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DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters

We’re looking for a Development Director to join the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. Join a great team of people who are dedicated to protecting the Boundary Waters in a highly challenging and intellectually engaging environment.

OVERVIEW

The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, founded and led by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness based in Ely MN, is a national coalition of 400+ businesses, conservation, and hunting & angling organizations united to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park from the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining proposed in the headwaters of these treasures.

Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness Mission: We unite people to advocate for the protection of wilderness and wild places, especially the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the greater Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.

 Our Vision: We envision a future where people understand the value of wild protected lands, and are unified to forever protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the greater Quetico-Superior Ecosystem as vital components of a healthy and resilient planet.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice: Wilderness and the pursuit of its protection should be made to be welcoming and accessible to all. Protecting Wilderness relies upon public engagement which cannot be expected when people are disenfranchised, unwelcome, hurt or tokenized due to their sexuality, race, age, ability, size, gender identity, gender expression, culture, religion, political affiliation, or anything else. The pursuit of permanent protection for the Boundary Waters from sulfide-ore copper mining and other threats is no different. Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness and the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in all aspects of the organization as it works to protect this special place for everyone and for generations to come.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR POSITION SUMMARY

The Development Director leads the fundraising team and oversees the strategy, planning, execution, and review of all fundraising efforts to meet our goals of raising $3 million annually through a full suite of channels including events, digital, mail, grants, major donors, business, and donor cultivation and retention.

KEY JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Lead the fundraising team of staff, board, and contractors to successfully plan for and meet or exceed fundraising goals of the organization and its affiliates
  • Manage other staff including the Development Associate, and work closely with other staff to guide and execute or oversee all fundraising activities 
  • Advise and work with senior staff, board members, and other allies on campaign planning and strategies, informed in particular by the most up-to-date philanthropic trends and non-profit best practices
  • Organize and oversee several major fundraising events each year, including house parties, annual gala, Give to the Max Day and other fundraisers
  • Cultivate new and existing major donors, seek out and apply for grant funding opportunities, and ensure all grant deadlines are met 
  • Oversee and develop the organization’s donor and funder relationships through digital, mail, and in-person contact such as events, calls, webinars and meetings
  • Draft or review, edit, and approve content and plans for marketing, messages, alerts, and other communications related to fundraising and cultivation whether through digital, mail, or other means
  • Oversee excellent data management, record-keeping and strategic use of our supporter database and all development-related systems
  • Other duties as assigned

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prior development director/manager role or 3-5 years experience in fundraising strategy ideally in a conservation, environmental, political, governmental, and/or non-profit context or other relevant background
  • Staff management experience, experience directing and managing the work of others 
  • Ability to set and drive toward ambitious goals, evaluate and research issues, analyze problems, and develop and implement recommendations to increase fundraising success
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Attention to detail, excellent organizational abilities and ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Experience with Content Management Systems (specifically EveryAction), Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Ability to work independently and interact positively with donors and supporters, board members, staff, volunteers, contractors, partners, decision-makers and the public
  • Committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in everyday work and in fulfilling the mission of the organization

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • The Development Director is a full-time salaried position with Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, an IRS recognized 501c3 organization. The salary range for this position is $65,000-$80,000 depending on experience
  • Compensation includes competitive wage and benefits package with coverage or a

stipend for health, dental, and vision insurance; a 403b retirement plan; 9 designated

paid holidays; phone, travel and expense reimbursement; training opportunities; and 18

“Personal Time Off” (PTO) paid days per year.

Staff can primarily work remotely from a home office in Minnesota with the ability to be present in-person in Ely, Minneapolis and other cities for work-based needs.

TO APPLY

Please email your resume, a cover letter and three references to Sam@savetheboundarywaters.org with subject line “Development Director Application” by May 2, 2022

Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness and the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters are committed to equal opportunity in employment.

 

Join the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters team as a Ely Headquarters Outreach intern!

Position: Save the Boundary Waters Ely Headquarters Outreach Internship

Location: In-person, Ely, MN Wage: $15/ Hour Dates: May - August 2022, minimum 3-months

Supervised By: Regional Organizer Maddie Fahnline & Ely Office Manager Levi Lexvold

Background: The Campaign to Save The Boundary Waters was organized by local residents in and around Ely, Minnesota who are dedicated to creating a national movement to protect the clean water, clean air and forest landscape of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its watershed from toxic pollution from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining. The Campaign partners with dozens of local and national conservation organizations and businesses and is led by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness.

