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  • 07/25 Wednesday
    Practicing Joy | Imagination Playground
    10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Grace Farms Tour
    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
    07/28 Saturday
    Open Arts Studio for Families
    10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Grace Farms Tour
    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Practicing Joy | Imagination Playground

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Careers

Open Positions

Development Director

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Communications & Marketing, the Development Director will create, lead, and evaluate all development strategies to ensure a diverse and sustainable revenue portfolio to support our five initiatives and Grace Farms. S/he will have the opportunity to co-create a long-term fundraising sustainability and stewardship plan, alongside the Foundation’s President, Director of Communications & Marketing, and Board of Directors. This includes the cultivation of major gifts, corporate sponsorships, and in-kind donations, and may include the coordination of grants. The Director of Development will incorporate our Foundation’s messaging for customized communications and marketing plans and spend a majority of her/his time developing and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders. The Director will also supervise supporting team members.

S/he will be accountable for achieving fundraising strategy goals/targets created in partnership with the CEO, Board of Directors, and Director of Communications and Marketing and reporting on metrices regularly. The ideal candidate has an existing network of potential supporters and enjoys working collaboratively with the internal team and wider community.

S/he will thrive in environments that do more than reach funding targets. S/he will have a passion for capacity building and creating relationships, sometimes between groups, individuals, and institutions that have never been connected. Grace Farms Foundation values creating new outcomes, and the Development Director will be a key partner in ensuring fiscal longevity so the Foundation can continue this work for decades to come.

  • Create and execute a multi-faceted development strategy inclusive of major gifts, in-kind donations, grants, planned giving, corporate, and private donations.
  • Build a calendar of programs and communications to support the strategy and evaluate the progress towards the goals.
  • Develop a deep understanding and commitment to the Foundation’s vision and mission.
  • Identify and develop corporate, community, and individual prospects for the organization’s fundraising priorities. Spend time at Grace Farms and in the greater New York City area building relationships and sustaining communication.
  • Work with the Director of Communications & Marketing to create targeted storytelling in line with the Foundation’s communication strategy. Oversee development-related communications, which may include custom Powerpoint presentations, printed materials, letters, e-newsletters, videos, and website pages.
  • Participate in the planning of the Foundation’s annual anniversary benefit.
  • Responsible for the planning of donor cultivation events.
  • Suggest cause-related marketing campaigns and new funding models.
  • Refine policies and procedures which reflect ethical fundraising practices that are aligned with our vision and mission.
  • Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fundraising processes are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Improve infrastructure of donor mailing list and database, with accountability for privacy and confidentiality of donor information.
  • Collaborate with Foundation leaders, specifically Initiative Directors and the Board, to foster relationships with potential donors.
  • Oversee targeted grant seeking projects including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of development and philanthropy experience, with at least 7 years in a leadership position, ideally in a rapidly-evolving institution.
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree. Higher level degrees preferred.
  • The ideal candidate has a track record of success in heading donor programs and motivating colleagues to achieve their goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to sustain relationships and compel donors at various levels.
  • Works thoroughly and timely with excellent writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to build a culture of philanthropy within an organization and to enthusiastically and successfully engage in one-on-one solicitation and ongoing donor stewardship.
  • A keen and developed visual aesthetic ensuring that all donor communications align with the Foundation’s brand.
  • Track record of, and an interest in, learning and developing as a professional, staying on top of best practices and aligning donor stewardship strategies to those practices.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the Foundation’s mission.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, CRM software/donor databases, web-based applications and use of the internet for research required.
  • We are a highly collaborative space so candidates must be flexible, nimble team players that relish working with colleagues from diverse industry backgrounds.

Apply

Facilities/Landscaping

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Facilities, the Facilities team members serve as an integral part of the facilities team, whose mission is to deliver maintain the buildings and grounds of Grace Farms. This position is Monday through Friday.

  • Landscaping tasks including, mowing grass with riding mower, working with lawn trimmers, leaf blowers, sprayers and hand tools
  • Snow removal
  • Simple to medium repair and maintenance tasks for the Sanctuary, Library, Office Pod, Commons, Pavilion, Court + EB,WB
  • Taking out trash/recyclables and help with community garden maintenance
  • Helping with unloading and loading materials onto and off trucks/golf carts
  • Moving furniture and setting up rooms for events and programs.
  • Helping with garage and storage organization/ maintenance.
  • Helping with work order items that support the other Managers and their teams on the property.
  • Supporting current staff as an extra set of hands to get complicated task completed. Help where needed each day.
  • Interest in learning new tasks, reading instructions for light machine use and putting things together when needed.

Qualifications

The Hospitality team member will be thoroughly committed to the Grace Farms Foundation’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience, ideally with not-for-profit experience. Experience and other qualifications include:

  • Minimum high school degree required
  • Highest level of integrity defined as being incredibly ethical, professional, responsible, truthful, authentic, honest, and fair
  • Background or experience in landscaping, construction, or mechanical trades
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Action-oriented, proactive work ethic and a desire and talent to forecast and solve problems
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Apply

Hospitality

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Hospitality, the Hospitality team members serve as an integral part of the hospitality team, whose mission is to deliver, with uncompromising excellence, gracious hospitality to all guests of Grace Farms. The position will be pivotal to ensuring all guests are welcomed and registered in a warm, safe, and efficient manner.

