College Possible Leadership Team
  • 16-Apr-2019 to 31-May-2019 (CST)
  • Development Director - Minnesota Office
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a 2011 Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has a budget of $22 million, more than 130 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2018-19 school year, we will reach an estimated 25,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at more than 350 colleges. 

College Possible is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve.  We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants.  For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; and Portland, OR; and has Catalyze partnerships in Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to reach 50,000 students. 

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Basic Description

The Minnesota Development Director is responsible for achieving site revenue goals, leadership of our site external relations team and supporting organizational priorities. This position works closely with the Executive Director and the local Board to lead, support and achieve all fundraising activities through building relationships with corporations, foundations, individuals, organizations and government. In collaboration with the Executive Director, this position will lead in the development and implementation of the site's fund raising plan including grants, events, and all solicitations. The Development Director is also responsible for the leadership, and oversight, of all our site communications work, and will work closely with the Executive Director and communications team to design and implement our site's marketing and communications plan.  

Essential Job Functions

Relationship Management and Stewardship: College Possible Minnesota has a long history of funding partnerships in Minnesota and the Twin Cities. Build on these existing relationships and improve donor retention through a meaningful stewardship strategy. Maintain a personal donor portfolio of institutional and individual donors. Leverage Executive Director, board members, and national development staff in these efforts. Collaborate with our program team to host donors on high quality, meaningful and engaging site visits with the goal of increasing revenue. Find creative and innovative ways to increase revenue with existing partners.

Prospecting and Cultivation:  Oversee prospecting and donor research for new donations. Implement cultivation techniques to inspire prospective supporters to become donors and increase the number of donors to the annual operating fund.

Strategic Planning and Analysis:  Work closely with the Executive Director in implementing current fundraising campaign and achieving campaign revenue goals. As campaign draws to a close, work with to create continued fundraising strategy. Create annual marketing and communications plan and oversee implementation. Manage progress toward funding goals with the use of Raiser's Edge fundraising database. Lead on identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects.

Communications, Marketing, Public Relations: Oversee the Communications, Marketing and Public Relations efforts for College Possible Minnesota, working closely with the National Communications Team. Develop timelines, oversee creation and production of printed and electronic newsletters and press releases, guide media relations and social media strategy. Work in collaboration with National site support staff for the creation of various materials.

Develop, write and submit grant proposals and reports: Provide leadership for our site's institutional development team. Work closely with Grants Specialist to produce superb grant proposals and reports to local corporations, foundations, organizations and government.

Development Operations: Oversee correspondence and reports as related to donor and revenue goals. Assist with the operations and accounting staff to reconcile accounting and revenue receipts.

Special Events: Oversee team that executes all aspects of fund raising events including logistics, communications, presentations, etc. to advance fund raising and community awareness.

Supervision: Supervise External Relations Team members.

Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned.

Professional Requirements (Skills & Qualifications)

In addition to the requirements below, College Possible staff and service members are expected to demonstrate the Idealistic Leader traits of Strive to be Delightful, Energize those in your Presence, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Challenge Cynicism, Practice Empathy, Learn to be Grateful and Have Fun, as expressed in our organizational value statement and have a significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion.


  • Bachelor's degree required;
  • Master's degree helpful.

Related Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in development and communications;
  • A minimum of 5 years of leadership/oversight of development and communications teams;
  • Previous experience with oversight of capital campaigns, planned giving, annual campaigns, events preferred.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Word, Excel and donor database software; Raiser's Edge experience preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously;
  • Problem solver, flexible and adapt easily to change;
  • Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through;
  • Some evening and weekend work, as well as occasional travel, is required.


Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits (complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance, 401(k) retirement plan and generous paid time off program).

To Apply

Please apply at:  Include a resume and cover letter.

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