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Job Detail: Development Director

About: The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a 40-year-old member-based 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization that helps people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair
farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive and educating
communities about local, organic farming. We support sustainable farming that is good for consumers,
farmers, and the land.

Position Summary: The Development Director is a full-time, exempt, salaried position responsible for leading CFSA’s
fundraising and donor development, with a primary emphasis on securing and increasing unrestricted
funding to strengthen organizational infrastructure and programs. The Development Director is deeply
involved in CFSA’s community engagement efforts, including collaborating with membership,
communications, marketing, and grant development staff to increase CFSA’s visibility and influence,
advance its mission, turn members into donors, and expand community support.

Position Responsibilities: 

  •  Oversee the development and implementation of a 2-3 year comprehensive organizational development plan (including goals, objectives, assignments, timelines, accountability measures, etc.) and annual fundraising plans that secure funding for operational sustainability.
  •  Grow CFSA’s funder base and identify and engage new donors and volunteer leaders. 
  • Strengthen CFSA’s development capability, including major gifts, fundraising campaigns, special events, workplace giving, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, direct mail, email, phone solicitation, and web-based peer-to-peer giving campaigns. 
  • Establish and monitor metrics to track specific campaigns, long-range development goals, and increased organizational fundraising capacity. 2 
  • Develop annual fundraising budgets, prepare and monitor revenue projections, progress reports, and long-range forecasts. 
  • Donor identification, cultivation, and retention, serving Identify, cultivate, retain, and serve as an external face for CFSA in engaging donors and stakeholders. 
  • Develop and nurture relationships with prospective, lapsed, and current donors, as well as corporate partners, foundation program officers, and board members. 
  • Strengthen systems for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors, foundations and corporations; coordinate all solicitation and donor acknowledgment activities. 
  • Engage, motivate, and enhance the capabilities of the board of directors and other volunteer leaders in soliciting funds, including working with the Board Fundraising Committee chair to set goals for the board and provide board members with the materials and information necessary to be successful in achieving said goals.
  • Financial and programmatic monitoring and reporting for CFSA’s fundraising staff to ensure compliance and work plan and budget adherence. 
  • Oversee purchasing in accordance with approved budget, maintain account and transaction records needed for program implementation, and ensure compliance with CFSA expenditure control protocols. 
  • Ensure compliance with and enforcement of grant and contract agreements between CFSA and philanthropic funders. 
  • Supervision and coaching of development staff, including annual performance reviews, and progressive discipline as necessary.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field. 
  • At least seven years leadership experience in implementing and managing nonprofit fund development initiatives with a proven track record of success. Major gifts success a plus.
  • Supervisory experience (minimum of 2 years). 
  • Demonstrated success expanding, cultivating, and managing existing donor relationships and forging relationships with donors, prospects, volunteers. 
  • Experience developing successful funding proposals. 
  • Experience with a wide variety of development initiatives including annual fund management, workplace giving, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, direct mail, email, phone solicitation, and web-based peer-to-peer giving campaigns, and special events. 
  • Proven track record of achieving ambitious revenue targets in a highly competitive environment. 
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and best practices, and a sound general vision of how a comprehensive fund development plan should work within an organization’s mission and capacity. 
  • Passion for promoting and supporting sustainable agriculture and local food systems. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (verbal, written, oral, and listening) and ability to work effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders. 
  • Excellent troubleshooting, multi-tasking, and problem solving skills. 
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills with strong attention to detail and ability to delegate and follow-up on responsibilities. 
  • Proven ability to prioritize, plan, and meet deadlines consistently, and comfort with accountability and performance-based metrics. 
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative to solve problems in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. 
  • Ability to travel and work a flexible work schedule that includes some nights and weekends 
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office, donor management/CRM software, Internet research, and facility in learning new data management and e-newsletter distribution tools. 
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to CFSA’s mission. 
  • Desired: Knowledge of the Triangle and/or Charlotte-area community.

Compensation and Benefits: 

CFSA offers a very competitive nonprofit salary, commensurate with experience, and generous vacation, retirement, and health insurance benefits. CFSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and people of color. CFSA does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply: 

submit a resume, writing sample demonstrating effective solicitation and communication skills, list of professional references, and a cover letter explaining why you want to work to support diversified, sustainable family farms and food systems to: with “Development Director” in the subject line. You will receive an electronic confirmation of your email submission. Please, no phone calls.

About the job

Location Charlotte, NC
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 14 July 2019

About the company

Company name Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
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Form Company
Employees 0-10


Phone (919) 542-2402


Street 3445 Atando Road
City Pittsboro
District North Carolina
Zip 27312
Country United States