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Rochester Development Manager

Department: Development - Rochester

Hours/Pay: Full-time, exempt, $50,000-$65,000

Agency Description: Bolder Options is a transformational and wellness-based mentoring program for at-promise youth ages 10-14 in Rochester and the Twin Cities. Our mission is "Teaching youth to succeed in all of life's races." Mentor pairs (adult and youth) meet every week for one year working towards physical health, academic success, and social/emotional health goals. Last year, 100% of graduating pairs elected to continue their relationship post-graduation, and 90% of youth planned to go to college after high school. Our goal is to ensure that the promise of youth in our community is realized, regardless of their life circumstances. 

Position Description: In partnership with the President/CEO, the Director of Development and Communications, the Rochester Advisory Board, and the Rochester Program Director, the Development Manager will be responsible for growing financial support for Bolder Options in the Rochester area. This is a new position in the organization and the Manager will have the opportunity to shape the role under the guidance of their direct supervisor and organizational leadership. This role is focused primarily on resource development in the Rochester area but the employee will also be expected to participate in and contribute to broader organizational efforts, including some donor cultivation in the Twin Cities and/or statewide.


  • Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan for the Rochester area that aligns with overall organization goals and priorities

  • Secure financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations

  • Maintain accurate and timely records in the Salsa database of all stewardship and contribution donations and activities

  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors

  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors

  • Lead efforts to secure sponsorships for special events

  • Research foundation grant prospects and steward relationships with local philanthropic partners

  • Work with Twin Cities and Rochester event staff to assure effective communication regarding partner business operations, sponsorship commitment levels, and payment receivables

  • Regularly report on cultivation activity to the Director of Development & Communications

  • Maintain close partnership and communication with the Rochester Program Director

  • Contribute to ongoing engagement with current and prospective Rochester Advisory Board members

  • Attend board, committee, and other staff meetings and training as directed

The ideal candidate for this role will enjoy interacting and building relationships with community partners and supporters. This individual should be a self-starter, team player, and be driven to achieve and exceed stated goals.

Desired Qualifications/Competencies:

  • Prior experience with nonprofit fundraising and/or related experience

  • Demonstrated relationship builder and connector

  • Excellent organizational, communication, time-management, and prioritization skills

  • Ability to balance working as a team with being self-directed

  • Some experience in Google Workspace apps and the basics of utilizing a CRM or fundraising software preferred; alternately, comparable experience/transferable skills will be considered.

  • Knowledge of the Rochester area and an established network in the community preferred

Physical Demands:

  • Travel required to facilitate cultivation partnership efforts, including occasional travel to Twin Cities headquarters

  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting in front of a computer for moderate periods

  • Frequent communication by phone, email, virtual meetings, and in-person with team members

  • Access to reliable transportation for cultivation and other meetings

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities


  • Full-time exempt position, flexible work schedule including ability to work from home some of the time; significant weekend and evening hours for donor stewardship and events

  • Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, 4 weeks of PTO plus 17 paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan with a match

  • Salary range is $50,000-$65,000 depending on experience. Strong potential for growth

Application information:

  • As a nonprofit that serves people from diverse backgrounds, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ+ people, and other members of marginalized communities.

  • Send a resume and a cover letter to Timi Bliss, Director of Development & Communications, at The cover letter should outline:

  1. your relevant experience

  2. any unique competencies or qualities you would bring to the role

  3. any personal connections to Bolder Options or other professional or lived experience with mentoring.

*Cover letters can be included in the body of the email or as a separate attachment.

  • We will begin reviewing applications Monday, Nov. 21. No calls, please.

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