Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Grants and Development Associate

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Grants and Development Associate

Now Hiring: Grants and Development Associate at EarthDance Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Grants and Development Assistant. The successful candidate for this position will build EarthDance’s capacity through the exploration of available funding resources, the collaborative execution of a fund development plan, and the co-creation of grant proposals. The Grants and Development Associate will work closely with other development staff and the Managing Director to build a strong foundation of support for EarthDance to continue to its mission.

The position will begin as early as late July, pending selection of the right candidate.  AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Grants and Development Assistant

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Grants and Development Assistant. The highly qualified candidate will possess an understanding of the good food movement, research skills, and attention to detail.

The Grants and Development Assistant will:

-Research, apply for, and obtain grant funding for EarthDance programs and operations

-Complete grant reports

-Assist with the execution of the organization’s annual fund development plan

-Assist with the planning and execution of Farmers Formal, EarthDance’s major annual fundraising event and other fundraising events and opportunities

-Secure both cash and in-kind donations for farm and office


-Demonstrated strong time management and organizational skills

-Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality

-Strong persuasive writing skills

-Experience working independently and in a team environment with successful outcomes

-Ability to work effectively in a demanding, high-energy environment and manage multiple priorities, while maintaining a sense of humor Continue reading


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. Continue reading

NOFA/Mass hiring Development Director

Barre, Massachusetts
The NOFA/Mass Development Director is responsible for leading development activities within NOFA/Mass. The Development Director directly supervises the NOFA/Mass Run Coordinator and the Marketing Director.  The Development Director reports directly to the Executive Director.  This is a 20-hour-per-week employee position, roughly broken down as 15 hours for development responsibilities and 5 hours for supervisory and organizational tasks.  The position pays $18/hour.  NOFA/Mass does not offer health insurance to employees.
  • Oversees the vision and direction of the fundraising aspects of the Development Program: Grants, Appeals/Major Donors/Board Member giving, Membership, Run Fundraiser, Marketing, and Development Infrastructure.
  • Leads grant writing efforts, including: conducting research and receiving research from staff regarding potential opportunities; communicating opportunities to staff to determine viable choices; pulling together appropriate staff for meetings; developing plans and timelines and writing proposals; assuring that proposals are mailed/emailed in a timely fashion to meet deadlines; checking in with appropriate program directors to make sure that grant requirements are being met; and keeping track of all active grants and making sure reports are filed in a timely manner.
  • Edits appeal letters for Executive Director, reviews the list of current major donors with the Executive Director every month to determine potential opportunities for larger asks, and assists Development Committee Chair to manage Board Member pledges and giving.
  • Organizes monthly meetings with the Development Committee, which takes the lead for overseeing the organization’s overall fundraising work.
  • Works closely with the Membership Coordinator on membership building strategies.
  • Reviews membership list at least once a year to determine potential major donors and strategizes methods for approaching them.
  • Leads and initiates improvement of infrastructure for raising funds including, but not limited to, the development page on the website, brand recognition ideas, record keeping for year-to-year tracking, employer matching funds development, and other initiatives defined by the Development Committee and Executive Director.
  • Works closely with the Executive Director in developing grant opportunities with the other NOFA chapters and the NOFA Interstate Council.
  • Performs supervisory responsibilities with the Marketing Director and Run Coordinator, including work plan accomplishment, budget development and compliance, performance review, and regular check-ins and strategy sessions.
  • Meets monthly individually with the Executive Director, and with the Department Director team.
Qualifications include:
  • A strong commitment to organic farming
  • A strong understanding of grant research, writing and tracking
  • Experience with major gifts
  • Experience working with boards of directors
  • Team leader who can work collegially as a team member and who can help inspire the staff team
  • Strong capability to work independently and with minor supervision
  • Ability to travel for the position
Employee requirements include:
  • Membership in NOFA/Mass
  • Attendance at Annual Staff Meeting(s), NOFA/Mass Annual Meeting, and Board/Staff Retreat(s)
  • Regular Financial Reporting
  • Participation in the Budget Process
  • Weekly Staff Reports submitted to the Executive Director
  • Peer Reviews of other NOFA/Mass primary staff members
  • Annual Work Plan
  • Timesheets, submitted monthly
  • Basic office equipment to facilitate working from home
Application procedure:
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Julie Rawson, Executive Director, julie@nofamass.org, (978) 355-2853.  Starting date for this position is as soon as the right candidate has been selected.
NOFA/Mass is an equal opportunity employer who does not discriminate in employment and contracting practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Boston Area Gleaners hiring Development Assistant

Waltham, Massachusetts

Boston Area Gleaners, Inc.
Harvesting for the Hungry
240 Beaver Street
Waltham, MA.  02452 
“Dedicated to rescuing surplus farm crops for people in need.” 

The Boston Area Gleaners is now accepting applications for Development Assistant.

This is an entry-level development position with a hunger relief organization that works with local farmers and other hunger relief agencies in the region to create a reliable surplus supply chain to vulnerable populations. The Development Assistant will assist the Executive Director in meeting all development goals for the organization as determined by the Board Development Committee. The organization is growing quickly so this is an exciting opportunity for the right individual who is interested in learning and growing with us.

Job Title: Development Assistant
Type: Permanent and part-time
Work Schedule: 20 hours per week, workdays are somewhat flexible.
Compensation: $14-$16/hr., depending on experience.

Duties: Donor data management, assisting with organizing and managing fundraising events, assisting with updating regularly all online development platforms on which BAG appears, updating website, assisting with all direct and indirect appeals, online promotions including social media, and the publicity of all development related activities.


  • An abiding interest in our mission.
  • Experience and/or a strong interest in non-profit development as a career.
  • Job references that can attest to development experience and/or transferable skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • An interest in social media as it relates to business development.
  • Highly organized and skilled in both data and time management.
  • Ability to work independently and adhere to numerous deadlines.
  • Experience and/or interest in event management.
  • Strong writing skills with interest in grant writing (may request writing samples).
  • An appreciation of farm humor (there may be a humor test).

Please send your resume and an attached cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to: director@bostonareagleaners.org

Interviews will take place ASAP.  The position will remain open until filled.