Position Title: Director of Development and Communications
Status: Full Time, salaried. FLSA status: exempt. Some evenings and weekend hours are
required. Outdoor market work required.
Salary: $60,000-$80,000 annual salary range.
Benefits: Paid holidays and Paid Time Off. Health and dental insurance (Market Umbrella funds 75%); vision, life, AD&D and short term disability insurance (Market Umbrella funds 100%). 401K retirement plan (up to 4% Market Umbrella annual match). FSA (125 plan) and HSA: eligible on the following month after a 1 month waiting period.
About Market Umbrella:
Market Umbrella is a 25-year-old community non-profit that operates the Crescent City Farmers Markets, provides community education related to nutrition and healthy eating, and offers a robust array of food access programs. Our work supports Southeast Louisiana foodways and culture, serves as a small business incubator and supporter of the local economy, and provides food access programs to help all New Orleanians have greater access to fresh, local foods. The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly farmers markets in the New Orleans area, hosting over 60 local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 100,000
shoppers annually. While the pandemic has shifted the market experience, Market Umbrella has pivoted around new approaches for engaging the community, including walk-up and drive-thru markets, at-home food box delivery, and food access programming.
General Position Description:
This full-time staff member is responsible for leading the fundraising and communications activities of Market Umbrella and the Crescent City Farmers Market. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Communications supervises the Administrative Manager, as well as volunteers and interns.
The breakdown of responsibilities will be roughly as follows:
Resource Development and Operations - 65%
- Develop and implement a comprehensive organizational fundraising plan to meet
organization budgetary targets as well as create and organize planning and progress
tracking documentation (call reports, moves management grids, etc.)
- Research, identify, cultivate, and steward individual, corporate, foundation, and
governmental donors, prospects, and grant opportunities
- Participate in the solicitation of major donors, both directly and by recommending and
implementing cultivation strategies and facilitating relationships with the Executive
Director and members of Market Umbrella’s Board as appropriate
- Plan and manage fundraising campaigns and activities (events, annual giving campaigns,
corporate sponsorships, grant applications), including forecasting and evaluation
- Produce solicitation materials, including coordination and preparation of public and
private grant proposals and reports, campaign letters, and corporate sponsorship packets
- Lead the development and execution of all organizational grant efforts, pre- and
post-award including writing and preparing proposals, performance measures, and
evaluation plans for all grant applications and supporting the administration of grant
funds, reporting, and evaluation in accordance with grant guidelines
- Research and stay abreast of fundraising best practices and community developments
- Administration of development software including Salesforce database and GiveLively
- Oversee gift processing and acknowledgement practices, ensuring a high-touch response
to partners and donors
- Serve as the liaison to Market Umbrella’s Board Development Committee
Communications - 20%
- Serve as point of contact for organizational media relations
- Oversee the creation of organizational press releases, messaging, and annual reporting
- Spearhead advertising and marketing purchases and relationships
- Supervise the Administrative Manager, including their work on social media, website
maintenance, weekly newsletter, donor database management, and office administration
Senior Leadership Team - 10%
- Serve as a member of the MU senior leadership team, working closely with the Executive
Director, Director of Markets, Director of Programs, and Finance Director on execution
of the organization’s strategic vision and program execution
- Provide targeted funder outreach and senior-level administrative and communications
support to specific project efforts as identified by the Executive Director
- Report regularly to the Board of Directors and attend board meetings
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director - 5%
At least four years of professional work experience including demonstrated success in
fundraising and grant writing required. Knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques
and best practices, including a familiarity with the New Orleans philanthropic community
strongly preferred. Strong professional writing skills required, experience writing and managing
complex federal and state grants preferred. A bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree
preferred. Previous supervisory responsibilities and experience managing donor databases
Experience with working with a wide variety of people in a professional context,
deadline-oriented self-starter, detail oriented, effective written and verbal communication
skills, ability to manage several projects concurrently. Commitment to supporting diversity,
equity, accessibility and inclusion in our work, and a passion for Market Umbrella’s mission of
public markets for public good. Staff are currently working remotely, but in the future an ability
to work in an open-office environment with a highly collaborative team is required. Some time
spent working outdoors at farmers markets, year round, rain or shine, is required in regard to
fundraising and in extenuating circumstances where market staff support is needed.
Must have reliable transportation. This position is generally a Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5
pm position, but some evenings and weekends will be required.
We actively encourage a diversity of applicants to apply. Market Umbrella provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or veteran status.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (at least one a current or former supervisor) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.