| March 28, 2024

Development and Investor Relations Director

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  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • $115,000-$125,000 USD / Year

Website Black Farmer Fund

Black Farmer Fund seeks its first full-time Development & Investor Relations Director to support our individual, investor, and philanthropic fundraising strategies. This person will be responsible for the fundraising goals of an annual operating budget of $3M and managing investor relations for a $20M integrated capital fund. The position will manage most aspects of the development cycle including prospecting, soliciting, cultivating and stewarding donors/investors and philanthropic institutions. The Development & Investor Relations Director will also lead grant writing and reporting within the organization. A qualified candidate will have experience managing a portfolio of donors/investors, designing and implementing targeted fundraising strategies, practicing sound data management, grant writing and collaborating across teams.

This is a remote, full-time position requiring 10% travel for in-person events and workshops. This position may require work outside of standard business hours. The ideal candidate must reside in the Northeast with a preference for applicants residing in the NYC metro area.


  • Develop and strengthen BFF’s fundraising infrastructure to ensure efficient and effective support for individual giving and institutional giving
  • Work as a member of the leadership team to refine our approach to giving and establish strategies that are in-line with Black Farmer Fund’s Fundraising Values & Principles;

Individual Giving- 40%

  • Support the development of a comprehensive, multi-year individual donor strategy with annual raise goals
  • Serve as the point of contact for individual donors;
  • Organize (virtual and in person) events to establish and maintain relationships with potential donors
  • Recommend new engagement opportunities for donors and implement best practices for attracting future supporters;
  • Develop partnerships and collaborations with values aligned institutions and organizations that may provide financial or social capital to Black Farmer Fund
  • Lead the planning and execution of prospective fundraising events, including the securing sponsorship

Philanthropic Institutional Management -30%

  • With support of team, responsible for leading proposal writing (foundations, government), reporting and
  • Through prospectus research of donors and philanthropic institutions, develop database of potential institutional donors that align with the work of Black Farmer Fund
  • Prepare materials for leadership to be informed prior to fundraising calls and events
  • Represent Black Farmer Fund in external spaces connected to donor stewardship
  • Collaborate with the Operations department to maintain accurate records and reports in the Salesforce donor database, tracking cultivation and stewardship activities, reporting deadlines and progress to goals;

Investor Relations- 15%

  • Serve as the point of contact for investors for BFF Fund 2.0;
  • Support the Investment Director & Communications Team in generating BFF Fund 2.0 reporting;
  • Convey credibility and expertise in advising investors on confidential and complex philanthropic planning matters;
  • Ensure that investors to the fund are stewarded and consistently engaged through the development of biannual impact reports;


  • Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of direct fundraising and/or direct donor/investor relationship experience required;
  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing fundraising campaigns and developing community partnerships;
  • Demonstrated experience developing sound donor strategies, including using research and additional supporting materials;
  • Demonstrated experience working with individual investors and/or investment firms;
  • Knowledge of current philanthropic landscape and proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders, donors and board members while maintaining discretion;
  • Expertise or strong experience designing and pulling custom reports and creating dashboards and portfolios using Salesforce;
  • Familiarity with prospecting research tools (e.g. DonorSearch, WealthEngine)
  • Ability to effectively communicate the work of Black Farmer Fund in a personable, passionate and engaging manner;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including experience with grant writing and proposal development;
  • A commitment to solidarity economy values, such as racial, economic, and climate justice, cooperative ownership and systems change;
  • A strong preference for candidates with experience in the field of agriculture and/or development;
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently in a remote work setting;
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), Google Drive and online meeting tools, such as Zoom;
  • Experience with project management tools (e.g., Asana, Slack);

To apply for this job please visit blackfarmerfund.org.