Work with HOBT: Development Manager

How to Apply

HOBT originally posted this Development position in November with a deadline of December 31st.  While we received materials from some excellent candidates, as of January 1 we have elected to extend the hiring process to ensure a candidate pool that better reflects the communities and neighborhoods where we work. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with interviews beginning in January. The position will remain open until filled. 

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and past work sample (grant proposal or grant report OR other fundraising material, such as an appeal letter or newsletter copy)  to Claire at [email protected]


Development Manager

The Development Manager designs and implements many aspects of HOBT’s fundraising efforts. This includes managing individual donations as well as grants from foundations and government sources. The Development Manager works with the Executive Director and the Communications Director to develop appeals, reach new donors, process and acknowledge contributions, steward relationships, and monitor and report giving data.

Reports to Executive Director. This role reports directly to a white cis-gendered man in his early 50's.

Compensation & Benefits: $45,000-$51,000 (40 hours a week) HOBT uses the 2018 Minnesota Council on Nonprofits Salary & Benefits Survey to guide the determination of salary ranges based on job duties. 160 hours PTO per year; 10 paid holidays. HOBT provides an employer-supported medical insurance program through Benefits MN for permanent employees working at least 20 hours per week. Currently, HOBT offers a Medica plan and covers 50% of the cost of premiums for enrolled employees.

Schedule: HOBT’s business hours are 10am-4pm, Monday through Friday. Work should primarily be conducted during that time, onsite, but we offer flexible arrangements to all our staff. Some evenings and weekends required. All staff are expected to be available to work during the first weekend of May for our annual MayDay Celebration. This is a full-time position, based in the Midtown Phillips neighborhood.   


A successful candidate will have some combination of the following experiences: 

  • Demonstrates self-awareness when working across race and culture
  • Passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • At least 2 years of Development work experience 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Experience processing donations and working with a database (experience with theDatabank, preferable) 
  • Able to organize and coordinate multiple projects at once without losing attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, creative, leadership-oriented, and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Previous experience serving the performing arts, preferably theater and/or puppetry, preferred

What success looks like at HOBT and in this role

  • Dress code: We have a casual dress code and invite our staff, artists, volunteers, and community to dress comfortably and show up as their authentic selves. 
  • Our culture around deadlines and timeliness: Whenever possible, deadlines are set on a mutually agreeable basis. With the understanding that timelines change, we value meeting shared agreements and showing consideration to others.  Given the collaborative nature of our work, deadlines and timelines are shared by the staff as a team. 
  • Decision making: While HOBT is governed by a Board of Directors and an Executive Director, the HOBT Leadership Team works first to make decisions by consensus whenever possible. The Leadership Team includes Executive Director, Communications Director, Site Director, Finance Director, and General Manager.
  • DEI Work:  In its 46th year, HOBT is a historically White-led organization. For the past two years, HOBT has taken seriously the work of dismantling White Supremacy Culture within our organization with the intention of transforming HOBT into a genuinely equitable institution. You can read more about HOBT's equity work here.
  • Emergent Strategy: For two years, HOBT has used adrienne maree brown's book EMERGENT STRATEGY as a toolkit to build common vocabulary around the change work we want to see within our organization and our community.  
  • Your Whole Self: HOBT employees consistently report that, when compared to other workplaces, HOBT stands out as a place where employees feel like they can show up as their whole selves, both on good days and bad.





Individual Giving & Donor Cultivation  

  • Plan, execute and support donor cultivation activities, such as the Give to the Max, MayDay fundraisers, stewardship events, and other development-related activities.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Director to produce written and digital fundraising materials, including quarterly mailed appeals 

Grants Tracking

  • Maintain and manage a calendar of tasks related to grants management including letters of inquiry, proposals, attachments, acknowledgments, and reporting requirements
  • Coordinate with grant writers, provide writing and editing support 
  • Coordinate grant reports with Executive Director
  • Optimize grant administration process
  • Participate in the organizational budgeting process to ensure adequate resources are dedicated to projects
  • Work with the Executive Director to implement and evaluate a grant tracking system

Data Management

  • Responsible for:
      •  receive and process contributions through multiple channels including cash, checks, credit card transactions, online transactions, third party giving platforms and transfers of stock.
  • Acknowledges contributions through online forms, written letters, e-mails, thank-yous and other methods
  • Ensure that all relevant contribution information is accurately recorded
  • Use contribution data to generate reports on individual donors, campaign progress and giving trends.
  • Ensure all data is entered correctly 
  • Generate monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports for the ED and Board of Directors 

MayDay Responsibilities 

MayDay is HOBT's largest program, and all staff have a role. In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, the Development Manager is responsible for coordinating:

  • Process influx of MayDay donations
  • Coordinate with Executive Director and Communications Director any special giving initiatives 

Planning and Evaluation  

  • With the Executive Director, design, implement and support the planning and execution of an annual fundraising plan that advances HOBT’s work 
  • Participate in the organizational budgeting process to ensure adequate resources are dedicated to projects
  • Work with the Executive Director to create and implement and evaluate a grant tracking system

HOBT is an equal opportunity employer. HOBT acknowledges the race, gender, and accessibility gaps in education, employment, and income present in our city, in our state, and in the Twin Cities arts community. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.