Thursday, February 4, 2016

Communications and Donor Development Director – Job Announcement with California FarmLink

Status: Full time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Primary Office: Santa Cruz
Salary: 65 to 80k commensurate with experience


The Communications and Donor Development Director will be responsible for planning, developing, and implementing FarmLink’s external communications, including media and stakeholder outreach, and implementing a major gifts program. The Director will work across all of FarmLink’s programs and activities to maintain and raise client, media and public awareness of FarmLink’s work. The Director will collaborate closely with FarmLink’s development and program teams to lead donor development events and activities, create FarmLink’s annual report, and coordinate updates to the website, promotional and informational materials and social media. This new position will forge an exciting strategic direction for the organization to engage and cultivate major donors, implement fundraising campaigns and develop a planned giving program.


      Work with all FarmLink departments to create a strong organizational identity through consistent communications that are aligned with FarmLink’s values and vision
      Serve on the Management Team to collaboratively advance FarmLink’s fundraising, development and communications work
      Coordinate and implement marketing, public relations and communications strategies to support fundraising efforts and program activities
      Coordinate and produce a professional quarterly electronic newsletter, and annual report, and develop new multimedia channels to craft compelling stories that inform, engage and inspire audiences to action
      Develop and maintain a communications calendar with deadlines, benchmarks and timelines for FarmLink’s newsletter and annual report, and dissemination of farmer stories on website and other channels
      Develop social media priorities and guidelines and work with Communications Team to implement a consistent and clear organizational presence on Twitter, Facebook and regional blogs
      Review, refine and update FarmLink’s Communications Handbook and engage staff to understand and implement Handbook guidelines
      Work with Communications Team and Program Manager to define and implement key communications and donor development priorities including long-term strategic goals and annual goals

      Build relationships with clients, media, donors and community leaders to strengthen FarmLink brand, awareness of FarmLink activities, and spur investment
      Define and create optimal communications channels, core messages and stories to engage clients, media, donors and community leaders
      Advance public, private and investor commitment to farm land and capital access issues by leveraging personal connections through narrative and creation of intimate communication platforms
      Communicate advocacy opportunities and develop clear and compelling policy reform narratives
      Add visibility and continuity to our numerous collaborative initiatives, external partner relationships, and networks

      Work with communications and development teams to create and implement an outreach and fundraising strategy for donors
      Develop, implement and manage a major gifts and planned giving strategy in collaboration with executive director and chief financial officer
      Work closely with FarmLink’s development team to inform overall fundraising strategy and approach including foundation and government grants
      Design overall strategy and execution for long-range planning, donor relations and data management using Salesforce and Excel, and supervision of administrative/support staff
      Identify, cultivate, steward and retain qualified prospects and donors, including custom cultivation strategies for major donors
      Establish a strategic and systematic focus on closing multi-year commitments from high net-worth individuals. Meet or exceed budget goals
      Strategically engage board members, executive leadership, staff and current donors in peer-prospect identification, visits and closings
      Network with corporate executives and high net worth individuals for the purpose of creating personal relationships and developing personal giving
      Demonstrate a keen sense of curiosity for donors – seeking to “crack the code” of what compels each donor to give substantially by asking the right questions and meeting donor needs
      Develop direct mail, special events, press releases, article placement, collaborations for promotion and giving campaigns


      Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, non-profit management or related field; masters degree preferred
      10+ years paid non-profit experience in communications and fundraising
      Experience cultivating and managing a portfolio of major individual donors
      Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills for diverse audiences with the ability to make dynamic group presentations
      Strong planning skills, including the ability to anticipate tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines and function smoothly under shifting priorities
      High-level computer literacy skills. Experience with donor data management, ideally using Salesforce CRM, email marketing, web-based content management systems, social media platforms
      Strong team player who also works well independently
      Capacity to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with donors, volunteers, Board of Directors, and staff
      Local knowledge of the philanthropic community

California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days, retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. 

To Apply
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this position to No phone calls please.

Who We Are

California FarmLink is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to link independent farmers and ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future. For more info:

Accounting and Admin Manager – Job Announcement at California FarmLink

Status:                                     Full time, Exempt
Reports to:                              Executive Director
Supervisory:                           Not Applicable
Primary Office:                        Santa Cruz
Salary:                                     45 to 60k commensurate with experience
Functional Time Allocation:    80% Accounting and Bookkeeping     
20% Administrative Management


Manage organizational and program functions, including hands-on accounting and bookkeeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting and audit preparation. Manage liability / risk insurance policies. Manage human resources administration including payroll, employee benefit programs and legal compliance.


