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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



Development Director – Twin Cities
FLSA: FTE exempt, salaried position
Supervised by: Executive Director (ED)
Supervises: two development staff; volunteers; 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 based out of the Twin Cities office and 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. This position supervises two staff development department staff.


  • Represent the International Wolf Center 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 Center serves.
  • Learn and use operating practices of the Center.
  • 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%):

  • Supervise two development department staff positions
  • 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


  • REQUIRED: Minimum of five years professional non-profit fundraising experience
  • Experience working with Raiser’s Edge highly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in goal-setting, budget development and management
  • Interest, skill and experience in using technology and social media for fundraising
  • Proficiency in the use of Macintosh computers; Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Previous development experience with an environmental or conservation organization is preferred, but not required
  • Strong writing skills for grant-writing and donor communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including mastery of donor calls and visits


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.


Negotiable: 70’s – 80’s depending upon experience and qualifications. Benefits include health, dental; matching 403b; 20 days annual PTO; 10 annual holidays; employer-paid HSA, life insurance, STD/LTD; use of onsite fitness center; free parking.


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.


Individuals who meet the qualifications described above should 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 April 6th, although, application materials will be reviewed as they are received and interviews will likely begin prior to this date with highly-qualified applicants. Applicants invited to interview for this position will be asked 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 Sharon Reed, HR Manager, at careers@wolf.org.