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 100,000, social media, and more. Through these means, the Center brings conservative messages to millions of Minnesotans.
About the Development Director Opening
The Center is looking for a Development Director to work directly with the organization’s President 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 more than tripled in five years.
In order to build aggressively upon this growth, the Center needs a Development Director who can take an important role in maintaining existing donor relationships and helping to develop new ones. The Development Director will work with our President and Chairman on development and development strategy, including the efforts that the Center is already making, as described above. 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.
The Development Director will operate full-time out of the Center’s office in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
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
- Assist the Center’s President and Chairman in arranging meetings with existing donors and donor prospects and manage their calendar of meetings
- Prepare or supervise preparation of grant applications and reports
- Oversee direct mail program
- Collaborate with Events Manager on fundraising events
- Research to identify potential 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 experience, preferably in conservative policy
- Some development experience (e.g. donor relations, events, grant writing, direct mail) preferred but not required
- Commitment to free-market, limited government principles
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to sell
- Strong organizational skills; ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
- 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 Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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