Center of the American Experiment is Minnesota’s think tank. Its mission is to change Minnesota’s civic culture by promoting free-market, limited government policies. In addition to writing and commissioning papers, holding public meetings and informing legislators, the Center engages in an aggressive outreach program including op-eds, radio ads, videos, television ads, billboards, emails, an active web site (www.americanexperiment.org), a quarterly magazine, Thinking Minnesota, with a circulation of over 70,000, Facebook, and more. Through these means, the Center brings conservative messages to millions of Minnesotans.
The Center is looking for a Development Director to lead the organization’s fundraising efforts and help bring the Center to a new level of resources and effectiveness so that we can transform the civic culture of Minnesota.
The Center’s development program currently includes two major fundraising events each year, the Annual Dinner and the Fall Briefing. It includes an active direct mail program and a legacy giving program, as well as funding from a limited number of national foundations. But the Center raises the large majority of its support from individual donors with whom either the Center’s President or the Chairman of its Board of Directors has a personal relationship. These efforts have been successful, as American Experiment’s revenue has nearly tripled in three years.
In order to build aggressively upon this growth, the Center needs a Development Director who can take a lead role in maintaining existing donor relationships and developing new ones. The Development Director will have overall responsibility for development and development strategy, including the efforts that the Center is already making, as described above. But existing staff (principally our Development Manager and Events Manager) will continue to work on those development projects under the direction of the Development Director. The principal role of the Development Director will be to work with the Center’s President and Chairman to represent the organization face-to-face with existing and prospective donors.
A solid cultural fit is vital in this role, and the Center is open to crafting the role around the capabilities of the right candidate.
Ideally, the Development Director will operate full-time out of the Center’s office in Golden Valley, Minnesota, but a hybrid virtual office arrangement within Minnesota may be considered on a case by case basis.
The Development Director will report to, and work closely with, the Center’s President.
- Meet with donors and prospective donors to maintain existing relationships and develop new ones
- Become intimately familiar with Center’s activities, programs and accomplishments so as to be able to promote the Center effectively
- Manage regular donor communications
- Prepare or supervise preparation of grant applications and reports
- Oversee direct mail program
- Collaborate with Events Manager on fundraising events
- Research to identify potential new donors.
- Occasional travel to Greater Minnesota and to national programs and events.
- Work with Center’s President and other staff to formulate and implement development strategies
- At least three to five years of development experience, preferably in the realm of conservative policy
- Commitment to free-market, limited government principles
- Excellent oral communication skills; ability to sell
- Facility with SalesForce software preferred
- BA degree preferred
Compensation is commensurate with experience.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in the Center’s mission/this position and your salary requirements
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:
Questions can be directed to Lauren Skiver, Talent Manager with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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