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Seedling is currently hiring for two positions.

About Seedling Foundation

Seedling Foundation’s mission is to mitigate the impact of parental incarceration on children in Central Texas through school-based mentoring. Seedling’s mentors are volunteers from the community who are matched with eligible children in Austin area schools. Through partnering with school districts, the organization offers ongoing support to both the children and mentors, who help provide stable, long-term relationships for the students and help them develop and maintain positive attitudes about school. Mentoring can provide the caring, consistent presence of an adult friend that research has shown to be a major protective factor in building resilience among at-risk youth. Since its inception in 1997, Seedling Foundation has served over 2300 students, with a presence at one time or another on 150+ campuses in 11 districts and 16 charter schools in Austin and surrounding school districts. Seedling has a record of strong fiscal responsibility and administration and is a respected organization among schools and those in the non-profit community. Seedling’s workplace culture is strong, showing compassion and care for its staff, mentors, mentees and donors. The Executive Director and engaged Board of Directors are eager to grow the organization by increasing the number of mentors and by providing additional support services for children who have an incarcerated parent.

Director of Development

Seedling  is seeking an experienced development professional to partner with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to elevate revenue generation in order to ensure children of incarcerated parents have the support they need to thrive. This full-time Development Director position is responsible for providing the leadership, management, and coordination for all Seedling fundraising and donor relations efforts. The Development Director will create fundraising and communications strategies and lead a small Development team that increases the organization’s support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources.



  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • Five years successful experience in major donor fundraising, grants, and non-profit event
  • Experience supervising development staff.
  • Proven experience in effective external communications strategies including social media, enewsletters, advertising/ public service announcements, etc.


  • Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and a servant leader.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills as well as strong active listening skills.
    Demonstrated the ability to help build consensus in work groups.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality related to donors, clients, staff and other organization
  • Proficiency in word processing and external communication platforms.
  • Experience utilizing customer relationship management (CRM) or fundraising software such as
    Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, or Donor Perfect.

Other Requirements

  • Ability to work evening, weekend and off-holiday hours for fundraising events.
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle liability insurance.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan, implement, and manage the resource development plan designed to meet the goals and
    objectives of the budget and strategic plan.
  • Partner with the Executive Director, Development Committee, Board members, and volunteers to identify, cultivate, and solicit potential significant donors to help meet funding goals for the
  • Ensure all levels of donors are appropriately cultivated, solicited and stewarded in a donor-centered manner.
  • Provide effective leadership to development staff and contractors.
  • Implement an effective major donor fundraising plan and campaigns.
  • Overseeing marketing, branding, and community presence of the organization including social media, e-communications, press releases, advertising, website relevant to development, etc.
  • Oversee grant writing activities, reporting, and ensure effective stewardship of relationships with foundations, corporate grant funders, and other grant makers.
  • Execute the annual spring Fab Five Gala including overseeing the budget, sponsorship solicitations, honoree selections, volunteer committees, promotion, strategy, logistics, and follow-up.
  • Serve as the primary staff liaison with the Development Committee and as a resource to the Board of Directors on all matters related to fundraising. Provide ongoing support and training, as appropriate, to Board members and key volunteers.
  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with the philanthropic community.


Seedling offers a salary that is competitive in the Austin area and commensurate with experience.
Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, 403b with matching as well as generous time off and

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements and references to Dan Leal,
Executive Director, at

Mentor Director

Seedling is currently seeking a motivated professional to join our Program team.  The position is a work from home position that will require availability for regular school and office visits.  Please submit a cover letter and resume to Open until filled.  No phone calls please.

Title:               Mentor Director – Proficient

Reports to:     Director of Programs

 Summary:   This position is full-time, exempt position, working 10 months per year.  The Mentor Director contributes to the maintenance and further development of Seedling programs through providing comprehensive and expert professional match support with the priorities of (1) child physical and emotional health in the relationship and positive results; and (2) mentor satisfaction and sense of belonging within the organization.


Mentor Match Support:

  • Use independent judgment and expertise to facilitate matches, rematches, match closures, and mentor/student relocations according to agency protocols
  • Continually assess relationships for progress, needs, and barriers through systematic monitoring and interactions as well as responsiveness to mentor communications and concerns
    • Perform relationship monitoring according to agency standards
    • Cultivate relationships with mentors through telephone and in-person contact, including creating interactions during monthly training events
  • Use independent judgment and expertise to develop strategic interventions for relationships that require extra support
  • Consult/involve other program staff and/or supervisor as indicated by agency protocols and independent and expert judgment
  • Proactively keep mentors informed
  • Plan and facilitate campus-based or worksite-based mentor events as appropriate
  • Maintain timely updating and exemplary accuracy of mentor files and database records including extensive professional documentation of interactions

Program support and advocacy:

  • Participate in a conscientious Seedling youth-mentoring relationship
  • Maintain positive, systematic school/partner communications and actively cultivate school/partner relationships with an end goal of ensuring viable, quality programs benefiting Seedling students
  • Collect and manage data as needed
  • Assist with mentor recruitment, mentor training, mentor appreciation, and resource development/fundraising activities as requested, including logistical support
  • Assume responsibilities for project initiatives as requested
  • Contribute to development of mentor communications as needed
  • Remain cognizant of mentors’ additional connections and potential connections to the organization; communicate potential partnerships to appropriate colleagues
  • Represent the program in community meetings, forums, and conferences

Professional development:

  • Continually develop expert knowledge through literature and web-based learning in the following areas:
  • Best practices for mentoring programs
  • Issues related to the experiences and needs of children of prisoners and deportees
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Communication and relationship skills including counseling, negotiation, and interview skills
  • Cultural competence and sensitivity in multicultural settings


  • Represent Seedling Foundation and the Mentor Program with integrity, tact, responsiveness, sensitivity, and courtesy
  • Work independently to multi-task and manage the completion of multiple projects
  • Establish collegial relationships and collaborate with peers to enhance work environment and support planning
  • Exhibit professional work habits including regular attendance, honoring schedules and deadlines, and modeling Seedling dress guidelines
  • Learn and utilize information tools to enhance job effectiveness
  • Communicate problems constructively and participate patiently in arriving at solutions
  • Adapt to and support organizational change
  • Perform other duties as assigned by any member of the management team


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, counseling, psychology, or related field; master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Two or more years professional assignment in elementary or secondary schools or youth-related social work
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to master detailed histories in a short period of time
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and database programs
  • Commitment and ability to uphold high levels of accountability for self and others
  • Ability to handle confidential information with sensitivity and integrity
  • Physical stamina as required by the responsibilities of the position
  • Reliable personal transportation for frequent driving
  • Spanish-language proficiency strongly preferred
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