Job Openings

Development Specialist

Hennepin History Museum is in the process of building its fundraising capacity to better position itself for further growth and vitality. In the short term, this work will help weather the economic downturn of 2020 by maximizing the relationships and support that the organization already receives from its member and donor base. In the longer term, that base will be expanded for a stronger year-over-year financial position and an eventual capital campaign to improve the facilities of the organization.

This position will be a key member of a core team made up of the executive director and the communications manager, and supported by the rest of the museum staff. It is an ideal opportunity for an emerging professional looking to gain experience in nonprofit fundraising, or for a veteran looking to transition towards part-time employment in a dynamic growth situation.

The development specialist will manage the donor files and database, identify new and existing prospects for enhanced gifts, and support the rest of the staff and board team to meet with members, donors and potential donors in assessment, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities. There is a strong potential for growth based on performance. The position allows for part-time telecommuting if desired.

Essential Functions

  • Provide leadership in building a development program for HHM, with a balanced focus on individual, foundation, corporate, and government sources.
  • Operate the membership program through data management, goal setting, and implementation of strategies that create year-over-year increases in HHM members.
  • Manage the gift recording, gift acknowledgment and stewardship activities necessary for a successful Development Program.
  • Help build HHM’s high-end-giving Hiawatha Circle Program by advising and implementing engagement strategies with current members, and by identifying prospects for new members to the Hiawatha Circle.
  • Work with program staff to develop three or four programs annually, designed to engage members and prospects more fully in the mission of
  • Assist the executive director in all aspects of fund-raising, with a focus on creating opportunities to engage with donors and prospects in meaningful ways.
  • Coordinate the work of volunteers in fund-raising.
  • Prepare thorough and timely reports for staff and board members; participate in Development Committee meetings to further the goals of the program.
  • Using success in the functions described above, lay the groundwork for a planned giving program and a capital campaign.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
  • 1-3 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, sales, or constituent relationship database management.
  • Ability to conduct prospect identification and donor engagement/development
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively with others, including volunteers, staff, and donors.
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Attention to detail in the processing of gifts, correspondence, data management, and recordkeeping.
  • Ability to tactfully and successfully handle sensitive situations and confidential information.
  • Ability to set, articulate, and achieve measurable goals and outcomes; to translate long-term strategies into day-to-day activities.
  • Ability to learn and manipulate database and spreadsheet software to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the office.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 4+ years of fundraising experience, especially with an organizational development program in growth mode.
  • 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 history and the important role museums play in society.
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and national history in order to connect people with the organization’s goals, programs, and activities.

Time and Compensation

$38,000-$40,000 per year; flexible part- to full-time position with health, PTO, and retirement benefits for a total package of up to $50,000.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter and resume to John Crippen, Executive Director, 2303 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 or via email to john.crippen@hennepinhistory.org. Position will remain open until filled; initial review of applications will begin on May 15.