Advancement Manager

Employer: The Food Literacy Project

Job Description

The Advancement Manager leads strategy development and manages the planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting for the Food Literacy Project’s advancement efforts, ensuring the achievement of income goals and course-correcting as needed. The role involves oversight of all aspects of the Food Literacy Project’s resource development effort—including grant proposals and reports, individual donor relations, special events, and crowd-funding through online platforms. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage grants program, meeting deadlines for proposals and reports and telling the Food Literacy Project’s story in a compelling way; collaborate with the Program and Communications Director to develop program plans and budgets for grant proposals. 
  • Direct the Field-to-Fork Dinner and Silent Auction, the organization’s largest annual fundraising event, as well as other smaller events throughout the year.
  • Manage the process of donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship – including generating written appeals, overseeing donor acknowledgement and recognition, running reports in donor database, meeting with donors and prospects, etc.
  • Develop and cultivate a major gifts effort, including the Perennial Society.
  • Engage community partners in advancement effort, including board members, chefs, corporate partners, students, and volunteers with special skills (e.g. graphic design). 
  • Supervise staff, including an Americorps VISTA Philanthropy Coordinator.   
  • Track progress towards income goals throughout the fiscal year, and lead bi-weekly meetings for the Philanthropy and Communications staff team. 
  • Prepare and manage an annual expense budget to reflect the outlined strategic fundraising goals.
  • Work collaboratively with staff team to infuse a philanthropic message into Food Literacy Project communications, including print and electronic newsletter, social media, and media/PR opportunities. 
  • Collaborative with senior staff to develop the annual advancement plan, including estimating income prospects by budget category.
  • Participate in shaping a capital campaign for future growth of the Food Literacy Project, including its expansion to Iroquois Farm.

Salary Range: $35,000 - $50,000

Job Requirements:

  • Self-directed and organized, with excellent communication (verbal and written) and active listening skills.
  • Willingness to accept a high level of responsibility and to seek and accept direction as appropriate.
  • Ability to define and ensure the achievement of short- and long-term advancement goals.
  • 3+ years of experience managing grants and fundraising campaigns. 
  • Supervisory experience; quality assurance skills; ability to cultivate a culture of excellence and teamwork, and hold staff accountable. 
  • Excellent project planning and management skills with demonstrated ability to lead multiple projects at once.
  • Shares a commitment to the Food Literacy Project’s mission and vision; experience with a small, community-based non-profit organization beneficial.
  • Demonstrates pride in work; exhibits excellent attention to detail; maintains accurate records and prepares compelling reports, etc.
  • Cultivates positive personal and team dynamics among staff and volunteers; establishes and maintains effective working relationships with others.
  • Flexible and adaptable; possesses a solution-oriented approach.
  • Be physically able to participate in and lead farm and garden work projects (walking, lifting, kneeling, etc.), and to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Interest and experience in farming, sustainable agriculture, community food security, cooking, and/or nutrition are assets.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent experience.
  • Must pass criminal background check.
  • Experience using a computer and applicable software (i.e. Microsoft Office, email and internet, donor management software, Adobe InDesign, etc); social media and website experience beneficial. 
  • Strong knowledge of principles, ethics and best practices of successful fundraising.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, leadership and relationship-building skills.
  • Skill in initializing and utilizing innovative approaches to fundraising.

How to Apply:

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume, along with 5 references (3 professional and 2 personal) and one writing sample to: 

Carol Gundersen

Executive Director

Food Literacy Project

9001 Limehouse Lane

Louisville, KY 40220

Applications will be accepted until January 31 at noon.  Hard copies are preferred, but applications will also be accepted by email: