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Foundation Executive Director

Minnesota West Community & Technical College
Job Location:
Canby, Minnesota
Development and Fundraising
The Executive Director of the Foundation leads and directs the College’s resource development efforts with a major emphasis on private and philanthropic fundraising. The incumbent cultivates relationships, solicit donations, and write grants to advance the Foundation Strategic Plan. The Executive Director reports to the President and works under the direction of the Foundation Board of Directors. The Executive Director is the primary advisor to the President on all Foundation, alumni, and fundraising initiatives. The incumbent provides leadership in establishing and coordinating the activities of the Foundation at the direction of the Foundation Board. In addition, this person assists with the development of an alumni association, oversees the funds for Foundation supported college scholarships, annual and planned giving, major gifts, alumni support and expansion of the endowed funds. The Executive Director takes direction from the Foundation Board regarding Foundation Board activities and priorities. The Executive Director will develop, build and maintain relationships with the area, regional, state, and national foundations, business & industry, alumni and other donors that support the goals of the College and Foundation Board.

Develop and administer strategic fundraising programs aimed to build the portfolio of endowments, major gifts. Identify, plan and lead capital campaigns and other donor-centered programs and events that raise funds, increase awareness and increase donor engagement. Write proposals and grants for funding from corporate and family foundations and government agencies. Cultivate community partnerships resulting in support for the college. Develop new and maintain existing relationships resulting in increased scholarship opportunities and general funding. Communicate with the board regularly to keep them engaged and informed on college and Foundation activities and events. Create and implement a marketing and communications plan to include strategies that will raise external awareness of the foundation, identify and build strategic partnerships, and grow support for the college as a whole.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field;
  • Minimum three years prior fundraising experience with demonstrated success in soliciting, securing and cultivating outright and deferred major gifts from individuals and corporations to advance the mission of the organization or other related experience;
  • Demonstrated experience working within a diverse environment and promoting equity and inclusion in the workplace and community; workplace and community;
  • Experience in building and maintaining relationships with community and prospective donors;
  • Strong written, presentation and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to understand, manage and communicate financial information;
  • Excellent leadership and management skills and attention to detail, with skills in the organization of systems and aptitude for analysis of detailed data;
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of constituents;
  • Knowledge of campaign management, annual giving programs, corporate and foundation relations, prospect management, alumni affairs, and media and communications;
  • Experience planning successful fundraising events.
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic arena in the upper Midwest area.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of non-profit organization financial and accounting processes and charitable giving
  • laws such as IRS code 501c(3), IRS donation rules for both cash and non-cash donations, and/or Professional Licensure/Certification: Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
  • Advanced degree in a related field, such as Business, Marketing or Public Administration or considerable advanced coursework in related areas of study. 
  • Successful track record of fundraising management within a complex organization, preferably during a significant campaign.
All applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States at the time of employment.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a student-centered, open-access community and technical college within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The college provides transfer, occupational and career programs, workforce training, educational outreach and life-long learning opportunities. The College is committed to accomplishing its mission: Dedicated to serving the varied educational needs of our diverse populations in affordable, accessible and supportive settings. Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a comprehensive community and technical college with five southwestern Minnesota campuses: Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone, and Worthington and learning centers in Luverne and Marshall Minnesota. Students have the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate in more than 60 disciplines.

GREATBENEFITSPACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave. Tuition waiver is available for employees and dependents.
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