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Seedleaf is seeking a full-time Director of Development. The Director of Development will assume responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing Seedleaf’s fundraising, including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns. The Director of Development works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.

Organization Background

In 2007, a group of friends cultivated a successful community garden on the North side of Lexington. We agreed that with some structure and planning, this could be replicated in other neighborhoods. So we filed papers and made some plans and came to be incorporated as a charitable nonprofit. We grew 3 gardens in 2008, 10 gardens in 2009, and have grown steadily since that time.

Seedleaf does its best work when neighbors are sharing work and sharing food, coming together over common tasks and needs. Neighbors and volunteers joining together in gardens come to be connected with each other and to be reconnected with their food and with the soil. These webs of connection cultivate social capital and will bear untold fruit through the growing seasons to come.

Additionally, Seedleaf works to address food insecurity throughout our service area. Many Lexington residents live in food deserts: communities where a concentrated number of households do not own vehicles and are located more than a half mile from a grocery store. Food insecurity and the inability to obtain healthy food puts adults and children at an increased risk for diabetes, obesity, malnutrition, and a number of other diet-related health problems. We work to increase our neighbors' access to healthy food--one free, u-pick garden at a time.

Seedleaf cultivates 13 free, u-pick community gardens throughout North Lexington. Seedleaf also picks up compost at 35 area restaurants and kitchens through our Compost Partners Program, a partnership with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government's Division of Waste Management. Much of that food waste is composted at or near our community gardens. For more information about Seedleaf, visit

Seedleaf is looking for a self-motivated individual committed to our mission who can join with us in cultivating stronger donor relationships. Join us!

Duties and Responsibilities


● Meet and cultivate prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis.

●  Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors.

●  Oversee grants, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.

●  Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.

●  Direct the annual fundraising program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.

●  Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives.

●  Develop and implement a fundraising calendar.

●  Develop and implement an annual major fundraising event.

●  Direct employee fundraising drives.

●  Oversee prospect research.

●  Work closely with Seedleaf’s Executive Director and the Fundraising Committee of Seedleaf’s Board of Directors.

●  Attend Board meetings and report on fundraising efforts.

●  Make public appearances and accept speaking engagements on behalf of Seedleaf.

●  Create and oversee fundraising database and tracking systems.

●  Assist with creation of publications to support fund raising activities.

●  Maintain gift recognition programs.

●  Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.

●  Perform other related duties as requested.

Preferred Qualifications

●  Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques.

●  Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members, and other volunteers.

●  Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.

●  Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.

●  Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability.

●  Dependable, good judgment, and demonstrated ability to operate in flexible team-oriented environment.

●  A bachelor’s degree.

●  Computer proficiency, including word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.


●  Must embrace the mission and values of Seedleaf.

●  Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making skills.

●  Self-motivated.

●  Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds.

● Strong verbal and written communication skills.

●  Crisis management skills.


 Salary will be commensurate with experience, $28,000-$33,000.

How to Apply

Please email a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to: A combined PDF is preferred. Include “Seedleaf Director of Development” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted through January 31, 2018.