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Job Description:

Sprouts is seeking our first-ever development director to help set and execute Sprouts’ growth journey and fundraising initiatives. 

Chef Training Program Overview

We help Bay Area youth experiencing hardship achieve stability and financial autonomy through life skills coaching and ​restaurant internships. Youth pair with chef mentors and case managers to develop the skills needed to secure and maintain a culinary job. Since 2012 dozens of youth have used their skills to get off the streets, pay for higher education, become chefs, access new professions, or support family members.

We believe in a Bay Area where all youth have access to fulfilling career pathways.

Your Role: 

The DD will play a key role in Sprouts’ mission as you create and implement strategy and goals on fundraising, governance, donor cultivation, and grants. The DD will work with teammates and upper management to plan and execute fundraising efforts such as Sprouts annual gala, Facebook fundraisers, and snail-mail campaigns. Donor organization, relationship building, and strategy will be of the essence. The DD will also have the opportunity to apply for grants and create a communications plan with the marketing and executive team. The development director will set time aside for governance matters such as scouting for new board members and fixing the agenda for meetings. 

Sample Tasks:

Event Fundraising

  • Help plan and execute Sprouts’ annual fundraising dinner event (currently scheduled for March 2022)  
  • Correspond with celebrity chefs for our dinner event 
  • Work with Chef Training interns to capture their stories for the event
  • Help executive team and board confirm pending event sponsors 
  • Secure volunteers for events
  • Work with the marketing director to create publicity materials to support fundraising activities
  • Plan and implement donor engagement activities.

Donors + Sponsors

  • Develop sponsorship relationships to support Sprouts’ programming, such as our annual dinner event
  • Host mixer events to create community
  • Create sponsorship packages and documents for sponsoring organizations
  • Manage  member/donor database
  • Assess current donor make up
  • Create systems and outreach programming for donors
  • Help forge and maintain relationships with donors and partners
  • Create a development plan including elements such as events, donor recruitment, corporate giving

Governance

  • Maintain relationships with board members
  • Engage with board members
  • Create agendas for quarterly board meetings

Grant Funding

  • Research grant funding opportunities
  • Draft grant proposals and work with upper management to refine
  • Work with Sprouts’ accountant to ensure financial and legal compliance with respect to grants and donations received

Qualifications

  • Genuine excitement and personal alignment with Sprouts Chef Training mission, vision, and programming
  • 5+ years of relevant experience, including at the strategic level
  • Experience in nonprofit fundraising, including donor relations, grant writing, and reporting
  • Business development, project management, and strategy/planning
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising 
  • Demonstrated event planning experience
  • Demonstrated success with establishing and maintaining sponsorship relationships
  • Demonstrated experience with successful donor engagement; experience with membership engagement is a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff and volunteers
  • Be a “self-starter” and goal-driven to build external relationships, initiate donor interaction and fundraising calls
  • High level of professionalism and the ability to collaborate with colleagues at all levels
  • Experience managing teams and providing professional development
  • Demonstrated success writing and securing grant funding
  • Demonstrated savvy with various online platforms, such as Google Suite, HubSpot, MailChimp, and other related online tools
  • Bachelor’s Degree required advanced degree is highly desirable.

Your Professional Growth: 

We believe that everyone has unique talents, passions, and interests to contribute! We will work with you individually to make sure that your skill set is highlighted and your goals for personal and professional growth are met.  Everyone has something to offer, and your opinion will be heard. We will do our best to incorporate your interests into the respective elements of the position. This position offers you the chance to learn by doing and have the opportunity to achieve your own learning goals. The sky’s the limit! 

Locations and Hours:

35-40 hours per week, remote, schedule and hours determined by the applicant

Remote applicants will not be expected to attend in-person events 

Commitments and Contract Period:

Starting Date Window: January 4th-15th

Compensation:

  • $32 per hour
  • $300 monthly health care stipend depending on hours. Can be exchanged for remote work benefits of equivalent value. 
  • Paid Holidays

How to Apply

We can’t wait to review your application! Please send the following to our Recruitment Manager at [email protected]:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that explains why your skill set, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position

Qualifying applicants will be asked to complete a brief trial assignment + team culture exercise.

