Director of Development & Partnership Engagement

Springtide Research Institute

Springtide Research Institute for Religion and Young People (Springtide) is a new, independent research institute dedicated to the religious and spiritual lives of young people both in and outside of religious institutions. Springtide is committed to diversity of thought and expression, and traverses particular religious expressions and confessional institutions.

Position Details

Director of Development & Partnership Engagement
Twin Cities Metro
Bloomington, MN


Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director of Development & Partnership Engagement is responsible for providing strategic leadership in development and advancement strategies for organizational growth and facilitating a culture of partnership engagement to advance the organization’s mission. The Director of Development & Partnership Engagement will build relationships with foundation, corporate and individual funders, is responsible for meeting development goals, and will assist in overseeing partnership communication efforts. The Director of Development & Partnership Engagement supervises the development office and team. This position serves as the primary liaison to the development advisory council comprised of board representation and mostly mission-aligned philanthropically-focused local and national leaders.


Fundraising 65%

  • Develop and execute both the annual and long-range fundraising plan and goals including the creation of a fundraising plan that accomplishes the goals of the overall strategy. 
  • Ensure all proposals are well- written and reports for all foundation, corporate, and individual gifts are created and tracked. 
  • Plan and prepare for future endowment and planned gifts. 
  • Acquire, create and execute strategies for a sustained base of annual individual and foundation donors. 
  • Follow a moves management process from prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. 
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors in own portfolio as well as working with the President and key staff members with their donor relationships. 
  • In collaboration with the President and other staff, secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations. 
  • Train and mentor board, staff and volunteers on fund development and the culture of partnership engagement. 
  • Ensure all database and donor communications are being handled appropriately. 
  • Actively participate and provide leadership in any organization’s fundraising events. (minimal)

Communications 20%

With input from other leadership staff, develop and support a philanthropically directed marketing and communications strategy that improves recognition and grows the audience.

  • Assist the Partnership Communications Director to develop, coordinate and publicize any special donor news and/or events to generate positive awareness and support the earned revenue objectives. 
  • Represent the organization to diverse stakeholders including board members, donors, funding partners, and general public. 
  • Provide leadership as a key decision-maker for all philanthropically driven marketing and public relations efforts.

Strategy and Communications 15%

With the President and other senior leadership, develop and support the organization’s short and long term strategic goals.

  • Partner with the research team and fully understand the organization’s programs and research in order to effectively foster community support. 
  • Effectively communicate departmental goals and progress with staff and Board of Directors. 
  • Identify opportunities to streamline or improve current practices or systems


  1. BA (required), MA or other advanced degrees a plus, CFRE preferred. 
  2. 7+ years experience in all aspects of nonprofit fund development with a proven track record for increasing contributed revenue. 
  3. Demonstrated excellence in strategic leadership, organizational, managerial, and communication skills. 
  4. Research based, local and national grant fund development experience a plus. 
  5. Experience working with marketing and public relations in a nonprofit setting preferred. 
  6. Familiarity with a philanthropic community of local and national nature, especially major foundation partners a plus. 
  7. Knowledge and ability to use CRM software required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Ability to stand/sit for up to 8 hours per day 
  2. Ability to move through and access all areas of various buildings and grounds including stairs, indoor/outdoor areas, and small spaces. 
  3. Ability to physically manipulate computer and AV components, office files, and similar equipment related to an office environment.


Limited travel locally, with some national travel required for donor and/or funding presentations.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the staff member assigned to this position. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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