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Development Director

The Development Director is an important part of our Directors Team and is responsible for securing the resources to sustain our mission. This position develops, manages, and implements the fundraising plan through various channels, including grant writing, corporate/organizational donor appeal, and event planning. The Development Director also cultivates individual donor relationships in collaboration with organizational strategy. 

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 Communications Director, 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 racial equity-driven, 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.Maintain complete and accurate fundraising records.
  • 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 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. 

Community and Public Relations – 20% 

  • Assist Communications Director with the development of outreach materials (e-newsletter, displays, brochures, flyers, articles, press releases, website, and background materials).
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Rooted at site tours, events, media interviews, etc., as needed.

Administrative and Additional Responsibilities – 10%

  • Interface with fund development, events, and communications committees.
  • Attend staff, board, committee, and other relevant meetings as necessary.
  • Assist with document review and editing.
  • Take on 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 two years experience in nonprofit fundraising, including donor relations, grant writing and reporting.
  • Experience with capital campaign planning and implementation (preferred).
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking and writing.
  • Experience working with volunteers, nonprofits, and community-based organizations.
  • 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.

Salary Range & Probationary Period

This position is FLSA Exempt at $45,000-$60,000; Full Time: 1.0 FTE, and is eligible for benefits. This position has a
probationary period of six (6) months.

How to Apply

Please send an electronic version of your cover letter and resume to Ginny Hughes, Deputy Director of Operations,
at [email protected] or mail to:

Rooted, c/o Ginny Hughes
2702 International Lane, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53704

Application review will begin May 31, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Download the full Development Director job description here.

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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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