Employment Opportunities

Position Title: Development Manager

Reports to: Executive Director

Time/Location: ¾ time, 30 hours per week, hybrid work environment

Compensation: $36,000-$43,000 per year, full health and dental, Simple IRA match

About Hennepin History Museum

We preserve and explore history in the Twin Cities region, creating spaces where our communities’ stories can be told. With a newly adopted mission, vision, and strategic plan, we are poised to build on our core strengths of a museum building with exhibit galleries and a research library, a varied mix of public programs, and a popular history magazine. We are on a path to maximize our relevance to a broader audience, build stronger institutional foundations, and transform our identity through equity and inclusion.


Hennepin History Museum is building its fundraising capacity to maximize the relationships and support that the organization already receives and meet the critical need to expand that base of support. This position joins a small staff and energized board, and as such will enjoy a wide variety of tasks and the potential for growth.

Essential Functions
  • Provide leadership in building the development program for Hennepin History Museum, with a balanced focus on individual, foundation, corporate, and government sources.
  • Help build the major gifts program by both broadening our donor base and increasing support from current donors.
  • Develop a new, systematic approach to the annual fund, including the execution of fundraising events on a regular basis.
  • Coordinate and assist the work of board members and volunteers in fundraising
  • Prepare thorough and timely reports for staff and board members; participate in Development Committee meetings to further the goals of the program.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the museum in the community, with occasional travel to offsite locations
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Familiarity with nonprofit organizations, fundraising, or sales.
  • Ability to conduct prospect identification and donor engagement/development, cultivating strong relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively with others, including volunteers, staff, prospects, and donors. The ability to work one on one, as well as with small and large groups.
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Ability to set, articulate and achieve measurable goals and outcomes; to translate long-term strategies into day-to-day activities.
  • Ability to tactfully and successfully handle sensitive situations and confidential information.
  • Work with other staff to facilitate accurate processing of gifts, correspondence, data management, and recordkeeping.
  • Ability to learn and manipulate database and spreadsheet software to enhance fundraising efficiency and effectiveness.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Nonprofit fundraising experience, especially with an organizational development program in growth mode.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
  • Ability to connect with and relate to people of diverse ethnic, socio-economic, and geographical backgrounds.
  • Experience working with Neon One constituent management software.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations related to fundraising.
  • Passion for local, state, and national history and the important role museums play in
Application Process

Please submit a cover letter and resume to John Crippen, Executive Director, at positionsearch@hennepinhistory.org. Position will remain open until filled; initial review of applications will begin on August 5.