Deadline has been extended to January 27th at 5:00PM EST!


Founded in 1994, SEEDS is a two-acre urban garden and kitchen classroom in the heart of Durham. SEEDS develops the capacity of young people to respect life, each other, and the earth through growing, cooking, and sharing food. Our beautiful downtown property includes two acres of land with a classroom pavilion, a greenhouse, a chicken coop, beehives, a pond, environmental education exhibits and multiple areas for growing edible and medicinal plants. The SEEDS building, constructed in 2014, holds staff offices, a kitchen and a multipurpose classroom where young people prepare and share meals they make, using food they grow in the garden.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and encourage applications from all interested persons, including, but not limited to, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals.

The Development and Communications Associate is responsible, in partnership with the Executive Director, for the overall strategy of fundraising and its activities at SEEDS. SEEDS is supported annually through a combination of individual donors, private and public foundations, fundraising events, and corporations and businesses. Grant writing currently supports 40% of SEEDS’ overall annual fundraising efforts. This position will be responsible for seeking out grants, writing grants, crafting messaging and narratives about our work and impact, soliciting individual and corporate donations, planning annual fundraising events, working with the program team to develop meaningful impacts for donor relations and support, managing the donor database, and crafting of messaging and fundraising communications. This person also manages and works collaboratively with the Executive Director to direct the fundraising strategy for SEEDS and ensure long-term financial sustainability. The Development and Marketing Associate reports to the Executive Director.


Fund Development Strategy

  • Develop and implement effective and appropriate development policies, procedures, plans, case for support, budgets and goals.
  • Provide resource development expertise, leadership and direction for staff and volunteers. Manage, develop and retain high-performing resource development volunteers.
  • Serve as a staff liaison to the Development Committee of Board of Directors and other appropriate and assigned volunteer committees.
  • Work with the Executive Director to maintain thorough understanding of SEEDS current and long-range programs and funding needs.
  • Manage donor database to ensure its accuracy and efficacy.

Grant Management, Individual, and Corporate Giving

  • Manage grant portfolio: create and manage yearly calendar of grant opportunities, assisting in identifying new and priority grant opportunities, work with Executive Director and program staff to complete all grant reporting responsibilities in a timely manner.
  • Develop and implement effective and appropriate development policies, procedures, plans, case for support, budgets and goals.
  • Manage and grow a personal portfolio of major gift prospects and donors.
  • Lead and appropriately involve others in prospect/donor research, identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and retention processes.

Special Events

  • Research, cultivate and secure corporate donors for event sponsorship and other corporate donations in support of fund development events.
  • Successfully execute, in partnership with board, staff, and volunteers, 2+ fundraising events each calendar year


  • Represent SEEDS to internal and external audiences.
  • Help develop and deliver a clear, compelling case for support of the organization.
  • Help develop resource development marketing materials to support program and fund development and to ensure brand consistency and integrity.
  • Engage in networking opportunities and community involvement that will create a greater awareness of SEEDS and strengthen our reputation in the community.
  • Actively manage SEEDS social media accounts.


Education, Experience, & Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Marketing, Sales, Non-Profit Management or related field, or a combination of education and directly related experience.
  • Two or more years demonstrated professional fundraising experience, with a proven track record of success, including donor cultivation and corporate donor relations
  • Demonstrated experience in marketing, community relationship building, and evidence of community involvement.
  • Experience with Excel, WordPress, Salesforce, and Google Suite is highly desirable.
Skills & Competencies
  • Eager and skilled networker; skilled at working with donors/prospects one-on-on as well as in group settings.
  • Strong team leader and participant. Willing to assume responsibility for the completion of a variety of tasks, large and small, to meet organizational goals.
  • Exceptional planning skills; goal, results and detail oriented and the ability to set and meet deadlines.
  • Self-starter with a flexible and adaptable work style, able to manage competing demands and work independently without close oversight.
  • Budgeting experience.
  • Customer relations experience and a demonstrated commitment to maintaining a high customer service focus for all internal and external customers (donors, staff, volunteers, families).
  • Ability to present to a variety of audiences with confidence and clarity.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in person, by phone and in writing by email with prospective donors, volunteers, and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability and proficiency to create accurate data reports and utilize data management software, including report assessment.


The Development and Communications Associate may be required to stand and walk for long periods of time, to bend at the knees and hips and lift at least 30 pounds overhead. Occasional tours of the building and garden may be required for donors and funders. This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with a Monday-Friday work week. Typical hours of operation are 9:00am – 5:00pm with weekend and evening hours when needed, though work hours can be flexible. Currently this position works a combination of in-office and remote work.


This position is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. Compensation commensurate with experience. Salary range $42,000+

Please submit a cover letter and resume with three references to ​​ by January 8, 2021​. No phone calls please.