Position:  Soil Health Partnership (SHP) Development Manager Position



The purpose of this position is to build and provide development support for the SHP team. This includes, but is not limited to, communication, coordination and guided collaborative effort. This position manages and maintains knowledge to connect and leverage relationships/networks and information to increase effectiveness and efficiency of relationships across the SHP network. The Development Manager will report to the Senior Director.


Positional Competencies:


  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to the Soil Health Partnership to maximize value of those relationships.

  • Support SHP Sr. Director in tracking progress of collaborations from initial conversation through various stage gates toward fully funded partnerships.

  • Follow up and maintain engagements across all potential partnerships.

  • Collect and report information to the SHP team about collaborations and help develop talking points for SHP staff to understand our many relationships with funders.

  • Collect information to support writing grants and reporting on grants as part of the development pipeline.

  • Identify key contacts at new and existing stakeholder organizations to establish and foster productive relationships.

  • Understand the opportunities and challenges with key Soil Health Partnership stakeholders and identify ways to better address those needs through collaboration.

  • Review and provide assistance with technical communications from the Soil Health Partnership to key stakeholders.

  • Flexibility to grow with the Soil Health Partnership to adapt to new objectives and utilize new tools to increase program efficiency

  • Ability to see “big picture” and make logical connections amongst diverse project collaborators

  • Strong competency in emotional intelligence and the ability to appropriately direct, manage and guide collaborators and partners


Required Qualifications:


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • A minimum of two (2) years of work experience in a fundraising/development capacity including writing or assisting with grant writing and reporting.

  • Two (2) years of working experience in relationship management and/or customer service (could overlap with fundraising experience).

  • Proficiency with MS Office software, Google Drive/Google Enterprise,

  • Excellent demonstrable written and verbal communication skills.

  • Willingness/ability for occasional national travel, up to 40%.


Desired Skills/Experience:


  • Experience with agriculture, farms, farmers, and the farming community.

  • Experience using and customizing Salesforce CRM software

  • Experience with Asana task management software or equivalent

  • Experience writing or reporting on Federal grants

  • Experience in a virtual organization is a plus.


Time Requirements:


  • This position is full-time with up to 40% travel.





  • Customer support - Responsive to needs of members and prospects. Takes personal responsibility for service delivered. Is courteous and responsive to members. Sets realistic expectations with members regarding requests for additional services.

  • Team support - Is seen as a collaborator, and one who can contribute in a team setting. Encourages all members to participate, and keeps team focused on goals and objectives. Demonstrates a willingness to work with all those involved in the task at hand.

  • Initiative - Acts independently while working to achieve performance objectives. Takes action to improve or remedy situations that may be problematic by offering solutions, insights, and suggestions to those involved.

  • Adaptability - Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.

  • Results Focus - Can be counted on to meet or exceed goals; pushes self and others for results; is a conscientious worker who can be relied upon to handle unforeseen obstacles.

  • Customer Focus - Meets internal and external customer expectations; delivers upon commitments; build customer confidence; follows through on requests gaining trust and respect.

  • Judgement - Uses good problem solving and analytical skills in making decisions. Thinks through the impact of decisions and actions on other people and programs.

  • Coordination- independently cross checks data, projects, and communications across geography and multi-level collaborations with partnering organizations.


LOCATION: Negotiable in the United States.


To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and at least one writing sample to by Wednesday, November 6, 2019.



The Soil Health Partnership brings together diverse partner organizations including commodity groups, federal agencies, universities and environmental groups to work toward the common goal of improving soil health. The SHP is identifying, testing and measuring farm management practices that improve soil health and benefit farmers. We believe the results of this farmer-led project will provide a platform for sharing peer-to-peer information and lend resources to benefit agricultural sustainability and profitability. An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, we provide the spark for greater understanding and implementation of agricultural best practices to protect resources for future generations.