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Director of Development Food Well Alliance

  • Date Posted September 20, 2019
  • Location Atlanta, GA
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description Food Well Alliance is a collaborative network of local leaders working together to build thriving community gardens and urban farms.

As an Alliance, we believe that locally-grown food is a tool to build healthier communities and that thriving gardens and farms strengthen the heart of cities.

Metro Atlanta is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, with 56 cities located in Cobb, Clayton, Dekalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. By 2030, the population of metro Atlanta is expected to jump by at least 25%. As our cities become more dense and developed, our goal is to equip local growers, local governments and city residents with the tools they need to protect and support food-producing spaces.

To build thriving farms and gardens, metro Atlanta cities must prioritize urban agriculture and invite community members to the planning table. Food Well Alliance accomplishes it’s mission through three core programs that mobilize:

Through our Resource Center, we provide centralized funding, training and resources to build a supportive ecosystem for urban farmers & community gardeners to thrive.

Through our Policy & Planning we engage city governments to develop inclusive policies that prioritize gardens and farms in their development.

Through our Events & Experiences, we re-connect city dwellers to the land and soil, to where their food comes from and to the people who grow it.

Join us.
One Alliance for All Well Being.

Job description


The Director of Development is ambitious and charismatic with a proven track record in securing national and local funding support for nonprofit missions. S/he has the strategic prowess and social intelligence required to help build scalable fundraising models that leverage Food Well Alliance’s brand, assets, and relationships to secure a diverse portfolio of committed supporters. The Director of Development has the ability to forge deep and meaningful relationships with both individual donors and large foundations, achieve aggressive revenue and renewal goals year over year, while delivering excellent stewardship experiences. S/he is excited by the opportunity to take Food Well Alliance from “start-up” to “scale-up” by establishing a creative, innovative and sophisticated fundraising strategy that will lead to an annual revenue pipeline that sustains and grows our $2.5 million operating budget.


  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Board Chair, design and implement a sustainable development strategy to increase philanthropic revenue from a diverse portfolio of foundations, investors and major donors in Atlanta and across the U.S.A.

  • Work directly with our founding and sole benefactor to develop a funding diversification strategy.

  • Lead and manage donor prospect research, correspondence, acknowledgment processes and ongoing stewardship with diligent attention to grant report deadlines, goals for deliverables, and compliance with terms of grants.

  • Write high-quality proposals, reports and other materials that make a compelling case for investing in Food Well Alliance’s mission.

  • Oversee the development and implementation of new fundraising initiatives based on sound business intelligence and data

  • Lead the creation of an annual revenue pipeline, working closely with programmatic staff to create an integrated and robust data-driven operations and evaluation plan.

  • Design and oversee development systems and donor management structures that provide accountability.

  • In collaboration with the Marketing & Experience Team, manage brand awareness and marketing strategies for supporter audiences (annual reports, direct marketing emails, etc), and guide the vision, planning and executing of fundraising events.

  • Serve as a brand steward, advocating, evangelizing and protecting Food Well Alliance

  • Inspirational. You can see the big picture vision and can get others to see it too.

  • Well-connected. You know the players and are comfortable accessing new philanthropic networks around and within urban agriculture and food systems.

  • A consummate professional. People enjoy working with you because you deliver on promises and they can trust you.

  • Able to drive innovation, change and growth, and be a meticulous implementer who can translate strategy into results.

  • Keenly attuned to detail, are process-driven and have an innate attention to accuracy. You love numbers, budgets and financial statements.

  • A superb relationship manager with remarkable interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills, including the ability to inspire and hold accountable diverse internal and external stakeholders.

  • An out-of-the-box thinker. You thrive in a creative, inventive, fast-paced startup environment, with people who are passionate about their work and mission.

  • Collaborative. You relish the opportunity to work closely with leaders across the organization to bring creative content and programmatic strategies to life for major donors.

  • Passionate about Atlanta and/or local food!

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and preferably an advanced degree in a relevant field.

  • At least 7+ years of professional experience, including measurable success in nonprofit development roles.

  • Demonstrated experience raising $2 million+ annually.

  • Proven track record of creating and executing effective fundraising strategies for diverse revenue streams, with success in soliciting and closing 6 and 7-figure gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.

  • Expertise in donor database systems, G-Suite, Dropbox and Word.


$60,000 - $70,000 Annual Salary, DOE
Health & Wellness Benefits Package
Flexible time-off and remote working
Fun, supportive, hard-working team

Food Well Alliance is a community of leaders who is proud to represent many different racial, socio-economic, gender, and other identities. Our diversity as a community is our strength, driving our ability to be empathetic, visionary, and effective leaders in the local food movement and our city.

Compensation this position is : salaried Application instructions
This job expired on November 19, 2019
DeadlineOctober 18, 2019

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