Development Director


Job title Development director
Reports to Executive director
FTE 80%
Desired Start Date Early July 2017

Job Purpose

The development director is responsible for co-designing and managing all of the organization’s fundraising activities in partnership with the executive director. This position is a critical revenue generator for KidsGardening. The role requires strong “servant leadership”, leading and supporting the Board and executive director in all fundraising activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports the drafting and execution of overall fundraising strategy
    • Oversees day to day execution, tracking progress and important milestones
  • Proposes and executes annual fund direct marketing strategy
    • Drafts fundraising appeals, pulls mailing lists, coordinates mailings, tracks and reports performance
  • Manages foundation giving program
    • Researches grant funding opportunities
    • Maintains grant calendar
    • Works with ED and education specialists to draft and submit grant proposals
  • Manages individual giving program
    • Researches major donors, supports ED to prepare for visits, if appropriate maintains portfolio of major donors
  • Supports corporate giving program
  • Oversees all special events fundraising
    • Plans and manages special events
  • Oversees all administrative tasks related to development
    • Donor recognition, CRM updates, Charity Navigator, Guidestar
  • Supports development communications
    • Works with ED and marketing specialist to draft and schedule development communications, e.g. annual report, gift acknowledgements, website impact page


Qualifications include:

  • Bachelors degree and 3-5 years experience in development
  • Excellent communications skills including writing and presentation skills
  • Grant research and grant writing experience
  • Experience writing fundraising appeals
  • Knowledge of individual giving processes and norms. Experience soliciting individual gifts a plus.
  • Results driven
  • Highly organized
  • Good storyteller
  • Resourceful, quick learner, takes initiative
  • Works well independently and collaboratively as part of a small team
  • Experience with Results Based Accountability and logic models a plus

About KidsGardening has been a leading resource for school and youth gardening since 1982 providing garden grants, research and curriculum.  The national non-profit creates opportunities for kids to learn through the garden, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder by providing inspiration, know-how, networking opportunities, and additional educational resources.

Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, has benefited an estimated 1.5 children and contributed close to $4.4 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives across the U.S.  Learning through gardening creates generations of kids connected to their food and community and engaged in nurturing a healthy planet.

KidsGardening is an equal opportunity employer.


To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and relevant work samples to [email protected] 


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