DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

 

ABOUT SEEDS AND ITS MISSION
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.

ABOUT THE POSITION
The Director of Development is responsible 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 two 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. They report to the Executive Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES

This position will work with the Executive Director to ensure diverse and strategic funding streams, including annual fundraising events, grant funding, major donor cultivation, annual fund efforts and developing an overall strategic fundraising plan. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Area of Responsibility Percentage/Hours Weekly
Grant Wri

  • Finding, writing, and editing grants, grants reports and LOIs
  • Managing the yearly calendar of grant opportunities, assisting in identifying new and priority grant opportunities
40%
Donor Relations & Solicitation

  • Managing and updating donor database (Salesforce)
  • Meaningfully engaging with existing donors and cultivating new major donor prospects
  • Utilizing donor database to provide the Executive Director with donor reports and analysis to track success and areas of growth in fundraising strategy
  • Writing and sending thank-you notes and tax receipts for donations
  • Creating and maintaining development materials including thank you notes and stewardship materials
  • Developing new fundraising initiatives to support SEEDS’ long-term success
40%
Annual Fundraising Events – Harvest Dinner & Spring Event 

  • Managing the Harvest Dinner Volunteer Committee and coordinating event logistics for an annual fundraiser that raises an upwards of $40,000 annually (during normal operations)
  • Cultivating Harvest Dinner sponsors and other special sponsorships.
  • Planning and executing Spring fundraising event (time and nature varies), raising upwards of $10,000
  • Creating a yearlong calendar of fundraising events and expectations
10%
Development Strategy & Communications

  • Creating content for and designing fundraising mailers and campaigns, including but not limited to Fall Appeal, Spring Appeal, End of Year Campaigns
  • Collaborating with Staff and Executive Director to create a long-term fundraising strategy and to ensure sustainable funding for SEEDS programs
5%
Additional Responsibilities

  • Assisting the Executive Director in writing and publishing the Annual Report
  • Coordinating with Staff to evaluate and track meaningful program impacts for use in grant proposals
5% 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

We seek a Development Director who is inspired by our mission with excellent people skills and experience building relationships with donors, community partners and local businesses. Dedication to the long-term success and impact of SEEDS is required. An outstanding candidate should bring excitement and enthusiasm for building a better future and the ability to speak with diverse groups of people about SEEDS’ mission, vision and values.

Ideally, a candidate will have previous experience with WordPress, Salesforce, grant management, grant writing, cultivating new donors, community engagement techniques, project management, and will have proficiency using InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to manage, edit and create communications and development materials. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is required.

Working Conditions

The Development Coordinator 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.

Compensation​

This position is a full-time, salaried position with benefits, starting at $20-$22 an hour, based on experience.

Please submit a cover letter and resume with three references to cpolanco@seedsnc.org. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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.