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Development Director

Title:                     Development Director
Reports to:         Executive Director
Location:             Hybrid schedule (must live in the Madison area by date of hire)
Position Type:    Full Time/Exempt
Salary:                 $65,000-68,000/year
Benefits:             30 days paid time off plus 10 paid holidays annually; flexible, family-friendly schedule; medical, dental, and vision insurance, with Rooted covering 75% of the costs of the insurance package; 401k retirement plan; professional development opportunities; cell phone reimbursement
Start Date:         July 1, 2023

The Development Director is an important part of our Directors Team and is responsible for securing the resources to sustain our mission. This role involves organizing various scales of fundraising initiatives, including major giving and planned giving fundraising strategies. A successful candidate for this role will have experience in nonprofit fundraising, and be committed to upholding Rooted’s mission and values.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

As a nonprofit, Rooted is dependent on a diversified and successful fundraising plan. The Development Director develops, manages, and implements the fundraising plan with the assistance of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), the Marketing and Communications Manager, and the Board of Directors (Board). The Development Director holds some outreach responsibilities and works closely with the ELT to present a strong, positive image of Rooted programs, products, and services to relevant stakeholders. The Development Director’s job responsibilities are as follows:

Fundraising and Donor Relations – 70% 

  • Coordinate the development of a strategic, long-term fundraising plan, based on the values and direction expressed in Rooted’s Racial Equity Roadmap
  • Manage the fundraising plan on a day-to-day basis
  • Conduct prospect research
  • Maintain complete and accurate donor relations records and research notes
  • Assist in fundraising for general administration, programs, and site development and maintenance
  • Assist the ELT in developing and maintaining excellent relationships with grant funders, and both private individual and corporate donors
  • Help with grant research, writing, and reporting in collaboration with the ELT and program directors
  • Manage fundraising events
  • Lead direct mail/online fundraising efforts, supported by the Marketing and Communications Manager

Community and Public Relations – 20% 

  • With the Marketing and Communications Manager, coordinate the development of outreach materials (e-newsletter, displays, brochures, flyers, articles, press releases, website, background materials)
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Rooted at site tours, events, media interviews, etc., as needed
  • Communicate periodically with donors at all levels (e.g., “Thank You Tuesdays)

Administrative and Additional Responsibilities – 10%

  • Attend staff, board, committee, and other relevant meetings as necessary
  • Interface with fund development, events, and communications committees as necessary
  • Perform additional tasks as directed by the ELT
  • Represent Rooted on the Community Shares of Wisconsin Board of Directors

Knowledge and Abilities

The Development Director has (a/the):

  • Minimum five years experience in nonprofit fundraising, including donor relations, grant writing and reporting
  • Established background in coordinating nonprofit donation strategies and staff/volunteer leadership
  • Experience with capital campaign planning and implementation (preferred)
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking and writing
  • Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds, including children, the elderly, and people of diverse cultures
  • Experience with donor management software, especially Little Green Light (preferred, but not required)
  • Familiarity with the Madison philanthropic community and local funders desired
  • Experience in the areas of gardening, organic agriculture, and natural areas restoration considered a plus

Additional Information

  • Will need access to transportation for occasional local travel to meet with potential donors
  • Work some weekend and evening hours
  • An ability to speak multiple languages is desirable
  • A criminal history background check will be conducted on the final candidate prior to beginning employment. A criminal background will not automatically eliminate you from consideration.

How to Apply

Please apply directly through BambooHR or mail your cover letter and resume to:

c/o Marcia Caton Campbell
2702 International Lane, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53704

Review of applications will begin June 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

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Ours is a firm commitment to building racial equity and inclusion and dismantling racism in our communities, in our education and food systems, in the environmental movement, and within our organization. This is a path of lifelong learning and commitment to action.

Rooted is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. We strongly encourage applications from diverse applicants of all ages. Rooted is committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.

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