Development Manager - 3 Bluebirds Farm

Raleigh, NC
Full Time
Entry Level

Ask Yourself

Are you passionate about creating a sense of community where everyone is accepted? Do you have a heart to ensure those on the autism spectrum lead an empowered, integrated life?

Do you thrive in a tranquil, yet energetic work setting surrounded by farm life and nature? Is building relationships with a wide array of stakeholders your superpower?

Are you the first Development Coordinator of 3 Bluebirds Farm?


The mission of 3 Bluebirds Farm is to be an environmentally sustainable agricultural community of choice where children and adults on the autism spectrum can gain social, play, and life skills through day camps and track out programs, and live supported, dignified, and meaningful lives.

3 Bluebirds Farm continues to grow as it works towards its vision to offer an individualized home to adults with autism in which they can thrive and continue to grow and learn. Now they are seeking their first Development Coordinator to join their compassionate and dedicated team and to help achieve their strategic vision.

What will you do as 3 Bluebirds Farm’s next Development Coordinator?

  • Working closely with the President and Board, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors in support of 3 Bluebirds Farm vision, mission, and work.
  • Effectively represent and articulate the work of 3 Bluebirds Farm, presenting a compelling case for support with a focus on need and programmatic impact.
  • Manage a portfolio of donors to increase their investment with a concentration on growing major gifts of $5,000+.
  • Increase awareness of and participation in The Nest, 3 Bluebirds Farm’s annual giving program.
  • Seek to understand donor interests, concerns, and philanthropic capacity and priorities with a goal of increasing investment.
  • Understanding of charitable bequests and other planned giving vehicles.
  • Organize and prep President and Board for the cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects.
  • Network and represent 3 Bluebirds Farm at community events and other opportunities.
  • Utilize 3 Bluebirds Farm CRM, Bloomerang, to track donor interactions and research and report on fundraising results and contact outcomes.
  • Use research tools to qualify donors for major & planned gifts.
  • Stay abreast of changes and innovations in federal and state tax laws that may be relevant to major gifts prospects and donors for either outright or planned gifts.
  • Draft proposals and reports for prospects and donors, working closely with program staff to ensure accurate outcomes and compelling stories.

Why 3 Bluebirds Farm?

Autism is the most common developmental disability, affecting 1 in 44 births. Parents of children with autism are not offered many viable options for their children once they age out of the school system and conventional developmental disability services for adults may not provide the best assistance.

The goal of 3 Bluebirds Farm is to offer an individualized home to adults with autism in which they can thrive and continue to grow and learn. The tranquil agricultural setting will provide a well-structured residence with safety, cohesiveness, and serenity. Well-trained co-workers who are familiar with the resident farmers’ special needs will assist the farmers in learning and discovering new skills, encouraging them to reach their fullest potential. In turn, the resident farmers will experience appropriate and rewarding work, along with organized leisure time and social activities.

Current 3 Bluebirds Farm’s programming includes Camp Bluebird, a track-out and summer farm camp program for children ages kindergarten through 8th grade with autism. Children are provided with a hands-on experience through gardening, animal care, and sustainability related activities. Weekly themes and activities are structured around various nature, nutrition, the environment with an emphasis on growing their own food and total animal care.

In addition to Camp Bluebird, 3 Bluebirds Farm also offers community-based programs for teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental learning differences to build social skills, community, and life-long friendships in a loving and supportive environment through their Take Flight Clubs. The goal is to deliver services that support the unique needs of teens and adults with social differences, so programs are adjusted to meet the changing needs of their participants.

 As a community within a larger community, 3 Bluebirds Farm will strive to educate the public about autism acceptance and will invite community members to volunteer in farming activities and special events. 3 Bluebirds Farm will collaborate with the many universities and schools around the Triangle and provide internships, classes, volunteer opportunities, as well as educational workshops and support groups to the public.

Want to know more? Visit 3 Bluebirds Farm’s website at

Key lived experiences, attributes, and skillsets sought in the Development Coordinator

  • A commitment to 3 Bluebirds Farm’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Demonstrated success as a front-line fundraiser, including comfort with securing five to seven-figure gifts.
  • An active listener and compassionate relationship builder, with a clear understanding of donor-centered fundraising.
  • A dynamic, self-starter that thrives working with autonomy and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Understanding of donor research and major donor pipeline processes.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use fundraising databases, wealth screening software, and donor research tools.

Think you are the next 3 Bluebirds Farm Development Coordinator?

To apply, click on the link to the Development Coordinator position profile at You will see instructions for uploading your compelling cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references. Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or directly from third-party posting sites.

Review of candidates will begin in July 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Salary is commensurate with the requirements of the position and is in the $60K range. A benefits compensation plan will be included in addition to accrued vacation and sick time.

3 Bluebirds Farm actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. 3 Bluebirds Farm is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.


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