Development Coordinator

Craigardan is a nonprofit arts organization and educational working farm that leverages collective creativity for social good. We bring people together for place-based and interdisciplinary learning, providing creative residencies, courses, and events that span diverse artistic and knowledge disciplines in order to foster curiosity, inquiry, and collaboration.

We support ceramic, literary, visual, and performance artists, as well as farmers, chefs, activists, scholars, and researchers.

Contact Name
Michele Drozd
Contact Email Address
michele@craigardan.org
Type of Employment
Full time
Permanent
Type of Role
Coordinator
Salary Level or Range
$40,000-45,000
This is a remote position
no
Location

Elizabethtown, NY
United States

How to Apply

Apply in confidence. Email a cover letter, resume/CV, and three references by email to Michele Drozd, executive director, at info@craigardan.org. Deadline is rolling until position is filled.

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Description and Qualifications

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR POSITION OPENING

Craigardan seeks a dynamic new Development Coordinator to join our growing team as we build our beautiful new campus and reopen residencies and programs on our new 320 acre site bordering Hurricane Mountain Wilderness in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.

This is a year-round, full-time position with room for growth into a director level position that allows for creative problem-solving, innovation, and exploration in a supportive, inclusive environment.

This position provides a rich and rewarding experience while maintaining a positive work-life balance. The Adirondack region is known for its work hard / play hard ethos, and Craigardan is located at the center of this incredible playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

Our staff is the heart and soul of this place-based organization and we value their personal well-being as much as their professional growth.  Learn more about our people and programs at www.craigardan.org.

 

WHAT WE DO

Craigardan is a nonprofit arts organization and educational working farm that leverages collective creativity for social good. We bring people together for place-based and interdisciplinary learning, providing creative residencies, courses, and events that span diverse artistic and knowledge disciplines in order to foster curiosity, inquiry, and collaboration. 

Craigardan supports ceramic, literary, visual, and performance artists, as well as farmers, chefs, activists, scholars, and researchers from the Adirondack region and around the world. We cultivate a dynamic that amplifies each individual’s work and activates collective creativity within the community. We believe that fostering the interaction between artists and the local public is as important as providing sheltered time to artists to further their creative practices.

As an organization deeply rooted in this region’s unique history, Craigardan exists at the nexus of processes (re)making this region’s present and future: environmental conservation, the resurgence of small farms, rural economic revitalization, and cultural/social activism. 

By developing interdependent connections  within our local Adirondack community, we nurture a deep sense of place through people, culture, food, stories, and the exchange of ideas and skills. With a built-in focus on equitable exchange across a wide range of disciplines, Craigardan offers an  experience that ties the creative process to larger contexts. This experience leads to new questions and new initiatives; and it generates positive social change through collective creativity.

 

MISSION + VISION

Craigardan is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to encourage the human imagination to interpret the world with philosophical, ecological, and artistic perspective.

We envision an Adirondack region defined by its makers who are committed to the development of sustainable systems that integrate the needs of human communities with the integrity of the natural world.

 

THE POSITION

As an integral member of Craigardan’s team, the Development Coordinator must work closely with staff in all areas of the organization.  With the direction and collaboration of the Executive Director, the coordinator will:

      • Execute and adapt Craigardan’s development plan
      • Lead fundraising and development administration including donor database management, thank you notes, and tax letters for donors
      • Lead prospective donor identification, coordination, and outreach
      • Assist with the annual report, annual appeals, benefit event, and other donor cultivation events and opportunities
      • Maintain relationships and correspondence between staff, board, advisors, donors, and program alumni
      • Research grant and other funding opportunities from organizations, corporations, foundations, and the state and federal government
      • Assist with grant writing and management
      • Assist with Capital Campaign management
      • Identify new ways to increase Craigardan’s impact and reach while keeping an eye on industry trends and opportunities

 

WHAT YOU DO

You have acquired the life experience and work skills for this position and you have a strong desire to think creatively, learn about, and promote:

      • The importance and role of philanthropy in the arts and social change
      • The value of cultural opportunities in rural regions
      • Connections between regional/national/international community members, program alumni, and organizational initiatives
      • The power of the arts and the creative process in designing the future we want

 

You are capable, curious, and positive; and you are comfortable in your ability to:

      • Lead but also listen; ask questions and take direction
      • Be highly dependable, observant, and adaptable
      • Communicate exceptionally well both verbally and in writing
      • Work alone or in a team
      • Think and act quickly and efficiently, without missing details
      • Manage spreadsheets and documents, databases, and project timelines in a clean and organized way
      • Develop systems to collaborate and work efficiently with others
      • Manage multiple projects simultaneously
      • Continue to learn and grow; and set and achieve goals

 

ELIGIBILITY

Required Education and Experience:

      • Bachelors Degree
      • At least 2 years of related experience
      • Nonprofit experience a plus but not required

 

Applicants must have a strong affinity for Craigardan’s mission and work, live in or be willing to relocate to the Adirondacks, and thrive in a place-based environment — this position is not a remote or work-from-home position.

We strongly recommend reading Craigardan’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan before applying at http://www.craigardan.org/strategic-plan

 

COMPENSATION

Full-time, 40 hours per week position starting as early as April 1, 2022

This position provides training and offers room for growth for the right candidate

Starting salary $40,000 - $45,000 commensurate with experience and skills

The employment package includes:

  • 30 paid holiday, personal, and wellness days per year
  • Medical benefits
  • Staff shares of farm food produced at Craigardan and 15% off in the Farm Store
  • Free access to programs and educational classes
  • Continuing education, training, and professional development support

 

COVID-19 vaccination is required.

This position may require working occasional nights, weekends, and some holidays. This job description covers key responsibilities but does not outline all duties. All applicants must be willing to commit to at least two years.

Craigardan is an equal opportunity employer. We highly encourage applications from women, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA+