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The Nashville Food Project Development Director

The Development Director will build a comprehensive development program, effectively leading and managing all aspects of fundraising and related marketing needed to significantly grow and sustain The Nashville Food Project.

The Development Director is responsible for implementing the vision and goals of The Nashville Food Project as articulated by Executive Director and Board of Directors. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Key Responsibilities:

Manage a comprehensive marketing and fundraising program including corporate, foundation, public, individual and community-based funders; and the planning, implementation and oversight of special events, projects, and related marketing efforts.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Effectively convey the organization’s mission, objectives, programs, and impact in grants and fundraising solicitations
  • Work with and support Development Committee of the Board
  • Design and manage annual giving campaign; implement strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors to meet annual operating goals
  • Identify and pursue opportunities and relationships with corporate partners  and community partners for sponsorship, funding, goods and services
  • Develop and grow individual donor base; cultivate major gifts and build relationships
  • Research, prepare, submit and manage public and private grants (restricted and unrestricted funding)
  • Work with Board Co-Chairs to plan and manage annual fundraising event including securing sponsorships, planning live and silent auctions, logistics and ticketing;  seek opportunities for creating and implementing other fundraising events throughout the year
  • Plan and manage targeted marketing materials for donors and community partners
  • Create and manage donor database with appropriate software and training
  • Create timely acknowledgements and related correspondence to donors
  • Work with Executive Director and key staff on pertinent outcome measurement and reporting
  • Occasional public speaking on behalf of The Nashville Food Project
  • Update Giving Matters profile, and others as necessary, on an ongoing basis
  • Prepare monthly reports and/or other data as requested by the Executive Director


  • Bachelors Degree required
  • Minimum 3-5 years of professional fundraising experience preferred
  • Strong interest in anti-poverty work and food justice (prior experience a plus)
  • Thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding plan
  • Exemplary communications skills, interpersonal skills, and professionalism, with ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the public
  • Excellent writing skills with demonstrated ability to craft compelling, effective messaging for marketing and fundraising purposes
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with donors and volunteers, developing relationships, stewarding and closing large gifts
  • Strong organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently
  • Experience planning and executing fundraising events
  • Experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and donor software
  • Passion, commitment, team player, sense of humor!


This is a full time position, but we will consider a less than full time position depending on qualifications, experience, and salary requirements. Weekend and evening hours are occasionally required.

Compensation: Title and rate of pay for the position of Development Director shall be based on the employee's qualifications, relevant years of experience, and hours worked. Paid sick and vacation time are offered on an accrual basis.

All employees are eligible for reimbursement of certain health care premium costs.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to by Friday, August 14, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be considered.