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FEATURED - Development Director


826 MSP | Minneapolis, MN
Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000

Position: Development Director
Reports To: Executive Director
826 National and our chapters were named in GOOD Magazine’s 30 Places We Want to Work. We couldn’t agree more. Working at 826 MSP as a Development Director offers an unparalleled experience, combining a fulfilling mission with exceptional work-life balance.

The organization's commitment to employee well-being is evident through its generous 90 percent paid medical and dental benefits, 30 paid holidays, and 12 paid parental leave, allowing staff to recharge and spend quality time with loved ones as well as flexible hybrid work environment. This supportive environment not only enhances job satisfaction but also fosters a culture of creativity and innovation, essential for effective fundraising and development work. 826 MSP is a non-profit organization with a mission to "amplify the voices, stories, and power of K-12 BIPOC students through writing, publishing, and leadership programs."

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Overview of the position:
The Development Director plays a key role in helping 826 MSP advance our mission to close Minnesota’s educational opportunity gap with dedicated writing support for underserved youth. You will manage our annual fundraising, continue to build our donor base, and support the board and Executive Director in their efforts to meet revenue goals.

We are looking for someone who enjoys engaging with many different stakeholders and likes fundraising. We’d love to work with a creative thinker with an eye for detail, someone who loves our mission, and a kind leader who works happily in a team. You will report to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with staff and community partners. This position is based in the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis and is full-time starting as soon as possible.

Salary & Benefits:
$60,0000 - $70,000 commensurate with experience
Health and dental insurance (90% employer coverage for employees, 50% employer coverage for dependents)
Retirement package with 1% employer match
15 days of flexible paid time off, 30paid holidays per year
Paid family leave after one year in the organization
$250 annual professional development stipend and an ongoing professional development opportunities provided by our parent organization, 826 National

Position Requirements:
Fundraising Strategy & Annual Giving (80%)
Work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to achieve fundraising goals and objectives
Provide leadership and guidance to the development intern, contractors and development committee
Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that aligns with 826 MSP's mission and goals
Cultivate relationships with corporate and individual donors to secure funding and sponsorships for 826 MSP programs and events
Plan and execute successful fundraising events, including donor cultivation events, benefit dinners, and auctions
Manage and maintain accurate donor records and stewardship plans to ensure a positive donor experience and long-term engagement
Identify and pursue new funding opportunities, including grants, planned giving, and major gifts
Stay up-to-date on fundraising best practices, trends, and technologies to ensure 826 MSP remains competitive in the nonprofit sector
Represent 826 MSP in the community and at fundraising events to build awareness and support for the organization.

Communications (20%)
Oversee organizational communications strategy, stewarding donors and partnering with staff to effectively articulate 826’s mission, vision, and programming.
Manage social media channels and mailchimp.

Skills and attributes:
At least two years of experience of in fundraising in non-profit organizations or related organizations;
Experience and comfort with developing and implementing a fundraising strategy and annual giving campaign;
Creative and innovative; a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced and multi-faceted environment;
Love of fundraising—both from individuals and institutions;
Enjoy people and the concept of creating donor communities;
Competency with CRM databases, Salesforce a plus;
People and project management skills;
Strong writing and communications skills;
Passionate about equity in education and a desire to create pathways through writing for students.

Essential Job Functions:
Ability to manage multiple workstreams.
Ability to travel independently and alone in the Twin Cities metro with occasional US travel.
Ability to work at a computer work station for extended periods of time.

A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
Cover Letter (The cover letter must contain a section responding to the position and its requirements.
Non-Photo Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Contact Information for three (3) references

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