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Development Engagement Manager 

EOE Statement At Voyageur Outward Bound School we strive to embody our values, including diversity and inclusion. VOBS is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and supporting a vision of equity for the future. This organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military status, marital status, age, citizenship, or any other basis prohibited by law.  
Location Twin Cities Center  
About the Organization We challenge you to change a life.
We challenge you to change your community.
We challenge you to change the world!

The need for leaders of character and compassion is great.

For over 50 years, Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) has changed lives through challenge and discovery. We know that personal discovery leads to positive transformation. Our students grow character and compassion through nature-based adventure. Our vision is more resilient and compassionate people for a more resilient and compassionate world.

Voyageur Outward Bound School is a charter of Outward Bound USA, the leading provider of experiential education for youth and adults. We design and deliver intensive single-day and extended wilderness expedition experiences that build and develop character, leadership and service through shared experience.

VOBS delivers high impact programs across three sites: Twin Cities Center in St Paul, MN, Homeplace Wilderness Basecamp in Ely, MN and Big Bend Basecamp in Redford, TX.

Our values are integrity, excellence, compassion, inclusion and safety. Our instructors are highly trained and experienced. We are proud to be recognized as one of the 100 Best places to work by Outside magazine for consecutive years.

Collaboration with educational and non-profit organizations is critical to our mission. We partner with schools, colleges, non-profit organizations and families to serve their youth and young adults with programs that support specific educational goals.
Category Administration  

Position Summary

Our donor and alumni community are critical to VOBS. Their gifts enable us to make our programs accessible, increase our capacity, and care for our facilities. We have ambitious goals for raising annual, endowment, and capital funds so that we can more than double our impact by 2025.


The Development Engagement Manager role is a new, vital role for the VOBS Development team, is supported by, and reports to the Director of Development. The primary responsibility of this role is to support VOBS opportunity to grow our donor base by stewarding and cultivating donors and alumni through events, communications, invitationals and, and service opportunities. This role should help strategically build our donor base and identify prospects for increased giving.


This role will be responsible for creating, planning, recruiting for donor and alumni events to engage members in our community. In addition, this role will be responsible for communications such as annual appeals, event marketing, donor calls, blog posts, and other efforts to support growing our donor and alumni community. Their success will be measured by the number of donors who attend our events and identifying a specific number of prospects for increased giving.




  • Generate an annual engagement calendar of activities for donors and alumni to engage with VOBS
  • Create, lead, recruit, and evaluate events for our donors and alumni to engage with VOBS through virtual events, invitationals, service opportunities, and donor acknowledgement events
  • Manage annual appeal processes, communications and track success rate of appeals
  • Foster relationships with donors and alumni that results in identifying and prospecting donors to grow our donor community, track in our database
  • Evaluate effectiveness of events, institute learning into future offerings
  • Strengthen program by drawing lessons from other alumni efforts inside and outside of Outward Bound



  • Develop, and implement an alumni communication plan in collaboration with and support of the Director of Development
  • Design and compose annual appeals, event invitations, acknowledgements and other donor and alumni communications – digital and direct mail
  • Make calls to alumni and donors to cultivate our relationship with them to both engage them in our events
  • Collaborate with the VOBS Communications Director on telling the donor and alumni stories that convey our mission
  • Interview alumni, donors, other stakeholders to develop content, contribute to donor profile data
  • Maximize databases by keeping donor and alumni records in salesforce up to date, creating reports, and cultivation process
  • Carry out mailing process for direct mail efforts



  • Research, qualify, and cultivate current and prospective donors.
  • Spend time connecting with current and potential donors face-to-face, on the phone, or through email.
  • Manage and coordinate a portfolio of current and prospective donors.
  • Develop and implements strategic steps to build relationships that will result in gifts in support of the organization’s priorities.
  • Capture significant relationship activities, financial projections, and donor information in Salesforce, as it relates to the Development portfolio.
  • Leverage database to research donors and alumni
  • Provide regular reporting and analysis on prospective donors and gifts



  • Participate in department, VOBS, and OBUSA meetings as required
  • Attend training and program offerings to support role and learning about VOBS, our students, alumni, and donors


Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary range: $44,600 - $54,581
  • This is a full time, 12-month benefitted position
  • Full time benefits include dental, vision, health and life insurance, 403b contribution and match, 11 paid holidays, vacation time, and sick leave

Voyageur Outward Bound School is committed to supporting diversity in all of its forms. Applicants representing diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

COVID-19 - Because of COVID, VOBS examines the current health data and makes organizational decisions about programs and work based on many factors.  A large number of our staff are currently working remotely, or working at the office as they see a need. Time required to support quarantine or family needs can be flexible.


How to Apply

Submit resume, cover letter and 3 professional references online

Closing Date:          March 4, 2021

Ideal Starting Date: Early-Mid April, 2021

Position Requirements


3-5 years education, or equivalent experience in development, sales, event planning, or communications, with:

  • Ability to successfully plan, lead, and execute events with diverse audiences
  • Communicates with passion and empathy to initiate contact with alumni and donors through various forms of communication (in English) – orally, in-person or on the phone and written in mailings and digital platforms
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity as a team member with a natural affinity for building effective stakeholder and peer relationships
  • Ability to problem solve, collaborate, organize and accomplish multiple projects
  • Self-motivated
  • Advanced computer, design, and data management proficiency (ideally in salesforce or compatible CRM)
  • Experience working in with nonprofits focused on education and youth development
  • Balance an ability to self-manage and prioritize tasks and time, and seek support from Director of Development and team members to move projects forward
  • Some evenings and weekends required
  • Ability to be at events, self-transport and move event equipment to offsite locations
  • Familiarity with the history, philosophy, and programs of Outward Bound, or experiential education
  • Some evenings and weekends required


  • All people are capable of great things when they are challenged and supported appropriately
  • Learning happens best in a community that actively encourages and practices respect, empathy, compassion, integrity, inclusion, and safety.
  • Development of the social, emotional, and cognitive (whole person) learning skills are equally important and support each other in a person’s development
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Close Date 4/7/2021  
Hiring Manager(s) Craig Binger  

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