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Job Detail: Development Director


The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is the oldest and largest organization in New York devoted to organic and sustainable farming and gardening. We are an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers creating a sustainable regional food system, which is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. We bring consumer and farmer closer together to make high quality food available to all people. We are also the largest organic certifier in New York State. NOFA-NY is currently seeking a full time Community Engagement Director/Development Director, based anywhere in New York State, with a preference to working remotely in the Hudson Valley.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Leverage a strong base of membership and major donor support to ensure a
    robust donor pipeline
  • Identify members with larger giving capacity through prospect research.
  • Maintain a personal portfolio of donors and prospects who give between $100
    and $1000 a year and a Director’s portfolio for those giving over $1000.
  • Oversee fundraising events in collaboration with Events Coordinator,
    Communications Coordinator and Executive Director.
  • Assist with development, training, and tracking of Board related fundraising
  • Record relevant correspondence with prospects and donors in Salesforce
    database; maintain database, and train others to do so.

  • Assist with relationship management and proposal development for corporate and
    foundation support
  • Lead corporate support efforts for all major events (sponsorship, advertising
    and exhibiting opportunities), while building strong relationships to
    encourage additional business support beyond events.
  • Draft, update, and review briefings, proposals, and reports.
  • Develop a comprehensive Membership program:
  • Develop a strategy and project plan that includes proposed annual budget
    recommendations, monitoring, reporting, and key benchmarks and dates.
  • Conduct appropriate outreach, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition of
    members via direct mail and online giving that includes a calendar of proposed
    activity and expected return on investment.
  • Ensure consistent communications and membership materials (brochures,
    promotional materials, appeals, online content, policy resolutions/membership
    meeting outreach, acknowledgements).
    -Identify creative ways to engage membership community regionally; assist with
    development of fundraising and friend-raising events.
  • Steward existing members through maintenance of membership benefits package,
    member recognition at events, thank you phone calls, and excellent
    organization wide customer service.
  • Oversee Communications:
  • Work closely with Communications Coordinator to ensure branding, messaging,
    registration construction and outreach materials are consistent, clear and
  • Oversee online Food Guide and Farm Guide maintenance including overlap of
    Farmer’s Pledge program and Certification data and messaging.
  • Supervise Communications Coordinator.

Position Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, English, Journalism, or a related
    communications field preferred, not required.  
  • 2-5 years of non-profit development experience. 
  • 2-5 years’ experience cultivating major donors.
  • Familiarity and experience with database systems, especially Salesforce.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills; strong organizational skills, attention
    to detail.   
  • Function with tight deadlines in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of organic and
    sustainable farming.
  • High energy and enthusiasm. Ability to work well in a team and with a wide
    range of people, work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and
    adapt to changing situations. 
  • Commitment to social and racial equity.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation: Starting salary is $45,000/year. Benefits include health,
dental, vision and life insurance. Retirement plan for employee contributions.
Generous vacation package.

To Apply: 

Deadline for applications is October 15th, 2019. Please send cover letter and
resume to

About the job

Location Ithaca, New York
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 05 September 2019

About the company

Company name Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
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Phone (315) 988-4000
Website (315) 988-4000


Street 1010 James Street
City Syracuse
District New York
Zip 13203
Country United States