Development Director

Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020
 Full Time
 Business Management
 Farming Practices
 Large scale

Position Description

ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is a nonprofit based in Asheville, North Carolina, serving the Southern Appalachian region. Our mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

About the Role

The Development Director is responsible for managing and implementing all aspects of ASAP’s fund development activities including donor development and maintenance, grant writing coordination, general fundraising, sponsorships, and fundraising events. The Development Director will lead and guide ASAP fundraising and coordinate fundraising activities with appropriate staff that include Program Directors, Communication Coordinator, Events Coordinator, Operations and Finance Management, and grants team.


  • Oversee the development and execution of a strategic fundraising plan that helps ensure ASAP’s long-term financial sustainability
  • Forecasting annual fundraising goals
  • Solicitation, stewardship, and acknowledgement of donors
  • Design and implementation of strategies to maintain, improve, and evaluate ASAP’s relationships with donors
  • Cultivation and engagement of potential funders and donors
  • Organizing and promoting a cohesive major gifts program
  • Coordinate grants with grant writing team and Program Directors
  • Coordinate fundraising events
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, and, upon invitation, board meetings
  • Maintaining appropriate records and documentation
  • Represent ASAP at public events and in the communities that ASAP serves
  • Seek and engage in appropriate professional development/training Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Proficiency in Google G-Suite platform
  • Ability to follow instructions and work within deadlines
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds without assistance
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to be self directed and a team player
  • Experience with database / donor management software; preferred
  • Excellent organization skills


  • Grant writing and process experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • Proficient with measuring and reaching income goals
  • Excellent knowledge of fundraising information sources
  • Strong people skills
  • Must be able to pass a background check

ASAP is currently a qualifying employer for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSFL) Program.


Compensation is commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Benefits include an employer match retirement plan, paid time off, paid sick time, paid holidays, and employee wellness initiatives. Specific benefits are outlined in the employment offer letter. Less than full time employment would also be considered depending on the candidate.

To Apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with the email subject line: 2020 Development Director to

Within your cover letter, please respond to the following:

1. Why is ASAP's mission of interest to you?

2. How do your experiences, personal strengths, and leadership abilities prepare you for this position?

3. Describe a successful donor fundraising campaign with which you have been involved or provided a leadership role?

Please submit documents in PDF or Google Docs format. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to all applicants. This position will be filled as soon as possible but will remain open until filled. Applications accepted only by email. Please do not call or come by the office.

ASAP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, political beliefs, creed, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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