Capital Campaigns/Endowment, Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship
Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) has called one city block in downtown Birmingham home since 2007. As a demonstration site, the Downtown Campus attracts hundreds of visitors and supporters annually. The site is often bustling, and serves as a focal point and demonstration site for our organization, as well as a central resource hub for our school farm sites. This year will mark an important step in the next phase of growth for Jones Valley Teaching Farm as the organization embarks on a capital campaign with a goal of expanding programing through the purchase of the downtown campus and the development of a Center for Food Education.
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Campaign Associate will support the Campaign Counsel in the coordination and performance of day-to-day administrative and operations duties essential to the campaign plan success. Regular responsibilities include campaign communications and the development of campaign materials, volunteer coordination, meeting and event facilitation, research, record keeping, reporting, and gift acknowledgement.
This work requires energy and enthusiasm for the campaign a passion for work of Jones Valley Teaching Farm, self-direction and self-motivation, a high degree of professionalism, as well as strong writing, organizational, and communication skills.
Reports to: Executive Director
Based at: Central Office
Campaign Materials & Communication
Help draft, edit, produce, and assemble campaign materials including packets and solicitation materials, case statements, brochures, pledge cards, etc.
Assist Executive Director, Campaign Counsel, volunteers and staff with materials as needed
Maintain consistent correspondence to inform Executive Director, Campaign Counsel, volunteers and staff of campaign activities and progress
Answer campaign office phone calls and E-mail
Manage all volunteer correspondence, including meeting reminders an assignment follow-ups
Develop messaging to support external communications, newsletters, media, press releases, public relations materials, etc.
Campaign Meetings and Events
Create and maintain comprehensive Campaign Calendar
Schedule meetings and events (kick-offs, report meetings, etc.) with Executive Director and Campaign Counsel
Manage arrangements for meetings and events including reservations and the scheduling of rentals, food, beverages, etc.
Prepare all materials for meetings as requested (agendas, reports, etc.)
Send notices and reminders for meetings and confirm attendance
Maintain accurate campaign totals, volunteer assignments, and committee assignments
Maintain detailed meeting minutes and notes
Research & Records
Research and compile prospect lists as directed
Research and prepare campaign prospects profiles
Establish and maintain accurate and complete campaign records including: the campaign donor database, prospect lists and profiles, assignments, pledges and gifts, agendas and meeting notes, and campaign reports
Maintain campaign expense records and monthly budget reports
Assist in monitoring annual giving and past donor relationships for campaign coordination
Manage acknowledgments of donor pledges and gifts
Manage pledge payment reminders and schedules
Manage Volunteer Acknowledgments
Advocacy:Seeks to understand the organization’s mission and develops a deep understanding for it. Actively communicates, supports and protects this mission internally and externally.
Culture: Creates and maintains a positive collaborative environment that is supportive and respectful of others and their ideas. Actively participates in JVTF staff meetings and professional development. Effectively communicates with supervisor and colleagues in order to be better supported in their role.
Processes and Procedures:Consistently shows up prepared and on time and is available in person, on the phone and through email. Maintains professionalism when communicating and follows set channels of communication across the organization. Follows protocols outlined in the policy guidelines/handbook. Adheres to school system rules, administrative procedures, local board policies, and state and federal rules and regulations that are a regular part of a public school system.
Believers in the power of education and food
A commitment to social justice
A positive and constructive attitude
The ability to hear, reflect upon and implement feedback
Self-direction and self-motivation
The ability to set and meet deadlines
Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
Exceptional writing skills- the ability to draft and edit campaign materials
Record keeping and research skills
Knowledge of computer word processing, spreadsheets, and fundraising software
Strong communication skills and the ability to build positive rapport with volunteers and staff
Experience in a fundraising campaign and knowledge of Jones Valley Teaching Farm constituents preferred
Criminal background check and a valid driver’s license required
About Jones Valley Teaching Farm
Founded in 2002, JVTF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2012, JVTF established Good School Food (GSF), a food education model rooted in academic standards and implemented in partnership with Birmingham City Schools. In the GSF model, JVTF designs and builds extensive teaching farm sites where staff deliver programming that connects students to food, farming, and the culinary arts through in-school and after school programming. Since 2012, JVTF has expanded the program to seven partner schools, including five in one distinct pre-K-12 feeder pattern in the Woodlawn community.