Development Coordinator


Minneapolis, MN, USA

Full time

$50.4-63k (annually)

Sep 22

Status: Full-Time Exempt (40+ hours/week),

Annual Salary Salary: $50,400-$63,000, based on qualifications

Benefits: Generous employer-covered health, vision, and dental plans; 12 paid holidays, generous PTO and “Summer Friday” schedule; Flexible work schedule and remote work opportunities; Dynamic team and engaged organization culture; Regular professional development and personal growth opportunities; Employee Assistance Program (EAP); Opportunities to engage with Minnesota sports teams and events; Dog-friendly office; Vacation savings plan; Fitness incentive program.

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Position Description The Development Coordinator reports to the Development & Communications Manager and supports ACES’s development and communications initiatives, fundraising and movement-building events, and volunteer engagement. A key member of the Development team, the Development Coordinator helps increase ACES’s visibility, reach, and impact.

Key Functions & Responsibilities

Development •

Collaborate with the Development & Communications Manager to implement ACES development strategies including digital fundraising, direct mail, and events. • Manage the ACES donor database (CRM) including updating contact information, generating reports, and ensuring the accurate and timely recording of all contributions. • Oversee and implement ACES acknowledgement protocols, including receipting, acknowledgement letters, and thank you notes. • Research and identify corporate and foundation grant/sponsorship opportunities. • Participate in direct donor outreach, including via phone and email. • Support ACES Development Committee including meeting preparation and follow up, creating agendas, managing attendance, preparing materials, and recording and distributing minutes. • Assist in scheduling meetings with current and prospective funders and donors.

Communications •

Partner with Development & Communications Manager to create and distribute ACES communications across platforms, including website, email, social media, and print. • Attend ACES programming and events to secure communications assets (photo, video, testimonials, etc.) • Manage ACES social media accounts and create original content, including graphics, to increase visibility and digital engagement overall. • Ensure strong ACES brand across channels.

Events •

Collaborate with the Development & Communications Manager, contractors, and other members of the ACES team to plan and execute impactful fundraising, movement-building, and/or volunteer events, including ACES signature All-Star Evening gala and First Pitch back-toschool celebration. • Provide excellent customer service and timely correspondence to event sponsors and guests; assist with management of guest lists. • Research, cultivate, and solicit potential event sponsors, in-kind donors, and/or vendors. • Work with vendors to secure necessary contracts and permits; prepare invoices and receipts. • Prepare event materials including invitations, sponsorship letters, signage, sponsor gifts, name tags, auction materials, etc. • Support and lead event execution including set up, day-of logistics, and tear down.

Other •

Assist with ACES’s programming and volunteer engagement, including supporting volunteer cultivation and stewardship. • Support the Development & Communications Manager as staff liaison to the ACES Associate Board, including recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding members, committee meeting preparation and follow up, and Associate Board event and initiative execution.

About You

The ideal candidate is highly organized, reliable, self-motivated, creative, collaborative, and brings a positive attitude and good sense of humor to their work. The Development Associate is committed to ACES’s mission, embodies ACES’s values (growth-mindset, teamwork, equity, empathy, and responsiveness), and works to eliminate education disparities and ensure all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities.

Required Qualifications •

Commitment to ACES’s mission. • Experience working with diverse communities. • Ability to work both independently and as a collaborative member of the ACES team. • Exceptional time-management and organizational skills. • Excellent communicator with strong listening, speaking, and writing skills. • Adept problem solver with high level of independence and good judgement. • Creative, innovative thinker with ability to identify and communicate compelling stories. • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and discretion. • Ability to work flexible hours. Some weekend and evening availability is required. • Microsoft Office proficiency.

Preferred Qualifications •

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. • 2+ years of experience in fundraising, communications, event planning, or related field. • Experience with event planning, donor database systems, communications platforms, and/or graphic design software.

About ACES

ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) is an innovative out-of-school time program that brings math and social-emotional learning to life for Twin Cities students. Our mission is to reduce the academic opportunity gap and improve the likelihood of success for students in traditionally underserved communities. ACES’s programming consists of three primary, synergetic components: group classroom sessions, one-on-one mentorship, and unique experiential learning opportunities. Our unique, project-based curriculum engages students through sports-themed, real-world applications. ACES partners with mission-aligned Twin Cities organizations and schools, as well as Minnesota’s professional sports teams, to deliver transformational programming for hundreds of students every year.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Employment Opportunity ACES is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on merit. ACES strives to build leadership, staff, and volunteer teams that reflect our values of equity and inclusion with regard to race, ethnicity, class, culture, religion, physical ability, age, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We respect the value that diverse life experiences bring to our leadership and are committed to being nondiscriminatory and providing equal opportunities in all areas of our work. People of color and those from other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to Lara Dreier, Talent Coordinator, at Application will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Contact Lara via email with questions or to learn more about the position.

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