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Development Specialist

Apple Tree Dental
New Brighton, MN
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Posting Date
April 2, 2024
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Job Description

Purpose of Position: The Development Specialist plays a crucial role helping implement fundraising efforts to secure support through grants, gifts, and donations. The Development Specialist works directly with the Development Director and other team members to help develop and implement fundraising efforts. This position offers a unique opportunity for career development within the organization.


  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Experience in fundraising, grant writing, or related fields. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team and independently. 
  • Strong computer skills and the ability to utilize and/or learn computer skills and systems such as Microsoft office, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, CRM/donor database, and others. 
  • Strong organizational and project management skills 

Fundamental Duties (Essential Functions) include (but are not limited to):

Fundraising Strategy Development: 

  • Collaborate with the Development Director to plan, create, and implement effective fundraising strategies aligned with the organization's mission and goals. 
  • Conduct research on potential donors, sponsors, and funding opportunities. 

Grant Creation, Management, and Reporting: 

  • Work closely with grant project leads and other team members to gather information needed to create grant proposals, track project goals, manage timelines, and generate grant reports. 
  • Oversee the grant reporting process, developing and maintaining a system to track grant reporting deadlines and requirements and to monitor awarded grant project objectives and timelines. 
    • Track grant application due dates, assess data needed for each funder. 
    • Collaborate with the CFO to prepare accurate reports to grantors that detail the use and impact of funds. 

Donor Cultivation and Stewardship: 

  • Assist with fundraising campaigns targeting individual donors including annual appeals, online giving campaigns, and other activities.  
  • Build and nurture relationships with individual donors and corporate sponsors. 
  • Collaborate with the Communications Team to create materials including donor communications and appeals. 

Data Management and Evaluation: 

  • Maintain donor records in Apple Tree’s donor management system. This includes tracking contributions, communications, and information needed to personalize interactions. 
  • Use the donor management system to create donor reports, campaigns, and promotions.  
  • Implement systems for evaluating and analyzing the success of development programs and identify trends that inform future fundraising strategies. 

General Expectations of this position include (but are not limited to):

  • The passion to fully embrace Apple Tree Dental’s mission, vision and values. 
  • The ability to multi-task and work both independently and with specific direction 
  • The ability to maintain a flexible working style to respond to opportunities and challenges as they arise.
  • Ability to work with persons from a wide diversity of social, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to travel when needed. 

Typical Physical Demands: Prolonged sitting or standing may be required.  Those physical movements and the degree of mobility, manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination normally associated with office tasks will be performed frequently. The ability to distinguish letters and symbols and to utilize telephones, computer terminals and copiers is required. Work under stressful conditions as well as irregular hours may be required. The ability to lift up to 20 lbs. is required, up to 40 lbs. is helpful, but rare in occurrence. 

Essential functions – (Facility Expectations):

  1. Listens to, understands and appropriately responds to patient/customer needs. Meets the reasonable needs of all patient/family/customer groups and improves overall customer satisfaction.
  2. Demonstrates professional behavior with their work.  Complies with personnel and departmental policies.  Supports and participates in quality improvement activities. 
  3. Works actively with others to get the job done.  Consistently exhibits courteous behavior/actions, including maintaining a positive attitude.         
  4. Supports and participates in changes and discussions regarding work practices.  
  5. Acts and speaks respectfully regardless of the presence or absence of the person.  Frequently offers praise to others for doing a good job.  Listens to and respects the opinions of others and maintains confidentiality.  
  6. Demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment towards personal growth and development; completes and attends mandated educational courses. Maintains current licensure and certifications, if applicable. Attends and participates in departmental meetings, and if unable to attend proactively asks or gathers missed information. 
  7. Addresses issues in a courteous and respectful manner.  Maintains the same standard for all patients/families and co-workers. Supports co-workers and patients/families in a positive manner.  
  8. Follows safety practices. Identifies problems and works to resolve safety issues as they occur and in accordance with policy, asking for assistance when necessary. Helps and teaches others.
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