  • Working closely with the Director of Hospitality and fellow team members to ensure proper communication and hospitality for all guests are provided
  • Completing a thorough Hospitality orientation and training program
  • Practicing encouraged behaviors of a welcoming employee to all guests at Grace Farms
  • Availability to work weekends and two weekdays
  • Providing information and answer questions to inquiring guests at Grace Farms
  • Completing training on the iPad point of sale system; NCR
  • Assisting guests through the registration process both on-site and over the phone; create Grace Farms passes and sign guests up for our monthly newsletter
  • Ability to answer questions about and sell retail items to guests
  • Completing training on Voip Phone systems and proper phone protocol
  • Acting as the central phone reference point for calls regarding Grace Farms
  • Connecting phone calls to respective departments at Grace Farms
  • Managing the appearance and displays of retail items in the Welcome Center
  • Monitoring inventory, storage areas, and assisting with monthly inventory counts
  • Providing feedback and suggestions to the team
  • May be responsible for opening and closing facility volumes and buildings
  • Working closely with all Directors to assist in the execution of their programs
  • Be aware of and even assist in all Nature initiatives to ensure guests have a pleasant and enjoyable experience on the grounds immediately surrounding “The River”. In particular the encircling walking pathways, the pond, the Community Garden, and all areas
  • Ensure the team has basic knowledge of Grace Farms fauna and flora
  • Abide by all Grace Farms employee standards and expectations

Qualifications

The Hospitality Greeter will be thoroughly committed to the Grace Farms Foundation’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience, ideally with not-for-profit experience. Experience and other qualifications include:

  • Minimum high school degree required; Undergraduate degree preferred
  • Highest level of integrity defined as being incredibly ethical, professional, responsible, truthful, authentic, honest, and fair
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Background or experience in retail, hospitality, and event reservation assistance
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, proactive work ethic; a desire and talent to forecast and solve problems
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Apply

Tour Guide

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

The Tour Guide will serve as an integral part of Grace Farms’ Communications team. The Tour Guide is a contract position that will be responsible for leading groups through Grace Farms Foundation’s cultural space and award-winning River building. The Tour Guide must be flexible and available for Standard Tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:45 to 2:15pm, and additional Private Tours on an as-needed basis. This is an ideal contract opportunity for a candidate who has a passion for architecture and wants to align their skills with a mission-driven organization.

The Tour Guide must be able to give a thoughtful, detailed explanation of the origins of Grace Farms, its architectural details and design process, and its permanent art installations. The Tour Guide is expected to be able to explain the mission of Grace Farms Foundation, its five initiatives, and current programs.

  •  Guiding Standard Tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:45pm to 2:15pm, as needed.
  •  Guiding Private Tours for guests, as needed.
  •  Attending required meetings for updates,  as necessary.
  •  Providing excellent communication and hospitality to all guests.
  •  Walking for 90-minute tour sessions in various weather conditions.

Qualifications

An excellent candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or have commensurate experience in a similar capacity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A willingness to study, learn, and educate others.
  • A high-level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to execute with a high degree of professionalism and excellence, especially under pressure.
  • Friendly, warm, appreciative, hospitable, speaks clearly and at a pleasant pace.
  • Teachable spirit willing to be trained with the Grace Farms Foundation’s language and vision, enthusiastic for the work of Grace Farms, as well as the place.
  • Professional, mature, and able to navigate guest interactions with ease and flexibility.
  • Interest in architecture and the work of Grace Farms Foundation.

Apply

Volunteer

Archives Assistant Volunteer

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

  • Scan cataloged newspaper and magazine collections
  • Upload digital copies of scanned items to Bynder for approval by Administrators
  • Maintain proper care and maintenance of all documents and artifacts handled
  • Assist with future relocation of archives room contents to new location
  • Additional duties as necessary

Qualifications

Skills Needed

  • Basic computer skills including using a scanner and uploading documents
  • Flexible to changing situations, including communication with staff members working remotely
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Able to work independently and in a group environment
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Must be able to lift boxes of 40 lbs. or less, climb a stepladder, and handle fragile items
  • Interest in archives/museums

Skills Preferred

  • Ideal candidate possesses experience in a library/archive/museum setting
  • Experience with library/archive/museum/photo software

Apply

Arts Initiative Volunteer

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Schedule | Saturdays from 10:30am – 2:30pm (with a 30 minute break)

Grace Farms Foundation’s Arts Initiative seeks volunteers to support the weekly Open Arts Studio for Families program where young artists, ages 3 to 10, and their adult guardians, are invited to spend time together experimenting with new materials and techniques.

Arts Initiative volunteers will assist with preplanned programs as directed by the Arts Initiative Curator. 

Volunteers receive a 50% discount on food and beverage in the Commons

Apply

Garden Volunteer

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Schedule | Flexible

Seeking a garden volunteer to provide hands on assistance with the garden, including weeding, watering, and general maintenance as directed by garden manager.

Individual must enjoy working outside and learning about vegetable and flower gardening.

Must be responsible and trustworthy to care for plants and gardening equipment.

Volunteers in the garden receive a 50% discount on food in the Commons.

Apply

Event Volunteer

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Schedule | Flexible (primarily evenings)

Seeking an event support volunteer to assist the hospitality team at specific Grace Farm events.  Tasks include greeting, ushering, ticketing and more.

Scheduled events usually take place during week nights, but volunteers will receive monthly emails to announce event opportunities.

Enjoys attending Foundation programs in the areas of Nature, Arts, Justice, Community, and Faith

Responsible and dependable

Volunteers for events are fed when volunteering for more than 4 hours

Apply

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