Director of Development & Marketing


Alive & Kickin (A&K), arts programing with a purpose, combines Ivey award-winning producing talent of Founder, Michael Matthew Ferrell and Music Director Jason Hansen with senior citizens, contemporary music and storytelling. With a mission to give seniors voice, we break down stereotypes, and offer a variety of arts access programing that reaches thousands of people each year with our inspirational messaging.

Founded in 2010 as a senior musical theatre ensemble, the organization has seen tremendous growth in programing, processes and participants under the professional leadership team comprised of staff, board of directors and organizational partners that work in harmony (and humor) to support more than 150 people, on stage and off to honor seniors, redefine aging and inspire everyone one rock concert at a time. Common remarks made by our participants and audience members include, “You changed my life” and “This was the best day of the year”.

JOB POSITION TITLE: Director of Development & Marketing

START DATE: Fall 2018 - Flex

ANNUAL: $15,000 - $18,000

TIME: PT -  avg 10-15 hours per week/ flex office hours/telecommute AND time off

REPORTS TO: Founder/Executive Director/Board of Directors

The role of Director of Development & Marketing is to manage and grow existing fundraising programs, and coordinate marketing efforts for the organization. Responsibilities include strategic planning, and the execution of fundraising programs including grant/foundation management, individual donors and corporate sponsor programs. In addition, the position will oversee, plan and execute quarterly events. Development activities will be 75% of the job.

Candidates will have a track record of successfully generating new revenue through grant/foundation management, as well as individual giving, major gifts and corporate sponsorships. Applicant must possess very strong writing, proofreading and collaborative abilities with great attention to detail and the ability to articulate the mission of the organization. Marketing activities will include management, content development and execution of online marketing efforts including; website, social media and electronic email messaging for the ensemble performances, as well as other Alive & Kickin programing.

The Director of Development & Marketing will report to the Executive Director and work alongside the management team. This position high degree of independence, keeping supervisors informed of their work. Completed work is reviewed for soundness of overall approach and alignment with the mission, needs and direction of the organization.


  • Development: grant securement and management, individual giving, corporate sponsorships and fundraising activities and events;

  • Candidate must be very experienced and up-to-date on current fundraising strategies and the changing goals and interests of corporate and foundation philanthropy to allow the organization to respond to shifting priorities and develop opportunistic interests into requests for funding;

  • Responsible for planning fundraising strategy and for carrying out specific projects. Identifies potential sponsors and settles on the appropriate targets for funding. Either alone or with other organization personnel, approaches individuals, corporate and foundation officials and negotiates the terms of their support to the organization;

  • Maintains records of all past and current approaches to outside funding sources so as to avoid unnecessary and undesirable conflicts. Creates and manages a funder database for individual, corporate, and foundation donor cultivation. Responsible for all administrative work related to grant applications, final reports, thank you letters, and all necessary communication;

  • Marketing/Audience Development/Earned Income: marketing strategies, public relations and promotional events for seasonal, production and programing;


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 5-7+ years of fundraising experience with a nonprofit or for-profit organization in a management/leadership role;

  • Proven history of grant management, and secured funding with particular strengths in grant writing, individual fundraising campaigns, identifying new sources and increased levels of contributed income, and special events;

  • Marketing management, implementation & organizational skills for program participation and audience cultivation/expansion with the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in oral and written communication on both an interpersonal and group level;

  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in all its forms, with ability and commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status;

  • Highly motivated self-starter with knowledge in strong computer skills and experience;

  • Exhibit stamina and a strong work ethic, as well as the flexibility to deal with unpredictable pressures and a variable flow of work activity with a small administrative staff, as well as the ability to exercise professional discretion and confidentiality;

  • Prior experience in arts administration or theatre preferred. Those who thrive in professional yet relaxed environment, are comfortable working in a team setting as well as independently are encouraged to apply.

CLICK HERE to see the A&K Info VIDEO

Alive & Kickin is located at Cora McCorvey Center, a first-in-the-nation, 5-star health and wellness campus comprised of a consortium of senior service providers all under one roof. The picturesque campus, just east of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota (Glenwood/Dupont) is nestled amongst green space with a walking trail and welcomes the more than 5,000 Minneapolis Public Housing residents who reside nearby. The campus is home to the A&K office & rehearsal space, that offers free underground parking, a great room that serves for weekly rehearsals/additional programing and special events, a YMCA on the first floor, conference rooms, staff kitchen and medical facilities in the building.

The position is set as an independent contractor which allows for ample flex-time and a flexible working location. Weekly management and monthly staff meetings are required.

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the position:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample - grant application preferable

Alive & Kickin is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.  This position will remain open until filled.
Please send application information to:

Heather Brands
Alive & Kickin

[email protected]

1015 4th Ave N., #205

Minneapolis, MN 55405

Contact information

Michael Matthew Ferrell's Alive & Kickin
Heather Brands
Web site

Posted September 12