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Development Manager

Slow Food USA is a small organization with ambitious plans to help create a world where all people have access to food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet. Slow Food USA is seeking a motivated, energetic, experienced Development Manager to help our organization reach ambitious fundraising goals. The ideal candidate will be able to make an immediate impact in core job duties and will have the desire and ability to grow to take on increasing responsibility for major donor cultivation and corporate sponsorships over time.

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The Development Manager will run operations of the development office, manage the Slow Food fundraising database, and help lead fundraising efforts for all donor levels. The Development Manager will participate in efforts to increase development capacity, including helping initiate and manage relationships with vendors such as direct mail and online fundraising firms. The Development Manager is responsible for overseeing the development calendar and supporting the Executive Director’s cultivation of individual and institutional donors. The Development Manager will also work closely on the implementation of online fundraising campaigns alongside the Communications Director.

Specific job duties are outlined below, but given the small size and collaborative nature of our organization, the ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about participating in all areas of development as needs warrant.

Specific Job Responsibilities:
  • Support major gift cultivation and solicitation efforts, including drafting high-level gift acknowledgements and supporting biannual major donor appeals and donor meetings
  • Supervise the implementation of department goals and fundraising objectives
  • Oversee grant reporting schedule, coordinate proper stakeholder stories, data and budgets
  • Oversee fundraising efforts for membership-level donors giving up to $250 annually, including managing direct mail and online fundraising efforts alongside Communications Director
  • Monitor results of revenue initiatives and prepare periodic reports on progress and efficiency
  • Maintain ongoing stewardship and bi-annual appeals for middle donor program and Small Business Supporters
  • Manage donor upgrade cycle, streamlining the donor conversion process to move low level donors up the donor pyramid
  • Maintain organized, up-to-date donor files, including updating electronic and paper donor records with prospect information and contact reports
  • Manage Slow Food USA fundraising database and membership service vendors on issues related to database
Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years experience in membership or fundraising work strongly preferred
  • Experience building relationships with key stakeholders and donors
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to the Slow Food mission and specific interest in development
  • Experience crafting persuasive communications
  • Experience with Salesforce CRM strongly preferred
  • Experience closing major donor gifts preferred
The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and characteristics:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience in writing grants, fundraising appeal letters and emails
  • Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals
  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills, including demonstrated ability to develop productive relationships with stakeholders and colleagues across a diverse array of backgrounds and geographies
  • Polished, professional demeanor and excellent customer service skills, including a communication style that diffuses conflict and promotes cooperation
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow through with the ability to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to use technology to achieve fundraising goals, including experience with complex databases; fundraising database experience preferred
  • Ability to use reports and analytics to improve fundraising strategies
  • Ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work effectively and maintain composure under pressure
  • Strong skill set in working with Microsoft Excel preferred

Classification: Full-time Exempt Employee
Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with experience, benefits included
Position reports to: Executive Director

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume, combined into a single PDF document, to jobs@slowfoodusa.org, subject line Development Manager, by August 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that applicants may be asked to complete a skills assessment during the interview process.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Internships

Slow Food USA offers three internship cycles: Fall (September-December), Spring (January-April), and Summer (June-August) located in either of the national offices (Brooklyn, NY or Denver, CO), in addition to some remote opportunities. A minimum of 15 hours per week is required.

Internships are unpaid; however students may earn academic credit. Available internships are posted below.

Fall and Spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. For students seeking academic credit, we are happy to accept applications a season in advance. Please specify in the subject line of your email which season you are applying for.

Communications Intern

Slow Food USA seeks an enthusiastic and tech-savvy intern to join and support our efforts to change the food system in the United States. The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail, strong enthusiasm for our work and an interest in non-profit management.

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Director of Communications & Campaigns, Anna Mulé

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with members in over 150 countries and 1,300 volunteer-led chapters around the world. Founded in 1989 to challenge the rise of fast food and the disappearance of local food cultures, today, we coordinate local, national and global programs and campaigns to achieve our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for them, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet.

The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with a small staff split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Communications Intern will acquire the skills and portfolio to prepare for an entry-level position in communications. Assist in creating and managing digital content for our various channels; conduct outreach to media outlets and partners; develop content strategy for the organization’s communications platform.

