Salary, Full-Time
St. Paul, MN, US
Salary Range: $75,000 to $85,000 annually, based on qualifications and experience.
Benefits: Monthly stipend for health insurance; vacation and sick time; paid holidays; parking.
Position open until filled

About the Ann Bancroft Foundation

For 24 years, the Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) has supported Minnesota girls in grades K-12 to realize their highest dreams.

ABF strives to eliminate barriers for girls to achieve their dreams and offers tools that will allow a girl to feel supported along the way. Through grants, mentorship, and ongoing development opportunities, ABF gives Minnesota girls the strength to imagine something bigger and achieve their full potential. To date, ABF has awarded more than $2 million in grants to over 5200 girls throughout Minnesota.

ABF exemplifies the spirit of explorer and educator Ann Bancroft, whose leadership and personal and historic achievements have inspired many to courageously take on new challenges. Bancroft organized and led the first-known all-woman expedition to Antarctica, becoming the first woman to reach both Poles across the ice.

ABF operates with a passion for making a difference in girls' lives and chooses to partner with like-minded individuals and organizations to cultivate an environment that supports girls in the achievement of their dreams. The ABF community, composed of alumni who have received grants, mentors who guide the process, activity providers who enhance the impact, and supporters who fund our programming, is diverse, inclusive, connected, accessible, transparent, healthy, and supportive. ABF encourages members of this community to be bold, courageous, and innovative. We take pride in the growing pool of people who eagerly claim membership in our community.


As a key partner to the Executive Director, the Development Director is responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day management of ABF’s fundraising activities, including the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of institutional and individual donors.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Planning and Fundraising

  • Plan and lead a robust annual and long-term development strategy to include individual and institutional funding
  • Implement cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship initiatives to ensure ABF will maintain and surpass its revenue goals
  • Raise the profile of ABF among foundations and community leaders; build, maintain, and lead relationships with key donors and prospects; represent ABF at external events as needed
  • Conduct prospect research, management of funding pipeline, and management of grants calendar to support fundraising goals
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Development Committee, Program Manager, and Marketing Manager to create compelling donor-facing communications, including the creation of the Annual Report, and other materials, to increase ABF visibility and support fundraising activities
  • Implement a stewardship program that establishes a long-term relationship between our supporters and the organization that leads to increased support and financial sustainability


  • Lead donor engagement and appreciation events, including event planning, communications, sponsors, and volunteer management
  • Evaluate the success of existing events and continually identify opportunities for enhancements and adjustments


  • Manage development budget, scorecard, and reporting
  • Manage donor database and fundraising operations. Assume primary responsibility for all gift processing. Ensure timely donor receipts and acknowledgments
  • Record, report, and reconcile donor contributions, including grant reports, in compliance with donor management best practices, and applicable state and federal laws
  • May supervise staff and development consultants as required

Perform other duties as assigned.


The Development Director must believe in and be a passionate advocate for ABF’s mission. A strong applicant will possess these qualifications:

Required Qualifications

Professional Experience Required. (5) five years of professional experience, with at least (3) three years in development-related activities with demonstrated and quantifiable success in achieving fundraising goals and working with volunteers. Proven track record of effective gift solicitation, donor communications, events, and fundraising operations management. Experience working with Customer Relationship Management systems (CRMs). Proficient use of Microsoft Office and other current technologies.

Inclusion. Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and a demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and social justice.

Schedule Flexibility. Able to occasionally work early mornings, evenings and weekends. This position is currently remote to hybrid but expected to transition to the office when able.

Travel. Able to travel in Minnesota several times during the year.

Skills and Competencies

Mission Aligned. You have enthusiasm, familiarity, and demonstrated alignment with ABF’s mission and a commitment to building gender equity, racial and social justice. You support a positive, collaborative, inclusive, and passionate ABF culture.

Relationship Builder. You like learning what motivates people, what inspires their generosity and what makes them feel appreciated. You are genuinely curious about new people and possess strong listening skills.

Strong Team Member. You contribute to a healthy and vibrant work culture. You can initiate, organize and manage projects. You interface successfully with colleagues and volunteers in a collaborative approach, whether leading or part of a team.

Self-Starter. You take the initiative to plan and execute on tasks with minimal supervision.

Detail-Oriented and Flexible Multi-Tasker. You display attention to detail and strong project management skills. You can efficiently initiate and complete multiple tasks on time. You can pivot quickly as priorities shift and the team continues to take shape.

Principled. Demonstrated history of high ethical values, sound judgement, and ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information. Adhere to ABF policies and procedures and donor best practices.

Persistent and Optimistic. You are intrinsically motivated and undaunted by ambitious goals. You have the creativity and tenacity to find your way around a “no” answer to a more productive “not right now,” “maybe,” or best yet, “yes.”

Exceptional in Communicating Verbally and in Writing. You have a demonstrated ability to write and edit persuasive materials including successful appeals, proposals, stewardship materials and other collateral. You have strong presentation and negotiation skills.

The Ability to Execute on Fundraising Plans and Generate Results. You extensively use data to drive decision-making and reflect on your rigorous and donor-centered plans for sustaining and growing ABF donor base and revenue.

Our Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity

Ann Bancroft Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws.


ABF is committed to the recruitment, selection and development of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to email a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest to

Posted 12/1/2021