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Position: Strategic Partnership Coordinator
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Job Type: Full-time, Exempt
Hours: Full-time, Monday-Friday, some weekend and evening hours with limited travel
Closing Date: Open until filled
Salary: DOQ

Located in Minneapolis, the American Craft Council (ACC) is a national, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1943 to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. ACC is a community that believes in the value of things made by hand, the people who create them, and the meaning that creativity brings to everyday life. ACC champions craft through American Craft magazine, national juried shows, a specialized research library, achievement awards, and educational workshops and seminars. 

ACC is looking for a dynamic strategic partnership coordinator to grow organizational partnerships and diversifying prospects to support programmatic and unrestricted funding. The successful candidate will be proactive, results-oriented, and excited to cultivate ACC’s relationships with existing and future sponsors for mutually beneficial partnerships.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic and creative problem solver; able to gather, absorb, and synthesize information from a variety of sources. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, project management experience, and a demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively are required. Attention to detail, impeccable customer service, flexibility, and the capability to work successfully both independently and with a small team are essential.

This position reports to the director of development, and will work with other key ACC staff, board members, and committees to establish and implement partnership strategies to achieve ACC’s short- and long-term goals.

Primary Duties

• Responsible for overall ACC partner relationship management, including prospect research, cultivation, proposal preparation, solicitations, acknowledgements, benefit fulfillment, record-keeping, event planning and implementation, and budget management

• Create materials and coordinate communications for partners, including proposals, reports, stewardship, and other promotional efforts

• Work with ACC staff to determine available and potential assets of the organization to leverage with potential partners

• Serve as the internal liaison between departments; hold regular meetings with key ACC staff to review priorities and actions

• Use ACC’s systems to track strategic partner information and update and maintain partnership records with a high degree of data integrity


• Bachelor’s degree and three or more years of experience in sponsor management, development, or related experience required

• Experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit arenas a plus

• High degree of initiative and ability to think strategically and handle complex issues creatively and effectively

• Strong analytical, writing, editing, organizational, and project management skills required

• Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines with attention to detail

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to establish and manage trusted relationships and to work effectively in teams and with diverse internal and external constituents

• Experience with event planning and management a plus

• Excellent computer skills and experience working with word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs

• Availability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends and to travel to ACC shows and events

• Familiarity with local and/or national corporate and philanthropic communities desired

• Knowledge of the craft community and/or willingness to learn

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements via email to Elissa Chaffee, director of development, using the subject line: Strategic Partnership Coordinator.

The American Craft Council is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.


Volunteer Opportunities

As a program of the American Craft Council, the library maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on American craft with an emphasis on the period since 1940. Containing more than 15,000 books and exhibition catalogs, 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals, a substantial collection of artist files, and an accompanying database, the library is also the repository of the Council archives, including those of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956-1990). While focused on modern craft, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts. The library collection is non-circulating and open to the public Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

The American Craft Council Library is seeking bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated unpaid volunteers to assist the librarian with day-to-day tasks and special projects focused on library organization and enhancing access to library information for users worldwide. 

Duties may include but are not limited to:

• Processing new materials

• Photocopying, scanning and filing

• Data entry

• Shelving/re-shelving library materials

• Assisting with shelf-reading and inventory

• Book mending

• Communicating regularly with librarian as to concerns, issues, and progress on current tasks

• Special projects as assigned

Volunteer opportunities will be available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There are no weekend or evening opportunities for this position.  


• Must be age 16 or older

• Basic computer skills and/or good handwriting helpful

• Flexible to changing situations

• Reliable and responsible

• Able to accept supervision and work independently as well as in a group environment

• Interest in craft and craft history

• Detail-oriented and capable of performing repetitive tasks 

• Good organizational skills

Benefits of volunteering: 
Volunteers have the opportunity to work in a unique, scholarly environment at one of the largest repositories for information on craft in the United States and the chance to interact with a passionate staff of creative individuals – as well as members of the craft community – while supporting the work of a national arts nonprofit and learning about American Craft magazine and the history of contemporary craft through the library and archives.

Contact librarian Jessica Shaykett for more information.