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Tennessee Local Food

Development & Communications Manager

Tennessee Local Food


Job Summary

Tennessee Local Food is seeking a Development & Communications Manager to support the organization in building a diversified donor base and an engaged community to create positive change in our local food systems and agricultural sector. This employee will develop and implement our organization’s fundraising strategy, build and maintain donor engagement and recognition, and raise engagement and awareness about our work. This part-time position is for 9 months, with continuation of the position contingent on funding.

This is a remote position with in-person meetings and event attendance as needed.

Job Responsibilities

Fundraising and Development

  • Work with the Executive Director to develop and execute fundraising strategies to secure financial support for operational and program needs.
  • Cultivate relationships with donors, philanthropic organizations, and government agencies to diversify funding sources.
  • Establish and fulfill key activities for donor engagement and recognition.
  • Enhance stewardship of donor communications by creating follow-up content and campaigns for donors.
  • Lead the writing, coordination, and reporting of all grant applications (continued and new). 
  • Create and oversee an annual grant submission calendar that supports the strategic revenue goals of the organization.

Communications & Outreach

  • Create thoughtful, educational content and campaigns to engage current, new, and prospective stakeholders and donors with our work, and to raise awareness and engagement about our work within the community.
  • Create email campaigns, including monthly eNewsletter, coordinating with staff to ensure timely content creation.
  • Create and update content for TN Local Food’s website, including program content, blogs, and events, collaborating with a web developer when necessary.
  • Lead social media strategies and curate and create content that is in line with our mission, vision, and goals. 

Public & Media Relations

  • Write and disseminate all press releases, media alerts, and informational documents.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for all media, and address media requests.
  • Track media coverage and work to expand and build meaningful relationships with an established media database.
  • Research media coverage and industry trends.


  • Knowledgeable about agriculture and local food systems
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and development with diverse supporters
  • Expertise in grant writing, including project planning with partners 
  • A persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Experience with Donor Management Software (we use Little Green Light)
  • Proficiency with Google Suite, MailChimp, Squarespace, Canva, or other graphic design tools, and capable of creating visually compelling content
  • Related experience in the non-profit agency is desirable 
  • Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle with the ability to travel within the Middle TN region

Additional Information



How to Apply

Email a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to tennesseelocalfood@gmail.com. In the subject line please include “Development and Communications Manager Application – YOUR NAME 


  • Date Posted: April 13, 2024
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 05/06/2024
  • Salary Range: $20-$25/hr
  • Working Hours: Average 20 hrs/week, M-F, 9am-4:30pm (flexible); some weekend event attendance required