Development Specialist

EVOLVE Family Services


EVOLVE Family Services is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit whose core vision is a world where everyone has nurturing, permanent, and supportive familial relationships. We accomplish this by providing a full breadth of inclusive ethical programing in adoption, foster care, pregnancy support, youth services, and education. Our programs are supported through individual and corporate gifts, grants, earned revenue, contracted services, and special events. With 30 highly dedicated, experienced staff, EVOLVE serves all of Minnesota and western Wisconsin through a child-focused lens. In many of our programs, EVOLVE works within and alongside the child welfare system. Our agency recognizes the disparities caused by structural oppression and systemic inequities and works to address and combat these.

EVOLVE expects each individual employed at EVOLVE to be actively engaged in antiracist, anti-oppressive practices. We practice intercultural communication while holding each individual accountable to continued growth, knowing that these skill developments exist on a continuum and is without end. Please see our EVOLVE’s standards of antiracism and anti-oppression here.

At EVOLVE, we believe in the power of family and work to strengthen connections and relationships in all of the child-focused services we provide. EVOLVE works to support and preserve families using a culturally responsive, collaborative and transparent approach. We understand that each situation is unique, personal, and significant, and we treat it as such. We welcome and are committed to serving all individuals and families, regardless of race, religion, age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or marital status. Our staff is dedicated to helping families throughout their process, supporting them in their transitions, and giving them tools to thrive as a family.

EVOLVE Family Services is currently serving families through a combination of virtual and in person services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our agency is following guidelines to stay safe during the pandemic and will continue to do our work in a hybrid fashion until safely able to resume services in-person and within our office again.

Position Details

Development Specialist
Twin Cities Metro
Oak Park Heights, MN


The Development Specialist position is designed to be a detail-oriented and strongly organized position – working closely within our Development and Communications team. This key role helps support our mission through partnering with the team to develop and maintain community and donor relationships, plan fun and engaging events, assist with grant processes, recruit and coordinate volunteers, and ensure accurate data tracking and reporting. Position responsibilities include:

1. Donor Database Management

  • Maintain DonorPerfect database entry and reports, including mail merge and lists 
  • Track donor information for all received gifts, including in-kind donations 
  • Maintain and grow development lists including email lists on Constant Contact and Donor Perfect 
  • Manage all entry of donor gift data 
  • Manage entry of donor activity and contact reports 
  • Prepare fundraising reports 
  • Lead data integrity work, in partnership with the Development and Communications Director 
  • Reconcile financials on a monthly basis with Finance

2. Administrative Coordination

  • Process thank you letters/donor acknowledgements (printing, stuffing, mailing) in a timely and accurate fashion 
  • Update quarterly the thank you note template 
  • Support recurring donor/monthly giver program 
  • Respond to donor inquiries 
  • Assist the Development and Communications Director with development-related logistical and administrative needs 
  • Provide support for major gift work through preparation of donor profiles and materials 
  • Provide administrative and programmatic support to the development team 
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers for agency needs and events

3. Fundraising Events

  • Assist with event planning, registration, promotion, and activities 
  • Assist with day-of event operations 
  • Assist with post-event follow-up and acknowledgements

4. Grants

  • Perform research for new grant opportunities and proposals, ensuring funding priorities align with those of EVOLVE. 
  • Assist with writing, preparing, and submitting letters of inquiry and proposals for foundations, corporations, and government funded opportunities. 
  • Assist with writing grant applications. 
  • Assist cultivating and stewarding relationships with foundations, attending site visits as relevant. 
  • Serve as a communications conduit to foundation personnel, program officers, and other key individuals by informing them of EVOLVE’s news and events, engaging and inviting participation where appropriate

5. Agency Expectations

  • Participate in staff meetings, sessions related to agency’s commitment to antiracist work and workplace culture, training, consultation meetings, and workshops. 
  • Complete work in a timely manner and communicate effectively around individualized need. 
  • Utilize supervision for consultation, challenges, needed support, and accountability around agency expectations. 
  • Maintain continuing education requirements, as well as ethical and professional standards as required by agency and applicable licensing board. 
  • Contribute to the agency’s overall well-being and effectiveness by fully communicating needs, ideas, and concerns directly to supervisor.
  • Engage as a collaborative team member by participating in special projects, committees, or other duties as assigned.

This job is for you if you are (a)…

  • Committed to Social Justice 
  • Committed to practicing with an anti-racism and anti-oppressive lens 
  • Child-Focused 
  • Collaborative 
  • Self-Aware 
  • Trauma-informed 
  • Organized 
  • Detail-Oriented 
  • Team-player 
  • Proactive

Preferred qualifications include…

  • Minimum of 1 – 2 years of experience with fundraising events (golf tournament, gala, small party) assistance 
  • Minimum of 1 – 2 years of experience with database coordination 
  • Proficiency in database management including data entry, query and report creation (EVOLVE uses DonorPerfect and SAM)

Required qualifications include…

  • Passion for adoption, foster care, family welfare, volunteering, and/or nonprofits 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Strong client service and relationship building skills 
  • Ability to use technology including email, fax, printing, client database, and completion of forms. 
  • Ability to work with peers and clients cross-culturally. 
  • Ability to meet established deadlines 
  • Facilitation of informational meetings and discussion forum agency education

Compensation and Benefits:

$44,000-$46,000 annually, paid biweekly.

Benefits include health care (family coverage available), dental + vision coverage, 20 days of PTO in first year, increasing annually up to 240 hours after 10 years of service, 13 paid holidays, 16 hours paid community engagement time for volunteering, service, activism, etc., flexible work schedule, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) options, $50,000 Life insurance benefit, Short term and long-term disability insurance, Continuing Education benefit, $1,500 adoption benefit, Parental, Jury, Voting, Military, and Bereavement Leave, and Investment options.

EVOLVE Family Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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