Development Director, Urban Tree Connection

Posted by Urban Tree Connection on June 16, 2014

Development Director, Urban Tree Connection

About Us:
Urban Tree Connection is an urban farming nonprofit committed to revitalizing and empowering Philadelphia communities. For over 25 years, UTC has worked alongside residents in the Haddington section of West Philadelphia to transform underutilized lots into productive farms and gardens, educating children and families on the value of nutrition, fresh food access and the environment.

About the Position:
Urban Tree Connection seeks to hire its first Director of Development. The right candidate is hands-on, ambitious, and can demonstrate a track record of increasing and diversifying revenue streams for a growing mission-driven non-profit organization. The Development Director will be responsible for creating and overseeing a comprehensive development strategy for the organization, which also means building the organization’s capacity to fundraise in an efficient, sustainable and cost-effective manner. S/he will be an experienced fundraising generalist with experience in grant writing, project management/reporting, creating and running fundraising campaigns, cultivating donors, and planning fundraising events. The Development Director will be expected to work closely with staff to understand the organization and programming thoroughly and will support and report to the Executive Director of Urban Tree Connection with support from the interim COO. There is a part-time position (20 hours/week) with the potential for full-time in 2015 based on fundraising goals being achieved.

The Development Director will raise general operating and program-specific funds through:

  • Creating a yearly development plan and budget
  • Actively identifying and building relationships with foundations, corporations, and public agencies
  • Working with program staff to develop content for proposals and reports
  • Crafting letters of inquiry, grant proposals, reports, and budgets
  • Planning and implementing an individual giving campaign
  • Directing and executing and comprehensive marketing and PR plan, including all marketing materials, social media and public relations initiatives for target audiences
  • Executing at least one fundraising event annually
  • Actively engaging full board, and specifically the fundraising committee, to reach the financial goals of the organization Working with ED to actively cultivate board leadership

And will be entirely responsible for the following tasks:

  • Managing application and reporting deadlines for institutional gifts
  • Managing eTapestry donor database
  • Processing gifts and drafting acknowledgment/thank you letters to donors
  • Managing all public communications


  • Five to seven years’ non-profit development or related experience
  • BA/BS required
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Cooperative, collaborative approach
  • Experience running capital campaigns and success fundraising from multiple donor channels
  • Strong synthesis, research, and project management skills
  • Advanced multi-tasking and time management abilities
  • Highly detail-oriented, creative, and flexible
  • Self-confidence and good judgment
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and with other staff members
  • Enthusiasm for youth and community development
  • Direct experience with board development

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of food systems and working with disadvantaged communities
  • Experience working with small, growing non-profits during periods of growth and change
  • Work Environment/Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Competitive compensation based on experience, health benefits, professional development opportunities and generous paid time off are offered.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to

Urban Tree Connection is committed to a diverse & inclusive workplace, whose leadership is representative of the communities where we work. UTC is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people of differing abilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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