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New Position: Development Director | The Wormfarm Institute is seeking a multi-talented, super-organized and creative thinker to help further develop and manage systems and strategies for effective revenue development.

The Wormfarm Institute is enjoying an exciting period of rapid growth and national attention. We are seeking a multitalented, super-organized and creative thinker to help us further develop and manage systems and strategies for effective revenue development.

The Development Director, a new leadership position, will plan and implement Wormfarm’s fundraising efforts, including donor appeals, grant writing, sponsorships and plans for increasing earned income. S/he will coordinate all related communications strategies including media, public and donor relations.

The Development Director will report directly to Wormfarm’s Executive Director.

Primary Duties


Provide leadership in creating and implementing annual development plans in cooperation with the Board of Directors and Executive Director including regular reports

Engage strategies to build donor and sponsor relations and manage systems for integration of proposals, reporting and fundraising files, as well as internal database for tracking of prospect and funder relationships.

Manage prospective private and corporate donors and develop donor-specific strategies and opportunities for donations and/or sponsorships.
Conduct ongoing research on government, foundation and corporate funding.

Along with Executive Director, prepare funding applications including government and foundation grants requiring research, writing, editing.

Solicit and secure sponsors for Wormfarm’s community events, particularly Fermentation Fest.

Build ongoing relationships with individual and corporate donors, sponsors, and grant funders.

Maintain complete and accurate records in donor database and produce regular reports

Help develop and manage enterprising earned income opportunities

Work with Wormfarm ED and Board for maximum alignment of efforts and resources.

Related Communications:

Work with ED to prepare donor correspondence including solicitation letters, acknowledgements, receipts and pledge payment reminders

Develop communications outreach language for donors, including annual report, event invitations, and renewal materials

Develop and maintain excellent relationships with funders, investors and other stakeholders

Manage Wormfarm’s individual donor list, including implementation of bi-annual solicitation mailing, online solicitations, payments, gift acknowledgements

Maintain comprehensive electronic database and paper files on donors and prospects

Oversee development of fundraising materials

Work with Wormfarm staff and volunteers to support and promote fundraising events


Collaborative team player with strong work ethic

Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple demands.

Strong communication skills, including writing, and interpersonal communications.

Minimum of three years experience in nonprofit fundraising, including donor relations, major gifts, and Board development.

Minimum 3 years grant writing experience including government grants, knowledge of foundation and corporate fundraising, including understanding of and experience with prospect research and direct experience in proposal writing.

Demonstrated ability to solicit and secure contributions from individuals and organizations.

Experience with donor management database software

Experience with social media and online appeals

Familiarity with Wisconsin philanthropic and business community desired.

Prior knowledge of finance and/or other quantitative disciplines a plus.

Knowledge of the culture, operations, and structure of nonprofit corporations required.

Education: Bachelors or Master’s degree in related field and three to five year’s related experience.

Appointment Type/Salary:
This is a 75- 80% FTE position. Salary range: $32,000 to $40,000. Flexibility in work schedule can be addressed in interview process

Application Procedure and Deadline:
Please visit our websites and press links below to gain further understanding of Wormfarm’s programs.

Please submit the following:
A cover letter including a statement on how your experiences, relationships and interests align with the job requirements
A writing sample – grant or donor appeal preferred
A current resume
Three professional references.

Position will remain open until filled

Email application materials to or mail to:

Wormfarm Institute
Attn: Donna Neuwirth
PO Box 625
Reedsburg WI, 53959

Posted by: Katie Schofield

Katie Schofield
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