Development Manager

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Development Manager


Green Mountain Farm to School
115 Second Street
Newport, VT 05855
United States


Green Mountain Farm to School

Development Manager

Location: Newport, VT (Hybrid work model/Fully Remote considered)

Position Description

We are seeking a community-minded skilled fundraiser with strong organizational and interpersonal skills to keep the momentum going! Green Mountain Farm to School is recruiting for a Development Manager to lead fundraising initiatives and conduct supporting communication activities that further our mission. Using measurable goals and outcomes, the Development Manager will work closely with the Executive Director to implement an effective, multi-year fundraising strategy, cultivate and expand our donor base, manage grant applications and reporting, as well as collaborate with other team members on appropriate and timely communications and outreach materials. 

The Development Manager’s primary responsibilities will include:

Development and Fundraising (60%)

  • Develops, implements, and manages a comprehensive development plan with diversified funding streams including, major donors, business sponsorships, government grants and foundation giving, while stewarding new funding opportunities as they align with our mission and purpose.
  • Write grant proposals, manage grant renewals and reports.
  • Lead the coordination of multiple direct solicitation fundraising campaigns per year and create high-quality copy and creative for these campaigns (i.e. Annual Appeal, Giving Days).
  • Manage donor database timely and efficiently; coordinating with the Finance Manager as needed.
  • Oversight of fundraising plan initiatives; including events, online campaigns, annual appeal and others as deemed appropriate.


Donor Management (20%)

  • Alongside the Executive Director, engages in all facets of donor relations management aimed at continued donor growth and retention.
  • Designs and participates in an annual schedule of events to steward donors and celebrate our work.
  • Manage gift acknowledgment letters and other correspondence with donors, including phone and in-person meetings.
  • Maintains key relationships in the philanthropic community and identifies prospective individuals, corporations, foundations and government funders.


Communication and Internal task management (20%)

  • Create copy and guide creative for Annual Report and other promotional materials for GMFTS and its programs as needed; Work with a graphic designer when needed.
  • Collaborate with members of the team to develop and execute strategies to communicate about all of GMFTS programs and services to various audiences and the general public.
  • Create and distribute the organization's e-newsletters and develop regular press releases and blog posts to promote the organization’s work, manage social media presence (Facebook and Instagram) in collaboration with program managers.
  • Manage content on the organization’s website using WordPress.
  • Create or assist with other communications and development projects as needed.


Preferred Qualifications and Attributes:

  • 3+ Years experience with grant writing, fundraising, event coordination, and nonprofit fund development work.
  • Success securing gifts from multiple sources, and donor stewardship.
  • Experience in marketing, public relations, or other communications management.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication abilities as they relate to fundraising, communications, grant writing, and related public speaking. 
  • Strong computer skills; graphic design, web design, and/or desktop publishing experience helpful.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships and interact effectively with donors, prospects, board members, staff and program beneficiaries.
  • Demonstrated understanding of development and fundraising best practices and donor and foundation giving strategies and tools.
  • Demonstrated financial literacy with balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and use of relevant financial management tools.
  • Experience in a leadership role and working knowledge of strategic planning processes.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage concurrent projects and prioritize competing responsibilities.
  • Self-motivated and self-directed with a willingness to be flexible, positive, and adaptable.
  • Familiarity with the Northeast Kingdom area of Vermont a plus.


 Additional skills: Canva, CRM software, Excel, Google Suite (specifically: Google Forms, Google Photos, Sheets, Docs), WordPress, Weebly, basic knowledge of HTML, MailMerge


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation: This is a full-time exempt position (40 hours/week (part-time considered), flexible schedule, hybrid work model) with salary range $51,5000 - $61,500+ commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Employer sponsored healthcare (80/20) or healthcare stipend ($3000.00 annually).
  • Health expense reimbursement account ($1,000 annually).
  • Simple IRA with employer match up to 3% of salary.
  • Reimbursable work-related travel expenses (mileage rate of .51 per mile).
  • 5 hours of paid wellness time per pay period.
  • 27 - 32 days of annual paid time off (plus 5 additional days after three years of employment).
  • Flex time, teambuilding, staff recognition and celebrations, and professional development opportunities.
  • Annual evaluation and raises based on performance and COLA rates (range 0-8% annually until we get there!)
  • Annual healthy workplace survey.
  • Access to local food wholesale buying club.
  • Investments in employee health, wellness and retention.
Date Posted
open until filled
# of Positions Available
How to Apply

To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to Position open until filled. For more information or just to talk please contact Catherine Cusack at To learn more about our work visit