Responsibilities:
  • Digital Content: Manage social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Email; procure and create content for social, blog and digital campaigns (design and copy); research, compile and edit content for publication. Each week, we publish at least one blog post, promote via social media; maintain a weekly schedule for social media; and publish at least one monthly email newsletter.
  • Outreach: Contact media outlets, organizations and program partners to coordinate, write and produce press releases, media kits, email and promotional materials that support the national organization’s priorities (biodiversity, school gardens, meat, and public advocacy).
  • Content Strategy: Use social media and website analytics to measure and report on performance, make and act on recommendations for refinement; plan editorial calendar (we maintain a weekly docket of communications that includes weekly blog posts, Meatless Monday); and explore and implement new communications projects (for instance, is it possible to publish a magazine on Medium with partners? Or contribute to the Lexicon of Sustainability’s platform, and/or a biweekly roundup of Slow Food and general food news?).
  • Clean and maintain membership database.
Qualifications:
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Creativity and willingness to take initiative
  • Demonstrated interest in food and farming issues, both nationally and internationally
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop, Indesign and basic HTML
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and work well independently
  • Interest in how a nonprofit works and how it sustains and expands programming through fund development (preferred)
  • Experience managing and analyzing data, with attention to detail (preferred)

Start Date: On or before August 29, 2016

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit.

Please send cover letter and resume with “Communications Internship” in the subject line to: internships@slowfoodusa.org by August 5, 2016.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Development Intern

Slow Food USA seeks a motivated, energetic Development Intern to join and support our efforts to change the food system in the United States. The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail, strong enthusiasm for our work and an interest in non-profit management.

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Development Manager

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with members in over 150 countries and 1,300 volunteer-led chapters around the world. We were founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and the disappearance of local food cultures. Today, we coordinate local, national and global programs and campaigns to achieve our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for them, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet.

The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with a small staff split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. Working closely with the Development Manager, the Development Intern will assist with resource generation through membership, individual donors and communications strategies. S/he will gain valuable fundraising, communications, research, and grassroots outreach skills, while supporting Slow Food USA’s work to promote good, clean and fair food. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in pursing a career in Development or simply learning how non-profits grow and sustain themselves.

Responsibilities:
  • Researching prospective major donors
  • Creating fundraising materials through writing and content generation, assisting with appeals for donors at the middle donor level
  • Assist in acknowledging and thanking donors
  • Helping to maintain donor records and data hygiene in donor database
  • Assist in editing grant proposals or reports and stewardship pieces, compiling news briefings and blog posts, and designing communications pieces, as needed
Qualifications:
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work well independently and take initiative
  • Excellent phone communication skills
  • Previous experience working with databases preferred, but we welcome those eager to learn
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Suite
  • Research, design, or content building and writing experience (preferred)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Experience with graphic design and use of Adobe Creative Suite software (preferred)
  • Happy, friendly and helpful attitude
  • Demonstrated interest in food and farming issues
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system

Start Date: On or before August 29, 2016

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for this cycle. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit.

Please send cover letter and resume with "Development Internship" in the subject line to: internships@slowfoodusa.org by August 5, 2016.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Network Support and Outreach Intern

Slow Food USA seeks an outgoing and community minded intern to join and support our efforts to change the food system in the United States. The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail, strong enthusiasm for our work and an interest in non-profit management.

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Slow Food USA Staff

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with members in over 150 countries and 1,300 volunteer-led chapters around the world. We were founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and the disappearance of local food cultures. Today, we coordinate local, national and global programs and campaigns to achieve our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for them, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet.

The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with a small staff split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Network Intern will assist in communicating with, coordinating, and building our grassroots network. He or she will learn valuable communications, data management, and community organizing skills while supporting Slow Food USA’s work to promote good, clean and fair food.

Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with staff supervisors to strategize and develop means for local leaders to engage with national and international campaigns such as: The Ark of Taste, Slow Meat, and the Terra Madre Network
  • Respond to inquiries and support requests from members and local leaders of the Slow Food movement
  • Help to keep digital assets and the organization’s website current by: writing, coding, copyediting
  • Maintain membership and leadership database
Qualifications:
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Creativity and willingness to take initiative
  • Customer service experience
  • Demonstrated interest in food and farming issues, both nationally and internationally
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and work well independently
  • Familiarity with Google platforms (preferred)
  • Previous experience in website maintenance (preferred)
  • Previous experience working with databases (preferred)

Start Date: On or before August 29, 2016

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit.