The Ely HQ Outreach Intern’s primary duties include but are not limited to: 

  •  Serve as a representative of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness (NMW), Save the Boundary Waters in and around the northeastern Minnesota community.
  •  Provide a welcoming and educational presence for visitors to the Ely HQ facility, and attend various community meetings and events.
  • Willingness to learn and gain an in-depth understanding of the issue and how to discuss it with the public.
  • Educate visitors on the fight to protect the Quetico Superior Ecosystem from sulfide-ore copper mining as well as opportunities to get involved with the Campaign.
  • Facilitate presentations for outside groups and camps throughout the summer season.
  • Opportunities to travel along with Regional Organizers for events that require more help.
  • Conduct outreach through email, in-person meetings, phone, and peer-to-peer texting campaigns
  • Record, update, and track results of grassroots actions, like petition-signers and donors into our database

Desired experience:    

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, problem-solving ability, great written and verbal skills, work ethic, and eagerness to learn
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ), as well as a demonstrated willingness to engage in ongoing DEIJ education.
  • Experience with event planning and facilitation.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to engage positively with a broad array of people and constituencies.
  • Demonstrated comfort with learning new technologies.
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft suite of products, Zoom, and databases such as EveryAction.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Passion for wilderness advocacy and Save the Boundary Waters’ mission.
  • Love for the Boundary Waters, Canoe Country, and/or the Northwoods

Benefits:

  • Compensation at $15/hour
  • If applicable, we will work with you to arrange college credit for this position.
  • Training is provided
  • Potential for housing coverage

Requirements:

  • 32 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Intern must provide their own transportation.

Please send a resume and cover letter, including your location and dates of availability for the internship, to maddie@savetheboundarywaters.org by May 15. 

Join the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters team as an intern! Position: Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters Internship
Location: Minneapolis, Duluth or Ely, Minnesota
Dates: We seek out interns every season and semester

Supervised By: Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness staff (According to the intern’s work plan & focus area)

Background: The Campaign to Save The Boundary Waters was organized by local residents in and around Ely, Minnesota who are dedicated to creating a national movement to protect the clean water, clean air and forest landscape of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its watershed from toxic pollution from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining. The Campaign partners with dozens of local and national conservation organizations and businesses and is led by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness.

Activities and Tasks: The Campaign is growing rapidly and we strive to be as strategic as possible in all our efforts. Tasks may evolve throughout the duration of the internship based on Campaign needs, and the skills and interests of the intern(s). Intern(s) will work closely with members of the Campaign:

  • We are seeking skilled interns to work in areas of Communications, Organizing, Outreach & Events, Fundraising and Administration. Job focus will depend on experience, interest and the needs of the Campaign.

  • Assist in drafting documents and content for supporters through email, social media, website and other platforms.

  • Educate and activate the public and our supporters around our efforts to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide-ore copper mining.

  • Assist in organizing logistics and staffing events, like festivals and house gatherings, trainings, presentations, campus and community events, media events and special projects like the State Fair and “adventure advocacy” expeditions.

  • Conduct outreach through email, in-person meetings, phone-calling, and preparing mailings to supporters.

  • Engage with a number of constituencies: faith leaders, local officials, students, businesses and the public at large. Brainstorm and develop new creative ideas to reach new supporters.

  • Record, update and track results of grassroots actions, like petition-signers and donors into our databases.

  • Attend meetings and present/update others on the efforts of the Campaign.

    Desired Skills or Qualities:

  • Leadership experience, strong academic performance, problem-solving ability, excellent written and verbal skills, work-ethic, eagerness to learn, positive attitude.

  • College degree, status as enrolled student or relevant experience in environmental issues, community organizing or outdoor recreation.

  • A general understanding of sulfide-ore copper mining and its impacts.

  • A commitment to sustainable and healthy wilderness edge communities and

    outdoor tourism economy in Minnesota.

  • Ability to work independently and interact positively with board members, staff,

    volunteers, partners, media, decision-makers and the public.

  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced and changing

    environment.

  • High level of comfort with computers and a variety of software and applications.

  • Experience with social media.

  • Dedication to our goals and efforts, willingness to work hard.

    Position Requirements:

  • Flexible hours (quarter time to full time internships may be available). Includes some evenings and weekends.

  • Training will be provided.

    Benefits:

    • Work on a rapidly-growing, historic national effort to protect the BWCA
    • Work alongside seasoned organizers, add to your own skills and experience
    • Make connections in the conservation community and with decision makers
    • Work stipend may be available
    • If applicable, we will work with you to arrange college credit for the internship.

    Please send a resume and cover letter, including your location and dates of availability for the internship, to info@savetheboundarywaters.org.