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The Great Northern

Development Director

Location: MN - Twin Cities Metro
Type: Full Time
Category: Development and fundraising
Deadline: June 28, 2021

City: Minneapolis, MN
Salary: $67,000 – $75,000 per year
Website: www.thegreatnorthernfestival.com/opportunities
Is this a remote / work from home position?: Yes, this will temporarily be a remote position during COVID-19

Job description

The Great Northern summary: The Great Northern celebrates cold, creative winters in Minneapolis and Saint Paul through ten days of diverse programming that invigorate mind and body.

Each year, The Great Northern galvanizes the Twin Cities, drawing 375,000 visitors and sparking national attention. Led by Executive and Artistic Director Kate Nordstrum, The Great Northern includes outdoor activations, world premiere concerts and performances, food events, site specific art, panels and speakers, films, regional craft, commissioned writing, storytelling, and partnerships with local and national institutions that share the resilient spirit of the North with the world.

While The Great Northern invokes joy and celebration, it also highlights an existential threat to winter: climate change. There is no place on earth unaffected by warming weather, and our own region has seen some of its beloved traditions diminished and its environment compromised. In celebrating winter, The Great Northern is also a call to action. To that end, we have expanded the festival’s impact by presenting a broader range of programming focused on climate change, the richness of our winter arts scene, and diverse perspectives on how we, as a community, embrace winter.

Position Summary: Development Director will work under the supervision of The Great Northern’s Executive & Artistic Director to raise funds year-round to support organizational and festival operations and increase capacity of The Great Northern.

This position is new to The Great Northern and will serve as a critical team member. As a new position, the Development Director will be entrepreneurial, self-motivated, collaborative, flexible, organized but also comfortable with uncertainty and flux.

Reports to: Executive & Artistic Director

Duties and responsibilities will include:
– Developing ambitious annual fundraising goals and campaign to further the mission of The Great Northern
– Retainment of current Great Northern supporters and recruitment of new philanthropic partners
– Developing corporate sponsorship packages and seeking/securing corporate sponsorship opportunities
– Cultivating, nurturing, and expanding The Great Northern’s individual donor base, including developing The Great Northern’s first membership program.
– Working with local and national foundations to identify funding opportunities for Great Northern programs and projects
– Identifying, cultivating, and stewarding proposals to grantmaking foundations and corporate giving programs
– Evaluating new income stream opportunities
– Onsite sponsor engagement and volunteer opportunities at The Great Northern
– Building trust with funders to engender multi-year gift commitments
– Planning and executing special fundraising events as opportunities arise
– Reporting regularly to, and building relationships with, The Great Northern board of directors
– Preparing solicitations and acknowledgments
– Maintaining a donor database
– Guiding Development Department expansion and structure as The Great Northern grows

Qualifications or requirements

Highly skilled and experienced as a cultural non-profit development officer and fundraiser

– Demonstrated success with both local and national funding prospects and connections
– Entrepreneurial and visionary with respect to identifying and pursuing creative income opportunities
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Highly organized
– Positive, flexible, partner mindset
– Eagerness to grow and learn
– Locally invested and globally minded
– Passion to expand The Great Northern’s impact through a broad and diverse revenue portfolio
– Well versed in Microsoft Office, GSuite, fundraising software options, and a variety of presentation platforms

How to apply

Prospective candidates can email a cover letter and resume to hello@thegreatnorthernfestival.com. Applications will be accepted through June 28, 2021.