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Director of Development 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina's top family destinations, located less than five miles from downtown Durham. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. Other popular attractions include over 60 species of live animals, Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, and Hideaway Woods. Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  


  • Development Team: Manage, coach, and mentor a team of fundraisers in all areas (individual giving institutional giving, research, stewardship, development communications). Actively partner with Membership, Communications, Innovation and Learning, Family Fundraising Events, Business, and other teams to support the annual general operations of the Museum.

  • Strategic Planning: Plan annual fundraising cycle with goals, revenue and expense budgets, and OKRs in partnership with VP and Development team. Provide assistance with planning and reporting for development projects.

  • Corporate Sponsorship: Manage and grow giving from corporate partners, including:

  1. Business Membership: Manage and grow business membership program: projections, prospecting, solicitation, fulfillment, renewals, upgrades and customer service. Oversee printing and mailing of monthly renewal/lapsed appeals to business members.

  1. Sponsorships. Primary responsibility for drafting and submitting sponsorship proposals for most Museum events and programs. Collaborate with Marketing and other teams to deliver sponsorship benefits.

  1. Corporate Gifts and Grants: Partner with VP to build and grow a robust program of gifts and grants from corporations.

  • Foundations: Partner with VP to build and grow a robust program foundation and family foundation giving. Primary responsibility for lower range foundational giving (=$5,000) utilizing approved cases (narratives and budgets.)

  • Fiscal Projections and Reporting: Responsible for managing deadlines and reporting requirements for Development team. Primary responsibility for accuracy of fiscal reporting and projections for all giving, including development office monthly expense reports, YTD reporting, and other regular reconciliations with the business office.

  • Research: Manage development associate in production of research profiles and briefings on major institutional donors and prospects.

  • Campaigns: Support for all mini and capital campaigns for institutional giving.

  • Occasional evening and weekend work required to support events and development activities.


Staff Oversight: Development Manager, Development Associate

Position Requirements


  • Demonstrated success in managing people, projects, and fundraising processes with evidence of increased levels of managerial responsibility

  • 8+ years direct solicitation experience

  • Talented coach and mentor; proven experience in growing a fundraising team

  • Excellent budgeting, strategic planning, and program building skills

  • Energetic, self-motivated individual with excellent interpersonal skills

  • Experience in collaborating on the creation of fundraising initiatives in a complex, matrixed work environment

  • Proven track record with institutional giving (corporations and foundations) including reporting and stewardship

  • Familiarity with individual giving including stewardship

  • Facility with multiple all forms of fundraising writing

  • Excellent computer, database, and organizational skills

  • Strong attention to detail and customer service

  • Able to represent the Museum’s mission and needs with enthusiasm and professionalism

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred


  • Experience with database programs, particularly Raiser’s Edge software products

  • Fundraising experience in North Carolina/RTP area

  • Familiarity with museum-based fundraising

  • Experience with building and growing teams

Shift -not applicable-  
Pay Range  
EOE Statement The Museum is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Category Fundraising  

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