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Development and Communications Director

Job status: Part-time (32 hours/week) with full-time potential, permanent

Location: Sierra Harvest Office and travel to various program locations such as schools, farms, conferences, and donor cultivation visits.

About Sierra Harvest

Sierra Harvest (SH) is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening community through fresh, local, seasonal food.  We train dozens of farmers, organize hundreds of community events, and educate over 9,500 school children.  We envision a thriving local food economy and a network of financially viable farms providing good food for the community, where health and wellness is the norm and people of all ages are engaged in growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing fresh food.  We are creating a place where farmers thrive and residents of all ages have access to nutritious, whole food. 


The Development and Communications Director (DCD) would refine and execute an annual fundraising and communications strategy while expanding SH’s support base, diversifying sustainable funding streams, and engaging donors with our programs and services. The position will emphasize identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors, family foundations, state and federal opportunities, and partnerships. This position reports to the Executive Director (ED) and plays a key role within the leadership team in the accomplishment of SH’s ends policies. They will supervise a Development Associate and Communications Coordinator.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current funding programs and build strategies to maximize resources
  • Work with the ED to develop annual fundraising goals and metrics
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with donors and key stakeholders and identify new individual, business, foundation, and government prospects
  • Establish new funding streams that support existing and new programming
  • Oversees all donor events working closely with ED and Event Production Coordinator
  • Organize and refine funder communications staying on top of trends and technology
  • Provide monthly reporting on metrics and individual engagement to ED and Board of Directors
  • Oversee grants program including grant docket, proposal, and budget development, grant compliance, and reporting, and supervision of Development Associate and/or grant writers
  • Build and manage development budget
  • Prioritize a Community Centric Fundraising philosophy and educate staff, volunteers, and partners about this approach
  • Display a deep understanding of SH’s mission, history, and current programs
  • Oversee SH communications strategy for the organization including all print, enews, social media, etc. providing relevant and timely content for target audiences
  • Oversee production of marketing materials building the Sierra Harvest brand
  • Serve as a spokesperson and public advocate for SH’s mission publicizing the mission, goals, activities, and impact of all programs

Essential Traits:

  • Must have a strong alignment with the mission of SH and the ability to communicate, motivate and inspire others about our work with passion
  • Willingness to contribute to creating an environment of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through Community Centric Fundraising practices
  • Work experience that shows a deep understanding of relationship-based fundraising practices versus transactional
  • Demonstrated experience showing ability to attract, motivate, cultivate, and steward contributors of all resources including working with high net worth donors to secure major gifts
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, editing, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to self-organize priorities and manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Flexible mindset and innovative thinker
  • Willingness to engage in continuous learning and training

Position Requirements:

  • Thoroughly enjoy raising money and love to ask!
  • Proven fundraising track record
  • Experience developing and maintaining productive working relationships with staff, volunteers, board members, and donors
  • Applies professional discretion and maintains confidentiality
  • Knowledge of Donor Perfect Online or CRM software preferred
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Basic understanding of communications platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Canva, Crello, WordPress, Constant Contact, EventBrite

If you do not meet all of the job skills or qualifications and think you would be a good fit for this position, please tell us more about yourself and why. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact our recruiting team at at least 48 hours in advance.

Physical Expectations:

  • Able to work on a computer for up to 8 hours a day, including sitting or standing at a desk for extended periods, reading a computer screen, and manually operating a keyboard.
  • Able to clearly communicate in a variety of ways (in person, on the phone, digital).
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.


Salary range: $46,500 – $50,000, depending on experience, plus 14 days of paid time off (PTO), sick days, $50 per paycheck wellness stipend, and 10 paid holidays annually. In addition, we offer an extremely flexible work schedule including hybrid options with a mix of work from home or office, paid professional development, retirement savings plan, and self-care planning tools and support.


Position is 32 hours per week and must be available to work some nights and weekends to support the development and communications goals. Potential for the job to be full-time.
Flexible work schedule offered.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

At Sierra Harvest, our founding was built on equity and we support and celebrate differences. Sierra Harvest is proud to provide an Equal Opportunity workplace. We are committed to incorporating Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion throughout our work, including improving our efforts to hire, support, and engage BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, and members of other historically marginalized groups.