Fundraising & Communications Coordinator

Job Opening:  Americorps VISTA Fundraising & Communications Coordinator

Full-time, 1 year position

Start Date:  January 21, 2020

The Mission of Transplanting Traditions Community Farm is to provide refugee adults and youth access to land, healthy food and agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities. TTCF works with refugees that fled Burma as a result of warfare and have resettled their lives in North Carolina.  All participants were farmers in Burma and the majority are women.  The farm provides a cultural community space for families to come together, build healthy communities and continue agricultural traditions in the Piedmont of N.C.

Summary:  Transplanting Traditions provides North Carolina, Triangle-based refugee adults and youth access to land, healthy food and agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Americorps VISTA Fundraising and Communication coordinator will work with the Transplanting Traditions Community staff, board and volunteers to build capacity to access long-term and diverse funding sources to help the organization flourish and continue to carry out the mission.  This will be achieved through the assessment of current funding strategies, facilitation and design of a funding plan, investigation and documentation of potential local funding partnerships, systematization and management tool creation, research and structural content development of funding proposals and coordination and training of direct funding solicitations and events. 

Potential VISTA candidates should demonstrate a deep commitment to justice and equity and have experience working with people from diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, religion, language, socioeconomic groups, and educational backgrounds. Due to the agricultural focus of the project, previous gardening and farming experience or knowledge is ideal. Strong communication skills are essential for success both written and oral communication as well as technical skills for website and social media management. Candidates are expected to have excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to multitask, and work both collaboratively and independently. Flexibility, adaptability, humility and openness to new situations and learning are necessary given the range of backgrounds of participants, staff, board and the small and emerging stage of the participating organizations. 

Qualifications

  • Passion for Transplanting Traditions Community Farm's mission
  • Dedication to working as a member of and in partnership with diverse communities
  • Relevant experience with non-profit fundraising
  • Grant writing and special event planning experience is a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and self-management skills, including excellent follow-through
  • High proficiency in excel, word, powerpoint, database management programs
  • Organized and attentive to detail with ability to manage multiple projects effectively
  • Commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation
  • High Level of emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrated experience building relationships with key stakeholders, funders and community partners.
  • Passion for and strategic understanding of food systems change, food justice and local agriculture.
  • Prior understanding of and/or experience with the immigration process and resettlement experience and/or sustainable agricultural is ideal.

Essential Duties

  • Conduct fundraising strategy assessment and report
  • Research potential new fundraising strategies
  • Facilitate and assist the development of a strategic long-term fundraising plan in collaboration with the staff and board, which may include grant writing, donor appeals, special events, and earned income.
  • Develop an annual fundraising calendar to coordinate and guide funding activities
  • Research, compile, and cultivate potential funding partnerships and opportunities
  • Develop project proposal structure and templates for funding solicitation
  • Facilitate the creation of funding outreach material for direct solicitation
  • Coordinate improvement and up-to-date management of all donor communication systems
  • Assist with maintaining and compiling data for funder reports 
  • Provide coordination support around campaigns, solicitation drives, events, etc.  
  • Provide timely, written monthly progress reports/quarterly/yearly reports to program supervisor
  • Collaborate and provide support to the resource development volunteers 
  • Improve the development and management of communication mediums including social media, website, newsletters
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, program events, fundraising, and advocacy events
  • Communicate the vision and mission and cultivate positive relationships with local and national stakeholders and community partners
  • Leverage opportunities for collective impact through helping to develop strategic partnerships with community organizations
  • Work with organizational staff to evaluate organizational strategic goals and programs
  • Collaborate on specific projects and share ideas with other VISTA cohort members

Program Benefits: This position is a full-time, year long domestic volunteer service opportunity.  Americorps VISTA members are not employees, they are volunteers and therefore do not receive compensation for their service, however they do receive a living Allowance, health coverage, a relocation allowance, a choice of education award or end of service stipend. For more information on program benefits visit the Americorps VISTA website

Service Areas: Refugee, Resettlement, Employment, Hunger, Food security

Skills: Fundraising, Grant-Writing, Community relations, Website Administration, Social Media Analytics

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Transplanting Traditions is part of the Womens in Transition VISTA Initiative. The Women in Transition Initiative is a collaboration between Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, Benevolence Farm and AmeriCorps VISTA CNCS which focuses on employment and workforce development strategies through agricultural-based social enterprise programs as a tool for overcoming and preventing poverty. The proposed VISTA project will seek to ensure that North Carolina women facing major transitions (refugees, immigrants, formerly incarcerated and others) gain the educational and professional skills needed to improve their economic situation. 

REVIEW ALL INFORMATION, DETAILS AND BENEFITS ON THE AMERICORPS VISTA WEBSITE BEFORE APPLYING.


To apply, please send a resume and brief one-page cover letter to info@transplantingtraditions.org by November 25, 2019. 

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