The Minnesota State Fair began as a territorial fair to highlight agriculture and encourage farming in the region. It became the Minnesota State Fair in 1859, a year after Minnesota was granted statehood. The fair exists to bring together people of all backgrounds to celebrate the best of Minnesota, and to educate and involve everyone by providing a world-class showcase that is innovative, entertaining, and fun.

CohenTaylor is excited to announce The Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s search for their new Executive Director! The Minnesota State Fair Foundation was created to raise funds for Minnesota State Fair capital and program improvements. The Foundation works to preserve and improve the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and support State Fair.

The Executive Director provides leadership and day-to-day management of The State Fair Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary role is to raise private contributions for The Minnesota State Fair. He or she is the Foundation’s liaison to The State Fair management and is charged with meeting fund-raising goals designed to have tangible impact on the State Fair. At the same time, he or she will play a role in the greater community representing the Foundation and advocating for the mission of the State Fair.

The Executive Director of The State Fair Foundation opportunity will require strong leadership skills, passion, and an ability to prioritize amid a myriad of opportunities. Will support the State Fair General Manager and reports to The State Fair Foundation Board of Directors, be responsible for building the base of donors, increasing gifts from existing donors and introducing long-time donors to the possibility of Legacy Giving.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of ten (10) years directly-related, proven comprehensive fundraising or equivalent experience and five to seven (5-7) years of success in a management role. Experience with marketing functions and membership-based donor programs is highly desired. An entrepreneurial, results-driven style and an ability to collaborate both within and outside The Minnesota State Fair and State Fair Foundation are imperative.

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If you are interested in The Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s dynamic Executive Director opportunity, send us a confidential inquiry here