Development Associate VISTA

EarthDance is a nonporfit organization that sustainably grows food, farmers, and community one small farm at a time.

We envision productive local farms where creative endeavors can bloom alongside flourishing produce. We envision former strangers cultivating the land together and growing relationships in addition to sugar snap peas. We envision an Artist-in-Residence and a Musician-in-Residence living on EarthDance farms to gain inspiration from its beauty and to share their talents with farm-workers and farm-goers. We envision individuals from all walks of life coming to EarthDance Farm to learn skills in organic farming and gardening, to taste a fresh-picked blackberry, and to see where their food comes from. We know that this vision is possible; we see it clearly, and we are dedicated to it.

VISTA Opportunity Description:

Are you passionate about the local food and organic farming movement? Help EarthDance raise funds for innovative programs through grant writing and events!

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual with excellent communication and organizational skills, experience in and enthusiasm for fundraising, and a commitment to EarthDance’s mission, to serve as our Development Associate and assist us with building capacity within our organization.

The Development Associate will serve to support the expansion and function of EarthDance during this period of growth. The Development Associate will build the capacity of the organization through the exploration of available community resources and the co-creation of grant proposals. The position will also include planning fundraising and donor acknowledgement events. The Development Associate will work closely with the Program Director, Executive Director and the Board of Directors to build a strong foundation of support for our young organization to continue to thrive at sustainably growing food, farmers, and community!

Primary Responsibilities:

Development Activities (90%)

Updating grants database and developing fundraising strategies for organization.
Co-creating the fund development plan.
Planning major fundraising events and building donor relationships.

Participation in Program Activities (10%)

Participating in some program activities as applicable to better understand the needs of our organization and those we serve, including farm tours, apprenticeship orientation day, farmers markets, etc.

Skills, Qualifications, & Knowledge Required:

Demonstrated strong time management and organization skills.
Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising and development strategies specific to comparable non-profit organizations.
Proven experience and skills in budgeting and planning projects, and evaluation of overall program effectiveness.
Demonstrated ability to generate and deliver persuasive and clear verbal and written communications in a variety of media forms and channels, and for diverse audiences. (Please attach a grant writing sample or other professional writing sample.*)
Ability to work effectively in a demanding, high-energy environment and manage multiple tasks and priorities, while maintaining a sense of humor
Some event planning and grant writing experience preferred.
Proficiency with Windows Office Suite and Google Groups, Google Calendar.
Ability and willingness to work some weekends and evenings.
University degree or recognized professional training in a field related to business or non-profit management.

Skills, Qualifications, & Knowledge Desired:

Knowledge of agricultural and food system issues.
Knowledge of community development and youth education issues.
Experience working collaboratively in a team environment with successful outcomes.
Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality.
Superior attention to detail.
Experience in grant writing and event planning.
Enjoyment of farming and gardening, the arts, music, and interacting with the public.
Experience with Quickbooks or online accounting software system preferred

Other Considerations:

Position may evolve into regular salaried position with EarthDance upon fulfillment of Americorps service and responsibilities.

Other Requirements:

Use of personal computer or laptop
Reliable transportation or the ability to navigate the public transportation system


This is a full-time position, requiring 40 hours/week.


VISTA Living Allowance. This is an Americorps VISTA position. The VISTA stipend does not include housing.

Start and End Dates: 7/18/2014 – 7/18-2015

Applicants must also apply on the MyAmericorps website. (

To apply for this position, you must send a resume, cover letter, and professional writing sample, no more than two pages. Email materials to Program Director Rachel Levi at the above address and ask for a link to the specific AmeriCorps position to apply to on the AmeriCorps site.

Ferguson (St. Louis), Missouri
EarthDance Farms
Rachel Levi

233 S Dade Ave
Ferguson, Missouri 63135
United States