Development Director - Zenger Farm

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Zenger Farm is a 501(c)3 nonprofit working urban farm in Portland, OR that models, promotes, and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development, and access to good food for all. We are guided by a vision of a healthy, resilient community, where the well-being and prosperity of children and adults, regardless of race, geography or socio-economic status, is enhanced through access to affordable, plentiful and nourishing foods. As a justice centered, food access and education non-profit, we believe nourishment is a basic human right and that the root causes of inequitable food access – racism, poverty and other systems of oppression – must be addressed to create a just food system.

Zenger Farm currently has an operating budget of approximately $1.2M per year with 51% of revenue coming from government and foundation grants, 19% from earned revenue, 14% from individuals, 11% from events and 5% from businesses. The organization will continue to lead with traditional fundraising methods while integrating new, alternative and grassroots fundraising strategies.

We encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities, recent immigrants, differently abled and applicants from different generational, economic and educational backgrounds to apply.


The Development Director is responsible for developing and implementing Zenger Farm’s annual development plan and strategy while ensuring all annual fundraising goals are met or exceeded. The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors on all aspects of development, including donor prospecting, solicitation, cultivation and stewardship.

Essential Duties:

  • Develop and execute fundraising plans, partnering and guiding the Executive Director and volunteers (board).
  • Develop and maintain a fundraising guide map for the next three years, based on new strategic plan.
  • Accountable for raising $400,000 per year from individual donors, corporate donors, and fundraising events(s).
  • Create a development committee (separate from the board) to help with specific campaign/project for fundraising growth over the next three years.
  • Update and maintain fundraising guidelines/acceptance policies and processing/acceptance procedures.
  • Implement and maintain a stewardship plan.
  • Manage and maintain the database, ensuring data integrity.
  • Role model and provide leadership in the “culture of philanthropy” amongst staff, board, and community members by providing transparency and shared ownership around fundraising.
  • Create a clear role for each staff and board member regarding their piece in development, providing direction, education, and specific tactics for all board and staff to be part of fundraising goals.
  • Work with program staff to maximize strategic in-kind support for each program area.
  • Work with the Communications Intern supporting the sending of organizational emails and other communications (through Vertical Response.)
  • Support program staff in creation of collateral for marketing programs and fundraising events.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • A commitment to and passion for Zenger Farm’s mission.
  • Proven track record of securing visits with donors, soliciting, closing and stewarding gifts in the $1,000+ range.
  • At least 4 years of fundraising experience.
  • Proven track record of raising at least $300k per year for a non-profit’s operating budget which includes traditional and grassroots strategies.
  • Familiarity with the Portland philanthropic community preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Comfort utilizing Salesforce (or similar databases) and Microsoft Office.

Nonprofit Professionals Now is proud to be working with the Zenger Farm on this key fundraising position.  All applicants are asked to submit a resume, cover letter, and complete the screening questions for consideration.

Deadline for Application: December 16, 2018

We offer an alternative to a resume which can be submitted in one complete document. 

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Zenger Farm provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, in accordance with applicable federal laws.

Location: Portland, OR
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