Advancement Operations Officer for Foundations and Government Relations

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

| Chanhassen, MN | Posted April 19, 2017 |

The Advancement Operations Officer for Foundations and Government Relations will work primarily with foundations and local, state, and federal government agencies to determine their grant and philanthropic interests, and close appropriate gifts in support of Arboretum fundraising priorities. This position coordinates with the Development/ Membership, Education, Research, and Administrative Divisions at the Arboretum and works closely with the Arboretum office of Corporate Relations, as well as the Foundation Relations Office at the U of M Foundation.


• Develop and implement strategy to select, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation and government prospects with an emphasis on acquiring new and/or increasing existing grant funding
• For each grant prospect, identify means to increase involvement of donors and prospects in the activities of the Arboretum and/or the University
• Work closely with program staff to gather information and data for project proposals
• Work closely/collaborate with Corporate Relations Development Officer to prepare proposal and collateral material associated with Corporate/Business Grant requests
• Collaborate with staff members to assist with the design of programs which will attract funding
• Write, edit, and submit proposals for general operations, designated programs, and special projects
• Assume primary responsibility to achieve the grant funding goals for specific programs and annual fund
• Maintain tracking system of deadlines, submissions, and outcomes, ensure timely reporting and appropriate stewardship for funded projects
• Design and implement a comprehensive long-range development plan for support, based on Foundation grant funding
• Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and its programs, effectively communicating its vision, mission, and priorities to prospects and donors and also acting as a resource for other Development staff

• Research potential funding sources; Maintain research information system on grant and other funding opportunities
• Initiate and review research reports and information from the University’s donor management system database as well as other systems on assigned Foundation prospects
• Meet with Director of Development and Membership regularly to review projects and assess effectiveness
• Offer research based counsel to Development and Membership Director and other Development staff

• Work proactively with the University of Minnesota Foundation on Arboretum Development Foundation/Government prospect coordination and information sharing
• Special Projects as assigned

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelors degree
• Five to seven years experience with documented grant writing and grant reporting skills
• Demonstrated communications and interpersonal skills and success in working in a team setting

Preferred Qualifications:
• Five or more years of demonstrated experience in identification, cultivation and solicitation of Foundation and/or Government major gifts strongly preferred
• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
• Highly organized
• Enjoys administering fast paced schedule with numerous projects underway simultaneously
• Contributes positively to a team oriented work environment
• Exhibits high energy, positive attitude, commitment to excellence

Additional Information:
This is a full-time, 100%, 12-month, annually renewable academic professional (P&A) appointment. Annual renewals are contingent upon a successful performance review, continuing need for the position, and availability of funds. This position reports directly to the Director of Development and Membership.

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota. The Arboretum is located approximately 30 miles west of the Twin Cities Campus along Hwy 5, just west of the City of Chanhassen. The Arboretum consists of over 1100 acres of trees, shrubs, plants; the Oswald Visitor Center, Snyder Building Education Center, Horticultural Research Center and other facilities, gardens, displays, exhibits and model landscapes.

Applications must be submitted online at: (search for job id 316658). To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.

This position requires that you attach:
•letter of interest indicating how you meet each of the required and preferred qualifications
•names and contact information for three professional references

The search committee will begin reviewing applications in May 2017. This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

The University of Minnesota and the Landscape Arboretum provides equal access and opportunity within its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We recognize and value the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching experience of its employees, donors, members and visitors and in supporting the mission.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is committed to attracting and engaging employees, members, donors and visitors with varying identities and backgrounds. As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, we are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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