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Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Director of Advancement

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Development
  • Contact:
  • Location: P.O. Box 568 140 West Main Street Midland, MI 48640
  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2020


Mackinac Center for Public Policy seeks a Director of Advancement to grow our network of supporters in Michigan and across the nation and participate in leadership of the Advancement Department. This role is based in Midland, Michigan, and will report to the Vice President for Advancement.


  • Work closely with the Vice President for Advancement and a robust development team to implement an integrated fundraising strategy, with a specific focus on individual supporters and prospective supporters.
  • Identify and begin the cultivation process with prospective new supporters through a combination of research and strategic outreach.
  • Deepen relationships with existing supporters by creating and executing strategies jointly with other team members for donor engagement and stewardship.
  • Create and capitalize on opportunities for outreach and stewardship of current and prospective donors, including facilitating personal visits, coordinating small or large gatherings, and leveraging staff travel, speaking engagements, and policy initiatives as cultivation tools for current and prospective donors.
  • Conduct and oversee investor and prospective investor research and creation of investor profiles.
  • Assist in writing grant proposals and reports.
  • Manage projects, prospects and campaigns as assigned by the Vice President for Advancement.
  • Work closely with the Managing Director of Advancement in leading development staff with the goal of assuming this management role over time.


  • Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to be a self-starter.
  • Three to five years of experience in fundraising, sales, or demonstrated success influencing others.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, drive projects, develop plans and execute those plans effectively.
  • Experience interacting with individual donors preferred, but not required.
  • Notable relationship building skills which include experience managing others.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Deep understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of limited government, free enterprise and personal responsibility.
  • Attention to detail while maintaining a big picture focus
  • Experience with databases (Raiser’s Edge preferred) and basic Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; being a lifelong learner is a requirement.

How to apply

The position provides a competitive salary and excellent benefits. To be considered for this position, please send a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the mission of the Mackinac Center to:

Patricia Benner
Vice President for Operations
Fax: (989) 631-0964

While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those whom we are considering for an interview. No telephone calls, please.

Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Midland, MI