Chapter Job Center

Welcome to the AFP South Dakota Chapter job posting center! This service is designed to share pertinent career information with our audience of development professionals in the South Dakota area. 

We feature all career position announcements for one month on our AFP South Dakota website.  Anyone who visits this site will see your position announcement on our Chapter Job Center.  In addition, your position will be sent out in our AFP update email with a link to the job center.  This monthly update email reaches more than 360 fundraising and non-profit professionals in South Dakota who have self-identified as wanting to stay connected to our chapter and receive updates. 

Posting Fee:

$50 - AFP members

$150 - Non-members

Please email your job positing to Your information will be reviewed, edited if needed, approved and posted by our Chapter Administrator.  Your organization will be invoiced via PayPal within 3-5 business days.

Contact Chapter Administrator Angie Kuiper, at if you have any questions.

Development Director
Butterfly House & Aquarium
Date Posted: November 11, 2019

Development Director
Farm Rescue
Date Posted: November 11, 2019

Vice President for Advancement
Presentation College
Date Posted: November 13, 2019

Development Manager
Great Plains Zoo
Date Posted: November 15, 2019

Community Development Coordinator/Officer
South Dakota Community Foundation
Date Posted: November 21, 2019

Chapter Administrator
South Dakota Association of Fundraising Professionals
Date Posted: November 21, 2019






Development Director

Company: Butterfly House & Aquarium
Date Posted:
November 11, 2019

The Butterfly House & Aquarium is a growing nonprofit organization featuring the only butterfly conservatory and saltwater aquarium in the Dakotas. Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we provide educational experiences with the tropics and the ocean in our landlocked state, inspiring conservation of the vital building blocks of sea, sky, and land. Our organization is preparing for an expansion of our facility over the next two years to create the Dakota Aquarium, with emphasis on the aquarium galleries and classrooms in order to keep up with demand from our ever-growing city.

MISSION: Inspiring conservation of the vital building blocks of sea, sky, and land

POSITION SUMMARY: This position develops an integrated plan to achieve the Butterfly House & Aquarium’s objectives, strategies, and tactics for fundraising, community awareness, and engagement. Reporting to the CEO, this professional leads the organization’s efforts in fundraising campaigns and activities, marketing, and community partnerships.

Develop & Execute the Annual Fundraising Plan – 25% of the Work Period
Organization & Management of Fundraiser & Cultivation Events – 10% of the Work Period
Assist the CEO with Capital Campaign Strategy & Implementation – 30% of the Work Period
Maintain Donor Communications and Designated Gift Process – 10% of the Work Period
Develop & Implement In-House Marketing Efforts – 10% of the Work Period
Work with Marketing Agency for External Marketing Efforts – 5% of the Work Period
Develop & Implement Nonprofit Community Partnerships – 5% of the Work Period
Other Duties As Assigned – 5% of the Work Period

*1. Develop the annual fundraising campaign strategy and timeline, composing and designing the campaign content and materials, recording donor and donation information, and processing donations and pledges.
*2. Organize and manage fundraising and cultivation events, including planning and implementation aspects, with the goal of driving revenue and building awareness.
*3. Assist the CEO with capital campaign strategy and implementation, including cultivation, composing and designing the campaign content and materials, recording donor and donation information, and processing donations and pledges.
*4. Work with local businesses to develop and implement community partnerships and sponsorships such as business perks, employee appreciation, promotions, volunteerism, or fundraising activities that benefit both organizations through awareness and engagement opportunities.
*5. Oversee the donor acknowledgement, recognition, and pledge processes, including thank you letters, plaques, signage, engravings, social media, website, and e-newsletters.
*6. Oversee the maintenance of constituency and donor files, records, and public information.
*7. Oversee in-house marketing efforts, including website content management, e-newsletters, social media promotions, and internal signage.
*8. Work with the marketing agency to develop strategy, messaging, and creative for public awareness and engagement activities.
*9. As needed, assist the CEO in researching and writing grants for the support of organizational activities.
*10. Work with area nonprofit organizations to develop and implement community partnerships that promote and achieve our mission of learning, healing, and conservation.
*11. Perform related duties to include working with staff and volunteers to support public awareness, engagement, and other development-related public events.
*12. Implement all programming within the budget expectations established with the CEO.
*13. Perform other duties as are customarily performed by one holding a Development Director position in other public aquariums and butterfly conservatories.
*Essential job functions per ADA guidelines.

A Bachelor’s degree is required.
A minimum of three years of proven development experience is required.
A minimum of three years of demonstrated marketing experience is required.
A minimum of three years of proven experience in leadership or management is required.
Experience using donor management software such as DonorView or Blackbaud is required.
A minimum of two years of successful experience working with volunteers, including management of volunteers, is preferred.
Requires leadership and presentation skills, tact and diplomacy, effective oral and written communication skills, and organizational ability.
Requires exceptional time management and flexibility with job duties and scheduling.
Proficient independent worker and strong team player, with the ability to maintain focus and keep up with the fast, unpredictable pace of a growing nonprofit organization.
An interest in nature-based education, healing, and conservation is preferred.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Work involves sitting, standing, and walking the majority of the work period. Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 30 pounds. Requires repetitive movements of the wrists, hands and/or fingers, the ability to receive and express detailed information through oral communication, visual acuity, and the ability to read and understand written directions.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is primarily performed in an office environment or throughout the community in public spaces. This position has much contact with co-workers when developing planning strategies and the outside public when soliciting donations.
Federal law obligates us to provide reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of employees, unless to do so would pose an undue hardship. Please let us know if you need an accommodation to perform any essential elements of this position.
This Job Description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed. It is not intended to serve as an exhaustive list of all duties, skills and responsibilities required of personnel so classified.

