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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota - Director of Development

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota seeks a Director of Development to oversee fundraising efforts on behalf of this growing state-based, educational non-profit. This position will report directly to the CEO.

The Director of Development will:
  • Develop and implement a cohesive fundraising plan for the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM), including strategies for acquiring and developing on-going relationships with existing major donors; foundations; and corporations.
  • Work directly with the CEO to implement this fundraising plan and strategy, including making recommendations on how the CEO’s time can be most effectively utilized in fundraising capacity;
  • Identify and develop relationships with key individual donor prospects and record key information about these individuals and their interests;
  • Solicit current and prospective donors for financial support for FFM;
  • Interact courteously with donors and prospects through telephone calls, one-on-one visits, and written correspondence to keep them informed of our work;
  • Manage an aggressive direct mail program including high dollar prospecting;
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of special events;
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of quarterly Capitol Club events;
  • Gather and analyze data related to the effectiveness of various aspects of the fundraising plan;
  • Maintain the fundraising database to ensure current data on donors, gifts and prospects;
  • Maintain accurate database records including timely thank you notes and donor gifts as promised;
  • Maintain relationships and develop new prospects from charitable foundations that support the FFM;
  • Maintain relationships and develop new prospects with private corporations that currently support the FFM and seek funding from those groups through meetings and written proposals;
  • Recruit and supervise development interns as necessary.
The ideal candidate for this job will have the following attributes:
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds for organizations, especially not-for-profit organizations;
  • A creative, entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to be a self-starter;
  • A minimum of five years of successful fundraising experience;
  • Experience with individual donors, foundations, and corporate donors;
  • Notable relationship building skills, and an outgoing, friendly personality;
  • Solid writing skills, including proficiency in writing proposals and grants and filing timely reports as required;
  • Ability to multi-task, organize numerous moving parts of a project, and meet all deadlines;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of limited government, free enterprise and personal responsibility;
  • Experience with database and basic Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; and
  • A long-term commitment to making Minnesota a better place to live, work and start a business.
Some travel may be required for this position.
To Apply
To apply for this position, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials:
  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing: a) your sincere interest in this position and the mission of the organization, and b) your salary requirements
  • Writing sample
  • Two professional references
Materials should be emailed to Claire Kittle, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.

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