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Director of Development, Remote

New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jan 7, 2021

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with ReFED in the search for a Director of Development.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will lead ReFED’s Development Team in a newly established role and will be responsible for implementing and facilitating the organization’s development strategy. The Director of Development will be responsible for the planning, development, direction, growth, and successful execution of all of ReFED’s development activities. As the chief fundraiser for ReFED, the Director of Development will identify and deliver against funding needs for programmatic and operating functions as well as the organization's financial reserves. The Director of Development will bring a strength in relationship building and influence that attracts new and retains existing donors while also bringing innovative ideas and strategies to diversify revenue sources and build financial sustainability. The Director of Development will manage development staff and oversee budget planning and development for the department on an annual basis within the framework of organizational goals. ReFED is a virtual organization with staff located across the U.S. and Canada. The Director of Development may work virtually and remotely with the option of working from a dedicated co-working space. During the COVID pandemic, all ReFED employees are working remotely.

ReFED is a national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste across the food system by advancing data-driven solutions to the problem. ReFED's vision is a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food system that optimizes environmental resources, minimizes climate impacts, and makes the best use of the food we grow. ReFED leverages data and insights to highlight supply chain inefficiencies and economic opportunities; mobilizes and connects supporters to take targeted action; and catalyzes capital to spur innovation and scale high-impact initiatives. Starting with the 2016 Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, ReFED has developed a trusted history of producing first-of-their-kind tools and resources, providing a full-supply-chain picture of U.S. food waste, cost-effective solutions to reduce it, and methods to track progress. In January 2021, ReFED will launch its Insights Engine, an online data center designed to serve as the next generation of data, insights, and guidance on U.S. food waste reduction. Solving this problem will have a significant impact on mitigating climate change, optimizing use of water, land, and other resources, and providing meals for the over 50 million people in the United States who currently face food insecurity.

ReFED is an equal opportunity employer. It believes that everyone has a seat at the table, and that this table always has room for growth. The success of the organization is rooted in the visible and invisible qualities of its people. Its people embody a variety of views, perspectives, and backgrounds to push the envelope of what is possible and better meet the needs of the community in the hopes of building a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food system. Community is more than a word here. As stewards of this food system, that benefits from the inclusion and enhancement of diverse voices, ReFED recognizes that systemic barriers limit opportunities for certain groups which contributes to ongoing disparities. Furthermore, it accepts that its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) means a commitment to constant learning, listening, and interaction in all aspects of its work.

Intrinsically, ReFED is an organization that seeks to attract exceptional and dedicated talent to advance its mission, and it firmly believes that inclusion through recruiting, hiring, developing, training, and promoting employees of all genders, races, religions, ages, national origins, political affiliations, ancestries, sexual orientations, disabilities, and veteran status, creates an atmosphere that enables it to lead with an entrepreneurial spirit and innovate with enterprise.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of experience in major gift fundraising. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters must be responsive to the vision of ReFED to eliminate food waste in order to increase food security, spur economic growth, and protect the environment.

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