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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 following positions are open:

Development Director

WolfLink Marketing Coordinator



Development Director
FLSA: FTE exempt, salaried position
Supervised by: Executive Director (ED)
Supervises: development staff, volunteers and vendors; works in coordination with other departments
Location: Brooklyn Park, MN (Minneapolis suburb)


The Development Director, working with the ED, Board members and staff, is responsible for the preparation, planning and implementation of the development strategy and annual plan to achieve and expand philanthropic support of the International Wolf Center. This position is responsible for all development components of the organization, including donor communication, individual giving, corporate and foundation grants, fundraising events, planned giving, and special campaigns.


  • 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.


Individual, Major Donor and Planned Giving responsibilities (40%):

  • Develop and implement fundraising strategy and annual plans to achieve budget goals
  • Identify new donor prospects and develop cultivation and solicitation plans
  • Schedule and participate in donor meetings and solicitation calls
  • Increase 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 major donor gifts through direct mail, electronic solicitations, onsite initiatives in Ely, promotional booth opportunities and annual fundraising events such as Give to the Max Day (GiveMN), Brackets for Good, Howl at the Moon Gala, etc.
  • Develop strategies for measuring donor satisfaction
  • Support Board Chair in implementing annual Board campaign
  • Develop and implement plans for identifying and approaching potential major donors at the Ely interpretive building

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
  • Develop organizational capacity-building support as requested
  • 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
  • Expand matching gifts, royalties, sponsorships, and gifts-in-kind.
  • Oversee the development of fundraising materials with Communications Director
  • Look for nontraditional fundraising opportunities with volunteers, staff and board members
  • Identify and implement fundraising campaigns using social media

Budget and Administrative Responsibilities (20%):

  • Prepare and implement an annual budget for the Development department
  • Maintain an annual calendar of fundraising plans, grant application deadlines, 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 computer records of all fundraising and major donor activities
  • Serve as the lead staff liaison to the Board Development Committee and assist volunteer Chair in the preparation of meeting agendas and coordination of Committee projects and initiatives
  • Assist in the administration of restricted grants as necessary
  • Support good communication with supervisor, volunteers and other employees
  • Other duties as assigned by the ED


  • Proven professional with a minimum of five years successful fundraising experience
  • A bachelor’s degree is required in a related field of study
  • 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
  • Experience in working with Raiser’s Edge preferred
  • Previous development experience with an environmental or conservation is preferred, but not required
  • Strong writing skills for grant-writing and donor communication


This position is based in our Twin Cities office and subject to a variable work schedule to meet development department needs. Typical hours are 8a-5p weekdays, with occasional evening and/or weekends. Occasional over-night 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.


      Competitive, DOQ.


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 world famous 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. Visit www.wolf.org to learn more.


Email a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations with the subject heading of “Development Director Application” to: careers@wolf.org The deadline for application is December 12, 2017, although, application materials will be reviewed as they are received and interviews may begin prior to this date of highly-qualified applicants. Applicants invited to interview for this position will be required to submit references and grant writing samples prior to interviewing with a search committee comprised of staff and board members. For questions regarding this position, please send to the attention of Rob Schultz, Executive Director at careers@wolf.org



WolfLink Marketing Coordinator
FLSA: .5 FTE non-exempt, 12-month temporary position
Reports To: Interpretive Center Manager
Location: Ely, MN


Under the direction of the Interpretive Center Manager, the WolfLink Marketing Coordinator will be responsible for marketing and promoting education programs to past and prospective schools. These marketing efforts will result in increased registrations for the International Wolf Center’s WolfLink videoconferencing programs and other Education Department programs.


  1. Represent the International Wolf Center in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current members, donors, visitors, vendors, organizations, and agencies, and the communities the organization serves.
  2. Interact effectively with a diverse group of staff, board members, volunteers, interns, partner organizations, teachers and students.
  3. Learn and use the operating practices of the International Wolf Center.
  4. Uphold the organization’s mission.
  5. Adhere to organizational standards of objectivity and scientific accuracy in all program activities.
  6. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.


  1. Develop and implement successful marketing and promotions plans to establish program relationships with schools, community organizations and youth/adult groups.
  2. Conduct telephone calling and email contact with school teachers, STEM/STEAM coordinators and other school district administrators that result in achieving program registration goals for the Education Department.
  3. Compile data from previous WolfLink users to promote repeat educational programs as a result of phone call contact and email campaigns.
  4. Coordinate the scheduling of programs, maintain registration records, and perform post-program follow-up with school teachers.


This position requires strong sales skills, organization and excellent oral and written communications skills. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is comfortable making phone calls to past and prospective program participants (school teachers). Familiarity and/or previous experience working with computers, email, Microsoft Word and Excel, and calendar software is essential. A valid driver’s license is required. We are looking for an energetic individual who enjoys working with the public and is enthusiastic in promoting our programs.

This is a 12-month, part-time, hourly position. Starting hourly wage is dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Please submit by email a cover letter, resume and three professional references with “WolfLink Marketing Coordinator” in the subject line to: careers@wolf.org Application materials will be accepted until the position has been filled. For questions regarding this position, please send inquiries by email to careers@wolf.org  No phone calls, please.