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REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens that grow successful students. To achieve this, we do two things – build learning gardens in low-income schools, and train teachers to use gardens for academic instruction. We have recently launched an aggressive, 4-year growth plan that will expand our impact to 15 cities across the U.S. In July 2016, we launched a regional office in Charlotte, NC to serve school districts in North and South Carolina. Additional regional offices include Texas, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Southeast, as well as a National HQ office in Washington DC.

At REAL School Gardens, each staff member contributes to an inclusive work environment by valuing other people regardless of differences and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Our work is guided by our core values, qualities we seek in new team members.

Also, we’re always looking for volunteers. To volunteer in our Fort Worth, TX or Washington D.C. offices, please contact info@realschoolgardens.org.

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Position Title:  Development Associate

Location: Texas Region (based in Dallas-Fort Worth)
Reports to Title:  Development Director, Texas Region
FLSA Status:   Exempt
Job Type:   Full-Time, Regular Staff Position

Position Overview

Working with the regional Development Director, the regional Executive Director, and the national development team, the Development Associate supports revenue strategies that sustain programming across the growing flagship Texas Region. A special focus of this position will be to work with the regional Development Director to help identify and secure funding for new initiatives in Austin and Houston, while continuing to meet the organization’s North Texas funding goals. The Development Associate reports to the Texas Regional Development Director and works closely with the Regional Executive Director, national and regional fundraising teams, and the Director of Marketing & Communications to help the regional development team exceed its fundraising goals

RESPONSIBILITIES  

The Development Associate will have a variety of responsibilities, including and not limited to:

  • Under the direct supervision of the regional Development Director, manage a portfolio of corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors and prospects and solicit gifts to support and grow regional programmatic and operational activities.
  • Plan, manage and execute donor and volunteer events in collaboration with the Development Director and the entire regional team.
  • Develop and manage grant calendar and assist the Development Director with grant-writing and reporting.
  • In coordination with the Development Director and the Director of Marketing & Communications, coordinate donor cultivation and stewardship communications, including newsletters, eblasts, social media, etc.
  • Coordinate donor database activities for the region; ensure contacts with funders are recorded and coded accurately for reporting.
  • Provide administrative support to the regional development team, including financial and fundraising reporting, data entry, list pulling, donor stewardship and recognition, etc.
  • Provide administrative support to the Regional Executive Director and the Development Director for the Texas Regional Board.
  • Manage market analysis and prospect research on current and prospective corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors to support gift growth and donor acquisition goals.
  • Compile academic research to support REAL School Gardens’ case for support.
  • Serve as a positive representative of REAL School Gardens in the community at site visits, nonprofit fairs, and other events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of partners/donors and build long-term relationships.

  • A professional and resourceful style
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to learn quickly, manage multiple tasks, and work in an environment of growth.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to get your hands dirty and the heart to embrace the REAL School Gardens mission and core values.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • A four-year college degree or equivalent work experience in a fundraising position.
  • 3+ years direct fundraising experience.
  • Fluency in Raiser’s Edge or similar donor database(s).

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to work after hours and on weekends as needed.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Normal demands associated with a deadline-driven office environment.
  • The noise level is generally moderate.
  • Daily contact with external customers, vendors, colleagues, associates, supervisors, and staff at all levels of the organization.

TRAVEL

  • Ability to travel throughout Texas as needed.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, grant  writing sample, and salary requirements through our jobs site at https://www.ikrut.com/microsite/pages/REAL%20School%20Gardens/default.html. Salary

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Position Title: Development Director

Location: Carolinas Region– based in Charlotte, NC
Reports to Title:
Regional Executive Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Type: Full Time, Regular Staff Position

Position Overview 
Working in partnership with the Regional Executive Director and the national development team, the Development Director develops and executes comprehensive fundraising strategies that increase revenue and visibility for REAL School Gardens in the Carolinas Region. The Development Director is responsible for securing new revenue from foundations, corporations, and public funding sources and overseeing regional fundraising operations. They have significant direct revenue goals, in addition to sharing collective responsibility for the overall regional revenue goal, and are responsible for ensuring optimal partnership/donor cultivation and stewardship to successfully secure, grow and renew gifts.

The Development Director reports to the Carolinas Regional Executive Director and works closely with National Fundraising Directors, fundraising staff in other regions, and the Director of Marketing & Communications to exceed fundraising goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES 
The Development Director will have a variety of responsibilities, including and not limited to:

  • Execute a comprehensive fundraising plan to secure new partnerships with foundations, government agencies, local corporations, school districts and individuals for the Carolinas Region.
  • Implement local development strategies, including prospect research and qualification, outreach, partnership development, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Generate and manage the region’s pipeline of funding prospects; leverage Executive Director, Education team, Board of Directors and National Fundraising Directors strategically to cultivate the broadest, most productive partnerships possible for the organization.
  • Manage grant-seeking process for the region, including writing, proposal submissions, agreements, reporting and reconciliation.
  • Identify and secure public funding opportunities by cultivating relationships with state and local government contacts (e.g. Board of Education, city, county and state government, etc.)
  • Partner with National Director of Corporate Partnerships to cultivate, solicit, and steward corporate funders in the region.
  • Renew and grow existing partnerships to achieve ambitious fundraising goals for the Carolinas Region; cultivates meaningful relationships with partners and ensures they are stewarded with excellence. Lead development and implementation of new tools and processes that will increase local fundraising capacity and drive revenue.
  • Coordinate donor database activities for the region; ensure contacts with funders are recorded and coded accurately for reporting.
  • Provide regular reporting on activities and progress to Executive Director and National Fundraising Directors. Collaborate with the Director of Marketing & Communications to develop collateral to support local sales, stewardship and reporting. — Plan and execute local fundraising events as needed
  • Manage Regional Development team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • A four-year college degree in a similar field of study.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or business development with a track record of securing six-figure gifts and expanding existing donor relationships over time.
  • Experience working with Board of Advisors.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of partners/donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Ability to learn quickly, manage multiple tasks, and work in an environment of growth.
  • Fluency in Raiser’s Edge or similar donor database(s).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to get your hands dirty and the heart to embrace the REAL School Gardens mission and core values.
  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS 
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    Ability to work after hours and on weekends as needed.
    Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Normal demands associated with a deadline-driven office environment.
  • The noise level is generally moderate.
  • Daily contact with external customers, vendors, colleagues, associates, supervisors, and staff at all levels of the organization.

TRAVEL 
Ability to travel throughout North/South Carolina and nationally as needed. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements through our jobs site.

Salary and benefits are competitive.

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