The Vision

A Bay Area where all youth have access to fulfilling career pathways.

The Mission

We help Bay Area youth experiencing hardship achieve stability and financial autonomy through life skills coaching and ​restaurant internships.

Core Beliefs

1  Jobs change lives

       a. financial freedom, purpose, community, self-worth 

2  Kitchens heal 

     a. Kitchen teams are family

     b. Food is relatable, inviting, and rewarding

     c. Progress is tangible 

     d. Kitchens foster community service

     e. Culinary skills lead to countless career pathways

3  It takes a village

     a. Partnerships with employers, youth help organizations, and financial coaches are essential to the long term success of youth experiencing hardship 

Our Team: 

Executive Director, Operations Director, Marketing Director, Development Director, WordPress Assistant, Accountant, Chef Training Manager, Culinary Instructors, 5 Board of Directors, 9 Advisory Members, community volunteers, and professional chefs.

Job Description:

Take off that formal attire and get ready to team up with top Bay Area chefs and case managers to help youth experiencing hardship change their lives around by securing culinary jobs. 

Chef Training Program Overview

We help Bay Area youth experiencing hardship achieve stability and financial autonomy through life skills coaching and ​restaurant internships. Youth pair with chef mentors and case managers to develop the skills needed to secure and maintain a culinary job. Since 2012 dozens of youth have used their skills to get off the streets, pay for higher education, become chefs, access new professions, or support family members.

We believe in a Bay Area where all youth have access to fulfilling career pathways.

Your Role:

As a Sprouts Chef Training Manager, you will run our Bay Area chef training program by working intimately with youth experiencing hardship, local mentor chefs, and social work life success organizations. You will recruit for, onboard, and guide Chef Training interns through their life success journey. You will serve as a mentor, life guide, and cheerleader for youth as they complete their restaurant internships and transition out of the program. You will capture the impact and improve the programming through data and survey collection.

Personal & Professional Growth:

Both your personal life balance and professional growth are important to us. We believe that one needs to be fulfilled and happy in order to make a positive impact in the community. We will work closely with you to determine personal and professional goals and a timeline of action items so that you grow through your work within the community. This is an important opportunity to forge a network of top chef talent and nonprofit leaders. You will also have the opportunity to forge marketing and writing skills as you share the interns’ stories with community members. 

You will also enjoy full autonomy and work with upper management to make key decisions on the Chef Training strategic plan and impact goals. You will discuss your progress to Sprouts’ Executive Director in weekly email recaps and bi-monthly video check-ins. Not only will your leadership and project planning skills be honed, but you will learn all about the nonprofit world and program execution. As a small nonprofit, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after! You will see first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving, growing structure. 

Sample Tasks:

  • Outreach to current restaurants and schools to introduce yourself and establish connections
  • Provide guidance and logistical support to Chef Training interns 
  • Plan for and help execute Sprouts’ March fundraising gala with honorary guests Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and Dominique Crenn 
  • Draft introduction paragraphs for each intern on Sprouts’ website
  • Coordinate with Sprouts’ volunteer photographers to take photos of each Chef Training intern at their host restaurant
  • Raise awareness for the Chef Training Program
  • Work with Google Suite, surveys, and online tools to establish and reinforce program structures and systems such as stats collection and program protocol
  • Work alongside popular chefs and restaurants to place Chef Training interns and monitor their progress

Skills and Requirements:

Strong organizational skills; shared cultural values; cheerful and social disposition; excellent time management; flexibility with hours; good written and verbal communication; familiarity and comfort with technology; proficiency with Google Drive; strong interpersonal skills; interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking; high energy; optimism; enthusiasm for Sprouts’ mission; initiative; independence; and ownership of tasks. 2+ year commitment to the role.

