Job Posting

FEATURED - Development Director

Lakes Area Music Festival | Remote (Minnesota), with travel to Brainerd, MN
Salary Range: $60,000 - $65,000

The Lakes Area Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established during the summer of 2009. Engaging 180 guest musicians from around the country to collaborate on chamber music, symphony orchestra, and opera performances, this respected organization now stages a full concert season in the Brainerd Lakes Area every August and a winter series in Minneapolis. LAMF includes an extensive calendar of educational, social engagement, and outreach programs and hosts over 60 events per year. With accessibility as a core value, all events are presented without charge allowing audiences to contribute as they are able.

In addition to a volunteer board of directors, the Festival employs year-round Executive and Artistic Directors, a five-person seasonal production staff, and a part-time Finance Assistant. For complete information about the organization, visit

Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF) seeks a qualified fundraising and communication leader to build on over a decade of positive momentum and take LAMF to the next level.

Now in its 14th year and entering its first full season in the new Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts in Brainerd, Minnesota, LAMF’s mission has compelled communities, patrons, and donors to support the incredible quality music and educational programs that deeply impact the Brainerd Lakes Area and beyond.

The Development Director is a critical component of LAMF’s continued growth and excellence and will be hired as a full-time position with benefits, reporting and working closely with the Executive Director. This position should be viewed as a growth opportunity, with salary increase and management potential possible after demonstrated fundraising success.

  • Ensure constituents across the organization understand the importance of fundraising at all levels, articulate fundraising best practices, and provide the resources and tools necessary for fundraising success
  • Oversee eTapestry systems and processes for gift management, stewardship, and reporting
  • Manage the Development Committee as the staff liaison, working with the Chair to create agendas, guide volunteers in development work, create committee goals and provide quarterly reports on progress
  • Represent LAMF in the local community and remotely

  • Engage with donors and prospects at all levels, including new and existing donors, board members, community leaders, and patrons
  • Create a multi-channel plan for fiscal year, calendar year end, and spring appeals
  • Launch and manage a leadership annual giving program to encourage support from $1,000+ donors
  • Develop, grow, and maintain a major gifts portfolio utilizing the donor cultivation cycle, regularly tracking progress within the eTapestry database
  • In partnership with a contract grant writer, write successful grants and funder reports, and identify new foundation funding opportunities
  • Manage and execute fundraising events including annual fundraising benefit, house parties and new concepts
  • Secure event and season sponsorships
  • Participate in LAMF events such as Summer Solstice and the annual Gala
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, ensure 100% board participation in the annual fund and fundraising events
  • Create major gift opportunities around special initiatives
  • Manage planned giving program, including marketing planned giving opportunities and building a planned giving prospect portfolio
  • Oversee the donor communication and marketing calendar and, in partnership with the Executive Director, provide insights for organization-wide communication and marketing strategies

  • 3-5 years demonstrated experience with individual, corporate, foundation, planned gifts and special events fundraising for non-profits
  • A proven track record for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and closing gifts at all levels and from all sources
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising
  • Knowledge and experience with the Greater Minnesota and Twin-Cities philanthropy landscape
  • Successful experience building metrics-based goals
  • Self-motivated, ambitious, goal-oriented
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation in developing fundraising strategies and programs for donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Extremely well-organized multi-tasker who can balance working both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to convey messages clearly and concisely
  • Passion for the mission of Lakes Area Music Festival, with a knowledge of the Arts
  • Demonstrated ability to implement various fundraising strategies simultaneously and successfully
  • Ability to write persuasively for a variety of audiences, including donor centric communications
  • Demonstrated networking and relationship-building skills
  • Effective time-management/prioritization and problem-solving skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekends
  • Knowledge of the eTapestry Database preferred

Please send your resume and a cover letter with your qualifications to Jake Muszynski at