Development Manager


Organization Background

For more than 20 years, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP) has served as a mobilizing force to collaborate with communities to protect themselves from the damages caused by industrial livestock operations and to advocate for a food system built on regenerative practices, justice, democracy, and resilience.

Our team includes technical experts, independent family farmers, and rural residents who have faced the threats of factory farms in their communities. When asked for help, SRAP offers free support, providing communities with the knowledge and skills to protect their right to clean water, air, and soil and to a healthy, just, and vibrant future.

Position Overview

The Development Manager position is an exciting opportunity for a motivated, savvy individual to build on already successful fundraising efforts and its potential for increased growth toward SRAP’s important mission.

The Development Manager manages the daily activities of SRAP’s development programs. The Manager assists in the development of goals and strategies for all fundraising campaigns and works with the Communications Manager to plan and implement marketing programs, campaigns, and special events to maximize prospect/donor engagement.

SRAP’s current funding comes primarily from foundations. We are interested in someone who will grow and diversify our funding, while also managing and stewarding our current foundation funders. The Development Manager also will plan, organize, and manage annual appeals and digital fundraising campaigns.

More specifically, the Development Manager will:

Development Planning and Reporting

  • Develop and implement a diverse fundraising plan with aggressive goals and detailed timeline;
  • Prepare and deliver detailed development activity report to the SRAP leadership on fundraising progress against budget, goals, pipeline of prospects, and other pertinent developments;
  • Work with leadership and program staff to identify and develop descriptions of programs and projects for possible funding.

Grants Application Support and Grants Management

  • Research and track foundation landscape, including funder associations, identify and communicate potential funding opportunities to program staff, and coordinate the proposal planning process, from conceptualization through submission and reporting;
  • Manage the grant calendar, which includes submission dates for LOIs, reports, and applications;
  • Coordinate the process workflow with program staff and Executive Director to develop and execute the submission of LOIs, proposals, and reports within set deadlines and in accordance with funder criteria;
  • Work with Operations team to develop and track grant budgets and financial reporting methods that meet high standards in cost accounting, report content, and timelines;
  • Meet with program staff regularly to discuss the status of ongoing work and proposals, prospective funder communications, and strategic direction of the program applications;
  • Assist in creating content to be used in funding applications, donor relations materials, and campaigns;
  • Provide writing and communications support to the SRAP team, including grant proposal and report writing and drafting quarterly and annual reports to the Board and funders;
  • Ensure proposal and reporting submissions are consistent with foundation requirements;
  • Track and report on all donations received;
  • Steward relationships and consistent communication with funders throughout the grant cycle, including acknowledgements of the receipt of grant funds and reporting of deliverables.

Individual & Corporate Fundraising

  • Collaborate with Communications team to develop messaging, strategy, projects, and communications products that can be directed at various foundation, corporate and individual audiences;
  • Manage individual giving program, including drafting direct mail and digital appeals, pulling mailing lists, and working with mail house to send out solicitations;
  • Research prospects, manage relationships, and develop strategies to support SRAP’s corporate partners and major donors to sustain and increase funding;
  • Spearhead occasional fundraising events, and potentially develop a signature event.


  • Monitor and track all funder communication in the organization’s database and files.
  • Other related assignments as necessary.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Excited about the mission of SRAP and its community partners
  • Able to compellingly articulate the mission, programs, stories, and impact of SRAP
  • Polished, entrepreneurial, confident, and organized self-starter
  • Grant management experience, meticulous at managing deadlines, communicating, and collaborating with other staff to produce reports and proposals
  • A successful track record raising gifts from a variety of sources, and proven experience engaging with foundation, corporate, and individual donors, including High Net Worth Individuals
  • Demonstrated success identifying, building, and sustaining strong relationships over time
  • Experience building organizational infrastructure a plus (systems, processes, technology)
  • Ability to thrive in an environment focused on growth
  • Sense of humor and flexibility essential
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and 3+ years of direct fundraising experience working with non-profits, foundations, or other charitable organizations in a development position
  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively with staff, Board members, donors, and volunteers
  • Willingness to attend occasional evening or weekend events

Work Environment: Position is fully remote with occasional evening hours and travel expected. Applicants must reside in the United States. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Compensation: Salary of $70,000 to $80,000, dependent upon experience. Benefits include fully covered health, vision, dental, and life insurance, monthly communications stipend, annual wellness stipend, a 403b retirement plan and generous paid time off.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the attention of Katie Engelman, Operations and Human Resources Director, at Include the position title of Development Manager in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please.

SRAP is a proud equal-opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, veteran status, or other status protected by law.

SRAP is committed to creating an inclusive organization, and we believe that having a staff that is reflective of the communities we serve will help best advance our mission. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.