Future Harvest is a 22-year-old, farmer-based membership nonprofit, the mission of which is to advance agriculture that sustains the Chesapeake region’s farmers, communities, and environment. We run farmer education and training programs, including the Beginner Farmer Training Program and a Field School providing continuing education for farmers. We also conduct on-farm research, policy advocacy, and run special campaigns, including the Million Acre Challenge to advance regenerative agriculture in the region and a Go Grassfed campaign to step up demand for locally produced grassfed meats and dairy.
Future Harvest is seeking an outgoing, organized, and experienced development professional to serve as the organization’s development director. The director will be tasked primarily with securing unrestricted funding from diverse sources, overseeing recruitment and stewardship of membership, and conducting foundation research and outreach. The position is full time, reports to the executive director, and will play a pivotal role in helping the organization secure financial resources, strategically navigate our current period of growth, and advance racial equity goals via development initiatives. We strongly encourage people of color to apply.
Refine, with ED and board, the annual
and four-year development plans, including prioritizing and
pursuing various unrestricted funding activities (examples: events,
donor recruitment, business giving, workplace giving, etc.).
Manage the new Future Harvest
member/donor database (NEON CRM).
Study and analyze our current donor
make up; assess current systems and outreach programming for
Plan and implement yearly activities
to recruit, provide programming for, and maintain engagement of
donors. (Could include organizing one large and/or several small
fundraising events yearly).
Conduct research on donor and
Secure sponsorships and exhibitors
for events, including the organization’s annual conference.
Possibly manage a part-time member
and farmer services coordinator (this new position TBD).
Advance organizational racial equity
goals through development initiatives.
Demonstrated experience with
successful donor engagement; experience with membership engagement
is a plus.
Demonstrated experience with client
Passion for and desire to support
small- to mid-scale farmers; some knowledge of this community’s
Outgoing, self-directed, creative
nature with a passion for the people and issues that Future Harvest
A minimum of an undergraduate degree
in related field or equivalent work experience.
Demonstrated event planning
Demonstrated savvy with various
online platforms, such as CRMs, Eventbrite, Google Docs, tracking
software, and other related online tools.
Starting salary is $55,000-$60,000, depending upon experience, plus 7.35%-of-gross-salary stipend to cover fringe costs and equipment maintenance. Future Harvest is a virtual team; most work is conducted from home with local travel.
Upload application materials, which should include resume, cover letter, three writing samples and references, to https://tinyurl.com/FHdevelopmentdirector. Applications accepted until the position is filled.
Please, no phone calls, but questions can be directed to email@example.com.