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Grants and Development Officer

Company: EarthDance Organic Farm School
Date Posted: January 9, 2018

Organization:        EarthDance

Mission:     EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position:    Grants and Development Officer

Location:   EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours:        Approximately 40 hours/week


Job Description Summary

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic and detail-oriented individual with excellent communication and organizational skills to serve as our Grants and Development Officer.

The Grants and Development Officer will further our mission by assisting in the preparation of grant applications and management of funded grants; communicating with funders; cultivating prospective donors; and assisting with the development and execution of EarthDance’s annual fundraising plan.


  Strong decision making skills; excellent use of discretion

  Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  Demonstrated time management and organization skills

  Proficiency with Windows Office Suite and Google Groups, and Google Calendar

  Proficiency with Excel Spreadsheets

  Experience working collaboratively in a team environment with successful


  Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality

  Superior attention to detail


Desired Qualifications

  Passion for the sustainable agriculture movement

  Non-profit experience

  Interest in working in a lively, fast-paced office on a farm where laughter is common and hard work is the norm


  2+ years of professional development experience

Desired (not required)

  Experience using SalesForce

  • Experience applying for and managing federal grants

  Experience using Quickbooks


1. Development (50%)

  1. Provide leadership in the planning, preparation, and execution of a comprehensive fundraising plan, including annual giving, major gifts, grants, and fundraising events

  2. Explore opportunities to diversify contributed income streams

  3. Develop compelling case for support

  4. Assist the Executive Director to deepen relationships with current donors and identify and connect with other individuals capable of making major financial contributions

2. Grants Management (30%)

  1. Oversee and manage the process to identify and manage corporate, governmental and foundation grant proposals with a special focus on funding cycles, requirements, deadlines.

  2. Assist in the preparation of grant applications, specifically with regards to the budget.

  3. Maintain relevant record-keeping systems related to pending and received grants.

  4. Monitor actual vs. budgeted grant expenditures; assure that funds are utilized in a timely manner. (Assist with tracking grant expenses in QuickBooks)

  5. Serve as a point of contact between the organization and the federal and state agencies.

  6. Accumulate the data necessary for and process reimbursement requests.

3. Customer Relationship Management (10%)

  1. Manage SalesForce database with help of Development Associate

  2. Ensure database is kept up-to-date with new contacts

  3. Create reports as needed

4. Misc. (10%)

  1. Participate in EarthDance programming and farm activities in order to maintain a strong understanding of the impact of EarthDance’s work.

  2. Attend and participate in weekly staff lunch meetings; contribute to overall team goals

TIME REQUIREMENTS: This is a full-time position, approximately 40 hours/week.


●       Cell phone communication; use of personal laptop

●       Reliable transportation; a valid driver's license is also required.


Salaried plus benefits. Including health insurance, Simple IRA retirement plan, paid time off, and a share of the harvest.


Send a resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to: No phone calls please.

Position open until filled.

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