Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Details: competitive salary and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits



Start Date


Application Deadline



1400 Van Buren Street Northeast
Suite 200
United States


The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters

Director of Development

Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness

Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness (NMW) seeks to hire a Development Director for

the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters (The Campaign). The Campaign is a local, state,

and national Campaign to prevent sulfide-ore mining in the watershed of the Boundary

Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The Campaign and NMW is seeking a Development Director to take a leadership role in helping

NMW achieve its mission. NMW and The Campaign offer a highly challenging and intellectually

engaging environment, an opportunity to meet and interact with thought leaders in multiple

disciplines and the chance to be part of a great team of people who are dedicated to protecting

the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The Development Director will work directly with the National Campaign Manager, senior staff,

board members and outside consultants to:

1) Design and execute a plan to meet a yearly fund raising goal of $2 Million;

2) Develop a 1-2 year plan and vision for growing the fundraising operation to sustain an

increased nation-wide Campaign operation;

3) Work closely with the Communications Director and other key staff to plan and execute

communication focused on fundraising and cultivating funder support.



• Participate in senior-level meetings and planning sessions on the direction and priorities

of the organization

• Take the lead on all development/fundraising related activities

• Grow and manage a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, solicitation,

and stewardship of major donors

• Manage your own major donor portfolio and solicit major gifts

• Assist National Campaign Chair, Executive Director, and Deputy Campaign Manager with

managing their donor portfolios

• Organize multiple fundraising events each year, including two high-ticket events in the

twin cities and Ely, several events with lower ticket prices throughout the year, and

regular donor stewardship events

• Plan, implement, and grow a successful direct mail program

• Plan, implement, and grow a successful digital fundraising program, including emails,

texting, social media, etc.

• Write supporter communications and appeals, including mailings, emails, etc.

• Make and implement a plan to hit fundraising goals for Give to the Max Day

• Help grow our business relationships, especially in regards to fundraising

• Oversee the organization’s relationships with foundations, including identifying, tracking

and writing grant proposals and funding reports

• Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems

• Provide regular reports analyzing progress toward yearly goals

• Maintain gift recognition and acknowledgement programs

• Assist with fundraising for Boundary Waters Trust (Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters)

and Boundary Waters Action Fund (our c4 branch)


• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience

• Minimum of 3-4 years experience in a combination of wilderness,

environmental, political, governmental, and/or non-profit development and/or

fundraising or other relevant Development/Fundraising background

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Experience in public lands, conservation, and/or political campaigns in a management or

leadership capacity

• Experience devising and implementing strategic and effective use of online

communication (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, e-newsletters, etc.)

• Experience carrying out and overseeing the production of development

products (email, direct mail, etc.)

• Strong writing skills and experience writing fundraising appeals and other donor


• Demonstrated skill in proactively building relationships with major donors

• Experience soliciting major gifts of at least $10,000+

• Experience developing and managing budgets for fundraising activities

• Highly organized and attentive to detail

• Team leadership skills

• Ability to work independently

• Willingness and ability to travel

• Passion for protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

• Ambitious and takes initiative; committed to getting the job done


• Compensation for the Development Director includes a competitive salary and an

excellent package of health and other employee benefits.

• Position will be located in Minneapolis, MN with potential regional or national travel.

• The Development Director position is a full time salaried position with the Northeastern

Minnesotans for Wilderness an IRS recognized 501c3 organization.

Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness is a nonprofit organization whose mission is

to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior

ecosystem. Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness and all members of the

Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters will be committed to equal opportunity in

employment. All qualified persons are invited to apply.

To Apply: Send resume, writing sample and cover letter to, subject line: NMW – Development Director.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply: Send resume, writing sample and cover letter to, subject line: NMW – Development Director.