Annual Giving, Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship
4 Year Degree
As a member of the MCM Development and Communications team, the Development Officer is responsible for assisting in securing philanthropic resources for MCM with priority focus on writing grant proposals, managing all related interim and final reports, assisting in implementation of the annual fundraising processes, acknowledging contributions, and managing the database and systems for fundraising.
The Development Officer works in concert with the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), the Communications Officer and other staff as warranted to accomplish the work of the department.
Secures and stewards grants from foundations and corporations.
Researches interest areas for philanthropic foundations and corporations and works with CAO to develop proposal concepts to meet funders’ interests in alignment with MCM needs.
Writes, submits, and tracks grant proposals to corporations and foundations.
Coordinates and maintains the grants calendar, including collecting information and tracking deadlines for proposals and reports.
Researches and secures corporate sponsorship opportunities as needed for events or programs.
Responsible for maintaining foundation profiles, ensuring correct information is always available, and communicating to key foundation contacts to ensure they remain abreast of MCM’s activities.
Annual fund activities and responsibilities.
Works with CAO to produce letters, emails, etc. requesting support and produces acknowledgement letters in a timely fashion.
Prepares queries, reports, mailing lists, donor segmentation, prospects lists, and profiles as needed to support the annual fund plan.
Works with Director of Operations to reconcile monthly contributions, pledges, and awards, and analyzes fundraising progress for fundraising team and the Board.
Participates in reconciliation of fiscal year contributions for annual financial audit.
Aids in creating fundraising information for the annual report and other related communications.
Assists the Development team in all tasks associated with executing cultivation and fundraising events.
Manages systems that support strong donor and funder relationships including gift processing, data entry, acknowledgements, information management, report development, special events tracking, etc.
Conducts prospect research.
Conducts research on current and prospective individuals, corporations, and foundations to ascertain their potential interest in MCM overall or for specific purposes.
Creates profiles as needed and suggests strategies for cultivation and solicitation.
Tracks assignment of prospective donors and funders to staff or volunteers and helps keep them on track with agreed upon assignments.
Helps develop a positive philanthropic culture responsive to donor needs.
Responds to donor inquiries in a timely fashion.
Greets visitors to MCM with enthusiasm and provides excellent customer service.
Serves as a representative of the organization at events and in other public venues.
Works as an effective and proactive team player.
Performs other activities as assigned.
Administrative and Other
Acts as staff liaison for the Development Committee; Schedules meetings, compiles handouts, etc.
Provides assistance to CAO for hospitality and set-up/clean-up of cultivation events or other meetings.
Assists with MCM board meetings as requested.
Answers phones and responds to donor inquiries.
Commitment to mission
Creative problem solver
Sense of humor and can-do attitude
3-5 years of experience in fundraising or communications
Demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with staff, volunteers and donors
Excellent written/oral communication skills
Proficient computer skills using MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Google calendar; extremely comfortable with internet use; competency with electronic donor tracking systems
About Montessori Center of Minnesota
The mission of the Montessori Center of Minnesota (MCM) is to transform lives and society by broadening access to the power of Dr. Maria Montessori’s proven method of education. MCM’s work is centered on the core values of transformation, work, community, intentionality, and civility. Located on the East Side of St. Paul, MCM operated a premier training center for Montessori teachers and leads a collaborative to expand the access to high-fidelity Montessori programs, including Cornerstone Montessori School (CMS), a non-profit Montessori school for children 15 months through 6 years. Also housed in its facility is Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School (CMES,) a public charter Montessori school for grades K-6. MCM also offers outreach programs, including (1) Montessori Partners Serving All Children (MPSAC,) a remarkable collaborative that builds and uses relationships with schools and other organizations to increase access to Montessori education for under-resourced families in Minnesota; (2) Parent Engagement Initiative, which promotes positive parent-child interactions; (3) Mentorship and Professional Development, which provides ongoing professional development and mentorship... to MCM’s teacher-in-training, alumni, and practicing Montessori teachers from throughout the region; and (4) Serving the Whole Child, a partnership with St. Catherine University, which supports MPSAC schools with program evaluation and parent enrichment activities.
MCM has trained the world’s leading Montessori teachers through rigorous, high-quality, hands-on training since 1973. MCM provides Lead Guide training at the Primary (for ages 3-6) and Elementary (for ages 6-12) levels, as well as Primary and Elementary Assistant Courses. All training courses are accredited by the Association Montessori International (AMI,) the only organization founded by Dr. Maria Montessori herself. MCM’s courses are also accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE.)