May 01, 2023

Director of Development

$85,000 - $100,000 yearly
  • Project EATS
  • New York, NY, USA
Full-Time Data/Analysis Fundraising/Development Writing/Editing

Job Description

Project EATS (PE) seeks an experienced development professional to join its dynamic and growing team as Director of Development. This is a senior management position and reports to the President.  The ideal candidate is interested in urban farming and social justice and is ready to get to work.

Job Summary

The Director of Development plans, directs, and coordinates all fundraising activities for the organization. The Director of Development, with the President and Fundraising Committee Chair will develop and execute an annual fundraising plan.  This includes foundation and corporate fundraising with the following duties: providing leadership and coordination for the identification, analysis, solicitation and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate prospects and donors; major gift identification, stewardship, and solicitation; events including several small events and the annual gala and online fundraising efforts. The Director of Development works in coordination with the Finance and Fundraising Committees of the Board of Directors and the President.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Corporations and Foundations

    • Research public and private grant agencies, foundations and corporations to identify potential sources of funding for food insecurity and access, local food systems, nutritional health, social art and community vitality. Identify, cultivate and steward a portfolio of current and potential donors by maintaining adequate contact, and by writing, proofreading and submitting persuasive proposals and informative reports.

    • Develop, coordinate and implement a foundation and corporate relations workplan. Oversee timely tracking and provide analysis of foundation and corporate giving.

    • Schedule and coordinate PE site visits with foundation and corporate representatives.

    • Prepare and submit interim and final reports for grants the outcomes and impact achieved.

  • Identify, create a cultivation plan for and steward major donors.  Develop a portfolio of 100- 200 major donors over time.

  • Develop and manage online fundraising strategy

  • Plan and manage fundraising and cultivation events including the annual fall gala.

  • Work with program staff, Senior Director of Operations and President to identify funding potential for programmatic initiatives and possible pilot programs within context of organization’s strategic plan; and track progress against grant requirements and fundraising goals; and propose strategies for course corrections as needed

  • Research and implement fundraising software package.

  • Attend community meetings and events, as well as engage in foundation/corporate visits.

Hiring Organization

Project EATS, Inc.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited university, with a minimum of five years training/experience in a sophisticated fundraising environment, including grant writing, online donors, fundraising events, and corporate and foundation activities

  • Major gifts experience are especially helpful.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and oral communication skills.

  • Budgeting – ability to forecast and track revenue and expenses for all foundation and corporate relations activities.

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagram, or schedule form. Ability to prioritize activities and organize duties and assignments.

  • Ability to identify and research prospective major, corporate and foundation donors using all available resources including foundation center databases.

  • Strong ability to compose letters and other printed materials

  • Extreme attention to detail

  • Diplomatic with strong interpersonal skills

  • Able to complete projects in a timely manner without supervision

  • Familiar with nonprofit organizations and funders

  • Familiarity with arts organizations and knowledge of arts funders preferred

  • Highly organized and resourceful

  • Proactively looks for ways to avert or solve problems

  • Previous work experience with low-wealth communities preferred.

Mandatory Personal Characteristics

  • Sound judgment and unquestionable integrity

  • Team player, committed to PE’s mission and culture of prioritizing the team above the self

  • Proactivity to develop and improve skills and experience

  • Self-motivation, action-orientation, and foresight

  • Willingness to go the extra mile when needed to meet PE standards

  • Adaptability to make adjustments on the fly and maximize available resources

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action, Arts/Culture and Humanities, Food/Agriculture/Nutrition




Benefits include employer-paid medical insurance and paid time off.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please forward a resume, as well as a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. NO CALLS PLEASE.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at PE where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

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