Employment

Transit for Livable Communities & St. Paul Smart Trips depend on a talented, mission-driven team to create positive change in Minnesota. Our staff are respected members of their fields. Every day, they bring an essential breadth of skills and experience to our work with members, allies, and community partners. Our interns add value to our work throughout the year, assisting with outreach, programming, research, and special projects.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Embedding equity in organizational practices is a core value at our merged organization, resulting in culturally inclusive services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds and perspectives.

Current Career and Internship Opportunities

Reports Directly to:  Director of Advancement Collaborative Relationships: Development and Member Engagement Coordinator Status: Full Time

Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips recently joined forces to create the largest transportation advocacy nonprofit in the state. Based in Saint Paul, we are working to ensure every Minnesotan has access to transportation options that are safe, affordable, sustainable, and healthy. Our team is hard-working, mission-driven, collaborative, and fun. We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a flexible work environment.

The Development Manager, working in close collaboration with both the Executive Director and Director of Advancement, leads the development and implementation of the organization’s fundraising plan, including support from foundations, corporations, major donors and other individuals, and through contract work. In addition, this position oversees the member engagement activities of the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

Fund Development

  • Works with the Director of Advancement to develop and manage the annual fundraising plan and budget. Tracks and reports on contributed income by source.
  • Manages existing and new funding sources to meet the fundraising goals of organization.
  • Working closely with the organization’s leadership, oversees all aspects of the major gift cycle, including developing and implementing appropriate cultivation strategies, identifying and strategically engaging prospects, and participating in fund solicitations.
  • Oversees grant consultant’s work on grant writing, reporting, and prospect research. Drafts proposals or portions of proposals as required. Cultivates relationships with funders.
  • Develops and manages appeals for corporate and individual giving to meet annual fundraising goals, including donor cultivation. Manage events or other activities related to donor cultivation.
  • Working with the Coordinator, ensures that internal systems for donor tracking and engagement meet standards for confidentiality and promptness.
  • Works closely with the Director of Finance and Administration and Office Manager to maintain accurate records.
  • Prepares the Executive Director and Director of Advancement for effective individual and corporate fundraising activities and to nurture relationships with various funding sources.
  • Works with the Board of Directors on development and donor engagement.

Member Engagement

  • Develops, implements, and oversees the organization’s membership program.
  • Leads the creation and implementation of a strategy to engage members with the goal of retaining current members, recruiting new members, and helping individuals and allied organizations successfully advocate for transportation options programs and pathways at the local, regional, and state level.
  • Provides opportunities for members to impact the goals of the organization by coordinating opportunities for members to engage directly on issues.

Financial Responsibilities

  • Adheres to departmental budget objective

General

  • Maintains professional affiliations and enhances professional growth and development to keep current in the latest trends in fund development/member engageme As necessary, attends professional meetings and seminars at the local, regional, or state level to keep abreast of happenings and developments in related matters.
  • Carries out other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Executive Director.

Position Qualifications

  • 4+ years of experience in fundraising and development.
  • Exceptional communications skills, including highly effective writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and strategic thinking.
  • Ability to contribute to a collaborative team environment.
  • Demonstrated intercultural competency skills and experience in cross-cultural collaboration, including the ability to discuss individual and systemic inequity and its impact on this work.
  • Existing understanding of walking, biking, and transit as modes of transportation, and sensitivity to the way transportation issues affect peoples’ lives and communities is desired.
  • Previous nonprofit experience in an advocacy or transportation-related area is a plus.

Location: This position is housed at the Transit for Livable Communities-St. Paul Smart Trips office at University and Raymond Avenues in Saint Paul, Minnesota. METRO Green Line trains and Metro Transit bus routes 16, 63, 67, and 87 conveniently serve our location. Bike parking is available. Seasonally, a Nice Ride bike-sharing station is less than one block away.

