Partner, Fund Development Strategy and Grant Operations
Minneapolis | Minneapolis, MN | Full Time and Part Time
Who are we?
The Wildflower Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to nurture the organic growth of Wildflower Schools, a network of teacher-led, child-centered authentic Montessori learning environments that support families from diverse backgrounds as they follow life’s unfolding journey. Wildflower schools are one-two room, shopfront, teacher-led Montessori schools, committed to equity and wholeness practices and grounded in a deep belief in the awe-inspiring potential of human beings - both children and adults. The Wildflower Foundation nurtures the conditions for Wildflower schools to organically grow across the U.S. and eventually around the world.
The Wildflower Foundation operates a bit differently from a typical non-profit organization - we are decentralized and nonhierarchical, rooted deeply in our values of Connectedness and Growth; our norms of Awareness, Kindness, and Autonomy with Support; and the 9 Principles that guide our schools’ design.
Partners at The Wildflower Foundation participate in a system of governance in which autonomy is valued and decision-making is disseminated through all Partners in the network.
A Summary of the Role of Partner
The Wildflower Foundation is looking for a driven person with an entrepreneurial spirit who shares our commitment to equity, innovation, wholeness, and Montessori education to take on a number of projects that will support the growth of Wildflower schools in Minnesota. These projects may include:
- Creating and implementing the overall strategy for MN donors/potential donors including deeply understanding donor’s priorities and motivations, how they make decisions and how to best make the case for Wildflower support; planning and conducting meaningful ongoing engagement opportunities and building relationships with individuals where it makes sense
- Supporting Wildflower Minnesota’s lead fundraiser in executing donor-specific strategy by preparing context for donor meetings and/or initial pitch call with new prospects
- Overseeing grant applications and reporting
- Managing relationship data in order to support effective relationship stewardship
- Conducting prospect research
Who are we looking for?
The ideal person for this work is passionate about equity in education, independent, organized, skilled at creating new systems, creative, detail-oriented, and committed to creating thriving communities and schools for all in the Twin Cities area and throughout Minnesota. This role will work primarily out of our workspace in Minneapolis.Generally, we have found individuals with the below attitudes thrive within our unique culture:
- Adept Communicator– You are passionate about sharing great stories, enthusiastic about coordination and efficiency, and are eager to explore new tools and technologies
- Driven by details and organization– Crossing every “t” and dotting every “i” is your natural disposition – you thrive on creating processes and systems, and engaging others in using those systems to make the everyday work of leading a school easier and more streamline
- Innovative leadership – Your default mode is “yes.” You are flexible, open-minded, see opportunity in obstacles, and are energized by using creativity and resourcefulness to create new ways of leading the business of schools
- Generosity of spirit – You live with kindness, work gently with others, and practice gratitude. You seek advice openly and are comfortable working in a non-hierarchical organization.
- A desire to learn and grow – You are eager to stretch beyond your current experience, to develop new skills and expertise and to more deeply explore your purpose and potential
- Passion for Montessori and diversity – You are eager to increase access to Montessori to families of limited economic means, and to building racially diverse learning communities. You have an appreciation for the Montessori approach and the educators who bring it to life as well as a passion for educational equity
For this role, we are looking for someone with at least 3 years of professional experience as change agents doing mission driven work. Additionally, we are looking for the following skill sets and experience:
- Experience with Minnesota donor engagement and relationship management
- Experience with grant writing and budget tracking a plus
- Experience working in collaborative, entrepreneurial environment ideally with or within equity-oriented education-related non-profits, school districts, and/or community-based organizations
- Ability to build productive relationships with donors
- Compelling written communication skills
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred
In addition to a welcoming workspace centered on trust and autonomy, The Wildflower Foundation offers a competitive salary and comprehensive health benefits package along with 401(k) plan with employer matching as well as an well as an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. We trust all staff to set their own work schedules and determine when and how much time to take off.
This role can be customized to fit a full or part time schedule. We are excited to consider candidates looking for less than full-time work, and/or combine a number of projects into a full-time position. As a rapidly growing organization with a lot to do, we will work with you to identify other roles based on your interests and skills.
This is a salaried position is based in Minneapolis, MN.