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
- 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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.