Insight Garden Program


Insight Garden Program is a nonprofit organization that facilitates an innovative 48-week curriculum that combines environmental education, permaculture gardening, “inner gardening” and re-entry skills. Our core purpose is to reconnect people in prison and re-entry to “self, community, and the natural world”. This “inner” and “outer” gardening approach transforms lives, ends ongoing cycles of incarceration, and creates safer communities. We currently run our program in ten adult prisons and one youth facility in the state of California, as well as one program in Indiana. We recently expanded our work to include reentry support for incarcerated IGP participants who are being released from prison through pre- and post- release referrals for housing, employment and educational opportunities; safe and compassionate transport; and emotional support.

Grounded in the belief that access to the natural world is a human right, our holistic program seeks to empower IGP participants and alumni to become food justice leaders, environmental stewards, urban gardeners, and criminal justice reform advocates both within prison and in the communities to which they return.

Development Manager – Full Time


Insight Garden Program (IGP) is seeking a full-time Development Manager. Our ideal candidate is someone who is excited to join a dynamic team that will support the management and growth of diverse funding streams for IGP. They are passionate about social, criminal, and environmental justice and excited to support IGP’s sustainability and strategic growth in California and nationally.

Position Summary

The Development Manager is a key staff person in IGP’s efforts to grow and sustain our government and philanthropic funding for programs in prisons, reentry, and the community. They will work closely with the Executive Director and Deputy Director and collaborate with the communications coordinator, grant writing consultants, managers, and our advisory committees. This staff person will support the development and implementation of IGP’s short and long term fundraising strategy. This is an exciting moment to join the IGP team as we celebrate 20 years of our nationally recognized work.

What You’ll Do

The Development Manager’s major areas of responsibility include:

  • Grants management: track prospects, proposals, reports, and renewals
  • Team coordination: manage weekly development team meetings and agendas
  • Grant writing: identify and apply for grants and contracts with support of the development team  
  • Communications: inform and support the writing of newsletters, appeals and other donor communications
  • Database management: manage our donor relations and giving in Salesforce; ensures that all data and gifts are properly processed and recorded
  • Campaigns: in collaboration with the development and communications team – plan, implement, and manage fundraising campaigns throughout the year
  • Events: coordinate and support the development team with fundraising events

Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves)

To be successful in this job, you excel in these four areas:

  • Project management and organization: You have the capacity to hold multiple moving projects at once. From grants and reports to donor tracking and events, you are someone who enjoys coordination, building timelines, and knows how to thoughtfully delegate. 
  • Adaptive communication: You know how to clearly and effectively communicate our vision, values, and intersectionality to different audiences. You understand the power of language and utilize a values-centered approach when writing.
  • Creative and collaborative: You will be working with an incredible staff with diverse backgrounds and expertise. You have experience facilitating collaborative and generative spaces, synthesizing ideas, and determining capacity to move forward.
  • Technology savvy: You not only understand how digital tools and platforms function, you also understand how they support organization, productivity, collaboration, and efficiency. You have a willingness to learn new tools and know how to intuitively navigate different platforms.

Bonus Points (the nice to haves)

  • Three years of experience in fundraising for nonprofits 
  • Familiarity with customer relationship management (CRM) software, specifically Salesforce
  • Experience with grant writing
  • Personal connection to the healing aspects of the natural world
  • Familiarity or existing relationships with funders and individual donors

What Else You Should Know

Insight Garden Program is an equal opportunity employer and we value having staff who come from communities that are most impacted by the issues we aim to address. We especially encourage people of color, LGBTQ people, systems impacted people, and people with disabilities to apply.

Salary & Benefits: This is a full-time position with a target start date of July 1, 2022. IGP offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and benefits package which includes cell phone/internet stipend; medical, dental, and vision insurance; and unlimited PTO. 

Location: This is a remote position; being based in California is preferred. 

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position to the Hiring Committee at 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.