Slow Food USA seeks an Associate Director of Development

8 Jan

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Applications will be considered until January 15th, 2010

Slow Food USA has ambitious plans to scale up our efforts to change the way food and farming work in America. The Associate Director of Development is a new position created to help manage a growing pool of major donor prospects and enable the expansion of our efforts. This position is thus primarily a major donor manager, but given the small size and collaborative nature of our organization, the Associate Director will be asked to participate in all areas of development.

The Associate Director of Development will manage a portfolio of major donor prospects. This will include creating and implementing strategies for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual, foundation, and corporate donors capable of giving at least $50,000 over three years. As part of this responsibility, he/she will conduct donor calls to cultivate relationships with donors and prospects and maintain ongoing contact with past and current donors.

In addition, the Associate Director of Development will help design strategies and systems for cultivating mid-level donors at the $10,000 – $25,000 giving level. He/she will also help manage occasional fundraising events and participate in other areas of development as necessary.

The Associate Director of Development will have limited responsibility for identifying new donor suspects at first, though he/she will work with the director of Development to follow up on leads generated from the existing portfolio of donors. In time, responsibility for identifying new donors may increase.


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum 5 years related work experience or an equivalent combination. Major gifts fundraising experience strongly preferred
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors
  • Experience in building and maintaining long-term relationships with donors; working with volunteer leaders at all levels; and building internal relationships with program, administration and communications colleagues to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Experience using written and oral communications for fundraising; proposal writing experience preferred
  • Experience in asking for and closing major gifts of $25,000 or more
  • Capital campaign and/or planned giving experience preferred


  • Ability to set fundraising goals and design and implement fundraising strategies, including individualized donor cultivation, solicitation and recognition plans
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to master complex issues, convey information clearly and communicate a compelling and inspired vision
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to use technology to achieve fundraising goals, including experience with using fundraising databases
  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship skills
  • Ability to act independently and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work effectively and maintain composure under pressure
  • Ability to work long hours and weekends when needed. Willingness to travel frequently and on short notice

Classification: Full-time Exempt Employee
Compensation: Commensurate with experience, benefits included.
Position reports to: Director of Development

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Please submit a resume and letter of interest to: jobs (at)! No phone calls please.

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