Director of Philanthropic Counsel Fully Remote - US

Director of Philanthropic Counsel

Full Time • Fully Remote - US
As a Director of Philanthropic Counsel you will help to strengthen the ability of our national and international nonprofit clients to raise more philanthropic support to help fulfill their missions. This position is focused on acquiring data, synthesizing and analyzing data, producing recommendations and creating deliverables, as well as providing broad levels of client services (including managed services). This position will work under the direction of each project engagement manager, and utilize BWF methodology to prepare client deliverables, including reports and other materials. Additionally, this position may also serve as part of an onsite consulting team, helping with implementation and to pace and or assist fundraising campaigns or other philanthropic activity and initiatives.  
This position works collaboratively with clients, consultants, and support staff. This position will frequently partner with and learn from industry-leading consultants as they help clients to discover solutions to their challenges. 
Essential Functions 
  • Perform client work independently and as a part of a team. 
  • Complete tasks and projects for external clients that may include program reviews, fundraising strategy development and implementation, feasibility studies, campaign counsel, board engagement, and other services as needed. 
  • Collaborate regularly with internal team members and clients to ensure delivery of cohesive and quality work product delivered by deadline. 
  • Engage in multiple projects, with varying deadlines, scopes, and deliverables at any given time. 
  • Meet annual revenue goal by completing quality work efficiently. 
  • As opportunities are provided, create written content and engage in speaking opportunities to promote expertise in philanthropic communications through firm and industry publications, conferences, or events. 
  • Participate in ongoing internal activities as a productive and active member of the firm. These may include orientation and ongoing trainings, firm-wide client review meetings, and other skill-building activities. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

  • Experience in philanthropy, preferably with donor engagement, with exposure to fundraising in a higher education, healthcare or other nonprofits setting. 
  • Frontline fundraising and/or applicable “sales” type experience. 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. 
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Powerful analytical skills, both qualitative and quantitative, and a solid strategic thinking. 
  • Ability to create a strong, positive initial impression and maintain a solid professional credibility. 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Willingness to travel up to 50% of the time. 

Location, Hours and Working Conditions
  • This position can be remote or based in our Minneapolis office (locally based employees are expected to maintain a hybrid office presence).
  • Position requires ability to work in a stationary position for majority of workday. 
  • Continuous use of computer. 
  • Frequent communication with team and clients via zoom and in person. 
  • We strive to provide work/life balance whenever possible but due to the nature of this role, weekend and evening hours are required when deadlines need to be met.
  • Overnight travel to client sites, conferences or firm meetings is sometimes required (up to 30% of time).
  •  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
As an organization that exists to advance our world through the empowerment of nonprofits, we will serve our clients and industry from a sustainable space that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.  We are committed to making our organization a place of collaboration, integrity, and discovery, where everyone can thrive as individuals, with unique perspectives and be a part of something great.  This commitment drives our ability to provide innovative solutions and create the best outcomes. 

Compensation and Benefits 
Annual base salary range of $75,000 to $90,000 based on qualifications and experience.  This position is eligible for an annual performance bonus based on transparently defined performance metrics including client satisfaction, work quality, team attainment, and firm contribution metrics. There are also additional sales bonus opportunities. 
BWF offers a comprehensive benefits package including: 
  • Paid holidays, PTO and volunteer time off 
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer contribution 
  • Health insurance with HSA and FSA (medical and dependent care) options 
  • Employer paid dental and vision insurance, 100% employer life insurance, short and long-term disability, Long Term Care insurance, and paid parental leave. 
Applicants for this position must have up-to-date vaccine status against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Proof of vaccination will be required upon hire. Up-to-date vaccine status is defined as an initial vaccination plus one Booster Shot after 6 months.  Individuals may be granted an exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons.  
To apply please submit a resume and cover letter.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.  


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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