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Development Associate at Homeless Garden Project - 10380

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Development Associate
Homeless Garden Project
30 West Cliff Dr
95060 Santa Cruz , CA
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Job Description: 

Development Associate

Hours: 25 hours/week

Benefits: Pro-rated vacation and sick time; accrual max applies. No medical benefits are provided for part-time positions.

Reports to: Development Director

Preferred start date: July 13, 2020

Description of Organization and General Function

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), a 501c3 nonprofit based in Santa Cruz, CA, provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people experiencing homelessness. In complement, HGP operates a vibrant community volunteer and education program. The training, employment, education and volunteer programs take place in a 3.5 organic farm and related enterprises.

HGP is in an exciting period of growth, preparing to move our farm from its temporary 3.5-acre site to a permanent 9.5-acre farm site, within a 20-acre site on City of Santa Cruz Pogonip park land. This new permanent site will allow us to triple our job training capacity, over time, providing 50 positions each year.


We seek an enthusiastic, outgoing, resourceful and organized person skilled in databases, communication, social media, outreach, and building partnerships. The ideal candidate will also have an interest in agriculture and social enterprises and a sincere commitment to ending homelessness. The Development Associate will be an integral part of HGP’s fundraising and communications team, working closely with the Development Director and Executive Director, as well as other members of the staff. The Associate’s role supporting the development and maintenance of our donor community is vital to the success and long-term sustainability of the organization.

Core Values

HGP values respectful communication, collaboration, connection with people and nature, and open, inquiring minds. The development staff undertake management functions as partners with the rest of the staff, in support of their work toward HGP’s mission. A management team cooperatively assesses strategic choices and organizational direction with the support and partnership of the board of directors. We value individual initiative and cultivate a culture in which it can thrive.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment. We strongly encourage people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, classes, and religious identities to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities: 


The Associate will report to the Development Director. Our diversified revenue model includes individual support, special events, public and private grants and contracts, and program-related revenue, so the Associate will have opportunities to be involved in a variety of fundraising projects and activities including the current capital campaign.

Donor Stewardship (50%)

The Development Associate will lead gift acknowledgment processing to ensure that donors understand the vital impact their support has on HGP’s work and receive appropriate:

Documentation and recognition of gifts and
Pledge payment reminders.
Support implementation of HGP’s stewardship plan for individual donors;
Assist with donor research and qualification;
Support board members in their fundraising work.
Support Donor Cultivation and Special Events (25%)

Currently HGP hosts several major fundraising events each year plus regular events throughout the year at the farm and its retail store in downtown Santa Cruz. This year, events are being pioneered virtually. The Development Associate will lead staff and volunteer special event teams to maintain timeliness and momentum of preparations and follow-up including:

Identify and invite potential attendees;
Coordinate communications, both print and social media for events;
Shepherd attendees through event(s);
Work with Development Director and Executive Director to support table captains;
Provide Development Director and Executive Director with follow up materials/communication.
Institutional Communications and Social Media (25%)

Work with the Executive Director, Operations Director, and Development Director to:

Assist with website management
Assist with general email communications, including building email drafts and managing a calendar of communications
Support general donor stewardship communications, to keep supporters informed and involved in support of the HGP annual development plan;
Update donor information packets;
Provide program updates via social media, direct mail and the annual report;
Create and update brochure content.

Education & Experience: 


We’re looking for someone with the passion and commitment to support our programs and help shape HGP for sustainability and future growth.

Strong computing skills in database, spreadsheet, word processing, cloud-based applications, social media, online research and/or communication tools;
Excellent organization and administration skills and experience with systems for maintaining personal and team focus and priorities;
Excellent skills for communicating with diverse audiences, colleagues and partners in writing, by phone, in person and via social media;
Team orientation;
A passion for helping others;
Individual initiative within a collaborative group culture;
Self-awareness and excellent interpersonal communication;
Demonstrated ability to work independently;
Multicultural experience and/or competency;
Flexibility and a sense of humor.
Desirable skills and qualifications

At least one year of nonprofit fundraising experience, particularly with individuals, events and grants;
WordPress experience a plus;
Experience with fundraising database;
A passion for farm-based learning and empowerment;

Application Instructions: 

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Paul Goldberg, HGP Director of Development, at We will review materials and schedule interviews on a rolling basis, and we hope the new Development Associate will begin work at HGP in mid-July. No calls please. Review of applications begins July 1, 2020.

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