Director of Development

Project EATS

Posted: 2/19/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Food/Agriculture/Nutrition

City: New York

Postal code: 10018

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

ART is what we imagine and create that shapes how we live. FOOD is the sustenance we need to live. LIFE is how we use, value, and share what we create to survive and thrive. Project EATS - in its design, work and relationships - operates from the interweaving of these key aspects of being.

Project EATS’ mission is for everyone to have the opportunity - regardless of income - to live healthily and to thrive. To achieve our mission, we join with residents and other stakeholders in neighborhoods to work as both a catalyst and support in creating community-based enterprises that grow and distribute food and programs that inspire, engage, cultivate understanding and strengthen ties between neighbors. The end goal is to increase the well-being of individuals and to improve the social, economic, and cultural viability of their communities.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Project EATS (PE) seeks an experienced development professional to join its dynamic and growing team as Director of Development.  This is a senior management position and reports to the President.


Plans, directs, coordinates and engages in ongoing foundation and corporate fundraising with the following duties: providing leadership and coordination for the identification, analysis, solicitation and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate prospects and donors.Plans, directs and manages major and online donor activity. Plans, directs and manages fundraising events in collaboration and coordination with the Finance and Fundaising Committee of Project EATS’ Board of Directors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            KEY DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research public and private grant agencies, foundations and corporations to identify potential sources of funding for food insecurity and access, local food systems, nutritional health, social art and community vitality. Identify, cultivate and steward portfolio of current and potential donors by maintaining adequate contact, and by writing, proofreading and submitting persuasive proposals and informative reports.
  • Develop, coordinate and implement a foundation and corporate relations workplan.  Oversee timely tracking and provide analysis of foundation and corporate giving. 
  • Schedule and coordinate Project EATS site visits with foundation and corporate representatives.
  • Prepare and submit interim and final reports for grants the outcomes and impact achieved.
  • Develop, cultivate, and manage online donors. Develop materials and implement online campaigns.
  • Plan and manage fundraising events.
  • Work with program staff and Chief Operating Officer to: identify funding potential for programmatic initiatives and possible pilot programs within context of organization’s strategic plan; and track progress against grant requirements and fundraising goals; and propose strategies for course corrections as needed
  • Attend community meetings and events, as well as engage in foundation/corporate visits.




        Minimum 6 years of experience in a grant writing or development role, especially writing new grant proposals and concept notes for institution-wide support

        Exceptional writing, editing and oral communication skills

        Budgeting – ability to forecast and track revenue and expenses for all foundation and corporate relations activities.

        Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exits.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to prioritize activities and organize duties and assignments.

        Ability to identify and research prospective major, corporate and foundation donors using all available resources including foundation center databases.

        Strong ability to compose letters and other printed materials

        Extreme attention to detail

        Diplomatic with strong interpersonal skills

        Able to complete projects in a timely manner without supervision

        Familiar with nonprofit organizations and funders

        Highly organized and resourceful

        Proactively looks for ways to avert or solve problems


        Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited university, with a minimum of six years training/experience in a sophisticated fundraising environment, including grant writing, online donors, fundraising events, and corporate and foundation activities


  • Sound judgement and unquestionable integrity
  • Team player, committed to PE’s mission and culture of prioritizing the team above the self
  • Proactivity to develop and improve skills and experience
  • Self-motivation, action-orientation and foresight
  • Willingness to go the extra mile when needed to meet PE standards
  • Adaptability to make adjustments on the fly and maximize available resources


Health insurance after a 90 day wait period.


$75k - 90k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please forward a resume, as well as a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications via e-mail to: [email protected]. NO CALLS PLEASE.


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