Locations and Hours:

Work hours: 20-40 hours per week, remote or Bay Area-based

  • Hours are flexible based on your preference. Intern interviews, recruitment fairs, and restaurant stage check-ins require some flexibility. If local, you can choose to travel to restaurants, schools, nonprofit offices in San Francisco and East Bay.  

Commitments and Contract Period:

Starting Date Window: January 4th to January 11th

Compensation:

  • Starting at $25/ hour with opportunities for promotions
  • Paid Holidays
  • $100-$250 monthly health care stipend

How to Apply:

We can’t wait to review your application! Please send the following to us at [email protected]:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that explains why your skillset, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position

Qualifying applicants will be asked to complete a brief trial assignment + team culture exercise.

The Vision

A Bay Area where all youth have access to fulfilling career pathways.

The Mission

We help Bay Area youth experiencing hardship achieve stability and financial autonomy through life skills coaching and ​restaurant internships.

Core Beliefs

1  Jobs change lives

       a. financial freedom, purpose, community, self-worth 

2  Kitchens heal 

     a. Kitchen teams are family

     b. Food is relatable, inviting, and rewarding

     c. Progress is tangible 

     d. Kitchens foster community service

     e. Culinary skills lead to countless career pathways

3  It takes a village

     a. Partnerships with employers, youth help organizations, and financial coaches are essential to the long term success of youth experiencing hardship 

Our Team: 

Executive Director, Operations Director, Marketing Director, Development Director, WordPress Assistant, Accountant, Chef Training Manager, Culinary Instructors, 5 Board of Directors, 9 Advisory Members, community volunteers, and professional chefs.

Job Description: 

Take off that formal attire and get ready to use your marketing, strategy, design, and fundraising skills to help youth experiencing hardship change their lives around by securing culinary jobs. 

Chef Training Program Overview

We help Bay Area youth experiencing hardship achieve stability and financial autonomy through life skills coaching and ​restaurant internships. Youth pair with chef mentors and case managers to develop the skills needed to secure and maintain a culinary job. Since 2012 dozens of youth have used their skills to get off the streets, pay for higher education, become chefs, access new professions, or support family members.

We believe in a Bay Area where all youth have access to fulfilling career pathways.

Your Role: 

As Marketing Director, you will create marketing strategies and execution plans for various fundraising endeavors such as crowdfunding and gala dinners. You will work to increase awareness for Sprouts’ Chef Training Program by highlighting the youth interns, chefs, donors, and sponsors involved among Sprouts’ fans. Not only will your leadership and project planning skills be used, but your communication prowess will come into play as you highlight the stories of inspiring young adults and galvanize community support. You will see, first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving nonprofit. Your professional growth will be a priority as you collaborate closely with Sprouts’ team and partner orgs. 

Sample Tasks:

  • Collaborate with partners to coordinate brand awareness and marketing efforts
  • Design promotional graphics, pamphlets, website pages
  • Plan and execute initiatives to reach the target audience through appropriate channels (social media, e-mail, etc.)
  • Assist in analyzing marketing data (campaign results, conversion rates, traffic etc.) to help shape future marketing strategies
  • Using social media to highlight, promote and thank local companies, chefs, sponsors, and partners  
  • Working with team members to create and execute seasonal social media plans including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
  • Proposing design and content edits to Sprouts’ website via WordPress
  • Highlighting event sponsors for the March 2022 gala fundraiser with Michael Pollan
  • Undertake individual tasks of a marketing plan as assigned
  • Working with Chef-In-Training interns to capture their story 
  • Write content for promotional materials for MailChimp, blog, brochures, and the newsletter

Skills and Requirements:

