Who We Are

Youth. Food. Community. Three important issues that intersect in one place: The Food Project. Here, we believe that food is a unique vehicle for creating personal and social change. Nothing else ties us so intimately to each other and the planet we share, affecting our health, the climate, culture, and poverty and privilege around the globe. If we — young and old from all walks of life — can unite to change the food system, we can change the world. From our urban and suburban farms to our community education programs, we aim to do just that by bringing together youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build local and sustainable food systems. 

Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, we work with more than 120 teenagers and nearly 2,000 volunteers to farm on 70 acres in eastern Massachusetts in the towns and cities of Wenham, Lincoln, Boston, and Lynn. We consider our hallmark to be our focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in unusually responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work. In addition, we help others grow their own food and provide training resources based on all we have learned.


What We Seek

The Food Project seeks a strategic, results-driven, experienced professional who is energized by the idea of taking on a newly created role: Development Manager. We are looking for a team player who has the ability to flex between strategic thinking and hands-on execution, shares our commitment to equity and inclusion, has a sense of humor and a “can do” attitude. 

Reporting to The Food Project’s Associate Director of Development, you will work closely with our development team to ensure that we meet our fundraising goals. You will manage our events and volunteer programs, as well as take the lead on development administration, including gift processing and tracking and donor acknowledgment.

    Role and Responsibilities

      Events (50%)

      • Collaborate on fundraising event goals and strategy.
      • Lead fundraising event logistics; pre-event, onsite support, and post-event.   
      • Manage fundraising event budgets. 
      • Manage and execute fundraising event communication and marketing.    
      • Collaborate with staff across the organization to ensure that fundraising events are planned and executed in an efficient and timely manner.
      • Attend all fundraising events.

      Corporate Engagement (30%) 

      • Collaborate on and execute against the strategy for corporate engagement.
      • Leverage The Food Project’s volunteer program, Serve and Grow, to build corporate relationships.
      • Act as point person and manage Serve and Grow,  including marketing, communications, scheduling, and follow up.
      • Collaborate with staff across the organization to ensure that Serve and Grow is planned and executed in an efficient and timely manner.
      • Attend Serve and Grow sessions.

      Development General  (15%)

      • Database management (Salesforce), gift entry, and acknowledgment.
      • Support development team as needed.


      Organizational Health (5%)

      • Participate in annual planning and performance review process.
      • Attend all staff meetings.
      • Participate in The Food Project’s justice, equity, inclusion and diversity initiatives.
      • Undertake special projects and perform other duties, as assigned. 

      Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience 

      • At least 2-4 years of relevant experience or experience in a role with transferable skills.

      Skills, Abilities, Competencies

      • Exceptional project and event management skills, extremely well-organized and strong attention to detail.
      • Experience with nonprofit fundraising and/or community engagement in mission driven work.
      • High degree of professionalism and organizational skills with the ability to work independently and with a team.
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated experience communicating with a wide range of audiences and ability to present key information in an engaging way in terms of both language and visual presentation.
      • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build effective relationships.
      • Commitment to contributing to an overall organizational culture of learning and well-being.
      • Capacity to integrate into all functional areas, while autonomously leading one’s work.
      • Ability to work with evolving priorities and timelines.
      • Ability to balance attention to process, results, and relationships as a facilitative leader.
      • Proficient in Google applications (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Gmail) and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
      • Experience in using Salesforce or a comparable CRM, as well as Zoom, project management systems (Asana), Slack, and email marketing systems.
      • Deep commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
      • A can-do and will-do attitude, i.e., no task is too high level nor too basic.
      • Sense of humor.
        Location & Schedule
        • This is a full time, 40 hour per week role that can be based out of any of The Food Project’s offices: Lynn, Boston, or Lincoln. Travel between offices is required. All offices are reachable by public transportation.
        • Flexibility for some weekend and evening work is required for events and volunteering.

            This is a full-time position with a salary commensurate with experience and skills. This position is eligible for health insurance benefits, 403B retirement plan, paid vacation and holidays, and other benefits, including a free CSA share. Salary range is $45,000 to $55,000 per year.

            Recruitment Process

            Please send resume and cover letter via email to: jobs@thefoodproject.org. In the subject line, write your name and the position for which you are applying, eg: “Jordan Smith – Development Manager.”

            We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates, and contact ONLY those individuals selected to continue in the search process. The position will be filled when the desired candidate is found. 

            The Food Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating an inclusive organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position.