Development Director, First Generation Initiative (FGI) and Lasallian Formation

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

| Minneapolis, MN | July 17, 2018

Enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership.

The Development Director for the First Generation Initiative (FGI) and Lasallian Formation actively identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects, including alumni, parents, and friends of the university. The Development Director will work with faculty and staff as needed to engage benefactors in order to develop and implement cultivation and solicitation plans.

•    The Development Director works with the Executive Director of the First Generation Initiative to create and implement a robust plan to meet the philanthropic needs of the FGI.
•    Raises the operational and endowment funds necessary to support and sustain FGI, with a primary focus on major gifts. This is accomplished through active identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewarding of a robust portfolio of prospects.
•    Works in conjunction with the Executive Director and Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants Associate in seeking out grant opportunities and initiating, proposing, and stewarding grants and relationships with organizational funders.
•    Formulates and executes plans for expanding the donor base including the annual SOAR Breakfast Event and other types of fundraising events.
•    Assists in increasing the visibility of FGI through dynamic and creative outreach to the university’s friends and alums, the general public, Lasallian & Catholic secondary and higher education networks and by representing FGI at appropriate conferences, forums, events, and gatherings.

The ideal candidate must:
•    Have excellent communication and writing skills in order to facilitate timely and appropriate gift acknowledgment and general correspondence.
•    Demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity; have exceptionally strong communication and interpersonal skills; and derive deep satisfaction from working collaboratively and contributing to the overall success of the Department of Development and Alumni Relations.
•    Exhibit the highest level of professionalism, time management skills, and the ability to provide timely responses to benefactors and colleagues.
•    Possess the ability to read, analyze and interpret development monthly reports and adjust individual activity accordingly to meet monthly goals.

Education and Experience:
•    Bachelor’s degree required, Advanced Degree preferred. Strong candidates will have a minimum of three-five years of development experience, preferably (but not limited to) higher education with a focus on securing major gifts.
•    Strong knowledge and proven track record of successfully communicating the philanthropic needs of a university to its desired and targeted constituent groups through face-to-face meetings and solicitations.
•    Proven ability to cultivate and strengthen institutional relationships with benefactors, and secure major gifts.

All job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Apply online at and include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

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