Now Hiring: Head of Development

by Jul 27, 2021

The Mill is hiring! We’re adding a full-time Head of Development to our team.

To continue fulfilling our mission and marching toward our vision, we need someone who thinks about fundraising from the time their feet hit the floor in the morning to the time their head hits the pillow in the evening.


This position will be responsible for:

  • Developing and executing a fundraising plan. We’ve previously raised $1mm for operations and our Velocities partnership. We’re looking for someone who can bring more sophistication and structure to our thriving yet nascent fundraising process.
  • Securing financial support from individuals and corporations. Most of our financial support has been in the form of donations and sponsorships from local corporations. We’d love to add more individuals and expand national sponsorships. This position will also consolidate our event and program sponsorships (Crossroads, Crossroads Collegiate, Flyover Podcast Festival, Spark, Best Place to Work, among others) from their program manager to this role.
  • Applying for, winning, and managing the grant process. We’re good at winning grants from foundations; you’ll continue and expand our work here. We’re not as good at winning State and Federal grants. You’ll work with our Head of Marketing & Communications, who currently writes our grants and will continue to do so, to improve our success rate for these.
  • Leading one cornerstone fundraising event annually. We need a branded, easily recognized event that folks want to attend, even if they’re not supporters of The Mill. (Think the Strawberry Shortcake Festival benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs.) We have folks who can manage and market the event, and you will lead the effort overall while chipping in where needed.
  • No task is beneath you. The Mill is still new—three years old in November—and we don’t know what we don’t know. You should be eager and willing to tackle new experiences and situations, and you’ll need to execute them flawlessly. We’re also a small team, so our job descriptions bleed. Some shared activities might include, but aren’t limited to, taking out the trash, making morning coffee, helping a classroom guest troubleshoot their A/V, and giving tours to prospective members.


  • Executive disposition. You can hold your own in meetings with executives in Bloomington’s largest companies and are comfortable knowing when to pull in the executive director as needed.
  • “I know a person who . . . ” When someone needs help, you can immediately connect them to the right person. You have a wide and deep network of folks who rely on you and whom you rely o,n too. It extends beyond Bloomington, and you’re willing to continue building it with our stakeholders in mind.
  • Entrepreneur at heart. You have extensive fundraising experience for a non-profit. You’ve done nearly all (maybe all?) of this position’s responsibilities and want to start your own development department and in a fast-moving organization.
  • You’re a great presenter and storyteller. Whether it’s visually, verbally, or written, you’re second to none in your communication skills to paint a picture. You get people on board quickly and effectively.
  • You’re a team player in the truest sense of the word. You want the organization to win, and whatever role it needs you to play that day is the role you want to play.
  • You have a big action bias. You bring clarity to situations. You’re decisive but not hasty in your decision-making. But you’re still coachable—you’re one of those people who likes it if your friends tell you that you’ve got a piece of food in your teeth.


  • You’ve started a startup.
  • You’ve worked for a startup.
  • Your network would benefit startups.


  • Annual salary ranges from $60-70,000
  • Paid twice monthly via direct deposit
  • 3 weeks of PTO in year 1, 4 weeks in year 2 and beyond
  • Health, life, vision, and dental insurance
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Use of company MacBook Pro
  • Performance reviews twice annually
  • Opportunity for raises twice annually
  • No bureaucracy—direct and regular contact with our Executive Director
  • You’ll work in downtown Bloomington in a visually stunning building that seamlessly blends old and new, highlighted with exposed red brick and original wood floors


Email a cover letter and resume as PDFs to Pat East. This is your chance to describe why working at The Mill would be a great fit for you. Include the following information:

  1. A short bio / introduction
  2. Why this position at The Mill interests you
  3. Why you love fundraising
  4. Why you love our mission and vision
  5. How you learned about The Mill and the position

Applicant review is ongoing with a preference for candidates who apply by August 17.

Due to the expected number of applications, we cannot reply to every applicant. If you make it beyond the first round, though, you can expect regular communications from us.

Thank you for your interest in The Mill. Best of luck!

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we have a standing policy of nondiscrimination at The Mill. We respect the unique and diverse perspectives of all employees. We accord all qualified persons an equal opportunity for employment or promotion without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other status or condition protected by federal, state, or local law.