Search our site:

Give today and protect wildlife habitat forever

Make a gift in honor or memory of a loved one

Include the Land Trust in your estate.


Email Sign-up




Minnesota Land Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)3

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 651-647-9590




Staff Directory

Office Locations & Directions


Located on the Green Line, across the street from Raymond Station. On bus routes 16, 21, 63 and 67. Nice Ride location across the street, available seasonally. Parking available on the south side of the building and on the street (metered).




Land Trust Accreditation Commission    Charities Review Council


Interest for Others  Guidestar Platinum


Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment


Position: Director of Development

Summary of Position:

As a key member of the leadership team, the Director of Development is responsible for designing and implementing vigorous and comprehensive fundraising strategies to secure the resources needed to support the organization’s annual operating budget and long-term financial goals. With the assistance of the Development Manager, the Director of Development is responsible for membership growth, major individual gifts, corporate and foundation support, and planned giving. The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors and other staff on donor cultivation and solicitation and is also responsible for managing donor information, including the Land Trust's contact database.


  1. Develop and implement overall fundraising strategies to generate the financial resources needed to support the Minnesota Land Trust’s short- and long-term goals. Provide leadership and vision for overall development program.
  2. Oversee annual giving program, including membership development, and individual giving, corporate support, foundation cultivation and planned giving.
  3. Identify, cultivate and solicit gifts from major individual, corporate and foundation prospects utilizing in-person presentations, donor tours and events, written proposals and effective follow-up.
  4. Develop and manage Board of Directors’ fundraising capacity. Support the development committee of the Board of Directors.
  5. Direct donor research, write and edit proposals, and oversee departmental administrative tasks, including donor tracking and monitoring systems. Maintain donor files, including records of meetings and significant phone conversations in donor database.
  6. Advance special fundraising initiatives such as a Capital Campaign, working closely with the Executive Director, consultants and others.
  7. Direct fundraising events, including the Land Trust’s Minnesota Made annual fundraiser, to maximize funding opportunities and advance relationships with key donors.
  8. Work closely with communications and marketing staff to coordinate messaging and other outreach activities that will most effectively increase funding opportunities.
  9. Participate in ongoing personal professional development through training, trade organizations and other opportunities.
  10. Provide supervision to the Development Manager.

Entrance Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of experience in successful and demonstrated revenue development in a fundraising or professional sales environment, or a similar combination of education and experience.
  2. Excellent demonstrated planning, management and fundraising skills and success in developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program. Thorough understanding and ability to maximize all components of a diversified funding base.
  3. Exceptional communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to write persuasively. Ability to work with a wide variety of individuals, including staff, donors, trustees, corporate and foundation leaders and volunteers.
  4. Well organized, self-directed and goal-driven, with a high degree of initiative and personal commitment to the mission of the Minnesota Land Trust. Excellent follow-through and attention to detail.
  5. Willingness to travel throughout Minnesota and to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  6. Understanding of and passion for land conservation and related fields.

Reports to: Executive Director
Classification: Full-time, exempt
Location: St. Paul, MN
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application deadline: June 25, 2017
Application instructions: Please submit cover letter and resume as one PDF to Sue Martinez,