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The Nashville Food Project

Leadership Gifts Officer

The Nashville Food Project


Job Summary

Mission, Vision, and Values
The Nashville Food Project brings people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city. At The Nashville Food Project, we embrace a vision of vibrant community food security in which everyone in Nashville has access to the food they want and need through a just and sustainable food system. This mission and vision are guided by core organizational values, including hospitality, stewardship, interdependence, learning, justice, and transformation.

Organizational Background
The Nashville Food Project (TNFP) was born from the idea that good food is a matter of basic dignity. Since its start in 2007, TNFP has served thousands of Nashvillians facing food insecurity. In 2011, TNFP was incorporated as an independent nonprofit, shifting the focus of its meals program toward a collaborative partnership model and launching an urban agriculture program. Today, TNFP continues to connect people to nourishing food and to each other through vibrant urban agriculture projects, made-from-scratch meals, and food shared with local partners working to disrupt cycles of poverty.

Position Summary
The Leadership Gifts Officer (LGO) is a key member of the Development Team and a primary face of the organization to a range of external stakeholders, but especially leadership-level donors and sponsors. The LGO manages a major gifts portfolio with a relentless focus on establishing TNFP as a top-of-mind organization for local philanthropic support. Reporting to the CEO, the LGO will spend ~75% of their time meeting with prospects, donors, and supporters to advance the mission, vision, and values of TNFP.

Job Responsibilities

● Maintain a portfolio of current and prospective donors, coordinating relationships with the CEO, the Leadership Team, board members and others, as needed
● Manage and expand TNFP’s major gifts program, including researching prospects and creating individualized cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for each donor
● Maintain accurate, timely information in the CRM, including contact information, call reports, and other key data points
● Meet and exceed target metrics (e.g., monthly significant contacts, proposals delivered, and annual funds raised)
● Support the Development Team and Board Development Committee in annual giving goals
● Identify prospective donors to support TNFP’s giving societies and planned giving program
● Support the Development Team in identifying prospects for foundation and corporate sponsorships, funding, and goods and services
● Support TNFP fundraising and community engagement events
● Collaborate across the organization to align donor interests with strategic priorities
● Coordinate with program directors to create and implement strategies to increase engagement and philanthropic support among current and prospective donors


● 3-5 years demonstrated success in direct face-to-face fundraising
● Credibility in the local nonprofit sector
● Bold, outgoing and unafraid to make the ask in a very competitive philanthropic arena
● Proficient with standard development CRM platforms
● A successful track record in setting priorities and achieving results
● Keen organizational, analytic, and problem-solving skills
● Exemplary communication skills, interpersonal skills, and professionalism

● Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification
● Strong interest in, or experience with, anti-poverty and/or food justice work
● Background experience in culinary arts, food service management, and/or agriculture

Additional Information


This role is an exempt, salaried position at 40 hours per week. Part-time appointments will be considered on an individual basis. Weekend and evening hours are required occasionally.

Starting annual salary commensurate with experience; annual bonus opportunities available. TNFP offers a benefits package for full-time employees including:
● 75% employer paid health insurance, and voluntary dental and vision insurance
● Employer paid term-life and AD&D insurance, and long-term disability insurance
● Employee assistance program
● Cell phone stipend
● Nine paid holidays, plus two floating holidays
● Paid Time Off (PTO) program
● Parental leave
● Ongoing training and professional development opportunities
● Flexible work environment, including hours and location (i.e., remote and/or hybrid)

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in our work and mission to Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


In all aspects of its work, The Nashville Food Project strives for a culture of inclusivity and fairness without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law.


  • Date Posted: March 31, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Working Hours: 40hrs/wk