Development Officer - Grants
University of Minnesota - Minnesota

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Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university.

Minimum of three (3) years professional development or related experience Experience with grant writing and grant reporting.

Demonstrated communications and interpersonal skills and success in working in a team setting.

Experience with event planning or project management.

Successful completion of a background verification check.

Five or more years of demonstrated experience in identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts strongly preferred

Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

Demonstrated evidence of successful experience in prospect research, grant writing or similar activities

Highly organized.

Enjoys administering fast paced schedule with numerous projects underway simultaneously

Contributes positively to a team oriented work environment

Exhibits high energy, positive attitude, commitment to excellence


Reporting to the Arboretum's Director of Development and Communications:

The Grants Development Officer will work primarily with foundations to determine their philanthropic interests, and close appropriate gifts in support of Arboretum fundraising priorities. This position coordinates with the Development/Communications, Education, Research, and Administrative staff at the Arboretum and works closely with the Foundation Relations Office at the U of M Foundation.


  • Develop and implement strategy to select, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation prospects with an emphasis on acquiring new and/or increasing existing grant funding
  • For each grant prospect, identify means to increase involvement of donors and prospects in the activities of the Arboretum and/or the University
  • Work closely with program staff to gather information and data for project proposals
  • Collaborate with staff members to assist with the design of programs which will attract funding
  • Write, edit, and submit proposals for general operations, designated programs, and special projects
  • Assume primary responsibility to achieve the grant funding goals for specific programs and annual fund
  • Maintain tracking system of deadlines, submissions, and outcomes, ensure timely reporting and appropriate stewardship for funded projects
  • Design and implement a comprehensive long-range development plan for support, based on Foundation grant funding
  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and its programs, effectively communicating its vision, mission, and priorities to prospects and donors and also acting as a resource for other Development staff

  • Research potential funding sources, Maintain research information system on grant and other funding opportunities
  • Initiate and review research reports and information from the University's donor management system database as well as other systems on assigned Foundation prospects
  • Meet with Director of Development and Communications regularly to review projects and assess effectiveness
  • Offer research based counsel to Development and Communications Director and other Development staff

  • Work proactively with the University of Minnesota Foundation on Arboretum Development Foundation prospect coordination and information sharing
  • Assume responsibility to oversee planning, preparation, and production of the Development and Stewardship portion of the newsletter
  • Prepare, or coordinate with a colleague, the preparation of an article for each issue focusing on an element of fund raising, or a profile of a donor to recognize and highlight various means by which giving to the Arboretum might be accomplished
  • Special Projects as assigned
Program/Unit Description

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota. The Arboretum is located approximately 30 miles west of the Twin Cities Campus along Hwy 5, just west of the City of Chanhassen. The Arboretum consists of over 1100 acres of trees, shrubs, plants; the Oswald Visitor Center, Snyder Building Education Center, Horticultural Research Center and other facilities, gardens, displays, exhibits and model landscapes.

This position is located at the MN Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota.

Application Instructions

Please apply online via the Employment System at Apply online and attach cover letter, resume and contact information of three professional references.

As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science is committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background verification.

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