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Development Director (Kids Gardening)

Organization Kids Gardening
Location 132 Intervale Road
Burlington, Vermont 05401

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. The development director must have the ability to work in the Burlington, VT area with hours split between time spent in the office and remote work (e.g. meeting with donors).

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:

  • Bachelor’s 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 million 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.

Date Posted August 11th, 2017
Deadline Open until filled
# of Positions Available 1
Type Full Time
How to Apply To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and relevant work samples to