Friends School of Minnesota (FSMN) is an independent, K-8, progressive Quaker school in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with 150 students. Our mission is to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.
FSMN welcomes applications from all interested applicants who share our core values, including the Equity and Inclusion vision of our Strategic Plan: “We envision a school community that embodies strength in diversity through the sharing of rich cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and experiences, and the celebration of varied personal expressions and identities, while recognizing the challenges posed by societal structures of oppression. We envision a student body that is able to work towards and is committed to social justice and equitable change making in the world. We commit to the long-term, collective work of examining school culture, practices, and policies, changing conditions to promote equity, defining diversity and inclusion needs within our school community, and approaching this work with humility and urgency.”
The Development Director is a member of the FSMN Advancement Team and reports directly to the Head of School. This position supports the administrative team by understanding and strategically implementing ways to increase and elevate fundraising efforts to support the mission and vision of FSMN, grounded in our commitment to Quaker values, Progressive Education, Peace, Environmental Education and Diversity/Equity. The Director will develop the untapped potential of alumni, extended family, Quakers, plant sale patrons/volunteers, and peace/environmental activists. As a member of the administrative team of FSMN, this position interacts with all constituencies of the school, including students, parents, alumni, committee members, faculty and staff.
Donor cultivation: Nurture, expand, and solicit support from FSMN’s existing and prospective families and donors, alumni, and community members.
Special events: Work closely with parent volunteers, faculty and administration, and outside vendors to plan and implement fundraising and donor cultivation events, such as: Gala, Great Gatherings, Sustainers Breakfast, Visitors Coffees, and elements of the Friends School Plant Sale and our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
Annual Fund Appeal: Coordinate the annual donation campaign for staff, parents and community.
Gift management: Oversee gift processing and gift acknowledgement, ensuring all gifts and pledges are entered into the database, stewarded, and acknowledged in a timely fashion; generate pledge reminders
Database: Manage and support aspects of the development database (NEON), including updating constituent information, producing mailing lists and labels, creating and updating donor lists, and processing donations
Support activities: Manage and implement all development support activities, including work with the front office to prepare correspondence and reports, maintaining contribution records, acknowledgments to donors, and keeping calendars for all development activities.
Collaboration: Attend/lead meetings and collaborative opportunities with: development committee, advancement team, administration, faculty, Parent Involvement Committee, and other committees and working groups.
Communications: Create presentations, reports, displays, and other materials in order to enhance public relations and fundraising activities.
Other duties as assigned by Head of School.
Ability to communicate effectively with school stakeholders, including parents, students, alumni, donors, prospective donors and representatives from the community.
Ability to manage fundraising programs.
Ability to handle multiple projects, work independently and collaboratively to produce quality results on schedule.
Familiarity with databases and CRM programs an asset.
Some evening/weekend work required.
About Friends School of Minnesota
Friends School of Minnesota is a thriving, independent, K-8, Quaker, progressive school of 165 students in the heart of Saint Paul, Minnesota. In the tradition of more than 80 Friends Schools across the United States, FSM meets children’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness. Now in its 29th year, FSM is a healthy, vibrant, stable institution known for its rich commitment to progressive education, community, acclaimed conflict resolution program, and holistic, joyful approach to educating children.
FSM is dedicated to its mission to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity, and to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.