Ceres Community Project


Development & Community Relations Manager, Marin County
Ceres Community Project seeks candidates for the crucial position of Development & Community Relations Manager.
The Development & Community Relations Manager position is 25-30 
hours per week and available in April, 2018.  
We will be accepting applications for the position through March 30, 2018. Candidates should send a cover letter expressing why they are interested in working at Ceres Community Project and how their experience and skills match  
the position, along with a current resume and three professional references with the reference's name, email address and daytime contact info to hr@ceresproject.org
We will acknowledge receipt of your application and, if we would like to speak with you further we will contact you by  April 6. We apologize that we are unable to communicate personally with each applicant.  

A job description for the position follows. Please help us spread the word about this opening at Ceres by passing this email on to anyone you know who may be interested. Thanks so much for your support of Ceres Community Project.   
Warm regards, 
Jake Blehm
Director, Administration
Founded in 2007, Ceres Community Project works to build healthy communities by restoring whole, organic and locally grown food to its place as the foundation of health, empowering youth, and connecting people in heart-centered ways to others and the earth.
Ceres Community Project's main program, Healing Meals for Healthy Communities, provides free and low-cost nourishing organic meals, nutrition education and caring support to people facing serious illness. All of the meals are prepared by teens that learn about growing, cooking and eating healthy whole foods and the connection between diet and health, develop life and work-ready skills, and discover their power to make a difference. The Healing Meals program improves healthy eating behaviors among clients, teens and adult volunteers and educates the whole community about the link between healthy eating and the health of both people and planet. It also strengthens the social fabric of the community, another factor that is at the root of health.
In addition to operating three program sites in Marin and Sonoma Counties, Ceres has trained thirteen communities nationally to replicate our model. We are also active at the state and national level in advocating for policies that support equitable access to healthy food and health care, including reimbursement for medically tailored meals by insurers.  For more information, please visit www.ceresproject.org

Position Title: Development & Community Relations Manager   
25-30 hours/week
Location: San Rafael, with regular travel to Sebastopol
Salary DOE

Eligible for benefits including health insurance, paid holidays and paid time off after 60 days.
The Development & Community Relations Manager is responsible for increasing awareness of and financial support for Ceres Community Project and our program site in San Rafael. They will operate within these primary functions: developing, cultivating and managing relationships with key individual donors, businesses, foundations, and community leaders; increasing the visibility of Ceres in Marin County; speaking for and/or representing Ceres at community events and in relevant community collaborations. In conjunction with the Development Director, they will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive development program to raise a minimum of $250,000 annually in support of the San Rafael program site.

Duties include:
  • Cultivating, soliciting, and managing current and new individual, corporate, in-kind, and foundation donors
  • Increasing the visibility of Ceres in Marin County in general, and in particular with key stakeholder groups including donors, adult and teen volunteers, clients, health care referral partners, and community leaders
  • Leading site visits
  • Planning and implementing events including but not limited to, volunteer appreciation and volunteer enrichment, house parties and fundraising events
  • Representing Ceres at community functions, collaborative partnerships, awards, and receptions
  • Partnering with the Ceres' Communications team and Marin staff on gathering and sharing stories and information on the impact Ceres is making in Marin County
  • Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, or related field or equivalent work experience in non-profit fundraising and communications
  • A commitment to Ceres Community Project's mission and operating principles
  • Established Marin County resident strongly preferred
  • A minimum of three years' experience with donor relations and development, and must be comfortable with fundraising and asking for money
  • Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing, and exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate the mission and vision of Ceres
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Experience in managing fundraising events
  • Grant writing experience a plus
  • Experience with Fundly CRM, Salesforce, or other cloud-based nonprofit donor database
  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook
  • Must be entrepreneurial, detail-oriented, and well organized
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize; work well under pressure and deadlines
  • Ability to use sound judgment and has a good awareness of self
  • Ability and desire to be in a work environment that values working as a team, relationships, and giving and receiving honest feedback
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
Reports to: Development Director. Participates in Staff meetings, Development & Communications Team meetings, and Development Team meetings.
This position will require working from home and up to one day a week at Ceres' headquarters in Sebastopol as the Marin program site is based in a rented commercial kitchen and does not have office space.

Ceres Community Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and strongly encourages members of minority groups to apply. 
All employment decisions at Ceres are made without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status or any other status protected by laws or regulations.

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