Position Title:                       Vice President for Philanthropy
Reporting Department:    Administration
Reporting Supervisor:       President & CEO
Primary Location:                Minnetrista Center Building
Length of Appointment:   Year Round
Status:                                      Exempt-Full Time

Create, implement and manage a comprehensive strategic development plan for the institution. This plan will encompass major gifts, annual campaign, grants and sponsorships, and planned giving. This position works closely with the President & CEO, colleagues on staff and the Board of Trustees, and provides staff guidance and support to the board’s Institutional Advancement Committee. They are an engaged member of the institutional leadership team – participating in strategic and operational discussions and decisions that impact the institution.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; advance degree desirable.
  • Minimum of five years of increasing fundraising responsibilities. Local/regional experience is a plus.

Demonstrated success in the following areas:

  • Cultivating and soliciting major gift support from individual, foundation, and corporate donors.
  • Planning, managing and meeting Annual Campaign goals.
  • Organizing and monitoring the work of a trustee development/advancement committee. Training and inspiring trustees.
  • Researching and preparing winning grant proposals.
  • Developing and managing fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Planning and implementing a Capital Campaign.
  • Utilizing data management platforms to perform comprehensive donor analysis and reporting.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Possess a sound knowledge of professional fundraising principles, ethics and practices, maintaining a high standard of integrity, professionalism and accountability.
  • Demonstrate outstanding communications skills: an active listener, an articulate speaker, and a clear and persuasive writer.
  • Able to work both independently and in a dynamic team environment; meet deadlines; and balance several projects at one time.
  • Professional designation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) is a plus.

To be happy and successful in this position, an individual must be personally aligned with Minnetrista’s cultural values and audience-centric focus. The incumbent should bring a positive attitude to their work and to that of their colleagues, and be a good-will agent in this community. They should be excited to help others make a difference in this community by creating and offering philanthropic opportunities to advance the mission and enhance Minnetrista’s role in community engagement. The must have experience with and enjoy working with a diverse demographic and building relationships with all stakeholders—donors, trustees, staff and volunteers. They are encouraged to engage in on-going professional development opportunities provided through Minnetrista, with the understanding that all staff are expected to demonstrate continuous improvement in performance.

Key Responsibilities:
Minnetrista’s culture is team-oriented and collaborative. To that end, all positions include the following three performance standards:

  • Your first priority and responsibility is to achieve the organization’s purpose. In other words, you in particular are responsible for considering Minnetrista’s mission, vision, values, goals and strategies within your daily routines.
  • Your second priority and responsibility is to help others achieve the organization’s purpose.
  • Your third priority and responsibility is to carry out your job function.

Development Strategy and Planning:

    • Interface with Minnetrista leadership to create a strategic fundraising strategy and action plan, aligned with the institutional Strategic Plan and Site Master Plan, to achieve annual operating and capital goals.
    • Support, collaborate with, and motivate board trustees and volunteers.

Major Donor Cultivation and Stewardship:

  • Work with institutional and community leaders to identify and qualify prospects.
  • Conduct and oversee prospect research and develop cultivation plans.
  • Oversee all aspects of donor relations and stewardship, including donor recognition and cultivation events.
  • Forge and maintain strong relationships between the institution and an expansive array of donors.
  • In tandem with the President & CEO, trustees and volunteers – cultivate, plan strategies for solicitation, and solicit individual donors as appropriate.

Corporate Sponsorships and Grants:

  • Identify and cultivate corporate and business sponsors to underwrite major exhibits, signature events and public programs.
  • Collaborate with staff colleagues to craft sponsorship packages and proposals.
  • Oversee all sponsorship fulfillment.
  • Work with staff to craft and submit winning, high quality grant proposals.
  • Research grant-funding opportunities (regional, state and national); maintain an accurate grants calendar; manage grant-tracking and reporting processes.
  • Collaborate closely with Marketing Department to ensure appropriate recognition of grant and sponsorship funds in print and on-line.

Board/Community Relations and Support:

  • Provide fundraising training and support to trustees and volunteers.
  • Provide guidance and support to the Board Institutional Advancement Committee; participate in Board meetings.
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of an annual giving program that includes individuals and business partners.

Development Oversight:

    • Supervise the full-time Development Assistant; engage and supervise student interns.
    • In collaboration with leadership team, oversee the development of case statements for institutional and project needs.
    • Stay current with changes in charitable giving tax laws and trends in philanthropy.
    • Plan, execute and monitor an annual departmental budget, developing an annual operational plan aligned to the Strategic Plan.
    • Oversee management of donor and member database; create profiles, track donors and prospects; create and access reports as needed.
    • Plan and manage fundraising and cultivation events.
    • Assist Marketing Department with management of membership program, moving members to donor levels.
  • Perform all other duties required.

Working Conditions:

Primarily office environment with up-to-date computer and office equipment, files and shelves overhead and above work surface. Must be capable of traversing the 40-acre campus. Must possess valid driver’s license, as independent travel throughout the region is required. This position requires flexible hours including some evenings and weekends.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Salary Level and Benefits:

  • Salary: $75,000 – 80,000

Outstanding Benefits Package includes:

  • Health, Dental, & Vision Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • 401 (k) with Safe Harbor and Employer Match

Minnetrista values diversity and inclusivity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Position is open until filled. To Apply please provide a cover letter and full resume/curriculum vita plus three – five references to Darren Macfee at darren@nonprofitwizards.com


About Minnetrista

Minnetrista is a community gathering place that celebrates and explores the Ball Family Legacy in our region. Located in Muncie, Indiana along the White River, Minnetrista is a 40-acre campus that includes a museum center, 3 historic homes along the nationally registered Historic Minnetrista Boulevard, 20+ acres of gardens, and a 6-acre Nature Area. Minnetrista is the largest nonprofit cultural leader serving East Central Indiana with a staff of 52 FTEs.


Minnetrista is the home of the Ball Jar; a gathering place and catalyst for community engagement. We create shared experiences that connect people, leading to a better quality of life.


We envision a thriving community where people who call this region home take pride in its accomplishments and aspire to a brighter future.


Family & Relationships – Minnetrista treasures shared experiences. From our founders to our visitors, from our employees to our community partners and supporters, we champion the power of growing together.

Adaptability – Minnetrista creates experiences that reflect the organization yet anticipate the needs and exceed the expectations of our audience. As an organization, we are nimble and quick to respond to opportunities and challenges.

Stewardship – Following in our founders’ footsteps, we care for, preserve and protect that with which we have been entrusted so that those who follow us can continue the legacy. Minnetrista is a strong and sustainable asset that supports economic development for our community.

Entrepreneurship – Minnetrista embraces a culture of innovation and risk-taking that responds responsibly to opportunities that advance our vision, mission and strategic goals.

Learning – We celebrate learning experiences that are fun and engaging, encourage visitors to explore their world, and educate through discovery and play.



Apply Online

Or mail your cover letter and resume to:

Attn: Human Resources Manager
1200 N. Minnetrista Pkwy.
Muncie, IN 47303-2925

*If you encounter an issue while applying online please email jjoseph@minnetrista.net
Resumes with cover letters will receive additional consideration – our jobs require writing, so a cover letter is a good way to “show what you know and how it applies to the posted position.”