Archive for January, 2015

January 28, 2015

Grants & Outreach Manager


Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) is seeking a Grants and Outreach Manager who will use his or her passion for a more just society, along with robust abilities in communications, fund development and social media, to amplify the impact of SCLT’s programs.

Organization Description: SCLT improves health, economic security and the environment in Rhode Island by providing thousands of families with access to land, resources, and education to grow food. We support a network of 43 community gardens and 4 sustainable farms in Greater Providence. We offer nutrition, food preparation and gardening workshops for adults; youth employment and environmental education; beginning farmer support and training; and advocacy for urban agriculture initiatives.

Position Description: The Grants and Outreach Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the organization’s grant writing and grant cultivation strategy. Just as importantly, this person oversees the creation and implementation of communications strategies that build relationships with donors, funders, volunteers, community partners and media. At times, this position is supported by interns and/or VISTA staff. The Grants and Outreach Manager works closely with the Executive Director, the Development Director and the Development Associate.

Job Duties:

I.  Grant Strategy – Develop and execute the organization’s grant strategy:

  • Raise approximately $600,000 annually;
  • Work with Executive Director and Program Staff to develop proposals that are attractive to new and existing funders;
  • Each year, manage the entire submission and reporting process for approximately 40 persuasive grant proposals and budgets;
  • Manage portfolio of existing grant relationships and complete “new grant” research;
  • Maintain a grants and grant reports calendar;
  • Maintain hard copy and electronic files for grant proposals, agreements and reporting;
  • Fulfill all grant reporting requirements.

II.  Communications – Design and implement SCLT’s communications plan:

  • Develop content and coordinate production and dissemination of 3 print newsletters, monthly e-newsletters, regular blog posts and a weekly social media strategy;
  • Work with Executive Director and other SCLT staff to develop clear and powerful messages for all communications;
  • Provide information to media outlets and community partners;
  • Cultivate relationships with media professionals to generate newspaper articles, television or radio features/interviews, and other media attention;
  • Create and execute annual communications calendar;
  • Write and submit press releases as needed;
  • Develop, update and disseminate SCLT promotional materials;
  • Update SCLT website content on a monthly basis (minimum);
  • Track email opens, click-throughs, web page activity, etc and make informed recommendations about how to change messages and media as needed;
  • Lead tours of SCLT program sites and make group presentations, speaking with accuracy and confidence about the organization and its programs;
  • Coordinate media opportunities for Executive Director and Program Staff as directed.

III. Other programs and events:

  • Serve as lead staff coordinator for the Urban Ag Kickoff Event in March of each year. Secure venue, coordinate staff and volunteer committee, secure workshop and activity leaders, and all other coordination activities as needed;
  • Coordinate Plant Providence calendar of activities, poster and website production, promotion of workshops and events;
  • Ensure that event/program posters are hung at local community organizations and businesses.
  • Provide staff support for all public and fundraising events;
  • Support SCLT Annual and Membership campaigns;
  • Attend monthly meetings of the SCLT Fund Development Committee and weekly Office of Advancement meetings;
  • Perform other tasks as required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong editing skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Commitment to excellence.
  • Ability to seize opportunities and complete work within deadlines.
  • Reliably produces results both as part of a team and through independent work.
  • Able to work in a setting that is culturally, economically and ethnically diverse.
  • Experienced with Microsoft office suite. Experienced with or excited to learn about using design software and social media (including video) applications.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, or related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years writing experience.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising and communications.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet income goals.

Ideal candidates will have demonstrated experience with:

  • Proposal writing, prospect research, and relationship cultivation.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising strategies and information sources.
  • Successfully carrying out a grant strategy that includes government and multi-year grants.
  • Design software, developing content for social media, excel, donor database software.

Schedule: 40 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work is required.

Minority candidates are strongly encouraged.   Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged. Salary is $34,000-$46,000 based on experience and qualifications. SCLT offers medical and dental insurance and a generous paid time off program.

This position is open for immediate hire. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to Margaret DeVos, SCLT Executive Director, at Writing examples, a timed writing exercise and 3 professional references will be required. SCLT is an equal opportunity employer.

January 25, 2015

Drink Blue State Coffee.

Drink Blue State Coffee.  Eat Healthy and Sustainable Food. Support SCLT.  Perfect!  Blue State Coffee (located at 300 Thayer Street in Providence) has announced that SCLT will be one of four organizations to receive a portion of its proceeds during the first half of 2015.  The best part of their program is that customers suggested SCLT and customers will decide how much funding SCLT receives!  
HOW IT WORKS – Blue State Coffee’s policy is to donate 2% of its sales to local non-profit organizations that are suggested by their customers. Each time you make a purchase at Blue State Coffee you choose which non-profit your purchase will support by putting a token in their jar.  Blue State Coffee allocates 2% of its sales based on the number of votes each organization receives during the 6 month donation period.

Since July of 2007, Blue State Coffee has donated over $485,000 to more than 200 non-profit organizations!

HOW YOU CAN HELP – From now until June 30, 2015, simply make a purchase at Blue State Coffee located at 300 Thayer Street and cast your vote for SCLT.  Also, follow SCLT on Twitter (@southsideclt) to receive occasional reminders to go get a quick coffee pick-me-up!
ABOUT BLUE STATE COFFEE – “Blue State Coffee is a family business. It all started in 2004, when Drew came up with the idea for a community-oriented coffee shop. The premise was simple: our ideals would guide how the company did business. We pledged to donate a percentage of sales to local non-profit organizations, to minimize the company’s environmental impact, to serve world-class coffee, and to treat employees as members of the Blue State Coffee family.
At Blue State Coffee, we care about how our food is produced, transported, and prepared. Our menu features hormone-free and antibiotic-free meat, locally sourced produce and cheese, and free range and vegetarian fed local eggs. Our baked goods are made from scratch with all natural ingredients. All of our offerings are trans-fat free.

Our baker offers delicious bakery selections (some vegan or gluten free), made fresh daily in our kitchen. Our specialties include scones (savory and sweet), muffins, cookies, nutella bars, brownies, tea breads, cupcakes, cakes, and macaroons. We also offer locally made bagels and croissants.”

SCLT is honored to be selected by Blue State Coffee.
Head to their 300 Thayer Street cafe and vote today!
January 2, 2015

Food Chains Movie Screening

Don’t miss your chance to see this inspiring true story about a small group of farm workers who risked it all for justice.

FoodChainsTheatricalPoster-722x1067Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, (Food Inc and Fast Food Nation) present a powerful and shocking expose about what feeds our country and how we can overcome corporate greed to end slavery and abuse in America’s fields by insisting on fair food.  View the trailer here.

The movie is followed by a Q&A featuring SCLT’s Community Growers Director, Rob Booz.  Rob brings a singular perspective on how to advocate for and increase food justice.  He has worked on farms across the U.S. and Europe, he has cooked in some of the finest restaurants in the country, and he has been actively changing and improving our food system for many years.

Thursday, January 15, 7 – 9 p.m.  $12 per person.  You must purchase tickets by January 8th.  Purchase tickets hereCable Car Cinema & Cafe, 204 S. Main St., Providence, RI 02093.  Sponsored locally by Eat Drink RI.

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