Now Hiring – Fund Development Manager and Accountant


Now Hiring

Connecticut Farmland Trust is a nationally accredited farmland conservation organization. CFT is the only land trust in Connecticut dedicated to the protection of family farms. Since its founding in 2002, the land trust has protected more than 2,750 acres of farmland, and has helped its partners protect nearly 1,000 additional acres. CFT raises $500,000 each year from individuals, foundations, and corporations. The Executive Director and several members of the Board of Directors also participate in fundraising.

Position Announcement for
Fund Development Manager

Supervisor:  Position reports to the Executive Director.

Overview:  The Fund Development Manager has the role of positioning the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to be successful in their fundraising efforts. S/he is responsible for organizing the planning, development, and implementation of systems, procedures, and goals related to fundraising for the organization.

Position Objectives

  • To work with the Executive Director to develop, implement, and administer programs, policies and goals that support the organization’s fundraising work.
  • To manage the day-to-day business and administrative operations of the fundraising program so the Executive Director and Board may succeed in their fundraising work.
  • To work with the Board, staff, and volunteers to manage and document their relationships with members and donors.

Position Summary

The Fund Development Manager works under the guidance of and cooperatively with the Executive Director.  The position’s primary duty is the facilitation and implementation of programs that enable the Executive Director and Board of Directors to be successful raising money for CFT.  These programs include:

  1. Membership recruitment, renewal, and acknowledgement.
  2. Major gift prospect cultivation and development.
  3. Corporate support development.
  4. Event planning and management.
  5. Grant writing, reporting, and administrative support.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Fund Development Manager’s duties include the following:

Systems and Infrastructure

  • Create an annual fundraising calendar of activities.
  • Maintain donor records and ensure the accuracy and efficacy of the donor database (Donor Perfect).
  • Create monthly and annual fundraising reports.
  • Manage donor acknowledgment, including thank you notes and phone calls.
  • Rigorously evaluate all efforts and progress toward goals.

Membership

  • Organize periodic membership recruitment efforts to attract new support.
  • Track current giving and renewal date information in the donor database.
  • Prepare and mail timely renewal notices, reminder letters, and appeals.

Donor Development

  • Work with the Board of Directors and staff to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects and donors.
  • Calendar, track, and document donor cultivation activity.
  • Lead the production of special letters, gift acknowledgments, and other communications with major gift prospects and donors.
  • Conduct web-based research on major gift prospects and donors.
  • Provide logistical support to the staff and Board of Directors.
  • Maintain up-to-date paper file and electronic donor records.

Events

  • Plan and implement fundraising and donor cultivation events.
  • Using standardized materials, ensure compliance with brand identity.
  • Handle record-keeping for invitations and RSVPs.
  • Anticipate and implement post event follow-up activities.

Corporate and Foundation Relations

  • Identify, qualify, and prioritize potential funders for specific initiatives.
  • Facilitate the development of relationships with funders through arranging for meetings with CFT’s staff or Board of Directors.
  • Track and meet grant submission and reporting deadlines.
  • Draft and oversee the development of funding proposals to help ensure proper submission.
  • Coordinate the gathering of information (budgets, materials, evaluation reports, etc.) to support grant requests and reporting.
  • Track the fulfillment of grants with program staff and serve as an ongoing point-of-contact to donors as needed.

Working Conditions

Travel is required to various locations in the state (and very infrequently nationally) for meetings, conferences, workshops, and special events. Evening and weekend work is occasionally required.

Qualifications

The position requires a minimum four-year degree from an accredited college or university and at least 5 years of relevant work experience.  The successful applicant will have substantial experience with fund development and project management and a history of performing in an environment with little direct supervision.

Knowledge, skill, and ability preferences include: basic understanding of fundraising systems including those of membership, donor cultivation, and acknowledgement; attention to detail; working with donor databases; special event planning and management; internet research; personal commitment to conservation mission and values; superior written and oral communication skills. Grant writing and social media experience is a plus.  Experience with Donor Perfect software is also a plus.

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience. CFT offers a collegial working environment and a great benefits package. Benefits for regular full-time employees include a comprehensive health plan, paid vacation/sick/holidays, and a retirement plan.

Benefits of Working with CFT

CFT offers a collegial working environment and a great benefits package.  Benefits for regular full-time employees include a comprehensive health plan, paid vacation/sick/holidays, and retirement plan.

CFT is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  CFT provide equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination against all employees and applicants for employment based upon race, color, sex, gender, religion, creed, national origin and ethnic origin, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

To Apply

To apply please submit a resume, references with contact information, and a letter of interest to DevelopmentCTFarmland@gmail.com.  Please include salary requirements in your letter. In lieu of phone calls or personal visits, please email any questions to emoore@ctfarmland.org.  Applications will be accepted until April 8, 2016, or until the position is filled.

Position Announcement for

Accountant

Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) is seeking a detail oriented, team player to manage all aspects of the organization’s accounting. S/he will work with the Executive Director, as well as the Development Manager and Communications/Outreach Coordinator. The position is 40 hours/week and is located in Hartford, Connecticut.  The salary is commensurate with experience.

Organization Overview

Connecticut Farmland Trust is a nationally accredited farmland conservation organization. CFT is the only land trust in Connecticut dedicated to the protection of family farms. Since its founding in 2002, the land trust has protected more than 2,750 acres of farmland, and has helped its partners protect nearly 1,000 additional acres.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Inputs information into donor software (Donor Perfect).
  • Prepares electronic files from donor software for entry into general ledger.
  • Codes bills for payment by general ledger account and class type.
  • Processes deposits to bank accounts.
  • Prepares donation files from donor software and bills for payment to be sent to external bookkeeper each week.
  • Provides external bookkeeper all information needed to prepare complete and accurate records of the organization’s activity.
  • Prepares monthly financial statement from memorized templates in QuickBooks.
  • Assists with other office functions, as needed.

 

Qualifications

The applicant must possess a 2- or 4-year degree in accounting or 5 years of bookkeeping experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong working knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • Experience working with databases
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Ability to interpret financial statements
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Highly detail oriented and organized

Helpful Experience

  • Working knowledge of donor software
  • Non-profit organization experience
  • Working knowledge of QuickBooks

 

Benefits of Working with CFT

 

CFT offers a collegial work environment and a comprehensive health plan, paid vacation/sick/holidays, and a retirement plan for its full-time employees.

 

CFT provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination against all employees and applicants for employment based upon race, color, sex, gender, religion, creed, national origin and ethnic origin, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

 

To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter via email to CFTApplicant@gmail.com.  Please include salary requirements in your letter. No phone inquiries, please.

 

Applications will be accepted until April 8, 2016, or until the position is filled.