Development Manager

Minneapolis, MN
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 31, 2021

Development Manager

The Development Manager will communicate Cantus’ mission through fundraising and related communications to grow a broad base of financial support and more deeply engage the organization’s supporters.


Organization Description

Cantus is based in the Twin Cities and is widely recognized as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare). Renowned for its artistic excellence and commitment to education, Cantus is also recognized for its collaborative artistic model. The ensemble tours nationally, performs a six-program season in the Twin Cities, and has a deep commitment to supporting the choral curriculum in schools.


Position Purpose

The Development Manager is responsible for strengthening and building relationships between Cantus and its donors and patrons. This position manages a majority of individual giving to the annual fund and will collaborate with the Executive Director and other stakeholders to seek support from institutional donors.


Cantus’ annual fund is on a steady upward trajectory, and the Development Manager will play a central role in maintaining and extending that momentum. This position will also play a central role in planning and implementing special fundraising initiatives as Cantus rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic.


This is a full-time position (approx. 40 hours/week) that reports to the Executive Director.


Key Responsibilities

Duties of the Development Manager include securing the contributed revenue necessary to advance Cantus’ mission. The Development Manager will be an integral part of a small, dynamic team that prioritizes creativity, resourcefulness, and collaboration.


  • Development (80 percent)
    • Plan, direct, and implement the annual fund program in collaboration with the Executive Director.
    • Evaluate individual giving strategies and activities, and create and implement ways to maximize their effectiveness.
    • Manage donor communications, including direct mail and electronic solicitations and updates.
    • Plan and execute fundraising special events, to be determined annually.
    • Work with Cantus’ Board to leverage their skills and networks to help achieve fundraising goals.
    • Manage and support the Board’s Engagement Committee to develop and execute the committee’s overall plans, including the solicitation and tracking of board gifts.
    • Collaborate with Executive Director in development of proposals to foundations, government agencies, and corporations.
    • Update the Board on all fundraising activities, strategies, needs, and successes.
    • Respond to donor and patron inquiries.


  • External Relations (10 percent)
    • Oversee monthly open rehearsals and similar community events.
    • Collaborate as needed with Executive Director and publicist to ensure public-facing marketing content – i.e., brochures, postcards, programs, website, monthly e-newsletter, etc. – is current and compelling.
    • Support Executive Director and Artists in tailoring messaging of Cantus concerts and initiatives to resonate with various constituencies.


  • General Admin and Operations (10 percent)
    • Serve as board liaison by compiling monthly board packets and uploading materials to board website; foster board engagement by sending reminders about meetings, initiatives, and special events; attend board meetings and take accurate minutes when needed.
    • Collaborate with Executive Director and Concert & Operations Manager to ensure that audience and fundraising database is well-maintained and up-to-date.
    • Serve as backup, when applicable, for Concert & Operations Manager to record, process, and acknowledge gifts.
    • Serve as backup, when applicable, for Concert & Operations Manager ticketing duties.
    • Other duties as assigned.


Experience and Qualifications

While it is unlikely any one candidate will match each criteria, Cantus seeks applicants who have/demonstrate:

  • Bachelor’s degree and arts background.
  • 2-5 years of fundraising experience with demonstrated results.
  • Experience in or knowledge of the Twin Cities arts community.
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail in all communications.
  • Experience with fundraising and/or ticketing database software.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend concerts and events.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with impeccable follow-through.
  • Patience, persistence, and a good sense of humor.


This position requires prolonged sitting with occasional standing and lifting of up to 30 pounds. Manual dexterity to operate computers, copiers, and other office equipment is required.




Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation is $55,000-$60,000 per year, depending on experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, a 403b match, and three weeks' paid vacation annually. 

Application Procedure: 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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