Job Posting

Development Officer

Wallin Education Partners | Saint Paul, MN
Salary Range: $70,000 - $80,000

Mission and Vision
The mission of Wallin Education Partners is to ensure college and career success for high potential students from low-income backgrounds, and through our efforts help build diverse, equitable and vibrant communities. We do this through a comprehensive model of financial aid and holistic support, and collaboration with our business, education, community, and philanthropic partners. Our vision is a future where all students have full access to college and career success, where every scholar can reach their full potential, and where our program helps build a more equitable society.

Wallin Education Partners is a proven college completion program that includes financial aid and comprehensive support for students from low-income backgrounds. With a 90% six-year graduation rate compared to 64% nationally, Wallin Education Partners is one of the most effective college completion programs in the country. Wallin’s model of financial aid and comprehensive individual advising accelerates economic mobility and fundamentally increases the odds of graduation and employment for underrepresented students. Since 1992, Wallin Education Partners has helped increase access to college and degree completion for lower-income students by partnering with high schools, donors, community organizations, and civic leaders to support more than 6,000 students on their college journeys.

Position Overview
Wallin Education Partners is seeking a Development Officer to join our team. We are looking for a professional with significant nonprofit development experience who is passionate about increasing educational opportunity and who is excited to play an essential role in the continued growth of our organization. Reporting to the Director of Development and working closely with senior leadership, this person plans and implements strategies to advance the mission of Wallin Education Partners. The person in this role will be responsible for overseeing the solicitation of prospective donors for major gifts, corporate funders, the annual fund, special campaigns, and alumni giving.

Primary Responsibilities:
Development 80%
  • Execute Wallin EP’s annual fundraising plan in collaboration with the development director, executive leaders, and members of Wallin EP’s advancement team
  • Strengthen the annual fund through identifying new donors, enhancing the donor stewardship plan and increasing monthly giving
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of donor relationships
  • Identify potential new funding streams such as high-net-worth individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies
  • Increase the number and quality of donor prospects through individual visits, research, donor database management, and networking
  • Plan and execute special fundraising campaigns and donor events
  • Develop grant applications and reports to local and national foundations
  • Work with marketing and program staff to create presentations and customize outreach materials

Administration 20%
  • Develop regular revenue and cultivation reports
  • Maintains detailed records of all donor contact, history, and activities
  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of information collected
  • Manage accurate gift processing in coordination with the Development Associate
  • Participate in departmental budgeting and communications planning processes

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of seven years of related experience with proven track record in fundraising and gift solicitation
  • Knowledge of donor development trends and practices
  • Familiarity with donor data management tools
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills including public speaking

Beyond the basic qualifications, candidates must demonstrate a commitment to Wallin Education Partner’s mission and values—and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through learning, training, and dialog on an ongoing basis.

$70,000-$80,000 annually. Wallin EP offers employees a generous benefit package including group health insurance, dental insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, and a 401K plan.

Additional Info
For further information on Wallin EP, please visit Due to COVID-19, Wallin employees are working in a hybrid capacity. Wallin policy requires staff to be fully vaccinated in order to visit the main office, subject to reasonable accommodation.

How to Apply
If interested, please forward cover letter and resume to Erin Zondervan at and include Development Officer in the subject line; or mail to Wallin Education Partners, 451 Lexington Parkway North, Suite 100, Saint Paul, MN 55104.

Wallin Education Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing a work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. Wallin Education Partners provides equal opportunity to all applicants for employment in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and will not refuse to hire any qualified individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual by reason of an individual’s race (including hair texture and hairstyles), color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, (or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to lactation), physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), genetic information, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.