CoFED trains young people, ages 18-30, to develop food co-ops that advance racial justice and community-owned wealth in the food system. We have a deep belief in the power of young people to build a multiracial, multiclass, multicultural movement committed to creating alternatives to a racist and extractive food system that does not serve us as people or the planet. By building food co-ops, our communities can nourish, heal, and provide jobs and livelihoods for ourselves. In the process, which we believe must be led by those most directly impacted by injustice, we evolve towards collective liberation.
CoFED is at a pivotal point in our organizational development. Founded by college students and recent graduates in 2010, CoFED has historically worked exclusively with college students to start campus-based food co-ops. Beginning in late 2016, CoFED’s programs have started to serve young people off college campuses, and we will embark on strategic planning in 2018 to help us grow this vision and impact.
CoFED is a fiscally sponsored project of Inquiring Systems, Inc. We currently have 2 full-time workers and 1 part-time worker, and a dedicated Board of Advisors.
The Director of Development position is for you if you are excited about fundraising for a small national organization, aiming to grow its budget and diversify income streams. CoFED follows a shared leadership model, where Directors share executive management in place of a traditional Executive Director. This means you will manage development, and after a six-month onboarding period, you will also become a Co-Director and share decision-making responsibilities for strengthening CoFED’s community, strategic impact, brand, and business model. It is also important to note that Co-Directors play an indispensable role in shaping and modeling CoFED’s organizational culture.
Fundraising + Financial Management
- Develop annual fundraising plan and fund development strategy in collaboration with Co-Director and Board of Advisors
- Implement the latest industry standards, best practices, and tools in fund development
- Raise funds through foundation grants, co-op and corporate sponsorships, grassroots donors, large gifts, and earned income
- Increase our brand awareness among social justice philanthropists and funders
- Communicate our impact to funders and donors in a way that serves our collective liberation (in other words: no identity Olympics and saviorism)
- Utilize and optimize our website, donor database and other tools to meet fundraising and strategic goals
- Work with Operations Manager to produce monthly financial reports
Shared Executive Responsibilities of Co-Directors
- Work together to create, approve, and manage annual budget
- Be a thought partner on our strategic direction, goals, and business plan
- Represent CoFED to our various stakeholders and the public
- Support the growth and leadership of our Board of Advisors, including co-facilitating monthly meetings and yearly in-person retreats
- Support the growth and leadership of our Student Steering Committee, including attending quarterly meetings
- Work closely with our Fiscal Sponsor to honor our fiscal and legal responsibilities, including the power to write and deposit checks
- Co-authorize hiring, firing, payroll and other human resources functions
- Perform monthly self- and peer-evaluations
Leadership + Learning
- Mentor young people to build a multiracial, multiclass co-op movement to dismantle white supremacy and corporate colonization in the food system
- Be a model for transformative leadership and engage in a continuous process of unlearning and internal transformation
- Engage in peer-learning and skills building with the CoFED team
- Support the CoFED team to reach organizational goals
Qualified applicants will thrive in a data-driven, democratic, and highly collaborative organizational culture rooted in social justice principles.
- Six or more years of experience related to social justice
- Significant fundraising experience and proven track record of success
- Ability to make pitches and ask people for money, as well as produce quality writing for funding proposals and appeals
- Experience with young people who are people of color, low-income, immigrants, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and/or formerly incarcerated
- Ability to discuss and actively challenge unjust power dynamics (informed by race, class, gender, etc.)
- Ability to practice a high level of self-awareness and empathy for others
- Exceptional follow-through, accountability, and responsiveness to feedback
- Relationships with social justice philanthropists and foundations
- Experience working remotely
- Proficiency in online tools and platforms (eg. Nationbuilder, Asana, Google Docs, Zoom)
- Experience with financial management (QuickBooks experience preferred)
- Experience working with volunteers
- Knowledge/familiarity of food co-ops or cooperative economics
Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000, depending on experience
Benefits: 10 paid holidays, 2-week vacation over winter break, plus 10 days of accrued vacation time in your 1st year
Start Date: July 15th, 2017; Must be able to attend CoFED’s Summer Co-op Academy July 22-31 in Tennessee
How to Apply
Email cover letter and resume to Anna Isaacs: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Director of Development” by June 5th, 2017. PDFs preferred.