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Development and Communications Director at Sierra Harvest - 15645

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Development and Communications Director
Sierra Harvest
313 Railroad Ave #201
95959 Nevada City , CA
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Job Description: 

The Development and Communications Director (DCD) would refine and execute an annual fundraising and communications strategy while expanding SH’s support base, diversifying
sustainable funding streams, and engaging donors with our programs and services. The position will emphasize identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors, family foundations, state and federal opportunities, and partnerships. This position reports to the Executive Director (ED) and plays a key role within the leadership team in the accomplishment of SH’s ends policies. Theywill supervise a Development Associate and Communications Coordinator.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Evaluate the effectiveness of current funding programs and build strategies to maximize

Work with the ED to develop annual fundraising goals and metrics

Maintain ongoing relationships with donors and key stakeholders and identify new individual, business, foundation, and government prospects

Establish new funding streams that support existing and new programming

Oversees all donor events working closely with ED and Event Production Coordinator

Organize and refine funder communications staying on top of trends and technology

Provide monthly reporting on metrics and individual engagement to ED and Board of Directors

Oversee grants program including grant docket, proposal, and budget development, grant compliance, and reporting, and supervision of Development Associate and/or grant writers

Build and manage development budget

Prioritize a Community Centric Fundraising philosophy and educate staff, volunteers, and partners about this approach

Display a deep understanding of SH’s mission, history, and current programs

Oversee SH communications strategy for the organization including all print, enews, social media, etc. providing relevant and timely content for target audiences

Oversee production of marketing materials building the Sierra Harvest brand

Serve as a spokesperson and public advocate for SH’s mission publicizing the mission, goals, activities, and impact of all programs

Education & Experience: 

Essential Traits:
Must have a strong alignment with the mission of SH and the ability to communicate, motivate and inspire others about our work with passion

Willingness to contribute to creating an environment of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through Community Centric Fundraising practices

Work experience that shows a deep understanding of relationship-based fundraising practices versus transactional

Demonstrated experience showing ability to attract, motivate, cultivate, and steward contributors of all resources including working with high net worth donors to secure major gifts

Excellent verbal and written communication, editing, and interpersonal skills

Ability to self-organize priorities and manage multiple projects and deadlines

Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills

Flexible mindset and innovative thinker

Willingness to engage in continuous learning and training

Thoroughly enjoy raising money and love to ask!

Proven fundraising track record

Experience developing and maintaining productive working relationships with staff, volunteers, board members, and donors

Applies professional discretion and maintains confidentiality

Knowledge of Donor Perfect Online or CRM software preferred

Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

Basic understanding of communications platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Canva, Crello, WordPress, Constant Contact, EventBrite

If you do not meet all of the job skills or qualifications and think you would be a good fit for this position, please tell us more about yourself and why. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact our recruiting team at at least 48 hours in advance.

Application Instructions: 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

At Sierra Harvest, our founding was built on equity and we support and celebrate differences. Sierra Harvest is proud to provide an Equal Opportunity workplace. We are committed to incorporating Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion throughout our work, including improving our efforts to hire, support, and engage BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, and members of other historically marginalized groups.

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