Thank you for your interest in a position with the International Wolf Center. We seek to employ individuals interested in furthering our mission. Full and part-time positions will be posted on this page and it is recommended that you submit your resume as they become available.
The International Wolf Center offers two wolf education internships throughout the year. Typically internships are offered during the summer months and academic school year, although timing may change depending on programming needs. A degree in environmental education or related field, or prior teaching experience is preferred for the position.
Development Director FLSA: FTE exempt, salaried position Supervised by: Executive Director Supervises: development/membership staff and volunteers; works in coordination with other departments Location: Brooklyn Park, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis)
Organizational Overview The International Wolf Center’s mission is to advance the survival of wolf populations around the world by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands, and the human role in their future. The interpretive center in Ely, Minnesota features daily presentations and field trips, an award-winning museum exhibit and a pack of ambassador wolves living in their wooded territory. The Minneapolis office manages fundraising, membership, communications and organizational administration.
Since its inception, the International Wolf Center has engaged people across all 50 states and 38 countries with engaging science based wolf programming. The Center accomplishes educational outreach beyond its Ely facility through a comprehensive website at wolf.org, a quarterly International Wolf magazine, classroom visits to more than 15,000 students every year, web cams on the resident pack, international symposia and a distance learning program that virtually brings scientists, educators and wolves into classrooms and homes in real time. By teaching people about this mysterious predator, the Center aims to ensure a future wilderness complete with the exciting howl of the wolf.
Joining the International Wolf Center team means the chance to advocate for one of the premier wildlife education organizations in the country.
Position Summary The Development Director, working with the executive director, board members and staff, is responsible for the preparation, planning and implementation of the development and membership strategy and annual plan to achieve and expand philanthropic support of the International Wolf Center. This position is responsible for all development and membership components of the organization, including donor communication, individual giving, corporate and foundation grants, fundraising events, planned giving, special campaigns and growing the membership base. The Development Director will devote a significant portion of their time (25%) growing and managing a personal portfolio of donors, and will be expected to develop and close major gifts in accordance with established goals. Working with the development team and other International Wolf Center staff, they will be expected to raise approximately $500,000 annually for an organization with a $2 million budget. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated proficiency in managing a team that achieves measurable objectives toward strategic priorities in support of the mission and vision of the International Wolf Center.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Individual, Major Donor and Planned Giving responsibilities (40%):
Lead development and implementation of fundraising/membership strategy and annual plans to achieve budget goals
Identify new donor prospects and develop cultivation and solicitation plans
Advance major donor relationships, drive new/renewed giving, coordinate gift arrangements and documentation, and oversee stewardship of donors
Solicit participation in the planned giving (Alpha Legacy) program
Organize impactful special events, field trips and other activities for major donors
Lead efforts to solicit new, renewed and expired donor gifts through direct mail, electronic solicitations, onsite initiatives in Ely, promotional booth opportunities and special fundraising initiatives such as Give to the Max Day (GiveMN), Howl at the Moon Gala, etc.
Analyze donor data and giving trends as needed to grow contributions;
Support Board Development Committee Chair in implementing annual Board campaign
Develop strategies to grow the Center’s membership and donor base
Foundation and corporate fundraising responsibilities (20%):
Develop and implement foundation and corporate fundraising strategy and annual plans
Research, identify and cultivate corporate and foundation prospects including corporate cause-related partnerships and in-kind support
Prepare funding requests to foundations, corporate, government and other potential funders
Maintain strong relationships and regular communication with foundation staff
Other fundraising responsibilities (20%):
Serve as the staff lead for the annual Coordinated Federal Campaign, work with other departments to collect application data and ensure that qualifications are met
Oversee the development of fundraising and donor communication materials with Communications Director
Identify and implement fundraising campaigns using social media
Develop and carry out sponsorship guidelines for the International Wolf Symposium and other special events.
Develop and carry out a grant writing strategy to support identified educational outreach programs such as Wolves at Our Door
Budget and Administrative Responsibilities (20%):
Provide supervision for employees in the Membership and Development department (currently 1.5 FTE)
Prepare and implement an annual budget for the Membership and Development department
Maintain an annual calendar of fundraising plans, grant application deadlines and project timelines
Meet or exceed established fundraising revenue goals and maintain expenses within department budget
Provide monthly development reports to ED and board development committee
Maintain accurate and timely records/contact reports of all interactions with donors utilizing fund raising database;
Serve as the lead staff liaison to the board development committee. Assist in the preparation of meeting agendas and coordination of Committee projects and initiatives
Other duties as assigned by the ED
APPLIES TO ALL EMPLOYEES
Represent the International Wolf Center (IWC) in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current members, donors, visitors, vendors and the communities the organization serves.
Be honest in all dealings as an employee.
Interact effectively with a diverse group of staff, interns, volunteers and customers the IWC serves.
Learn and use operating practices of the IWC.
Uphold the organization’s mission.
Adhere to organizational standards of objectivity and scientific accuracy in all educational activities.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Proven professional with a minimum of three years successful fundraising experience
A bachelor’s degree is required in a related field of study or equivalent work experience;
Experience in goal-setting, budget development and management
Knowledge of local, state, national and governmental funding sources
Interest, skill and experience in using technology for fundraising
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
Strong writing skills for grant-writing and donor communication
Experience in working with Raiser’s Edge or similar database
Previous development experience with an environmental or conservation nonprofit
Experience closing multiple gifts of $25,000 and more
ABILITIES AND WORKING CONDITIONS
This position is based in our Twin Cities office (Brooklyn Park) and subject to a variable work schedule to meet development department needs. Typical hours are 8a-4:30p weekdays, with occasional evening and/or weekends. Occasional overnight travel is required to our Ely, Minnesota facility. The ideal candidate is an outgoing, self-motivated and highly-driven individual who is passionate about fundraising and able to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment where strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential to success, and volunteers are embraced as important partners in achieving the mission of the organization.
SALARY Starting salary range of $70,000 – $80,000 depending on qualifications
TO APPLY Email a cover letter, and resume with the subject heading of “Development Director Application” to: firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for application is Thursday, February 20, 2020 although, application materials will be reviewed as they are received and interviews may begin prior to this date with highly-qualified applicants. Applicants invited to interview for this position will be required to submit references prior to interviewing with a search committee comprised of staff and board members. For questions regarding this position, please send to the attention of Grant Spickelmier, executive director at email@example.com
The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.