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The Development Director executes all tasks concerning CLC’s development activities, to help build a diversified, sustainable contributed income stream that supports CLC’s programs and services. They assist the Executive Director and the Board Development Committee in managing and retaining an existing group of corporate, foundation and individual contributors, as well as in building a more extensive portfolio of donors with the capacity to give substantially to CLC. The incumbent assists the Executive Director in meeting fundraising goals for the fiscal year in alignment with board-approved financial targets and helps ensure that the organization’s mission remains focused on CLC’s commitment to improving the lives of at-risk and foster care youth in the child protection system.
All duties are completed under the supervision and direction of the Executive Director and with the guidance of the board Development Committee. While not often, the position requires occasional participation in evening and weekend events scheduled within the Twin Cities area.
Grant Research, Writing, and Development
• Preliminary research into new foundation funding opportunities. Work with the Executive Director, and legal team as needed, to generate, submit, and track applications for private foundations grants.
• Schedule site visits with foundations and CLC staff.
• Prepare and submit reports for existing grants and assist Executive Director in maintaining all required grant obligations
• Maintain grants calendar and due dates.
• Individual Giving Build annual strategies for all stages of the donor cycle – prospect and acquisition, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
• Guide and engage in scheduling the Executive Director in timely meetings with donors for cultivation and stewardship.
• Draft language for individual solicitations, including annual appeals and targeted campaigns.
• Prepare donation acknowledgment letters and other correspondence.
• Maintain donor files and lists.
• Assist in the preparation and design of e-newsletters, annual reports, brochures, print outreach materials, and all other external communications.
• Assist in the development and posting of CLC social media and website content.
• Fundraising Events Help solicit event sponsors and auction items.
• Prepare award descriptions and presentation scripts.
• Track guest registrations.
• Oversee all administrative logistics of the events.
Skills & Experience:
Three to five years’ experience in a non-profit environment including grant writing, direct fundraising, and event planning.
Superb written (including editing and proofreading) skills are essential to this position, including the ability to understand and translate CLC’s mission and interests for donors and prospects with clarity and effectiveness. The incumbent is required to draft complex written materials to summarize the critical need for CLC’s programs and the means to implement them.
Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), fundraising software (LGL), and Canva.
Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines.
Ability to lift light to medium weights and feel comfortable with packing and moving items for events.
Must have your own vehicle.
Medical, dental, vision insurance eligible immediately upon hire (CLC pays 75% of the employee premium).
Health Savings Account (HSA).
13 paid holidays, plus 2 personal days.
Vacation and sick time accrue immediately upon hire.
Summer-time-off Fridays afternoon from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
403B plan with 3% matching contribution after one year.
Company sponsored life insurance.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and references to: Susan Dioury Esq. Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, 450 N. Syndicate St., Suite 340, St. Paul, MN 55104 or via e-mail to email@example.com.
DEADLINE: Open until position is filled.
Law Student Internships
CLC has internship and volunteer opportunities available for law students throughout the year. Internship/volunteer positions are unpaid. Summer internships and summer law clerk positions may be paid through work-study or fellowships if funding is available. Internships for class credit, or volunteer hours for class credit can be arranged if needed. CLC also accepts Student Law Clerks through the Minnesota Justice Foundation Volunteer Program. If you are a law student in Minnesota interested in volunteering at CLC during the school year through MJF, please visit the MJF Website to learn about available opportunities. You may also contact Children’s Law Center directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: CLC accepts between 1-3 law students for 10–12-week internships in the summer. Summer internships require a commitment of 30-40 hours per week. Applications for these positions are due March 1st of each year. CLC also will help selected intern candidates apply for fellowships and other funding such as P.I.C. or P.I.L.F. funding. Interviews for summer candidates will take place every year in March and April.
FALL & SPRING INTERNSHIPS: CLC typically accepts between 1-2 law students during both the Fall and Spring Semesters. Most often students volunteer for a minimum of 8-15 hours a week for a semester or quarter.
How to Apply
To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to email@example.com. Please include a description of the length of time for which you would like to intern/volunteer, along with the number of hours per week you are available. If you need internship credit or credit for volunteer hours, be sure to include any requirements from your class or instructor. Applications are reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Spring Internship: December 30
Summer Internship: March 1
Fall Internship: September 1
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota promotes the legal rights and well-being of children and youth. CLC’s staff and volunteers provide direct representation of children and youth, primarily in the child welfare system, and advocate for changes in the systems that affect their lives.