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Job Summary

About North Star Reach

North Star Reach (NSR) is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a life-changing camp experience for children with serious health challenges.  Founded in 2007, North Star Reach has been garnering resources, building organizational infrastructure, and preparing for the future of “the camp” for the last 10 years. The organization has finished the last phase of a comprehensive capital campaign to support the construction of a medically based camp.  We are now developing a cohesive operating fund campaign.  North Star Reach is supported by partnerships with children’s health centers from across the Great Lakes Region.  North Star Reach is also a member of SeriousFun Children’s Network camp.  There is no cost for children and their families to attend camp.  Please review what is important to us to ensure that this position is a good fit,

Reports to:           Director of Development

Supervises:          Events Coordinator and Database Coordinator

Supports:             Board members and development volunteers as needed

Job Summary

Work closely with the Director of Development, CEO, Board of directors and entire development team to support a comprehensive fundraising program capable of generating a minimum of $3M in ongoing annual support to grow and sustain the financial capacity of North Star Reach. Primary focus will be the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of major donors and prospects. Responsible to provide management and direction to event and database staff and plan corporate and foundation outreach.


Fundraising Leadership

  • Manage a major donor and prospects portfolio utilizing moves management strategies to secure new gifts
  • Work with Director of Development to build and sustain an overall development strategy that includes, Operational Campaign development, Annual, Corporate/Foundation, Major Donor, Planned and Endowment Giving, Events, other organizational giving opportunities and stewardship tactics
  • Develop a cohesive data management plan to ensure that all team members are coordinated in their management and solicitation of donor information
  • Oversee events management staff that supports all events, including but not limited to, major annual events, Firestarter gatherings and recognition events
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to develop materials needed to work with donors and support branding objectives
  • Manage key portions of the development budget

Donor Relations and Management

  • Work with Development Director to create on-going strategies to identify and secure new individual supporters, fully leverage existing donor relationships, foundation and corporate giving, increase multi-year board commitments, and elevate annual fund commitments
  • Manage Special Events to involve and cultivate prospective donors
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit major donor, corporation and foundation gifts from around the Great Lakes Region
  • Identify and implement stewardship opportunities for major donors, corporations and foundations
  • Typically solicit gifts up to $500,000

Development Operations and Reporting

  • Develop budget projections in conjunction with the Finance Director, CEO and Development Director. Participate in the vision and planning process
  • Oversee a database coordinator. Proficiency in GiftWorks and other donor management systems required

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Five years or more proven track record in building sponsorship relationships, grants, campaigns and attainment of fundraising goals
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets
  • Evening and weekend availability
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle

Competencies and Attributes

  • Exercise a high degree of judgment and diplomacy as well as maintain the highest degree of integrity and ethics
  • Exercise a passion for mission-based fundraising helping young children with serious medical challenges
  • Solid, persuasive verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to deliver inspiring and succinct presentations and conduct productive meetings
  • Manage the Development Committee
  • Demonstrated ability to build a diverse team and effectively manage, motivate, and mentor staff diplomatically with others
  • Strong business acumen; decision-making skills; ability to set priorities; process and project management skills
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort with philanthropic community and major donors

Desired Qualifications*

  • CFRE
  • Understanding the social impact and experience the camp provides
  • Experience working with a volunteer fundraising committee and key volunteers

Work Locations

The office is located in Ann Arbor, MI; the camp is located in Pinckney, MI.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.