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Job title: Development director
Classification: Full-time / exempt
Reports to: Executive director
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

The American Craft Council seeks an experienced and dynamic development director to play a leading role in advancing our mission by maximizing the organization’s fundraising efforts with individual and institutional donors in the Council’s home community of Minneapolis/St. Paul and in the national arts community. This is a full-time position based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and includes national travel for donor solicitation and events. This is an opportunity to join a team that is dedicated to convening the craft community and its supporters, providing new opportunities for artists and makers, and advocating for the social and civic value of craft and the Council.

The director of development manages all aspects of the Council’s fundraising efforts (major, foundation, corporate, government, planned giving, and special events) including research, strategy, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. They are a key partner to the executive director and the board in identifying, cultivating, and facilitating the solicitation of individual and institutional prospects and donors. They work collaboratively with colleagues to identify, solicit, and manage sponsorship opportunities, partnerships, and events with fundraising potential.

The director of development will oversee the expansion of a membership program that engages both current and new generations of craft enthusiasts including acquisition, renewal, direct mail, and on-site sales at show venues. This position manages the day to day work of the development associate, membership manager, and contractors.

The 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 – a bimonthly magazine, national juried shows, a specialized research library, achievement awards, educational workshops, and seminars.


  • Five-plus years of professional fundraising experience, including a minimum of two years in a senior-level position with direct reports 
  • Experience with soliciting individual donors and national arts funders 
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising in the nonprofit arts sector 
  • Organized self-starter with excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Working knowledge of CRM (Salesforce preferred) and Microsoft Office applications 
  • Approximately 25 percent travel required 

American Craft Council is building a dynamic and collaborative work environment that values people and their professional development. It offers:

  • Medical and dental plans
  • Flexible spending and health savings accounts
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Generous paid time off
  • 401(k) with match

How to apply 

Please email resume to [email protected].

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, gender identity, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

We value diversity, inclusiveness, and equity and welcome candidates from all walks of life.



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