Development Coordinator – Homeless Garden Project – Santa Cruz, CA

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP) is a nonprofit organization based in Santa Cruz, CA that provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are homeless. As an important complement to these programs, HGP operates a vibrant community volunteer and education program. The training, employment, education and volunteer programs take place in an organic farm and related enterprises.

Our grassroots program is funded through a mix of donations from individuals, grants, events and earned income. In 2014, about 57% of our income came from donations, grants and events.

Homeless Garden Project seeks an experienced and dedicated individual to coordinate our Fund Development and Fundraising program. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, outgoing, resourceful and organized; and skilled in communication, marketing, coordination, outreach, and building partnerships. The ideal candidate will also have an interest in agriculture and social enterprises and a sincere commitment to ending homelessness. The Development Coordinator will build on HGP’s partnerships with donors of all kinds who are committed to HGP’s mission: In the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world.

Position Summary

The Development Coordinator will create and implement the annual fundraising plan in coordination with the Executive Director and Development Committee. We value relationship-based fundraising, and seek an individual with professional standards and excellent communication skills. The Development Coordinator will report to the Executive Director.

This position works closely with community members, businesses, local government and donors. The Development Coordinator will assist in developing new strategies to increase donation revenue and cultivate new donors.The Development Coordinator manages the donor database and all administrative aspects of development and public relations activities. Please email or see our website, for a complete description of job duties and responsibilities.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, business or related field
A minimum of three years experience in fundraising and demonstrated effectiveness as an impactful development professional
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Grant writing experience preferred
Knowledge of social media tools: Facebook, Twitter, website management
Ability to handle some flexible hours (weekdays, some evenings, and an occasional Saturday and Sunday to help with events)
Experience with organizing special events
An understanding of and belief in, the mission of HGP

Please see complete posting for Skills and Qualifications.

How to apply

Mail resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to Darrie Ganzhorn, Executive Director, P.O. Box 617, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 or email to Resumes will be accepted until position is filled; initial reviews begin March 13.