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Considered one of the nation’s leading independent, nonprofit literary publishers, Graywolf Press publishes books that foster new thinking about what it means to live in the world today. From its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Graywolf publishes an annual list of thirty to thirty-five new titles and organizes around two hundred local and national events featuring its authors each year.


Open Position—Development Director

Development Director

Reports to: Executive Director & Publisher

Works closely with: Director of Strategic Initiatives and development staff

Supervises: Development Manager, Development Assistant

Mission, Vision, Values, and Industry Context

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Position Summary

The Development Director leads Graywolf Press’s fundraising initiatives and creates and monitors its annual departmental budget. The Development Director will be a frontline solicitor of major gifts, comfortable managing an active portfolio of donors and finding new prospects. The Development Director oversees and is supported by the Development and Events Assistant and a Development Manager (the latter projected to be hired this year). The Executive Director and Publisher and the Director of Strategic Initiatives are active partners in all development work, including board and major donor relationship management. The Development Director is expected to reflect and uphold Graywolf’s core values. 

Currently Graywolf raises approximately $1.5M per year, with about $600K sourced from institutional donors and $900K sourced from individuals. Philanthropy accounts for about 31% of our operating budget at this time. A key goal in our strategic plan is to evolve to a model that would increase total contributed revenue to approximately $2.5M per year by 2028. A key charge for the Development Director is to help plan for and realize this essential leap forward in capacity.

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  • Play a key role in creating and implementing Graywolf’s development initiatives and programs in support of the organization’s 2024–2028 strategic plan.
  • Assess and strengthen the effectiveness of Graywolf’s fundraising systems and procedures.
  • Help ensure that Graywolf has the technological resources, as well as the staffing capacity, to achieve its fundraising goals.


  • Design and lead fundraising from individuals, foundations, and corporations, including major-donor drives, sponsorships, planned giving, and the annual fund, taking responsibility for fundraising results. 
  • With colleagues, develop a pipeline to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors in several key markets (Twin Cities, New York, California, and other regions emerging as important to Graywolf). This includes building new relationships with potential supporters and helping Graywolf enhance relationships with existing donors to stimulate near-and-long-term growth in the annual fund.
  • Foster significant growth in Graywolf’s fundraising efforts by creating and managing strategies to elicit potential gifts ranging from $50,000 to $1+million.
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Physical Demands

This position is based in Minneapolis and requires presence in Graywolf’s office several days each week. Travel for Graywolf donor events and meetings to cities within the United States is expected several times a year, for two to three nights at a time. The Development Director will work to expand Graywolf’s donor networks in New York, the Bay Area, and other key regions, resulting in additional opportunities for travel.

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
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To Apply

To apply, please upload the materials requested below via Submittable. Applications will be accepted up to the initial deadline of 11:59 PM PST on Friday, August 16, with further applications possibly accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Any questions about the position can be directed to oneil@graywolfpress.org. No phone calls please. All applicants will be notified via Submittable as soon as the position is filled.

Graywolf Press is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. We welcome and encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses. To request an accommodation in the hiring process, please email access@graywolfpress.org.

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Experience, Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities


  • At least 5 years of experience working in a development or fundraising capacity for a nonprofit organization, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated success leading a team, working across departments, and achieving significant and consistent major gift results
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Internships and Fellowships

There are no fellowship or internship openings at Graywolf Press at this time.

Graywolf is currently administering editorial internships in partnership with the University of Minnesota.

We recently completed our 2023-2024 session of the Citizen Literary Fellowship. 

The Citizen Literary Fellowship is grounded in our belief that while diversity in the books and authors we publish is vital, it is equally important that the people publishing these books reflect that diversity. The fellowship is intended to attract candidates who otherwise would face barriers to beginning a career in publishing, and to therefore increase the diversity and inclusivity of the industry. 

Throughout the year, the fellow receives active coaching and encouragement from the whole Graywolf team. Our hope is that this fellowship will serve as a doorway to a successful career in publishing or a related literary field.