WORK SCHEDULE: The Development Director is an hourly position with the work schedule varying according to organizational needs. Evening and weekend hours will be scheduled depending on the organization and department needs. A typical work week will be 40 hours total Saturday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, with one weekend per month as a manager on duty.

Facility operating hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays. The facility is closed to the public on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Other holidays throughout the year are working holidays for all staff.

BENEFITS: Eighty (80) hours of paid time off, medical, dental, and retirement benefits are available after 90 days of employment.

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to Audrey Willard at

Development Director

Company: Farm Rescue
Date Posted:
November 11, 2019

Horace, ND



Farm Rescue provides planting, haying, harvesting and livestock feeding assistance to farm and ranch families that have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster. The organization has been in existence since 2005 and operates with a mission to help family farms and ranches bridge crises so they have an opportunity to continue viable operations. Since Farm Rescue’s 2005 inception, the organization has served more than 600 families and has become nationally known, attracting a broad pool of volunteers and a strong following of financial supporters. In 2018, nearly 700 donors and sponsors made a cash or in-kind contribution to Farm Rescue. The organization and its team of 5 board members, 4 staff and more than 1,000 volunteer farm rescuers currently serve six states – North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Iowa and Nebraska. For more information about Farm Rescue, visit

Position Summary

Farm Rescue is seeking a Development Director to lead its fundraising efforts, grow its corporate partnerships, major gifts and planned giving, and enhance donor relationships in key communities. Reporting to the acting Executive Director (currently a Board member), the role of the Development Director is to plan, direct and coordinate all Farm Rescue fundraising activities. The Development Director will work closely with the Marketing Communications Officer who manages organizational marketing efforts.

Farm Rescue is headquartered in the Fargo, ND area and the Development Director is expected to office there. Regular travel of 30% - 40% throughout the Farm Rescue service area is an expectation of the position. Fundraising and donor cultivation in communities where partner organizations are located is an essential part of the job. Remote work from an office within the Farm Rescue service area is an option for exceptional candidates.



Strategic and Management Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute Farm Rescue’s overall fundraising strategy and annual fundraising plans.
  • Lead and manage the organization’s overall development efforts to raise sufficient funds each year to meet the annual budget and support of strategic priorities for growth and sustainability.
  • Develop, increase and manage the fundraising capacity of organization.
  • Provide progress reports on a monthly basis regarding fundraising.
  • Train and support team members regarding fundraising.

 Development Responsibilities

  • Initiate, participate and support direct fundraising “asks”.
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with individual, corporate and foundation donors and sponsors. This involves much face-to-face time, as well as other interaction. It also includes a substantial amount of travel throughout the Farm Rescue service area.
  • Develop and grow the Farm Rescue individual donor base; manage the annual sponsorship/giving campaign and cultivate major gifts.
  • Build and grow Farm Rescue corporate/business partnerships.
  • Write grant proposals and reports to corporate foundation and government funders.
  • Assist with the growing online giving program at Farm Rescue.
  • Research corporate, foundation and individual contacts; update and maintain the donor database (Farm Rescue uses Salesforce); and generate needed reports from this information.
  • Communicate with staff, board and volunteers to coordinate fundraising schedules and activities with other events and operations.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience required.
  • 5+years of demonstrated success in non-profit fundraising and development, including cultivating and building relationships with individuals, foundations, corporations, and major giving programs. Experience managing special events is helpful.
  • Demonstrated success in building a development program, particularly in corporate and major gifts. Fundraising campaign experience preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel for donor meetings. Estimated travel for this position is 30% - 40%.
  • Comfort and experience living the mission of Farm Rescue, an understanding of the farming and agricultural communities of the Farm Rescue service area, and an ability to relate to and build relationships with the members of these communities. Lived farming/agricultural experience or a willingness and ability to learn more about the farming/agricultural experience is important to succeed in this position.
  • A demonstrated ability to represent the organization and interface with a wide variety of individuals, including all levels of staff, board, volunteers, donors, potential donors and Farm Rescue recipients.
  • A motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills, excellent oral and written communication skills and a proven track record of getting things done.



The projected compensation range for this individual will be competitive and in accordance with the background and experience of the selected candidate and includes a base salary and bonus program based upon performance against agency goals. The agency/organization has a benefits package including health care reimbursement, paid PTO and holidays and employer contributions to a retirement plan.


Farm Rescue firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected categories.

