Emerge is a social enterprise focused on developing human capital by connecting disadvantaged individuals with economic opportunities. This work takes place in four related areas – workforce, supportive housing, business ventures, and community development – and it gets done by activating a network of partners. Our big objective is to power social momentum.


  • Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 5 years progressively responsible fund development experience, preferably at a senior management level of a community-based organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise at least $1 million annually.
  • Strong knowledge of fundraising models and strategies to include individual donor strategies, event fundraising, and major gifts cultivation.
  • Demonstrated organization, managerial, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience/success in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience leading, motivating and managing a team-based, collaborative decision making environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong skills and knowledge of MS Office, graphic design, and database software.
  • Ability to travel to various locations within the Twin Cities metro area.
  • Ability to work respectfully and communicate effectively with different cultures, groups, and languages.


  • The overall strategic direction, design, implementation, evaluation and stewardship of the Agency’s resource development and communications programs.
  • Lead departmental staff in achieving the annual fundraising goals for the Agency.
  • Work with the President, Board, and senior leadership staff to achieve short and long-range goals.
  • Provide leadership and coordination in board fundraising activities.
  • Develop and manage annual and long-term departmental budget.
  • Ensure appropriate financial systems, policies, etc. are in place to support development goals and strategies.
  • Lead the planning, organizing, directing, implementing, and evaluating of development activities– must be willing/able to wear multiple hats to perform all development tasks as needed.
  • Provide staff leadership, coaching, and supervision to Development Associate, contract grant-writer, and intern/volunteer personnel.
  • Foster a results-oriented team approach to fundraising by setting goals and measuring and reporting success.
  • Manage programs and external communications for annual, major and planned giving effectively.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing/communications strategy and program.

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