Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Director of Grants and Partnerships

United States

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MCAD is seeking a Director of Grants and Partnerships. The Director of Grants and Partnerships is responsible for proactively identifying corporate, foundation, and public prospects in order to secure philanthropic support for the mission, purpose, and values of MCAD. This position will be a collaborator both externally, representing MCAD in cultivating external relationships and partnerships, and internally as a partner to stakeholders across the institution. They must be sensitive to college needs, employee and student goodwill, and overall brand equity of MCAD as an employer and educational institution.

DETAILS: This is a full time exempt position, expected to work 35 hours a week. This position is paid $65,000 - $80,000 annually.


  • Identifying corporate, foundation and public prospects
  • Developing funding proposals to them, soliciting following up in securing philanthropic support on behalf of MCAD.
  • Identifying opportunities for new alliances and developing strategies for raising resources
  • Managing and building a portfolio of local and national partnerships to generate funding, goodwill and broader opportunities
  • Managing the prospecting lifecycle for new partnerships-including prospecting, solicitation, pipeline and cultivation, partner stewardship and long-term relationship management
  • Conduct research to identify corporate, government, and foundation prospects, for both the organization as a whole and for specific programs, projects, and events that align with MCAD's mission, purpose, and values.
  • Researching potential partners and identifying relevant stakeholders with an interest in independent sector strategic programmatic areas
  • Developing individualized strategies for corporate and foundation prospects and donors.
  • Cultivating relationships with external corporate and foundation funders through visits, correspondence, and regular communication.
  • Managing partnerships building functions for assigned campaigns and projects, which includes partnership identification, outreach and maintenance at both state and national levels
  • Building relationships with external corporate and foundation partners through visits, correspondence and regular communications
  • Collaborating with MCAD colleagues in new educational programs, initiatives, events, facility and technology upgrades, etc.
  • Identifying work of the college that might attract external support as well as responding to external opportunities for support (RFPs, foundation guidelines, etc.).
  • Developing understanding of stakeholder needs and goals to generate leads, identify funding opportunities, and deliver benefits and resources
  • Partnering with stakeholders to develop set goals, priorities and direction for the corporate and foundation programs.
  • Partnering with leadership team in providing project support for various campaigns and projects which includes identification, outreach and maintenance at both state and national level
  • Contributing to creative think surround events and activities, such as content and partnerships
  • Creating and submitting corporate and foundation grant proposals, including writing, preparation of supporting documentation, drafting and collection of required attachments which may, from time-to-time, include delegating to a consultant.
  • Supporting sponsorship solicitations for key events by coordinating prospects, tracking responses, issuing invoices as needed, serving as a point of contact, greeting sponsors at the dinner, and following up after the event.
  • Tracking all grant and sponsorship activity in an organized manner, including application and reporting deadlines.
  • Assisting with a capital campaign.
  • Maintaining regular reporting and reconciling income reports with the MCAD Business Office.
  • Participating in MCAD events and programs, including those held on evenings and weekends.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
  • Representing MCAD's vision, purpose, and values in day to day work and interactions with MCAD students, staff, faculty, and campus guests, as well as the greater community.
  • Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in business administration, public relations, communications, or a related field required.
  • 5 or more years' experience in fundraising and grant writing required. Non-profit environment; college or university is preferred.
  • Preferably at least three of those years will include a proven track record in working in corporate and foundation fundraising in an educational or other non-profit. environment
  • Raiser's Edge experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience securing gift commitments and developing relationships with corporations and foundations.
  • ENVIRONMENT: This position operates in a professional office environment. This position requires the ability and willingness to closely partner with team members and colleagues in other departments. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    BENEFITS: MCAD's community of staff and faculty enjoy a dynamic, creative, and inclusive work environment. We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, and 403(b) retirement plans, commuter benefits, and employer paid basic life insurance policy, short term and long-term disability coverage. MCAD promotes work life balance with a 35 hour work week, 14 paid holidays, an additional two personal holidays, accrued vacation time, accrued vacation time, accrued sick time, volunteer time off, as well as additional summer days. In addition, after six months of service, full-time employees and their eligible dependents can receive free tuition at MCAD, as well as the potential to receive reduced tuition at more than 600 colleges nationwide.

    BACKGROUND: Founded in 1886, Minneapolis College of Art and Design is located in the rich creative community of the Twin Cities. Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approaches to art and design education, MCAD is home to approximately 800 students from 45 states and 15 countries. The college offers bachelor's degrees in fourteen disciplines including arts entrepreneurship, design, fine arts, and media arts; one MFA; three online master's degrees; and continuing education classes for all ages. Through the core curriculum, students focus on their careers and craft by learning technical and professional skills while developing their creative leadership capabilities.

    MCAD is especially interested in candidates from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the MCAD community. MCAD welcomes diversity of identity, experience, and thought. Members of marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.

    Salary Description

    $65,000 - $80,000 annually

    Job details


    Director of Grants and Partnerships


    Minneapolis College of Art and Design


    United States


    May 25, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2023

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