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

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Massachusetts – NOFA/Mass hiring Corporate Sponsorship Director

Remote Opportunity

NOFA/Mass Corporate Sponsorship Director Job Description

May 12, 2017

 The Corporate Sponsorship Program Director is responsible for generating revenue annually by securing sponsorships, exhibitors and advertisers, and through other marketing and sales activities.

The Corporate Sponsorship Program Director:

  • Identifies, fosters, and secures relationships and partnerships with like-minded corporations, small businesses and non-profits to support NOFA/Mass programming.
  • Sells and manages:
    • Corporate Sponsorships;
    • Sponsorships for the Winter and Summer conferences;
    • Sponsorships for Grower Seminars;
    • Exhibit space for the Winter and Summer conferences and advertising for the Summer and Winter Conference Program Book;
    • Advertising for the online Organic Food Guide;
    • Advertising for the NOFA/Mass Newsletter.

Responsibilities include:

  •  Developing collaterals for the various sponsorship activities;
  • Marketing the Corporate Sponsorship Program and monitoring all the aspects involved with it;
  • Marketing and selling all revenue producing products, and collecting related payments for transmission to Central Office;
  • Working under the direct supervision of the Development Director and in collaboration with the Executive Director on all aspects of Corporate Marketing;
  • Developing new sponsorship products to stay current with trends in the market;
  • Employee must attend NOFA/Mass retreats and staff meetings, the winter and summer conferences, development department conference calls, and other staff responsibilities.
  • Employee must submit weekly staff reports to the Executive Director, participate in peer reviews of other centrally-hired NOFA/Mass staff and maintain monthly timesheets.

Qualifications include:

  • A strong commitment to and understanding of organic farming;
  • A track record of successful marketing and sales;
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations;
  • Excellent leadership skills as well as proficiency in working with others as a team;
  • Energetic and dynamic communication and work style that inspires colleagues, sponsors, and the wider NOFA/Mass community;
  • Strong ability to work independently with minimal


This position is a 25 – 30 hour per week job with a minimum starting rate of $18/hour.

Position Details

  • Employee must maintain a current NOFA/Mass membership.
  • Employee must provide appropriate basic office equipment to facilitate working from home.

We would prefer that this position also holds The Natural Farmer advertiser position but it is not a requirement.


Resume, cover letter, 3 references to kristin@nofamass.org


NOFA/Mass is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in employment and contracting practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Utah – The Green Urban Lunch Box hiring AmeriCorps VISTA for Development Work

Salt Lake City, Utah

The Green Urban Lunch Box is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA to Help with Development in Salt Lake City Utah. The Green Urban Lunch Box is a young and innovative organization based in Salt Lake City. Our mission is to revitalize neglected space to grow food for our community. But most importantly we focus on creativity and innovation to solve the age old problem of hunger. We believe that waste reduction and creativity can go a long ways toward helping low-income families have access to fresh healthy food. We are a fast growing, ever changing organization that encourages our employees to help shape the future of our organization and think outside the box.

We operate four programs in Salt Lake City. Our first program is a 35-foot school bus converted into a mobile greenhouse and farmers market. Our mobile market brings fresh produce to disadvantaged community members. Our second program is our Fruit Share Program, which seeks to reduce food waste and meet our community’s need for fresh, local, low-cost produce. Partnering with local organizations like Salt Lake City Fruit Share, SLCGreen, and Real Food Rising, our program works by cultivating relationships with property owners who have fruit trees and volunteers who harvest excess fruit and deliver it to local food banks and community agencies. Our third program is the Back-Farms which provides elderly community members with local volunteers to work together to convert their backyard space into urban farms (fruit and vegetable gardens). The Back-Farms program provides our participants not only with easy access to produce, but also facilitates a connection with the plot’s volunteer creating healthier communities. Lastly, we run a farmer training program that provides the tools and resources (land, mentoring, water, and equipment) necessary to help new farmers start a career in small scale agriculture. All of our programs are growing rapidly and we are looking for team members to help take them to the next step.

Duties: The VISTA will work to asses, log, and increase our funding options and funding available for our organization. Some knowledge of traditional fundraising is helpful but more important is the ability to think critically and bring new ideas to the table. You will gain valuable skills by learning how to do the following tasks: Prepare a report on our current funding situation with recommendations for the board. Look for additional funders based on your plan approved by the board. Seek funding according to the fundraising plan approved by the board. Attend outreach event where you will network for the organization in order to share our vision and build our reach.

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake hiring Part-time Development Assistant

Weston, Massachusetts

Part-time Development Assistant


 Land’s Sake is a nonprofit farm and environmental education organization located in Weston, MA that strives to connect individuals to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. Land’s Sake is currently looking for a part-time Development Assistant to help with fund raising opportunities including grant proposal research and writing, donor development and acknowledgements, events planning and execution, and assembling prospect lists.

