Development Associate

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The Development Associate is the backbone of the contributed revenue processes at The Bakken Museum. Working closely with the Director of Development, the Development Associate will take on key pieces of the overall fundraising plan, with emphasis on grant writing, sponsorship outreach, in-kind donations, and stewardship activities. This position will work with the Director of Development to research best practices, plan for the future, and work across the organization to fund exciting, vital projects and initiatives.



Corporate/Individual Sponsorship Solicitation

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward individuals, businesses/corporations, and other vital funders to provide a steady and growing stream of annual revenue through event and exhibit-related sponsorships.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Development to track Board-related sponsorship opportunities and status

In-Kind Giving

  • Work across the museum to assess in-kind gift needs and opportunities
  • Pursue and steward relationships to appropriately solicit and acknowledge gifts
  • Liaise with the Finance department to ensure all internal tracking of gifts is done correctly and promptly.

Stewardship Activities

  • Use CRM Database (Altru) to track all donations, donors, and key constituents through all levels of engagement
  • Utilize annual stewardship plan to send timely emails, phone calls, handwritten letters, and other communications as necessary
  • Coordinate with the Director of Development to ensure all data is accurate and up-to-date.

Grants Pipeline Management

  • In coordination with the Director of Development, writing and preparing all necessary materials for most corporate and foundation grant submissions.
  • Preparing, maintaining, and updating a grants calendar with appropriate museum prospects, funding deadlines, and contact information needed.
  • Coordinates with museum program staff and writes all grant reports required.


  • Commitment to Diversity – Eager to work effectively with other employees, partners, and participants without discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, family composition, marital status, or socioeconomic status. Committed to opportunities to support cultural diversity in the workplace.
  • Commitment to Service – Responsive to the needs and requests of the museum’s visitors, event guests, and organization partners. Extends courtesy, friendliness, and overall respect to others.
  • Interpersonal Communication and Teamwork – Listens well and is open to others’ perspectives. Develops strong working relationships and values them as critical to effective work.
  • Initiative – Demonstrates willingness to make significant contributions with little direction. Voluntarily starts projects. Exercises good judgment and independent actions when appropriate.
  • Flexible – Adaptable and responsive to change. Able to respond to requests promptly.


  • 1-3 years of nonprofit experience required (fundraising experience preferred but not required).
  • Microsoft Office suite experience required.
  • Raiser’s Edge, Altru and/or related CRM database experience preferred, but not required.
  • Willingness to work occasional weeknights and/or weekends, as required.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Communicates effectively in writing, telephone and in person with all levels throughout the museum and broader community; board of trustees, executive leadership, donors and volunteers, and development team.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and accomplishes tasks on goal, timeline and budget.
  • Flexible and adaptable within context of ever-changing nonprofit environment.
  • Demonstrates willingness to learn best practices in fundraising strategies, particularly grants management, moves management, and corporate/foundation solicitation.

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

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

Requires monthly travel within Twin Cities metro area to/from foundation/donor meetings and networking events. Very limited outside city limits.


  • $40,000-$42,000 Annually
  • Eligible to participate in medical and dependent care FSAs and 403(b) retirement plans.
  • Eligible for Group Health Insurance: The Bakken pays for 100% of premium


Application should consist of a resume and cover letter (detailing interest in the position) directed to Alex Askew, Associate Director of Development, at

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