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Real Food Challenge is hiring a Fundraiser!

on May 8, 2017

Development Manager, Real Food Challenge

Boston, Mass. or New York, N.Y.
Apr / 21 / 2017

Organizational Description

Real Food Challenge (RFC), a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England, is the largest student movement in the country fighting for food justice and a sustainable food economy. With a small, devoted staff and powerful grassroots leadership across the country, we are mobilizing millennials to build the just and sustainable food system the world needs now. Over the last seven years of organizing on college campuses, we have redirected more than $80 million of cafeteria food budgets away from industrial agriculture and towards local, fair, and agro-ecological sources. These shifts are making a real difference for farmers, fishers, and food chain workers -- and they’re just the start. RFC is co-convening a new national alliance for food justice and is gearing up for a slew of new campaigns. And, we are excited to bring a Development Manager onto the team to help us grow.

Job Summary

We’re looking for a leader who will work closely with the Executive Director and the leadership of RFC to grow our current budget from $780,000 to over $1 million and expand the movement for food justice across our generation. The Development Manager will focus on managing multiple fundraising and related functions, from grants management to annual individual giving, as we together develop grassroots leaders, train thousands of emerging organizers, and plan creative actions. They will join a dynamic movement organization with colleagues who are deeply committed to the mission and to one another. The position offers a strong benefits package and a flexible schedule.

The key objectives for this position are to:

  1. Maintain and grow the level of funding we receive from institutions (the large majority of our funding currently comes from foundations);
  2. Sustain and grow RFC’s individual giving program;
  3. Develop an overall plan for how we will diversify our funding (e.g., major donors, membership, corporate philanthropy);
  4. Integrate fundraising into our overall organizing strategy and communications plans, serving as a member of the executive team.

We would consider crafting this job as a part-time position for an experienced professional.

Essential Job Functions

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Institutional Fundraising

  • Steward relationships with existing foundations that sustain our work, identify prospective foundation funders, and cultivate new relationships with those funders (alongside the Executive Director and those involved with programming);
  • Write most grant applications and reports; coordinating with program staff and the executive team;
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with potential corporate funders.

Individual Giving Program

  • Maintain the donor database (in Nationbuilder) so that it is up to date and error-free. Support staff to use with the database to track their interactions with contacts;
  • Develop and manage a stewardship plan for existing donors;
  • Lead the annual appeal process;
  • Implement a moves management process to support individual gifts; potentially facilitate the development of relationships with major donors through personal meetings, regular communications, special events, or arrange for meetings with RFC’s senior staff and leaders;
  • Lead and manage the production of special letters, gift acknowledgments, and other communications with individual and corporate donors.

Overall Development Planning and Leadership

  • Craft an overall strategy for diversifying funding sources;
  • Maintain the development calendar, coordinate the fundraising activities of the Executive Director staff, alumni, and other stakeholders;
  • Research funding sources and trends and analyze with foresight, to help position RFC ahead of major funding changes or trends.

Executive Team

  • As part of the executive team, assist with formulation of operational plans to meet the organization’s short- and long-term objectives;
  • Drive the process for integrating fundraising efforts with our organizing work and communications;
  • Advise the Executive Director in developing the board;
  • With the support of our fiscal sponsor, help maintain our financial tracking system and prepare quarterly reports on revenues and expenses.

Depending on the Development Manager’s skills and prior experience, we may want to emphasize the following functions:

  • Providing support for the overall communications functions (print, web, and social media) of the organization, as well as public relations in order to construct and market an appropriate image and maintain high interest and participation amongst our base and alumni;
  • Monitoring and managing the organization’s financial records.

Special requirements

  • Ability to travel several times a year, including weekends, for team retreats (our current 10 staff are spread around the country). Other travel for fundraising activities is also expected;
  • Work in Boston or New York strongly preferred.


  • 3-5 years of related working experience with non-profit fundraising and development;
  • A proven track record of success in fundraising;
  • A passion for the mission and for working in a diverse team committed to racial justice;
  • Interest and/or experience in organizing and movement-building;
  • A desire to engage with alumni and current student leaders;
  • Knowledge and experience with CRM;
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, prioritize and problem solve;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Exceptionally well organized with an eye for detail;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.


The salary range for this position is $45,000-$55,000 depending on experience. A generous benefits package is included.

To Apply

Submissions of candidacy will be accepted until the position is filled, with priority given to submissions received by May 18, 2017.

We strongly encourage online applications. A resume and cover letter are required.

Click here to apply online.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Apply by mail to: Third Sector New England, Attn: Employment Manager, NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA  02111; or send by fax to: 617.896.9393.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE and Worker’s Justice Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification and veteran or disability status.