Salary Range: $48,000 – $54,000 or commensurate with experience

Compensation: Salary for this full-time position is commensurate with experience and competitive with similar nonprofits. Benefits package includes: health and dental insurance, retirement plan, paid time off, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, multimodal commuter benefits, and a flexible work environment.

To apply: Email one PDF document with cover letter and resume to jenniferh@tlcminnesota.org. Please include “Development Manager Search” in the subject line of your email application. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

Reports Directly to:  Director of Advancement Collaborative Relationships: Development Manager

Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips recently joined forces to create the largest transportation advocacy nonprofit in the state. Based in Saint Paul, we are working to ensure every Minnesotan has access to transportation options that are safe, affordable, sustainable, and healthy. Our team is hard-working, mission-driven, collaborative, and fun. We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a flexible work environment.

The Development and Member Engagement Coordinator, working in close relationship with the Director of Advancement, Development Manager, and program staff is responsible for coordinating the grant submission process, coordinating reports to funders, assisting in developing appropriate communications to donors and members including recognition of gifts, tracking gifts, and coordinating member engagement activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Fund Development

  • Coordinates the institutional timeline for approaching and reporting to funders to ensure report and proposal submission deadlines are met.
  • Working in collaboration with the grant writer and other staff, analyzes the feasibility of a prospective grant’s compatibility with the mission of the organization.
  • Assists the grant writer and Development Manager in completing grant applications, including coordinating the editing and review process and providing research as required.
  • Submits proposals to funders by the required due dates.
  • Facilitates the tracking of results/measurements/criteria of the grants.
  • If requested, submits progress reports to granting organizations.
  • Coordinates with program staff to prepare and submit grant reports as required by funders.
  • If requested, prepares grant applications to institutional sources.
  • Records all contributions into the database, and promptly and appropriately acknowledges gifts according to organization’s standards.
  • Prepares fundraising reports as requested.

Member Engagement

  • Assesses event/activity needs.
  • Develops event/activity requirements and crafts an event/activity plan.
  • If appropriate for the event/activity, secures the appropriate venue for the event/activity; assigns appropriate vendors and employees to work the event/activity; and coordinates catering and media.
  • Oversees the event/activity as it takes place.

Communications

  • Assists in developing and distributing appropriate communications to donors and members including to recognize gifts and promote events.
  • Works with Development Manager to track and maintain ongoing stewardship contacts with major donors.
  • Responds to donor and member inquiries.
  • Assists in developing and distributing other online, social, email, and print content as directed by the Director of Advancement.

Financial Responsibilities

  • Adheres to departmental budget objective

General

  • Carries out other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Director of Advancement

Position Qualifications

  • 1+ years of fundraising, communications, and/or events coordination experience.
  • Exceptional communications skills, including highly effective writing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and strategic thinking.
  • Ability to coordinate and meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to contribute to a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability and comfort with engaging new people.
  • Demonstrated intercultural competency skills and experience in cross-cultural collaboration, including the ability to discuss individual and systemic inequity and its impact on this work.
  • Existing understanding of walking, biking, and transit as modes of transportation, and sensitivity to the way transportation issues affect peoples’ lives and communities is desired.

Location: This position is housed at the Transit for Livable Communities-St. Paul Smart Trips office at University and Raymond Avenues in Saint Paul, Minnesota. METRO Green Line trains and Metro Transit bus routes 16, 63, 67, and 87 conveniently serve our location. Bike parking is available. Seasonally, a Nice Ride bike-sharing station is less than one block away.

Salary Range: $35,000 – $40,000 or commensurate with experience

Compensation: Compensation for this full-time, non-exempt position is commensurate with experience and competitive with similar nonprofits. Benefits package includes: health and dental insurance, retirement plan, paid time off, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, multimodal commuter benefits, and a flexible work environment.

To apply: Email one PDF document with cover letter and resume to jenniferh@tlcminnesota.org. Please include “Coordinator Search” in the subject line of your email application. No phone calls or walk-ins please.