PositionDevelopment Director

Time: Full-time

Location: Central, Kentucky

Base Salary: $34,000 Base salary (varies with experience) with generous health, dental, vision and other benefits

Community Farm Alliance is seeking a creative individual capable of critical thinking about sustainable agriculture, food systems, economic and social justice, in support of Kentucky farmers and Kentucky communities for the position of Development Director.

About Community Farm Alliance (CFA):

CFA is a statewide grassroots membership organization that strives to bring a voice on issues affecting family farmers and local food consumers to both state and national policy makers. Since 1985 Community Farm Alliance has led major innovations in Kentucky’s agriculture, food and community policy development.

CFA has over a thousand passionate, committed members from across the Commonwealth. CFA members are a mix of urban, rural, farmers and non-farmers, rich, poor, young and old. The “community” in Community Farm Alliance is not defined by geography but by values that govern good stewardship of land, family, and community.

Job Description

The Development Director is a full-time CFA employee and is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in supporting the directives emanating from the Community Farm Alliance (CFA) Board of Directors, Leadership and CFA members for the organization’s consistent fulfillment of its mission and the organization’s sustainability. As a key member of CFA’s Administrative Team, the Development Director leads in the development of CFA’s funding, helps provide administrative oversight, and assists in staff and leadership development.

General Responsibilities:

  • Fulfills CFA’s general organizing responsibilities;
  • Contributes as needed to communication content via print, web, and social media with CFA’s membership regarding the work of the organization and enhances the quality of the communication systems where possible;
  • Identifies and analyzes agricultural issues that affect Kentucky’s family farmers;
  • Helps design and facilitate meetings and workshops of all sizes;
  • Collaborates with CFA’s staff team, CFA members, allied organizations, businesses, community leaders, institutions, policy makers, and the media to advance the mission and goals of CFA;
  • Develops relationships with individuals in both rural and urban communities that result in the recruitment of additional CFA members and the development of new CFA leaders;
  • Assists as needed CFA’s staff team with additional duties including, but not limited to, preparing for the annual membership meeting and fundraising events, and mass mailings.

Focused Responsibilities:

Grant Development and Management

  • Research and maintain grant funding opportunities
  • Lead the development of grant proposals
  • Serve as point of contact for Funder communications
  • Coordinates staff in the development and preparation of timely grant and other organizational reports
  • Works with Executive Director and Administration & Resources Manager to prepare and submit grant invoices and progress reports
  • Handles information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence.

Organizational Development

As a member of CFA’s Administrative Team, the Development Director

  • Serves as sounding board for the Executive Director;
  • Helps assess internal organization issues such as
    • Grant management and reporting procedures
    • Staff development
  • Supports Network development with other organizations
  • Supports leadership development by developing supportive resources
  • Prepares organizational reports for the Board and leadership
  • Helps monitor and develop CFA’s administrative systems
  • Maintains state and federal grant systems

Professional Qualifications

  • Must have at minimum a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a relevant field (community economic development or sustainable agriculture);
  • Must have strong analytical skills;
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Must be able to self-organize and multi-task;
  • Must be comfortable with the suite of Microsoft Office applications (Excel fluency emphasized) and web-based applications such as Facebook, WordPress, and online database management systems.
  • Must have experience in Federal grants and familiar with Grants.gov, ASAP, and System for Award Management (SAM), etc.
  • Must have successfully written or contributed to State, Federal and Foundation grants

Personal Qualifications

  • Committed to the values inherent in community organizing and leadership development;
  • Committed to advancing diversity;
  • Able to perform in a variety of environments and diverse social settings.
  • Able to initiate contact with persons not known, in person and by phone;
  • Able to occasionally travel throughout the state and accommodate a work schedule that will include occasional evening and weekend commitments;
  • Must have reliable transportation and a mobile phone;
  • Able to take the initiative; be self-motivated; able to work independently as well as in a team; work well under pressure; be a creative thinker and; be a good problem solver;
  • Open and honest – must enjoy working with people!

CFA is an equal opportunity employer – People of color are encouraged to apply


For more information please visit: http://cfaky.org/get-involved/employment-opportunities/

To apply (send Resume, cover letter, along with two writing samples, 3 professional references and 2 personal references) to:

Martin Richards, Executive Director, P.O. Box 130 Berea, KY 40403


Email (preferred) cfaadmin@cfaky.org no later than November 15, 2017 with subject line of “CFA Development Director.” Questions regarding the position can be submitted to this email address as well.