Development Coordinator

The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) is seeking a highly skilled Development Coordinator to assist the Executive Director in all aspects of FERN’s fundraising efforts. Reporting to the Executive Director and working with the editorial staff as needed, the Development Coordinator will: help to identify and research individual, corporate and foundation prospects; facilitate communication with donors and sponsors; manage the gift acknowledgement and stewardship process; support all FERN revenue activities; and coordinate all fundraising events and other special events as needed. He/she/they will ensure that the highest quality of service is provided to all donors and partners. This position is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but FERN is a virtual organization and work will be done remotely. Some travel required. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Manage individual donor membership system, including membership mailing and donor acknowledgement using Little Green Light
  • Manage the gift acknowledgement program, including acknowledgement letters and other correspondence
  • Coordinate subscriptions to FERN’s news service, FERN’s Ag Insider, including customer support and identifying and researching new institutional customers
  • Track proposal and reporting deadlines for all grants
  • Identify and research new corporate, foundation and individual major gift prospects
  • Coordinate mailings for all donor communications
  • Work with the Executive Director on comprehensive donor relations/stewardship
  • Assist with the coordination of logistics for donor dinners, special events, board and donor meetings
  • Provide general support to Executive Director
  • Coordinate and implement FERN’s social media fundraising efforts

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences ranging from FERN staff and board to corporate, foundation, and individual donors
  • Comfortable with working remotely
  • Capable of working as a member of a team and independently
  • Excellent proofreading and writing skills
  • Proficient with: MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google Docs/Spreadsheet, Little Green Light or equivalent CRM system, MailChimp or equivalent. Experience with WordPress and Social Media management software (e.g. Agorapulse) preferred but not required
  • Experience managing corporate social media accounts

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of work experience in nonprofit fundraising or in sales or marketing with a for-profit company

FERN believes a diverse, open and inclusive environment is essential and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Submit a resumé and cover letter here.