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Fundraising and Membership Roles at Biodynamic Association - 1291

Job Title: 
Fundraising and Membership Roles
Biodynamic Association
Milwaukee, WI
Job Description: 

The Biodynamic Association awakens and enlivens co-creative relationships between humans and the earth, transforming the practice and culture of agriculture to renew the vitality of the earth, the integrity of our food, and the health and wholeness of our communities.

Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. It is also a potent movement for new thought and practices in all aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.

The BDA strives to embody biodynamic principles in how we operate as an organization, and we take an agile, living approach to organizing our work. Drawing inspiration from Reinventing Organizations and Holacracy, our organization is structured into self-managing circles made up of a number of roles focused on different needs of the organization. Each staff person is responsible for multiple roles. The structure of the circles and roles is designed to evolve over time to meet the changing needs and opportunities that the BDA encounters.

Location, Time Commitment and Compensation:

We strive to create a dynamic, supportive, and flexible work environment that allows each employee to realize their creative potential in their work with the BDA. We maintain a main office in Milwaukee, WI, where four of our six staff members currently work. Two other staff and several key contractors work remotely from home offices in the Midwest, Oregon, California and New York. Ideally, the new staff person will work in our Milwaukee office, but we will consider strong candidates who are based elsewhere.

This position may be full-time or part-time depending on the availability, needs, skills and strengths of the selected candidate. We strive to offer living wages, commensurate with experience and responsibilities as well as the financial gifts and needs of each staff member. Generous paid time off and a modest health insurance reimbursement program are currently available for employees working 20 or more hours per week.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Position Summary
We currently have an opening for a new person with core skills in fundraising and development to join our staff team on a full-time or part-time basis. Ideally, this person will be based in our Milwaukee, WI office, but we will consider strong candidates wishing to work from home elsewhere.

The new staff person will initially fill two key roles:

Fundraising Coordinator, accountable for:

Creating and implementing fundraising plans, strategies, and campaigns, in collaboration with the Fundraising Steward, other staff, and board
Growing the number of foundations and major donors supporting the work of the BDA and the overall amount of foundation and major donor funding
Tracking and acknowledging grants, donations and pledges
Preparing and following up on asks to major donors, and maintaining major donor notes and data
Preparing grant proposals and grant reports, and monitoring deadlines and due dates
Convening, preparing agenda and taking notes for the staff fundraising circle and board fundraising committee meetings

Membership, accountable for:

Designing and implementing plans, strategies and campaigns to grow the BDA’s membership base, in collaboration with Fundraising Steward, other staff, and board
Creating membership promotional language and materials in collaboration with BDA Promoter
Determining and administering membership structure and benefits
Responding to membership inquiries and member questions and concerns
Collaborating with Civi Steward to design and maintain membership-related aspects of database
Processing and acknowledging member joins and renewals (online, phone, and mail)
Writing, scheduling and tracking email and paper renewal reminders

As noted above, the person filling these roles will regularly collaborate with the Fundraising Steward, BDA Promoter, and Civi Steward roles. In addition, there is an Administrative Assistant who provides help with tasks such as data entry and preparing mailings.

Education & Experience: 


Candidates who are a good fit for these roles will demonstrate:

Passion and enthusiasm for raising money to transform the food system
At least 5 years experience in fundraising, development, or a related field
A high degree of organization and ability to manage complex projects from start to finish
Excellent written and oral communication skills, warmth and friendliness
Ability to consider big-picture strategy questions while maintaining attention to many details

It is also essential that you are inspired by and drawn to our organizational purpose, and have the capacity and enthusiasm to function well within our organizational structure, which offers a great deal of flexibility and freedom while requiring a high level of motivation, communication, transparency and accountability.

Application Instructions: 

Application Process and Timeline

The Biodynamic Association is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people of all sexual orientations and gender identity, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send an email to with your full name as the subject and attach the following (PDF preferred):

a resume
a brief personal statement describing:
why you are interested working with the Biodynamic Association
how your skills, interests and experience intersect with the open roles
your preference for full- or part-time employment
your compensation needs
your desired work location and when you would be available to begin work
at least two professional references with phone number and email address

We hope to fill these roles by the end of August 2016. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interviews will be scheduled beginning in early to mid August. For any questions, please email or call 262-649-9212 x6.

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Administrative & Finance