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JOB: Indian Land Tenure Foundation Seeks Development Director

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Development Director (Full Time)

Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is a national, community-based organization headquartered near St. Paul, Minnesota, whose mission is to ensure that all reservation and important off-reservation lands are owned and managed by American Indian nations and people. ILTF’s programs focus on: educating Indian people, youth and the general public about Indian land tenure issues; increasing awareness of the tie between Indian cultures and land; using land to leverage economic opportunity; and, reforming the legal and administrative systems that prevent Indian people from owning and controlling reservation lands. As a community foundation, ILTF relies on grants and individual contributions to support grantmaking and program initiatives.


The Development Director provides leadership for the organization in recruiting funds and is responsible for establishing and maintaining funding and grant relationships with local, tribal, national and international funders. The Development Director oversees the development and implementation of major planned giving programs and donor-based annual giving programs.


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  • Fully implement and direct staff in carrying out a comprehensive development strategy that includes but is not limited to: major gifts, planned gifts, foundation grants, corporate and tribal gifts, government grants and contracts, appeals to individuals, special initiatives, event sponsorships, cause-related marketing and web-based campaigns
  • Work as part of a development team with the President, Development staff members, and Development Committee of the Board to expand all development activities and increase the level of funding for the organization
  • Continually evolve the Development activities of the organization to reach new audiences, donors and fundraising channels
  • Continue to build and monitor the existing electronic donor and prospect database
  • Conduct donor and funder cultivation activities
  • Report to the President and Board on activities and progress


  • Must have a demonstrated track record of at least six years of fundraising achievement from several types of donors
  • Must have strong communications abilities—written and oral, including public speaking and writing for diverse audiences
  • Must have demonstrated a high comfort level when asking for money from potential and established funders and donors
  • Has ability to quickly identify, plan for, and implement fundraising opportunities and strategies
  • Has strong knowledge of and experience working with Indian nations and Indian people
  • Willing to travel up to two weeks per month

Salary will depend upon qualifications. Generous benefits, including paid PTO, paid dental and health insurance and 401(k) plan.

ILTF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled and can be submitted, with a letter of interest, via e-mail to or mailed to the following address:

Indian Land Tenure Foundation
151 County Road B-2, East
Little Canada, Minnesota 55117-1523