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Development and Communications Manager 

Salary $55,000-$65,000 Annually depending on qualifications.  
About the Organization Phoenix Alternatives, Inc. (PAI) has been a vital part of our community since 1990. We were founded as a 501(c)(3) to serve people with developmental disabilities, maximizing integration into the community while pursuing meaningful, person-centered activities. PAI is a day program offering an array of services and opportunities for adults who want to design a life they love. You will find a culture that's respectful, team-oriented, and focused on meeting the unique needs of the people we serve.

Our mission is to engage individuals in meaningful participation in and connection with the community.

About PAI

Founded in 1990, PAI provides services that empower the individual choices of adults with disabilities to achieve meaningful participation in and connection to the community. We enhance personal, community, and employment connections through a variety of innovative services including

community exploration and enrichment, life skills training, vocational skill development, job training and coaching, employment placement services, community and/or on-site employment, music and pet therapy, and utilizing technology.


We are looking for a team player to manage existing development functions, thoughtfully add fundraising channels over time, and build out our communications system. This person leads by example, gets things done, and continually improves processes and the experience of stakeholders in those processes.

Candidates may have significant non-profit development, communications/marketing experience; or may bring personality, aptitudes and closely relevant non-development experience that provide an equally solid foundation for success. This role is supported by an experienced and engaged leadership team, collaborative colleagues, and a strong financial foundation.

Position Requirements


The Development and Communications Manager is responsible for ethically and professionally achieving development goals while expanding and building communications programs, tools and content that support those objectives along with PAI’s broader visibility efforts, public policy aims and community partnership goals.

  • Develop and implement fundraising plans and campaigns to meet annual and longer-term goals. Determine funding mix, strategies, and tactics to maximize results and long-term potential.
  • Build and nurture relationships with individuals and organizations whose giving aligns with PAI’s mission and vision.
  • Manage grant request process in partnership with a contract consultant, including identifying and prioritizing grants through submission and project management where required.
  • Develop and implement effective communications and visibility channels/media, programs, and content to promote PAI with existing and new audiences.
  • Implement segmentation or similar constructs to align content and overall experience with audiences and goals.
  • Ensure quality communication and service for all donors by managing an ongoing donor relations program.
  • Personally, represent PAI with external audiences ranging from family members and guardians to community groups and associations.
  • Contribute to planning processes that support long-term goals and goal attainment for the organization.
  • Produce and leverage reporting and analytics to internal stakeholders including the PAI Board of Directors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications. Looking for you if…

  • You embrace and exemplify the PAI core values of Character, Inclusion, Choice, Safety and Competence.
  • You value the mission of PAI enough to ask people to make PAI a top priority in their personal giving.
  • You understand how fundraising works as a process for the organization and the donor, and how to deliver programs and content that support both stakeholders in those processes.
  • You are as comfortable meeting with a business owner as you are with parents of a person we serve.
  • You are results oriented, and you value win-win outcomes and relationships.
  • You communicate very well in person and in writing. You understand how to engage people in something great, even if it is brand new to them.
  • You may not be analytical in a “quant” sense, but you do not have a math phobia either.
  • You are functional or better with Excel and donor database management or comparable systems – or at least a very quick study for the latter.
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years job related experience, or an Associate’s degree and compelling additional experience.
  • You will pass a DHS background study and maintain clearance.
  • You have reliable transportation for work driving purposes, proof of valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
  • You can sit, stand, walk, use hands to handle objects, type/data entry, reach with hands and arms, bend, talk, see, and hear. Many job duties involve the use of office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Must be able to occasionally lift work supplies around 25-30 lbs.
Preferred Requirements:  
Location White Bear Lake, MN  
Keywords: Development, Communications, Marketing, Non-Profit, Management  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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