Institutional Giving Officer

Posted on 16 October 22 by Mary Jones

  • St Paul, MN
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Position Profile: Institutional Giving Officer– Rethos

kpCompanies is leading the search for the next Institutional Giving Officer for Rethos. This person will be a dedicated Institutional Giving Officer (IGO) who will research, write, and manage grant funding proposals.  This person will be a deadline-driven team player with outstanding multitasking abilities.  This person will have a strong curiosity for history and desire to learn about the untold stories in our communities.


Rethos is a non-profit organization that leads and inspires people to connect to historic places, promoting equity, community vitality, and engagement. Through its programs and services, Rethos advocates for a new understanding of preservation that highlights the histories of underrepresented communities and equitably enhances community vibrancy on a broad spectrum, including activities that directly impact economic and social well-being. 

Rethos is building our team! In the coming years, Rethos will be growing and looking to hire and promote a high-functioning, diverse team to work in an environment of inclusion, equity, collaboration, and innovation. Rethos operates in communities in every corner of our state and across the region, and our team members should look like and share the lived experiences of these varied communities. For us, diversity comes in various forms including race, gender affiliation, abilities, location, and socio-economic backgrounds. We welcome, cultivate, and seek out differences.   


This full-time manager level position will work within our Development and Communications Department and reports to the Director of Development.  The IGO will research potential institutional funders (grantors), establish relationships with representatives of current and future institutional funders, write coherent, organized, and compelling proposals, and create detailed reports to demonstrate to funders that their contributions were used appropriately and with the intended impact.

You will apply your knowledge of fundraising methods and plans to reach mutually agreed-upon goals and objectives throughout the year. You will collaborate with team members in the organization to identify fundable opportunities and monitor how grant funding is being used. You will assist with other fundraising projects and develop relationships with key benefactors and others. 

To ensure success you need to write well, have proficient knowledge of corporate and foundation fundraising methods, and be committed to the mission and vision of Rethos. A strong knowledge of the institutional philanthropy community in Minnesota is highly desired. 

We are looking for a…

Project Management Leader. Ability to meet deadlines, manage annual grant submission and reporting schedules, improve systems and procedures for grant management

Fundraising Leader. Excellent knowledge of fundraising information and research sources.  Ability to identify opportunities and make connections in order to advance fundraising objectives

People Leader. Guides, inspires, communicates, and problem solves effectively with other team members and staff to foster effectiveness, belonging and growth. Joins in carrying out the mission of Rethos and organizational partnerships.

Fiscal Leader. Demonstrates ability to forecast, measure, and reach revenue and other performance goals.


  • Writing, submitting, and managing grant proposals
  • Developing relationships and collaborating with key internal and external constituents 
  • Displaying understanding and adherence to the organization’s mission
  • Maintaining proficient knowledge of the organization’s history and programs
  • Creating and maintaining an annual grant activities calendar
  • Participating in the formulation and execution of the development department's annual strategy 
  • Identifying grant funding opportunities
  • Furnishing prospective funders with supporting documents 
  • Collaborating with Executive Director and Director of Development to establish and strengthen relationships with institutional prospects and funders through meetings, site visits, website content, social media content, written reports, and other necessary interactions with institutional partners 
  • Collaborating with Director of Development to compile an annual report, bi-monthly Board and Committee reports, and occasional donor impact reports 
  • Maintaining records in hard copies and computer databases (Rethos uses NEON1 as its constituent management software)


Below are some of the typical requirements for an Institutional Giving Officer. We recognize that skill sets can be a complex combination of experiences. Even if your background does not exactly match these requirements but you have a passion for our work, we would love to hear from you and we recognize the value of transferable skills.

  • Undergraduate degree (preferred) in creative writing, journalism, English, or a related field

          **Three to four years paid or volunteer experience working jointly in two                   or more of the above fields may be substituted for undergraduate degree

  • Two years direct working experience (paid or volunteer) with grant writing, institutional fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, annual fund development, or similar
  • Familiarity with the funding environment in Minnesota preferred
  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships with a wide variety of people and organizations, including within communities that have historically been underrepresented in historic preservation
  • Experience, knowledge or passion in one or more relevant fields: architecture, history, or historic preservation
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal communication, and technical writing skills 
  • Excellent organization and file management skills
  • Experience using fundraising software, like Neon1 CRM, Salesforce, Raisers Edge, Bloomerang, or similar 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, SharePoint) 


Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and salary expectations no later than 9:00pm on Monday, October 31st, 2022.  Please apply at


Benefits include paid medical insurance with dental and vision enrollment option with no waiting period after hire, simple IRA with employer match, generous paid time off, cellular data allowance, and parking/transportation allowance.

Equity & Salary Disclosure

We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity and we freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to fully understand the needs of each candidate and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those who’ve historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, don’t self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggests. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the salary may be out of reach for them, we equally don’t want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases the total compensation including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc. may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm,  we are always looking for top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be a fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role as well as discuss salary and compensation - just email me at, I’d be happy to discuss!

*All submissions received in strictest confidence. Both kpCompanies and Rethos are equal opportunity employers.

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