Northfield HCI

Thriving Youth. Thriving Community.



HCI Fund Development & Strategic Partnerships Director

June 29, 2020

Now in its 28th year, the Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is a community-based organization whose mission is to foster a collaborative environment in Rice County, Minnesota, that empowers youth, strengthens families, and builds community.

To achieve this, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs. Instead, HCI works with community partners to identify needs/opportunities, foster collaboration and support community-driven efforts that benefit local youth and families. By offering its assistance, HCI strives to build the capacity of the community to more effectively serve its young people.

HCI seeks a full-time director to lead fund development and select strategic partnership efforts. 

Tasks for the HCI Fund Development & Strategic Partnerships Director include:

50% Grant Writing

  • Initiate ongoing communication with key HCI staff to analyze funding needs, gaps and opportunities
  • Research, identify and qualify funding opportunities from corporate, foundation, and government sources
  • Prepare proposals by determining concept, gathering and formatting information, writing drafts, and obtaining approvals
  • Determine proposal concepts by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs, studying requests for proposal, meeting with HCI staff and partners, and attending strategy meetings
  • Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and transmittal
  • Manage efficient operational system to ensure accurate records and timely communication with funders
  • Oversee grants calendar and maintain up-to-date database records for all institutional donors

30% Fund Development

  • Lead the development and implementation of HCI’s fund development plan, including the securing of stated organizational goals for grant resources, plus individual and corporate donations
  • Provide staffing support to the HCI Development Committee, comprised of HCI Board members and community volunteers
  • Oversee the implementation of HCI’s key annual fundraising activities (currently annual breakfast and year-end solicitations)
  • Maintain HCI’s Salesforce data system to accurately report HCI donations and pledges

20% Strategic Partnership Development

  • Work with key HCI partners (locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally) to explore and implement new initiatives that positively impact local youth and families
  • Identify and vet additional possibilities for innovative opportunities to help benefit local youth and families
  • Develop funding plans to assist with pilot efforts – and to turn successful pilots into sustained efforts

Required qualities for the HCI Fund Development & Strategic Partnerships Director include:

  • Five or more years experience in a nonprofit setting
  • Proven experience in grant writing, fund development, and grants management
  • Experience crafting letters of intent, concept papers, proposals, and stewardship materials with aptitude for creating budgets, designing logic models, and drafting compelling case statements
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to travel within Rice County and occasionally to statewide meetings
  • Maintenance of a cell phone is an expectation of employment

Preferred qualities for the HCI Fund Development & Strategic Partnerships Director include:

  • Master’s degree or commensurate experience
  • Strong familiarity with Rice County organizations and resources
  • Experience utilizing Salesforce
  • Knowledge in the fields of asset-based youth development, community innovation, and/or collective impact
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Somali

Reports to: HCI Executive Director

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, samples of previous successful grants written (where applicant was the sole/lead author), and the contact information for three professional references to: Zach Pruitt, HCI Executive Director ( Application review will begin on August 10, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.