Job Posting

FEATURED - Fundraising Director


SPARK Saint Paul | Saint Paul, MN
Salary Range: $52,000 - $62,000 (FT), $25 - $30 per hour (PT)

Child care in Saint Paul is a real burden. Too many families can’t afford early learning programs for their kids. It keeps parents from building the careers that they want and creates barriers for children showing up to kindergarten underprepared to succeed. Even families without cost concerns have trouble finding a program for their child or making the best decision on which program is right for their family.

A coalition has come together to create an early education initiative in Saint Paul that will benefit all our families. At Saint Paul All Ready for Kindergarten (SPARK) we believe we can build a better future for every family in Saint Paul. That is why we have come together as a broad coalition of education, business and civic leaders to ensure that early learning is accessible to all children in Saint Paul. We provide public education about the reach and scope of the early learning crisis, and build support for strong public policies that advance early learning and care. All families deserve quality, culturally responsive early learning options that are right for them.

Saint Paul All Ready for Kindergarten (SPARK) is seeking a committed, passionate, and community-oriented individual to serve as our next Fundraising Director. The Fundraising Director is responsible for c4 fundraising from our donor base for relevant political programs, c3 fundraising from private donors and grant applications to service programs and leaders. This position is supervised by the Campaign Director. The Fundraising Director will also work closely with our Fiscal Sponsor in order to maintain and approve invoices, operate our finances in accordance with all relevant State and Federal laws, and oversee the overall budget.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work within the constraints of a budget, and make adjustments to a budget as fundraising and fundraising capacity changes.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments in a rapid paced environment, and prioritize workflow accordingly.


  • Previous experience working with grant proposals and reporting.
  • Experience in Data Management and utilizing digital fundraising platforms.
  • Experience developing and activating relationships with individual donors, organizing fundraisers, and managing face to face solicitations.


  • A minimum of one cycle of campaign in experience. Campaign experience working in Fundraising, Finance and/or Operations.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Minnesota funding community.
  • One cycle or more experience working with NGP/VAN and donation solicitation through ActBlue.

NOTE: Applicants who do not meet all criteria but who are otherwise strong candidates are highly encouraged to apply.


  • Apply for available c3 grants. Identify new grant opportunities, and cultivate relationships with grant making organizations.
  • Solicit donations via an email program and private and corporate donors as well as cultivate /donor and foundation relationships.
  • Maintain and evaluate the budget of SPARK on an ongoing basis.
  • Ensure compliance with auditing, reporting, and campaign guidelines.
  • Work with our Fiscal Sponsor and approve all internal and external invoices.


  • The Fundraising Director reports to the Campaign Director., and works closely with the Political Director.
  • This position will also be a part of Senior Staff and attend regular team meetings.

This position is through December 2024. Full-Time candidates are preferred but part-time candidates are still encouraged to apply. It is work from home with regular in person meetings. The ability to commute to and from Saint Paul is required.
The full time salary range is $52,000-$62,000, with compensation set based on experience. The part time hourly rate is $25-$30 an hour based on experience. Full-Time benefits include paid time off and a stipend for health insurance; all FT and PT employees receive mileage reimbursement, paid sick and safe time, and a stipend for technology usage.
SPARK provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Email a current resume to A cover letter is not required, Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.