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January 27th, 2023

Full-Time Position
Reports to: Director of Development and Communications
Key Collaborators:
Leadership Team, Senior Management Team, Farm Team, and Apprentices
Based at:
Center for Food Education



In partnership with the Director of Development and Communications, the Development and Communications Manager assists in the execution of JVTF’s fundraising and communications strategies. The Development and Communications Manager’s key responsibilities include: drafting grant applications, reports, and press releases; tracking grant and report deadlines; managing JVTF’s donor database and acknowledgment processes; and assisting with fundraising events. As a member of the Senior Management Team, provide support and implementation of JVTF’s organizational strategy.

This work requires a passion for Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s mission, self-direction and motivation, a high degree of professionalism, attention to detail, and strong writing, organizational, and communication skills.


Jones Valley Teaching Farm

Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF)  is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Founded in 2002, Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Birmingham, Alabama. Envisioning communities inspired by food and transformed by youth, JVTF uses food as a foundation so that young people can lead, create, and grow a healthy future for themselves and their community. Learn more at jvtf.org.




  • Work directly with the Dir. of Development and Communications to meet annual and multi-year fundraising goals that support JVTF’s strategic plan and goals. The FY 2023 fundraising goal for JVTF is $3mm.
  • Assist with the grant management process, including writing, reviewing, reporting, and tracking grant applications and reports.
  • Manage JVTF’s donor software system (Bloomerang).
  • Create donor and giving reports and meet regularly with the Dir. of Development and Communications to evaluate, plan, and apply for funding opportunities throughout the year.
  • Conduct research on new revenue streams and strategies at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Manage donor and partner relationships in collaboration with the Executive Director and Dir. of Development and Communications.
  • Support the Dir. of Development and Communications with the planning and execution of fundraising events.
  • Execute end-of-year Power of Food online giving campaign.


  • Support communications for development and program needs by drafting press releases, and editing and creating content for external audiences.
  • Creating and executing social media updates and campaigns.
  • Represent JVTF in front of various audiences including donors, program partners, and community members.s identified as needed by the employee and approved and/or assigned by the Executive Director.


What We Look For

  • Believers in the power of education and food.
  • The “Teaching Farm” part of JVTF is not just part of our name, but it is the heart of our mission, and we make hiring young people a priority. As an employee, mentoring and working alongside students and apprentices is a required and fundamental piece of our work.
  • A commitment to social justice
  • A positive and constructive attitude.
  • The ability to hear, reflect upon and implement feedback.
  • Self-direction and self-motivation.
  • The ability to set and meet deadlines.
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience with grant writing and reporting.
  • Experience managing a CRM or donor database.
  • Exceptional writing skills and the ability to inspire others to action, tailoring messaging to help the audience connect to the work.
  • Record-keeping and research skills.
  • Knowledge of computer word processing, spreadsheets, and fundraising software.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to build positive rapport with volunteers and staff.


Duration and Compensation

This is a year-round, full-time position with a 3-month probation period. Competitive compensation package includes:

  • Compensation Range $51k-59k
  • 403(B) with employer matching
  • 100% Paid Health and Dental Individual benefits
  • 22 Days of Paid Time Off at the onset of employment
  • End of year Winter Break
  • Generous maternity and paternity leave


Application Information

To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé with “Development and Communications Manager” in the subject line to jobs@jvtf.org.  In this cover letter, please highlight previous relevant experience(s). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.  No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

Criminal background check and a valid driver’s license required.