Application Process

Submit cover letter and resume to Mary Ontko, The Moran Company. APPLY NOW

Vice President for Advancement

Company: Presentation College
Date Posted:
November 13, 2019

Presentation College seeks a strategic, results-driven leader with a track record of success developing long-term relationships with key stakeholders and alumni as well as the external and internal community.


The College’s next Vice President for Advancement will be an accomplished and articulate leader with a history of success as a senior development professional and will be responsible for the planning and execution of all programs to engage and solicit philanthropic support. The VPA will develop, execute and manage a strategic plan to increase fundraising and gift giving. The next VPA will be well-versed in current trends and best practices as it relates to the achievement of the College’s advancement goals.


The Vice President for Advancement reports to the president and serves on the president’s leadership team, working closely and collaborating with other senior leaders and the board of trustees to provide strategic direction on advancement matters. The Vice President for Advancement maintains administrative responsibility for all advancement activities including policies, procedures and personnel for the Office of University Advancement.


Individuals with direct experience in leading charitable foundations, donor supported and driven organizations, or other higher education positions with ties to advancement will also be considered.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Progressively responsible experience as an administrator and leader of development/advancement programs
  • Experience in fundraising, grant development and public relations
  • Strength in the field of development management
  • Understanding of current best practices and compliance related to advancement work
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current fundraising trends and tools


For full description and to apply, please visit: and click on Search Openings


Presentation College is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Development Manager

Company: Great Plains Zoo
Date Posted:
November 15, 2019

Come Join Us At The Great Plains Zoo!

The Development Manager is responsible, under the supervision of the President/CEO, for helping to build the private support base of the Great Plains Zoo.  The Development Manager will work with leadership to pursue, secure and facilitate corporate sponsorships, philanthropic gifts and business memberships.  This will be accomplished through strategic planning, effective writing and communication skills, and by working in collaboration with other Zoo staff to identify appropriate opportunities which directly benefit the Great Plains Zoo.

The Development Manager is responsible for managing all in-house development functions, including, but not limited to acknowledgements, database management, business membership development, coordinating appeal mailings and other related mailings; overseeing donor research and planning and coordinating special events.  The Development Manager is also responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining systems that ensure the successful and effective execution of the department's annual development plan.

Responsibilities Include:

*  Manage the overall Development projects calendar to ensure timely start and completion of all related initiatives.

*  Identify and research new private donors.

*  Manage and foster a portfolio of the Zoo's existing corporate relationships while researching new corporate sponsors for the Zoo.

*  Manage and foster the Zoo's Business Membership Program while identifying and researching new program participants.

* Coordinate the delivery and activation of all elements of each sponsorship, philanthropic gift and membership.

* Ensure donor database is current, usable and accurate.  Summarize findings in a clear and concise manner.  

* Ensure acknowledgement of donations, corporate sponsorships and executive memberships are sent promptly and the associate information has been entered into database.

* Effectively deliver presentations about the Zoo and its mission to service clubs and other interested groups.

* Provide planning and coordination for fundraising events benefiting the Zoo (Jungle Jubilee and Zoo Boo).


Qualifications Include:

* Requires a bachelor's degree and 3 - 5 years of related work experience or an acceptable combination of education and experience as determined by the hiring authority.

* Experience working with non-profit organizations with a proven track record of success in the solicitation of corporate sponsorships and philanthropic gifts is preferred.

* Experience with fundraising software is preferred.

* The preferred candidate will have strong sales skills, will be self-motivated and detail oriented.

* The position requires outstanding oral and written communication skills; the ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals. Strong proofreading and editing skills are required.

* This position requires the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and the ability to meet deadlines.

* Microsoft proficiency is required.

* This position will require some evening and weekend hours as needed for special events.


The Great Plains Zoo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to foster a greater understanding of our natural world through Education, Conservation, Recreation and Discovery.  The Great Plains Zoo cares for more than 1,000 animals from around the world and offers up-close views of animals often not found in larger zoos, including giraffes, tigers, black rhinos and a national award-winning Snow Monkey exhibit.  The Zoo is an accredited member of the AZA and sees over 300,000 visitors annually.

The 45-acre Great Plains Zoo is located in Sioux Falls, SD, a growing community with:

  • A metro population of 259,000
  • A healthy economy and a robust arts and cultural scene
  • Recognition from Forbes magazine as the best small metro area in the nation for business and careers (Oct 2018).
  • Coverage from Wall Street Journal (May 2017) under the headline “As Many Midwest Cities Slump, Sioux Falls Soars.”

Apply today at

No phone calls please.

Community Development Coordinator/Officer

Company: South Dakota Community Foundation
Date Posted:
November 21, 2019

Deadline to Apply is Sunday, December 15, 2019.

Chapter Administrator

Company: South Dakota AFP
Date Posted:
November 21, 2019

Request for Proposals

The South Dakota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is seeking proposals for Chapter Administrator.  This person will be the face of South Dakota AFP and primary responsibilities will be assisting members, promoting AFP programming through the Chapter's website and event marketing tool, and working with the board. A complete job description can be found here: Chapter Administrator Job Description.  This will be a part-time contract and not an employee of the Chapter.  Please submit your RFP to by end of business on Friday, December 6, 2019.