Please send cover letter and resume with “Network Support and Outreach Internship” in the subject line to: internships@slowfoodusa.org by August 5, 2016.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Policy Intern

Slow Food USA seeks a Policy Intern to join and support our efforts to change the food system in the United States. The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail, strong enthusiasm for our work and an interest in food policy issues.

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Executive Director, Richard McCarthy

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with members in over 150 countries and 1,300 volunteer-led chapters around the world. We were founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and the disappearance of local food cultures. Today, we coordinate local, national and global programs and campaigns to achieve our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for them, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet.

The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with a small staff split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Policy Intern will assist with managing Slow Food USA’s Policy Task Force and Policy Steering Committee, overseeing the determination of policy priorities, helping manage Slow Food action alerts, and acting as the central resource for organizational questions related to policy. He or she will learn valuable management, research, and communication skills, while supporting Slow Food USA’s work to promote good, clean and fair food.

Responsibilities:
  • Track and maintain the list of Slow Food USA members who are interested in being on the Policy Task Force and Steering Committee, and maintain record of which Steering Committee members are connected to which organizational partners.
  • Monitor food policy issues and help keep Policy Task Force members up to date with important issues taking place both regionally and nationally
  • Manage the Policy Task Force members’ and partners’ requests to sign onto policy campaigns (serving as the organization’s point person for the Task Force); tracking the number and status of letters, campaigns for which we take positions.
  • Act as central resource for determinations and next steps related to supporting/signing on to external policy initiatives; provide research and support to the Director of Communications to integrate policy priorities into the organization’s communications strategies; post between 3-5 weekly policy remarks, articles via our various social media channels.
Qualifications:
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Background in and/or knowledge of food policy preferred
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and work well independently
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Interest in and knowledge of policy issues such as the Farm Bill, Ag-gag, GMO labeling, etc. is strongly preferred.

Start Date: On or before August 29, 2016

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit.

Please send cover letter and resume with “Policy Internship” in the subject line to: internships@slowfoodusa.org by August 5, 2016.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Slow Food Program Interns (Denver)

Slow Food seeks motivated, energetic interns for our Denver, CO office to support our efforts to change the world through food that is Good, Clean and Fair for all. The ideal candidates will have a strong enthusiasm for our work and willingness to learn.

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Location: Denver, CO

Reports to: Program Co-Directors, SFUSA’s National Slow Gardens Program and Director, Slow Food Denver

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with members in over 150 countries and 1,300 volunteer-led chapters around the world. We were founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and the disappearance of local food cultures. Today, we coordinate local, national and global programs and campaigns to achieve our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for them, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet.

The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with a small staff split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and a network of over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Denver office is also the base for Slow Food USA’s National Slow Gardens Program and the national gathering Slow Food Nations. These interns will assist with program support for Slow Food Denver, Slow Food Nations and the National Slow Gardens Program.

Responsibilities:
  • Help maintain our database of school garden contacts and Google map of gardens
  • Help to develop, design, and maintain resources for our website
  • Assist Slow Food USA chapters with collecting data via surveys or phone interviews
  • Assist with managing the Ark of Taste Gardens project (process applications, and ship seed packets)
  • Manage logistics for the Global Garden Exchange international e-pen pal program
  • Conduct research on grant opportunities, partnerships, and other school garden resources
  • Provide hands-on leadership for Slow Food Denver’s school garden programs, such as garden project coordination, cooking classes and Youth Farmers Markets
  • Provide support for Slow Food Denver’s community programs and events such as preserving workshops, community outreach, and producer tours
  • Assist with event planning for the 2017 Slow Food Nations gathering
  • Generally support the Directors as needed
Qualifications:
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the Slow Food mission
  • Ability to thrive in a small but collaborative office environment
  • Creativity, willingness to take initiative, and ability to work independently
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms, specifically Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow-through, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel and Google Drive
  • Knowledge of food and farming issues
  • Flexibility and good humor
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system
  • Event planning experience a plus
  • Graphic design experience a plus
  • Spanish or other foreign language skills a plus
  • Proficiency in website coding and basic HTML a plus

Start Date:August / September 2016

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit. This internship is to provide general office support for the chapters that we are engaged with. This internship is not a research-based project.

Please send cover letter and resume to Lauren Howe, Co-Director of the National School Gardens Program with "School Garden Program Intern" in the subject line to internships@slowfoodusa.org by August 15, 2016.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


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