position Summary

We currently have an opening for a new person with strong skills in fundraising and development to join our staff team and fill the role of Development Director. Ideally, this person will work in our Milwaukee, WI office, but we may consider strong candidates wishing to work from home elsewhere.

The Development Director role is responsible for:

  • Designing and implementing plans, strategies and campaigns to increase and diversify BDA revenue streams in collaboration with other staff and board

  • Growing the number of foundations and major donors supporting the work of the BDA and the overall amount of foundation and major donor funding

  • Co-managing and building the BDA’s membership program, and increasing the number of members

  • Tracking and acknowledging grants, donations and pledges

  • Preparing and following up on asks to major donors, and maintaining major donor notes and data

  • Preparing grant proposals and grant reports, and monitoring deadlines and due dates

  • Convening and taking notes for fundraising committee meetings


Candidates who are a good fit for this role will demonstrate:

  • Passion and enthusiasm for raising money to transform the food system

  • Familiarity with sustainable agriculture organizations, foundations and donors

  • At least 5 years experience in fundraising, development, or a related field

  • A high degree of organization and ability to manage complex projects from start to finish

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, warmth and friendliness

  • Ability to consider big-picture strategy questions while maintaining attention to many details

  • Equal comfort with working independently and collaboratively

For this role we need someone who is enough of a visionary and enough of a practical implementer to be able to both create a plan and then implement it at the detail level with limited administrative support.

It is also essential that you are inspired by and drawn to our organizational purpose, and have the capacity and enthusiasm to function well within our organizational structure, which offers a great deal of flexibility and freedom while requiring a high level of motivation, communication, transparency and accountability.

Location, Time Commitment and Compensation

We strive to create a dynamic, supportive, and flexible work environment that allows each employee to realize their creative potential in their work with the BDA. Our main office is in Milwaukee, WI, where three of our five staff members currently work. Two other staff and several key contractors work remotely from home offices in the Midwest, Oregon, California and New York. We have a strong preference for this opening to be filled by someone who will work in our Milwaukee office, but we may consider well-qualified candidates who are based elsewhere.

This position may be full-time or part-time depending on the availability, needs, skills and strengths of the selected candidate. We strive to offer living wages, commensurate with experience and responsibilities as well as the financial gifts and needs of each staff member. Generous paid time off and a modest health insurance reimbursement program are currently available for employees working 20 or more hours per week.

Application Process and Timeline

The Biodynamic Association is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people of all sexual orientations and gender identity, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send an email to resumes@biodynamics.com with your full name as the subject and attach the following (PDF preferred):

  1. a resume

  2. a brief personal statement describing:

    1. why you are interested working with the Biodynamic Association

    2. how your skills, interests and experience intersect with this position

    3. your preference for full- or part-time employment

    4. your compensation needs

    5. your desired work location and when you would be available to begin work

  3. at least two professional references with phone number and email address

This role is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis beginning January 9. For any questions, email resumes@biodynamics.com. No phone calls please.