Director of Development
Hunger Free America
Hunger Free America (founded in 1983 as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger) is a dynamic and highly effective national anti-hunger progressive advocacy and direct service organization that is based in New York City but works in all 50 states.
The Nation has written that the organization has grown into “one of the leading direct service and advocacy organizations on hunger and poverty in the nation.”
Our mission is to build a nonpartisan, grass-roots movement to enact the progressive public policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.
Our long-term goal is not just to ameliorate the problem, but also to build the people’s movement necessary to enact the economic and public policies needed to end hunger entirely. Given that hunger drains our economy and tears at our moral and civic fabric, we know that eliminating it will boost the nation both economically and spiritually. Towards that end, we’ve adopted the motto: “Ending hunger lifts us all.”
Hunger Free America is looking to immediately fill its full-time Director of Development position which is based in New York City and reports directly to the organization’s CEO. This position is vital in helping Hunger Free America achieve its historic national objectives.
Working closely with, and reporting directly to, Hunger Free America’s high-profile CEO Director, duties for this position include:
- With guidance and assistance from the CEO and Board of Directors, writing and implementing a comprehensive and aggressive – but realistic – development plan to increase resources from both unrestricted and restricted donations from major gifts, small donors, online donations, corporations, and foundations.
- Designing and implementing all the development and fundraising activities of the organization.
- Working with the existing Manager of Institutional Giving and Evaluation (which will report to this position) in identifying, researching, writing, and pitching foundation, corporate, and government funding proposals, and in developing and submitting financial and programmatic progress reports to funders.
- Ensuring all deadlines are met for letters of inquiry, applications, and reports.
- Developing an expanded individual donor program, including an expanded direct mail and/or online program and an increased utilization of fundraising events.
- Planning and coordinating all fundraising and prospecting events.
- Creating and implementing a major gifts program and a planned giving program.
- Facilitating interactions between the CEO and members of the Board of Directors with existing and potential funders.
- Developing the new Young Professional Council.
- Working in conjunction with any additional staff and volunteers engaged in fundraising on behalf of Hunger Free America.
- Coordinating with other Hunger Free America staff written and online promotional materials for the organization.
Desired Skills and Experience
The Hunger Free America is seeking an accomplished nonprofit organization or political campaign development/fundraising professional with a minimum of four years of development/fundraising experience, with a proven track record of successfully raising funds. Direct experience in grant-writing, grant management, donor solicitation, and donor relations is ideal.
Ideal candidates will also meet as many of these requirements as possible:
- A bachelor's degree. Extra points for a relevant graduate or professional degree.
- Comfort and skill in asking people and entities for money.
- Someone willing to roll up her or his sleeves to directly get the work done.
- A demonstrated commitment to, and passion about, Hunger Free America’s mission to end hunger nationwide.
- A working knowledge of key issues related to hunger, poverty, and/or the nonprofit sector.
- An outgoing, engaging personality.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills for a variety of audiences. Very strong writer is preferred.
- Stellar organizational multi-tasking skills and an ability to meet tight deadlines without fail.
- Proven ability to collaborate professionally and effectively with diverse stakeholders.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.
Hunger Free America is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, gender identities, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be competitive with other similar positions in nonprofit organizations. Hunger Free America offers significant benefits to all full-time employees, including a strong health insurance plan. Employees also receive generous vacation, holiday, and sick time. In addition, employees have opportunities for training and professional development in their work for one of the nation’s most respected and innovative anti-hunger organizations. This is a great opportunity to grow with an organization making history.
How to Apply:
To apply, submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your qualifications for this specific position to:
Please mark your e-mail subject line or envelope “Director of Development Position.”
National Service Opportunities
About the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps:
The national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Program (AHOC), an initiative of Hunger Free America since 2010, is one of the largest anti-hunger AmeriCorps VISTA projects in the country. Its main focus is to fight hunger and improve nutrition, primarily by breaking down barriers to accessing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) as well as by expanding economic opportunity and ensuring healthy futures for all Americans, mostly through the SNAP Employment and Training program.
Healthy Acadia and Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance, in partnership with Hunger Free America, are seeking a full-time VISTA member to…
- Recruit, manage, and train community volunteers to conduct screening and application assistance for SNAP, Senior Farm Share, and other federal nutrition programs.
- Support increased participation in school meals, including breakfast, lunch, Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program, Afterschool Snacks, Summer Meals, and universal free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision.
- Improve access to nutritious food options by enhancing awareness of the availability of utilization of benefits at farmers’ markets and provide nutrition education information and opportunities for low-income members.
- Improve access to healthy foods at food security organizations by creating and supporting self-sustaining gleaning systems and organizing local food drives.
This is a one year, full-time position beginning late August 2017. For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here.
- $472.22 Living allowance, paid biweekly
- Segal Education Award ($5,815) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,500)
- Health benefits
- Housing or alternative assistance of up to $400
- Training support up to $500
- Potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service
- Relocation assistance (if applicable)
- Childcare assistance (if applicable)
- Optional life insurance
- One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
- A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums
How to Apply:
Please send resume, cover letter, and references in a single document to Katie Freedman: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate whether you are interested in serving in Hancock or Washington County, or both.