Responsibilities include

  • Assist in planning yearly and quarterly grants schedules and strategies.
  • Assist in identifying new foundation and corporation prospects for Land’s Sake’s programs and work with the Executive Director to develop program-specific strategies to meet funding needs.
  • Research and write grant proposals, reports and correspondence as assigned.
  • Working with the Executive Director, develop and execute funder cultivation and stewardship strategies, including writing periodic updates on project progress and following up on meetings with funders.
  • Assist in general Grants Office administration including database management, file maintenance, ordering research materials and periodicals, and keeping calendar of deadlines and events.
  • Participate and assist in the planning of development events such as Harvest Dinner, Supper Clubs, etc. This may include mailing list selections, reviewing invitations, confirmation packets, and other printed materials, working with vendors, helping with registration and record-keeping, setting up and breaking down events, managing event photo files, and follow up among other duties.
  • Respond to and maintain donor correspondence via email, mail and phone. Make follow up phone calls.
  • Coordinate donor acknowledgments.
  • Maintain accurate donor information and history in Little Green Light, our donor management system/database.
  • General office duties, including photocopying, errands, and filing.
  • Other development duties as assigned.

Employment Requirements

Experience:  Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in a development office; or Associate’s degree and three to four years of office experience. Minimum one to two years professional writing experience in nonprofit development setting.


  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills. Past grant writing experience strongly preferred.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • High degree of comfort in using Excel and Word.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiative on projects.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and assertively with a variety of people.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and research skills.
  • Excellent work ethic and reliability.
  • Experience with Little Green Light or similar donor management system/database preferred.
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to communicate Land’s Sake’s mission and programs with sincerity, persuasion, and passion.

Work Conditions/Physical Effort

  • Work performed primarily in a general office setting. Work is normally performed while seated, requires freedom of movement. May spend extended periods of time at a computer terminal, on a telephone, or operating other office machines.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment and manage deadlines.
  • Day-to-day work requires only minor physical exertion and/or strain. Requires occasional lifting of several pounds.
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
  • Ability to work with confidential donor information.


  • Compensation is dependent on experience.
  • Benefits include as much free produce as you can eat and discounts on products sold at our Farmstand.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Pam@landssake.org

Learn more at at https://landssake.org/job-openings-2/ and https://landssake.org

New York – The Groundswell Center hiring Multiple Positions

Ithaca, New York

The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is hiring, Ithaca, NY

To learn more and to apply, visit our web site, groundswellcenter.org/employment

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Position Start Date: March 2017 is ideal

Employment terms: This is a full-time salaried position, averaging 35 hours/week. Due to the seasonal nature of responsibilities, this position is 40 hours/week April – October and closer to 30 hours/week November – March. The position is grant funded until December 2017, with the possibility to renew based on funding and performance.
Salary & Benefits: $32,000 – 37,000/year depending on experience. Health benefits provided through Center for Transformative Action.
This position primary supports the farming and business aspirations of a diverse group of farmers enrolled in the Incubator Farm Program and coordinates Groundswell’s Farm Business courses.

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Position Start Date: March 2017
Employment terms: This is a 30 hour/week position with the possibility to increase to 39 hours/week after 3 months. This position is grant funded until December 2017, with the possibility to renew based on funding and performance.
Salary & Benefits: $29,000 – 36,000/year depending on qualifications. Health benefits provided through Center for Transformative Action.
This position primarily manages the donor development and fundraising needs of the organization by working closely with Groundswell board and director.

Application Deadline: February 25, 2017
Position Start Date: Flexible, ideally April
Employment terms: This is a part-time, seasonal position, 15-19 hours/week April – October 2017. An opportunity to increase hours and position term may become available depending on funding.
Salary & Benefits: $15-17/hour depending on qualifications. Health benefits are not available for this position.
This position primarily assists the Farming & Business Specialist to support the production aspirations of a diverse group of farmers enrolled in the Incubator Farm Program by working closely with GS Staff and by maintaining the Incubator Farm site.

Groundswell Center is a project of The Center for Transformative Action. CTA is an equal opportunity employer. Employees are hired on the basis of their merit, ability and experience without regard to race, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexual preference, or disability.

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

POSITION FILLED: Land’s Sake Farm hiring Farm-Based Education and Development Coordinator

Weston, Massachusetts

Position Title: Farm-Based Education and Development Coordinator

Year-Round, Full-Time, At-will employee

Supervisor/Reports to: Education Director and Executive Director

Organizational Overview:

Founded in 1980, Land’s Sake is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. By combining ecologically sound land management with experiential farm-based education, we provide a powerful model of how public open space can be effectively used and enjoyed by the community. We operate three interdependent branches: (1) sustainable land management and open space preservation, (2) farm-based education, and (3) a community farm. The education department serves our community through group/school programs, after school programs, adult education workshops and summer programs. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. To learn more about this unique nonprofit please visit: www.landssake.org.

Position Summary:

This is a split position designed to be an integral part of both the Education program and Development operations. Time will be split approximately 50-50 between the two programs, although it will vary depending on the season and the program calendar. The successful candidate in this position will have a substantial impact on the delivery of Land’s Sake’s Educational programs and its ability to thrive as an organization. Collaboration and effective communication with the other branches of the organization are vital to this job. Along with all staff, the Education and Development Coordinator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives. Continue reading