Development Director (Remote)

Reports to: CEED Deputy Director  

Who We Are 

CEED is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. CEED conducts research and provides community education on important energy, environment, and community development issues so that all members of society may effectively participate in public decision-making. CEED also provides staffing and leadership to the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform ( and several regional and local environmental justice coalitions such as the Mid-West EJ Network. CEED was a key player in the founding of both. At this moment, CEED links its deep roots in locally focused research and action with the institutional power of large, long-standing, multifaceted environmental organizations. This is a time of great opportunity to advance the goals of securing a healthy and vibrant environment for all communities in current and future generations.

Summary of Position 

As a member of the CEED team, the Development Director is responsible for advancing the fundraising efforts with the organization and is responsible for the expansion of at least $2M budget to support the growth of community planning, education, policy and environmental justice initiatives as outlined by the stakeholders of the Center for Earth Energy and Democracy.  The Development Director also ensures support for the continuation of a $5 million budget within its program specific work.  

The Development Director cultivates relationships with all stakeholders and partners to secure philanthropic support aiding in sustaining the projects and programs of CEED. The visionary leader will plan and implement a development and fundraising program to provide for the short- and long-term needs of CEED and organizational programs. The individual in this role will collaborate closely with the Deputy Director as well as the team to encourage initiatives that sustain the organization’s financial goals and mission-driven opportunities. . This change agent is relatable, creative and is adaptive in fostering relationships. A successful Development Director will have strong written and verbal communication skills coupled with strong management and organization aptitude. The individual will also possess the ability to exercise good judgment and attention to details in a wide range of situations. 

Collective Responsibilities 


  • Oversee and support the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, government, corporate, and foundation donors, and drive efforts to broaden the donor base and revenue streams.
  • Serves as the Lead Fundraiser in addition to Grant Writer
  • Oversee the management of the list of potential donors.
  • Develop goals and implement strategies for all fundraising campaigns; sets annual monetary goals and budgets according to short- and long-term goals.
  • Establishes fundraising objectives for CEED, setting annual as well as forecasting yearly longer – time goals.
  • Maintains a list of potential financial donors including partners, foundations, and individuals to sustain the longevity of CEED.
  • Produces relevant and informative fundraising literature for distribution to previous donors and the public.
  • Research potential sources of, and applies for, grants and public funding.
  • In conjunction with CEED’s Deputy Director, administration of any environmental justice grant programs to ensure adherence to requirements, proper and timely reporting and other as appropriate, private and state. 
  • Oversees the fundraising process and maintains records of receipts and disbursements of funds.
  • Plans fundraising events that effectively communicate the work of CEED. 


  • Works primarily with the Deputy Director, to support the Executive Director in determining the mission, purpose, and priorities of the organization.
  • Provide effective strategic and policy direction, facilitating the organization’s growth and development.
  • Monitor work and evaluate results to ensure that departmental and organizational objectives are met and are in line with the needs and mission of the organization.


  • Ensures that project milestones are met and adhering to approved budgets.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of strategic, operational, financial and budgetary plans and ensure appropriate alignment and use of resources with goals and strategic priorities.
  • Reviews operating budgets periodically to analyze trends affecting budget needs.

Community Relations 

  • Identifies and leads new business development opportunities and ensures highly productive and positive relationships with funders and donors.
  • Maintains a list of potential financial donors including partners, foundations, and individuals to sustain the longevity of CEED.
  • Produces relevant and informative fundraising literature for distribution to previous donors and the public.
  • Plans fundraising events that effectively communicate the work of CEED. 
  • Advance special projects related to environmental justice, community outreach and communications.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Experience and Abilities 

  • Minimum ten (10) years of direct experience building and leading fundraising activities through individual, foundation, and partner donations, preferably in the environmental justice or social justice fields.
  • A master’s degree, with strong research, analytical, and database skills; experience using metrics to measure success preferred.
  • A collaborative approach to leadership with at least five years’ experience in major gifts and/or granting writing experience with portfolios of at least $250,000.
  • An ability to make necessary decisions, to effectively manage diverse responsibilities, and to establish and implement clear work priorities.
  • Experience in working within diverse policy coalitions or networks. 
  • Experience establishing, monitoring, and meeting short-term and long-term revenue goals.
  • An ability to craft compelling, influential and impactful fundraising communication. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills along with the ability to engage and build relationships with donors, prospects, and stakeholders.
  • An organized and motivated individual, capable of managing deadlines and fluctuating priorities, while maintaining attention to detail.
  • A champion for environmental justice with a strong commitment to the economic, racial and environmental aspects.
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • The ability to collaborate with other staff and partners is essential. 

Salary and Benefits 

Salary range is $120,000 – $130,000, depending on experience. 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision, short – and long-term disability and life insurance policies. Employer-paid monthly contributions to a Health Savings Account. 10 holidays, 10 sick days, paid vacation time and other perks. The CEED Office is closed for one week in July and December as an organization-wide break. Flexible work schedule. 100% remote employment. Paid professional development and all work-related expenses paid and/or reimbursed. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants are to submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant skills along with a resume outlining detailed experience for the Development Director role. Additionally, please provide three (3) professional references along with contact information for each reference. Please send all documents with a subject heading entitled “Development Director” to for consideration. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

CEED is dedicated to supporting and respecting the diverse community that different individuals cultivate. As an equal opportunity employer, we stay true to our mission by ensuring that our organization can be a place that celebrates diversity in all its forms. CEED does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.