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Fund Development Director

No More Empty Pots


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Fund Development Director

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Position Type: Full time Non exempt
Position Level: Director
Functions: Fund Development

No More Empty Pots (NMEP) is a grassroots non-profit corporation that connects individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action. No More Empty Pots’ vision is to support communities in becoming self-sufficient and food secure through collaboration and adhering to core values of education, stewardship, and sustainability.

All candidates for NMEP positions are evaluated on “get it,” “want it,” and “capacity to do it,” and the values: forward thinking, arable & adaptable, innovative & solution oriented, people centered & trustworthy, and dedicated. All candidates must have the ability to accept challenges, ability to prioritize, ability to problem solve, versatility in applying knowledge and skills, commitment to NMEP’ mission, and dedication to reducing structural inequities. All NMEP staff are expected to prioritize people and a focus on relationships while maintaining high standards of program delivery and using sustainable budgeting and time management practices.

NMEP is seeking a charismatic and curious leader who loves people and purpose. This person will work closely with the CEO to foster a culture of philanthropy through systems and procedures that support comprehensive organizational advancement including strategic donor engagement, major gifts, fundraising, grants, and campaigns. The director secures charitable contributions, ensures file and database accuracy, guides communications for internal and external stakeholders, delivers projects on time aligned with mission, integrity and intention. while maintaining accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources. This position will provide authentic leadership for a team of professionals supporting organizational advancement. Candidates must be local with the opportunity for some remote work. The Fund Development Director reports to the CEO.

Candidates for the Fund Development Director position should resonate or identify with the following qualities and traits:

Ability to effectively and proactively communicate internally and externally
Positive mindset that sees opportunities in diverse experiences
Be detail oriented and deadline driven
Passion for doing work driven by community need
Self-starting while working independently and proactively
Motivation for taking on challenges and solving problems
Drive to take individual ownership of and expand upon job duties
Confidence to ask questions and take calculated risks

Seek, create, maintain and deepen relationships between key stakeholders and the organization
Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan that meets or exceeds the organizational budget
Provide direction to Communications and Data Evaluation staff to support the execution of grant applications, grant reports, and fund development campaigns and materials
Supervise Grant Writing staff to ensure there is accurate tracking and timely response to grant opportunities and reports
Maintain detailed physical and digital records of donor information and interactions utilizing organizational donor tracking tools

Create and implement a comprehensive data-driven fund development strategy that is documented and includes funding goals, campaigns, clearly articulated activities, timelines, and support roles that amplifies organizational advancement in collaboration with the CEO and relevant stakeholders
Engage with and leverage the board finance committee and internal financials team to drive fund development strategy
Research, identify, respond to and manage funding opportunities that include a mix of unrestricted, restricted, contributed and generated revenue
Ensure the execution of end-to-end processes are followed to meet all funding and reporting requirements
Manage and implement a donor cultivation strategy that is documented and inclusive of a donor portfolio, donor engagement, and ongoing stewardship activities
Ensure accuracy, security and integrity of donor files and database and provide prompt follow-up with acknowledgements while adhering to gift recognition policies
Lead and support marketing, communications and evaluation staff to collect and manage content, data and materials for fund development and organizational advancement while ensuring the integrity of NMEP’s brand and data policies
Collaborate with the NMEP Guild in fundraising efforts
Adhere to the highest ethical standards in management, governance, and fund development
Convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the organization and nonprofit sector
Demonstrate commitment to continued professional growth and development

Oversee adherence to compliance requirements of grant funded opportunities
Ensure accurate tracking and timeliness of grant applications and reports
Support communication of deadlines and cross team support that may be needed

Provide day to day guidance for the Grants Manager that supports the fund development plan
Support the Grant Manager in communicating deadlines and cross team support that may be needed
Engage in performance management for Grants Manager including providing feedback, professional development training, and ensuring that the role is supported in meeting performance goals
Lead meetings, trainings, one-on-ones, and other activities to support clarity and teamwork

Attend supervision and team meetings
Respond to email and all communications in a timely manner
Attend professional development training/workshops

Other duties as assigned

Bachelor’s degree in communications, nonprofit administration, or a related field with at least 5 years relevant experience and at least 4 years fundraising, project or program management or similar experience
Associates degree in communications, business administration or related field with at 10 years relevant experience and at least 6 years fundraising, project or program management, CFRE credential or similar experience
Highly skilled with Google Suite and Microsoft Office, donor databases like Salsa and Blackbaud and committed to learning new tools and skills in a tech-friendly environment
Proven track record in fundraising
Success in leading and managing a team of professionals
Frequently communicates with staff, volunteers, donors, program guests, and others about program and organizational operations, policies, and products. Must be able to communicate accurate and relevant information
Deadline driven. Has the ability to organize and manage multiple things at once and able to complete by deadlines.
Plan and meet deadlines. Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management.
Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player
Access to transportation and local travel are required
Knowledge and experience in the following areas: the nature and dimensions of philanthropy,
ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events and direct mail, and development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting.

Master’s degree in marketing, fundraising, public administration, or a related field
At least five years fundraising, donor management and/or fund development experience.
CFRE (Certified FundRaising Professional) credential
Success in leading and managing a team of professionals in marketing, communications, finance and evaluation
A strong existing network in the Omaha community with funders, participants, and food system stakeholders.

This is a high-stress position that helps set the direction and ensures the health of the organization. The individual is expected to be a competent fundraising professional and an excellent organizational development specialist.
Plan and meet deadlines. Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management.
Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player
May need to move about buildings or different locations.
Constantly works indoors
Constantly operates a computer and other office equipment
Occasionally moves materials weighing up to 30 pounds
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends

Compensation: $65,000 to $80,000, commensurate with experience
Hours per week: Full-Time 40 hours
Reports to: CEO

To be considered for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter and two professional references to No More Empty Pots at Be sure to include why this position with No More Empty Pots is a good fit for you.

Black, Indigenous, Latinx and any people of color, LGBTQ+ identities and anyone with marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply.

No More Empty Pots does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

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Posted on:
February 20, 2024

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