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1. A bio, written in third person. 
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Job Title: Membership Manager

Organization:  The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis


The Loft Literary Center is the country’s leading nonprofit literary center, offering classes, events, and services for readers and writers in Open Book, in community settings, and increasingly online. The Loft also supports writers and readers through grants, mentorships, writing studios, regular readings, and spoken word series, and a wealth of resources about craft and the writing life on its website.

The award-winning Loft Literary Center is renowned for the quality of its programming and its service to the community.

Position Purpose: The Membership Manager’s primary purpose is to sustain and increase individual financial support to ensure the Loft’s ability to achieve its mission.

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Develop and lead multi-year fundraising strategy for individual giving goals

    • Partner with the Executive Director to create annual development plan, budget, and procedures

    • Create personalized stewardship plans for existing major donors to strengthen relationships and earn continued/increased support

    • Monitor trends and employ best practices to provide supporters with the information they need to be confident their support is impactful

    • Write compelling, humorous updates and thank you messaging that keep donors at all levels meaningfully engaged in the organization’s mission and work

    • Develop and implement renewal solicitation strategies including content, timing, and channels

    • Facilitate and participate in individualized approaches to renew and increase the support of mid-level and major donor/members

    • Identify and research prospects to grow major gifts, collaborating with the board and executive director for cultivation and solicitation

    • Supervise and guide the development associate toward exemplary and efficient performance of assignments

  • Increase the number and contributed revenue from new members/donors.

    • Develop and employ strategies to identify and track qualified prospects

    • Deepen relationships with top donors through one-on-one meetings and special events

    • In collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Team, identify opportunities and implement tactics to enhance the “stickiness” of experiences with the Loft

  • Coordinate board Strategic Relationships committee meetings and serve as a staff liaison to the board regarding individual giving.

    • Communicate and manage Strategic Relationship committee meetings (with support from development associate)

    • Use staff liaison role to strengthen board member engagement with Loft fundraising efforts

The Loft is a nimble and responsive organization and we expect the same from all staff. The primary accountabilities listed above are likely to remain the same, but the methodologies listed in bullets are not comprehensive and are expected to evolve with the organization. In addition, all staff members are expected to participate in cross-organization projects and provide assistance to other teams as appropriate.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • A minimum of three years or impressive demonstrated success in development, sales, or related field which relies on relationship building and the ability to persuade

  • A passion for the Loft’s mission and work

  • A sense of humor

  • Superb communication skills, both written and in-person; personable and diplomatic in working with diverse constituencies

  • An analytic approach to work, constantly thinking in terms of research, testing, iteration, measurement, and refinement

  • Some experience with a sales or development database (Salesforce preferred)

  • Entrepreneurial, creative, and superb on follow-through

  • Ability to work independently but also well in teams

  • A record of exceptional attention to detail

  • Self-driven—able to multitask and lead others to extend your work

  • A positive, forward-looking, and curious approach

  • Fearlessness with technology

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience with an email marketing program (such as Constant Contact, MailChimp) and survey/evaluation tool (such as Survey Monkey)

  • Advanced MS Excel skills for data analysis

  • Experience creating and executing creative fundraising campaigns through a variety of channels

Hours: The position is full time, exempt and reports to the marketing and communications director. The Loft office is closed on Mondays, so this position works Tuesdays–Fridays every week. In addition, this position will often be asked to work evening and weekend events to help promote Loft activities.

Physical Demands:

  • Extensive computer use and use of a keyboard and mouse

  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

Compensation: $53,000–$59,000 annually plus a full package of benefits.

To Apply: Please prepare your cover letter and resumé as an MS Word or PDF document, and the names and contact information for three confidential references (you do not need letters of reference). If you do not have a Submittable account, you will need to create one. If you have questions about using Submittable or preparing your files, please see this guide sheet first: http://bit.ly/LoftSubmit.

Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call or email to check on your application status. You will get a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was received.

Hiring Process: This job will be listed and open for applications until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23. We hope to conduct interviews the week of August 28. 

The Loft is an equal opportunity employer.