Job Posting: Development Officer – Major Gifts

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) is seeking a Development Officer, Major Gifts to contribute to MHIF’s vision of creating a world without heart and vascular disease. To achieve this bold vision, we are dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education. Now in its 37th year, MHIF is a recognized research leader in the broadest range of cardiovascular medicine and population health initiatives. Each year MHIF leads more than 175 active research projects and publishes more than 120 peer-reviewed studies. And MHIF leads cutting-edge, transformative population health research to connect, engage, inform and empower individuals and communities to improve their health. MHIF provides an excellent opportunity to contribute in high impact roles with unique, stimulating and varied work.  This is an excellent role for someone who is interested in working in a medical setting and enjoys innovation. 

Job Summary

This Development Officer, Major Gifts develops and executes fundraising strategies and activities to carry forward the mission and vision of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.  In this ambassador role, the professional qualifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major gift prospects to align benefactor interests with the strategic objectives of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. This person will also manage a discovery portfolio of approximately 150 prospects with a primary focus of qualifying and closing gifts of $25,000 or more.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Work closely with Foundation leadership and team and Minneapolis Heart Institute (MHI) physicians to develop and implement effective fundraising strategies for increased giving at or above the $25,000 level.
  2. Direct and participate in face-to-face cultivation and solicitation of $25,000+ gifts, including managing a portfolio of donors, identifying, qualifying, and cultivating new prospects.
  3. Provide support to leadership, fundraising committees and physicians to assist in prospect identification and cultivation, training, solicitation and stewardship for corporate donors and prospects of $25,000. Actively identifies and recruits new volunteers for development and advisory committees.
  4. Develop a keen understanding of the assigned area and interprets complex medical information for a lay audience.
  5. Represent the Foundation within the community by attending and actively participating in appropriate internal and external functions and events and professional organizations.
  6. Write solicitation content and other donor materials as necessary.
  7. Maintain documentation via salesforce.
  8. Work collaboratively with the development team and add value on team initiatives
  9. Maintain an active personal network and serve as an MHIF ambassador throughout.


Desired Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 3-5 years of Major gift experience working with gifts of $25,000+
  • Proven track record effectively building/managing a successful annual or major giving program
  • Experience in a major, decentralized institution, preferably health care or higher education
  • Ability to interface with senior level administration, medical staff and board members

To apply to join our talented 70+ person team:

Please apply on line using the link below and be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume as one document.

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Date posted:    August 7, 2019

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer.