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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.

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

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


  • 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
  • Solicit 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 special fundraising initiatives such as Give to the Max Day (GiveMN), Howl at the Moon Gala, etc.
  • Develop strategies for measuring donor satisfaction
  • Support Board Chair in implementing annual Board campaign
  • Prepare quarterly mailings to retain current members and develop strategies to grow the Center’s membership base

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
  • 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
  • Oversee the development of fundraising materials with Communications Director
  • Identify and implement fundraising campaigns using social media
  • Develop sponsorship guidelines for the International Wolf Symposium
  • Develop a grant writing strategy

Budget and Administrative Responsibilities (20%):

  • Supervise two employees in the membership department
  • Prepare and implement an annual budget for the Development and Membership departments
  • Maintain an annual calendar of fundraising plans, grant application deadlines and 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, Board Membership Committee and assist volunteer Chair in the preparation of meeting agendas and coordination of Committee projects and initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned by the ED


  • Proven professional with a minimum of three 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 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, with occasional evening and/or weekends. Occasional overnight 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 Friday, June 21, 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 Chad Richardson at careers@wolf.org