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Senior Director of Development

THE BASICS

Headquarters: Boston, MA

Annual Revenue: $1.9 million

Number of Direct Reports: 1

Total Employees: 15

Supervisor: Founder/ Executive Director

Employee Benefits: Benefits Overview

We’re seeking an entrepreneurial and seasoned fundraising professional to lead the planning and implementation of our efforts to generate sustainable sources of philanthropic dollars from individuals, corporations and institutional funders.

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. We work to efficiently deliver this food directly to the community organizations and resources where it can have the greatest impact. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is committed to addressing the health, environmental, and economic impact that food waste has on our community. Establishing an organizational framework, approach, and comprehensive plan for a highly effective and successful development program and culture of philanthropy will allow the organization to achieve its ambitious and important vision.

At Lovin’ Spoonfuls, we believe all people have value and can bring their own unique experiences to the table. Our work serves to set the table throughout the diverse communities of Eastern Massachusetts without discrimination, and we endeavor to mirror that representation in our own organization. Our goal is to create and foster an inclusive workplace where everyone can bring their whole selves to work and where all people are valued. To learn more about Lovin' Spoonfuls, please visit our website for information about our current projects and impact.

THE POSITION

As Senior Director of Development, you'll be charged with successfully planning and implementing our overall fundraising strategy and pathways to generating the resources needed to operate our existing programs and those planned for the future. While we have been successful in raising money to date, much of this money has been from a select group of individuals, foundations, and partners. Together, we'll engage a greater number of supporters across the spectrum of philanthropic giving -- from individuals to corporations to foundations. Your goal will be to help us to both identify and actualize these funding sources in ways that build sustainability and helps us to reach our ambitious goals now and into the future.

Reporting to the Founder/Executive Director, you'll build on your consistent track record of success by introducing standard methodologies and systems that can accelerate our strong foundation for fundraising from high net worth individuals and family foundations. You’ll have the opportunity to build strategies to engage corporate partners and to integrate new platforms for reaching grassroots funders committed to our approaches to food rescue and combating food insecurity within our region. You’ll leverage the strength of our brand, anchored by loyal supporters and core values as you help us to grow in ways that deeply in line with the principals on which we were founded and have supported our growth to date.

While your main focus will be on the generation of resources to operate and grow the organization, you will also serve as a member of our leadership team and participate in the leadership of the organization as a whole. Together, we will work to advance our strategic plan and ensure that more individuals and families benefit from the rich sources of nutrition that already exist within our community.

MAJOR FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

As the Senior Director of Development you will be responsible for the following threads of work:

  • Resource Generation: Cultivate and steward critical relationships to reach organizational scale and sustainability goals. Execute ambitious but achievable annual and long-term plans for revenue generation and partnership creation.
  • Strategy Development: Lead strategy development for revenue generation and the identification of major partners to support growth and program quality. Collaborate with Founder/Executive Director, Board and Communications/Marketing team to refine the organization’s economic model and sustainability strategies.  
  • Operations and Capacity Building: Enhance and maintain the systems and infrastructure, including team management, for all fundraising functions, including major giving, planned giving, grant acquisition, donor recognition, and stewardship. Develop and implement a framework and plan for creating a culture of philanthropy where the development team and all staff have increased knowledge and understanding of fundraising and business development best practices, as well as best in class systems and processes.
  • Stewardship of Partnerships: Strategize with Management Team on approaches to building important and sustained cross-sector partnerships that include community agencies and national corporations that can both generate revenue and influence.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • 7+ years of development and management experience gained in high-growth organizations
  • Ability to deliver on ambitious goals and benchmarks
  • Strategist with a consistent record of creating, developing and executing successful multi-channel fundraising programs, particularly those with institutional funders and high net worth individuals
  • Strong analytical skills and use of data to drive fundraising and partnership decisions and forecasting
  • Ability to build, cultivate and bring to bear social relationships to influence positive outcomes
  • Excellent knowledge of philanthropic marketplace and history of building strong partnerships within the hunger relief or related field in New England
  • Ability to compel others to action as a key storyteller of our path to impact, priorities for growth and ongoing contributions to the communities we serve
  • Ability to advocate to the Board and partners for key resources that support your fundraising program and plans for organizational expansion
  • Desire to play a key role in achieving an ambitious vision requiring bold thinking and comfort with pivots to harness opportunity to advance our work
  • Intellectual depth, maturity, and the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, Board Members, external partners and direct reports
  • Excellent problem-solving, operational, and communication skills
  • Can-do attitude, out of the box thinking, good sense of humor and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate our organization’s key values:

  • Community: Lovin’ Spoonfuls offers compassionate service in direct response to the needs of the community. We provide community-based organizations with quality foods that correspond to their unique needs, and offer food education programming to help them make the most of our deliveries. We work to build an inclusive community within our organization and with our supporters.
  • Teamwork: Lovin’ Spoonfuls embraces teamwork, camaraderie, and collaborative problem-solving at all levels of our operation. We welcome diverse perspectives and believe that inclusivity is the only way to affect change. We build meaningful relationships through communication and transparency.
  • Resilience: Lovin’ Spoonfuls strives to be adaptive, consistent, and thoughtful in response to the unique challenges of food rescue and food insecurity. We persistently work towards a more equitable food system for all.
  • Respect: Lovin’ Spoonfuls treats our partners, colleagues, and everyone we interact with the way we expect to be treated –with dignity and fairness.  We respect the food we work with as well as the community and environment it connects us to.
  • Commitment: Lovin’ Spoonfuls commits to consistency, reliability, and professionalism in the work we do every day. We each commit our own unique knowledge and skills to the greater success of our mission. Through ongoing employee education and training, we remain diligent leaders at the forefront of food rescue.
  • Food: Lovin’ Spoonfuls believes access to healthy food is a basic human right.  We believe food acts as a unifier to bring people together, and as a foundation of well-being. We are committed to improving our food system by reducing food waste — and the adverse effects it has on our environment — and sharing resources to enable others to do the same.  

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Lovin’ Spoonfuls offers a robust compensation and benefits package that can be reviewed in more detail by clicking the Benefits Overview above. 


Lovin’ Spoonfuls is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. We foster a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience.

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