Minnehaha Academy

Director of Development



Why I Love This Opportunity

Andy Garlich


Minnehaha Academy has built an incredible reputation in the Twin Cities since 1913. They care deeply for their students, families, staff, and faculty. Their values are not simply a poster on the wall but are lived out in everything they do. The Advancement team has been incredibly successful, and development activities grow every year. Yet, there’s still immense opportunity for new funding streams, partnerships, and donors!

About This Organization

Minnehaha Academy is uniquely positioned as one of the top college prep schools in the area, with a focus on academics, fine arts, and athletics. Their mission is to provide high-quality education integrating Christian faith and learning. Minnehaha Academy has over 180 faculty and staff that help provide education for Pre-K through 12th grade.

Position Description

The Director of Development will direct and coordinate all fundraising efforts, reporting to the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. The Director will lead a team and develop a comprehensive strategy to meet the current and future needs of the School. This position includes full benefits, including health insurance, a 403B plan, and generous tuition remission for any dependents.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategically engage in relationship management and cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects.
  • Manage a major gift portfolio of prospects, including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major outright and planned gifts and travel as needed to fulfill these duties.
  • Work with the President and the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement on the strategic development and execution of the School’s advancement efforts in the context of the annual development plan and the School’s Strategic Plan.
  • Lead a team of development professionals to their highest performance through coaching and by clearly articulating goals and objectives and setting fundraising targets.
  • Develop an annual work plan, including specific fundraising, prospect development, and programmatic goals with an emphasis on achieving agreed-upon goals integrating annual funds, alumni relations, and events.
  • Plan and execute fundraising events with the support of volunteers and the development team.
  • Ensure development and maintenance of appropriate systems to fund development, including but not limited to donor management, research and cultivation, gift processing, and recognition.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Emotionally Intelligent – A highly intuitive, authentic, wise, and discerning leader who listens well while sensing how best to approach conversations or situations with people.
  • Donor Cultivator – A person of high integrity in cultivating donor relationships with consistency, care, and humility.
  • Passionate Champion – Ability to coach and mentor a team to higher performance, keeping people moving in the right direction. This forward-facing role also needs to have a mature faith and can actively talk about having a vibrant relationship with Christ.
  • Open-Minded – While strong Christian values are critical, there needs to be a willingness to work within a diversity of thought and theology.
  • Creative Collaborator – Find creative ways to involve others and implement programs, projects, and events. Creatively approach the work and properly balance a development mentality with best practices.
  • Effective Communicator – They will be front-facing in multiple avenues and need to have a winsome personality that can work in a room, both individually and in front of a group.

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