  • Proven experience as marketing specialist or similar role
  • Thorough understanding of marketing elements (including traditional and digital marketing such as SEO/social media etc.) and market research methods
  • Demonstrable experience in marketing data analytics and tools
  • Knowledge and experience in crowdfunding/fundraising
  • Solid computer skills, including MS Office, marketing software (Adobe Creative Suite & CRM), and applications (Web analytics, Google Adwords, etc.)
  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and web development tools (e.g. Dreamweaver) desired
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Exceptional communication and writing skills
  • Commercial awareness partnered with a creative mind
  • BSc/BA in marketing, communications, or equivalent

Your Professional Growth: 

We believe that everyone has unique talents, passions, and interests to contribute! We will work with you individually to make sure that your skillset is highlighted and your goals for personal and professional growth are met.  Everyone has something to offer, and your opinion will be heard. We will do our best to incorporate your interests into the respective elements of the position. This position offers you the chance to learn by doing and have the opportunity to achieve your own learning goals. The sky’s the limit! 

Locations and Hours:

20-40 hours per week, remote, schedule and hours determined by the applicant

Remote applicants will not be expected to attend in-person events 

Commitments and Contract Period:

Starting Date Window: November 29th to January 11th

Compensation:

  • $30 per hour
  • $150-$300 monthly health care stipend depending on hours
  • Paid Holidays
  • Hired as contractor for first 3 months

How to Apply:

We can’t wait to review your application! Please submit the following to our Recruitment Manager at [email protected]:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that explains why your skillset, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position

Qualifying applicants will be asked to complete a brief trial assignment + team culture exercise.

The Vision

A Bay Area where all youth have access to fulfilling career pathways.

The Mission

We help Bay Area youth experiencing hardship achieve stability and financial autonomy through life skills coaching and ​restaurant internships.

Core Beliefs

1  Jobs change lives

       a. financial freedom, purpose, community, self-worth 

2  Kitchens heal 

     a. Kitchen teams are family

     b. Food is relatable, inviting, and rewarding

     c. Progress is tangible 

     d. Kitchens foster community service

     e. Culinary skills lead to countless career pathways

3  It takes a village

     a. Partnerships with employers, youth help organizations, and financial coaches are essential to the long term success of youth experiencing hardship 

Our Team: 

Executive Director, Operations Director, Marketing Director, Development Director, WordPress Assistant, Accountant, Chef Training Manager, Culinary Instructors, 5 Board of Directors, 9 Advisory Members, community volunteers, and professional chefs.

Background

TEAM TESTIMONIALS

  • “Volunteering with sprouts was an awesome experience. Very smooth volunteer process, I’ve done it several times and get the right amount of reminders. Upon arrival, their operations director provides an overview of the program and then kids start arriving. The chefs always are excited to work with the kids and we always make such delicious foods and learn so much about cooking and health. It’s always awesome to see a shy or nervous child’s personality emerge while cooking. Sprouts is doing really amazing and necessary work in our community.”

    Casey A
    Event Assistant
  • “I felt that even in my short summer with this organization, I had made a large impact for many. My time with Sprouts Cooking Club has been challenging, equipping, and growing.  As an intern, I enjoyed dipping my hands in the many moving parts of this living and growing organization. It was a real joy and I hope to collaborate with Sprouts in the future!”

    Tiffany Xu
    Founder's Assistant
  • “The summer I spent interning with Sprouts was an extremely formative and engaging. Being able to enter a workplace where people are just as passionate and excited about food and the power it has in bringing people together as I am was amazing and really exciting. As soon as you join the team you are trusted with responsibilities and are made to feel like your opinions and work count for something in the larger organization. Working with a collaborative team was very helpful as I was able to gain real-time feedback and work through my tasks with the diverse perspectives of my team. Working with Sprouts has not only provided me with working experience but a community with a network that I know I can rely on.”

    Isabel Ling
    Office Assistant


HOW TO APPLY

We can’t wait to review your application! Please send the following to [email protected]:

Resume

Cover letter 

Application Process: Screening virtual interview. Second virtual interview. Trial Assignment. Final vitual interview.

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Mailing address: 3206 Hannah Street, Unit 1, Oakland CA 94608

 

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