·       Non profit bookkeeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and financial reporting
·       Audit preparation–serve as principal contact supporting annual and other periodic audits; prepare and file federal and state non-profit tax returns
·       Maintain all corporate records and files
·       Manage human resource responsibilities, including payroll and employee records
·       Manage employee benefits, health care and retirement plan vendors
·       Manage liability and property insurance policies and operational practices
·       Provide financial management support and invoicing for grants and contracts
·       Continually assess organizational resources, processes, systems and services to increase operational efficiency / effectiveness
·       Attend staff meetings on a regular basis
·       Record activities and client assistance in appropriate systems to support reporting needs of programs


  • 5-10 years of direct hands-on nonprofit bookkeeping experience
  • Ability to write and edit effectively
  • Ability to communicate the written and spoken work with tact, diplomacy, and/or authority when necessary
  • Good organizational skills, well disciplined, and able to meet deadlines, self starter
  • Ability to work under pressure of many priorities and deadlines; effective problem solver
  • Excellent financial system management experience including QuickBooks and Excel
  • Minimum BS in accounting, business administration, finance or other related field
  • At least five years of non-profit financial management
  • Familiarity with loan fund and CDFI accounting, grants management and budgeting a plus 
California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days, retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. 

How To Apply
Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization with resume to: No phone calls please.

Who We Are
California FarmLink is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to link independent farmers and ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future. For more info visit: 

Farm Staff position

Shooting Star CSA is a 15-acre, CCOF Certified Organic farm located in the Suisun Valley (Solano County on the Napa County border). We grow a diversified mix of produce for our eight-month harvest season. We are located 35 miles east of Berkeley and an hour from San Francisco. Our produce is marketed to the Bay Area through our 250-member CSA program and weekly farmers markets. For more about our farm, visit our website
Job Description:
The Farm Staff position involves working in all aspects of the farm. This includes tasks such as propagation, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, post-harvest handling, CSA packing, deliveries, and farmers markets. Tractor work and other tasks may be included depending on the interest level and experience of the individual. Once our CSA season starts, the majority of the farm tasks are centered around our weekly harvest and delivery schedule.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone that is interested in starting their own farm some day. We expect you will learn a great deal working here, not only about vegetable production but also about business and marketing.
This seasonal position starts in April and goes through November. Work is 40+ hours/week (5 day work week). Must be able to work weekends.
Some previous farming experience is required, preferably one season working on a farm.
The ideal candidate for this position has a good work ethic, passion for farming and food, the ability to take initiative, and a good sense of humor. Punctuality and reliability are key. Work here is fast paced. Individuals considering farming as a career encouraged to apply. A number of our former employees have gone on to start their own farms.
This position requires lifting, must be able to lift 50lbs. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, have a clean driving record and current drivers license.
Although housing is not available on the farm, there are many options for housing locally.
Competitive wage to be determined based on experience.
To Apply:
Please email your resume, two references, and cover letter detailing why you would like to work at our farm to: In person interview is required.

Production Crew Member, Terra Firma Farm

Production Crew Member, Terra Firma Farm
Terra Firma Farm farms 220 acres of CCOF certified organic fruit, vegetables and nuts in Yolo and Solano Counties year-round. We are seeking a highly self-motivated candidate with 1-3 years of farming experience to assist in our production. This is an extremely hands-on position for a practical quick thinker with good time management skills. It is a great opportunity for someone who needs to flesh out their production experience with a wide range of crops.
Primary responsibilities will be:
-- Tractor work possibly including cultivation, spraying, mowing, plastic mulch work, and tillage.
-- Assisting in maintenance and repair of tractors and equipment.
-- Staging and transporting equipment and supplies between fields and ranches.
This position reports directly to the Production Manager (one of the owners).
Qualified candidates will have at least two of the following:
-- A minimum of one season’s experience working with vegetable or fruit (especially peaches or grapes) crops.
-- One season or more of on-the-job tractor experience.
-- Experience with automotive or agricultural mechanics.
-- Basic Spanish language skills.
-- A California Pesticide Applicator license or ability to pass the test to get one.
Hourly pay will be based on experience and skill level. A valid Driver’s license is required for this job.
To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to <>. Please include one or more professional references, preferably at least one from an agricultural employer.

Thursday, January 28, 2016



9AM - 5:30PM

On February 20, agrarian communities from across California converge in Sonoma County to re-envision our food system at The Farmers Guild's 3rd Annual Farmers Guild Raising. We call upon you, farmers and good food advocates alike, to come forge local solutions to our agricultural and food system challenges, all while celebrating the newest generation of food and farms.

All eight Farmers Guilds—from the Mendocino Coast down to San Luis Obisbo—unite for one day to engage on vital issues such as carbon farming, land access and agricultural policy, exploring opportunities like growers’ cooperatives and innovative  markets for organic produce. Return home with new connections, tools and inspiration to enhance your farm and empower your community.