Development Coordinator

Tillers International is a 501(c)(3) based in Scotts, MI that partners with small-scale farmers in developing countries to improve food security concerns, and agricultural working conditions for women, children, and draft animals. Many of the practical skills used in our international work are also taught at our school and test farm in Scotts, MI.

The Development Coordinator will plan and coordinate all of Tillers International’s unrestricted development activities including individual, foundation, and planned giving. The Development Coordinator is responsible for bringing new fundraising strategies and contacts to the organization and managing development operations to ensure the continued success of Tillers International.


  • Lead and manage the organization’s development and fundraising efforts

  • Create and implement an annual unrestricted development plan and strategy

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to set unrestricted fundraising budget, then actively manage and report on progress

  • Manage the donor program for consistent, year-to-year growth by soliciting, engaging and nurturing relationships with donors and the community

  • Guide and support board members and other volunteers in their fundraising roles and responsibilities

  • Actively network and research to identify new donor prospects


This position reports to the Executive Director. She/he works closely with program staff regarding fundraising efforts, special events, and donor cultivation.

This position also works closely with board members, to motivate, train and coordinate efforts to achieve development success.


  • 5+ years of experience managing and directing a fundraising effort and engaging active volunteer and board leaders.

  • Experience cultivating and stewarding major donors and soliciting individual gifts of $20,000+.

  • Familiarity with local and regional stakeholders in Southwest Michigan.

  • Excellent communication skills - both verbal and written, and the ability to effectively and professionally represent Tillers International in the community.

  • High energy level and ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively with staff and volunteers.

  • Understanding of and passion for Tillers International’s mission.

  • Exceptional organizational skills including the ability to set and act on top priority goals while still attending to detail.

  • Ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, and database, accounting, and fundraising software.

  • Flexible schedule occasionally required for evening/weekend events.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the words development coordinator in the subject line.

Tillers International strives to ensure that our organization is welcoming and inclusive. We do not discriminate as to gender, race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, social background, disability, pregnancy, marital status, political affiliation, or age. We also comply with all applicable national and local laws pertaining to non-discrimination and equal opportunity.