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Development Manager 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits for eligible positions, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  

Position Objective: To support the mission of the Museum by contributing to annual operating fundraising through multiple channels.


  • Annual Giving / Donor Society Programs: Define, execute, manage and assess annual giving programs at all donor levels, implementing best practices and personal interaction to ensure renewals, upgrades, and acquisition of new donors.. Develop regular, effective strategies, benefits and programming for inspiring new donors and retaining existing donors, Participate in Museum programs and initiatives and develop relationships with colleagues to develop persuasive, informed copy and solicitation messages.
  • Donor Relations and Stewardship: Conceive and oversee all donor relations and stewardship efforts for individuals and businesses including events, personal and campus visits, gifts, and communications. Create and execute communication and stewardship strategies that match gift level and type of donor.
  • Communications and Direct Marketing: Provide design, copywriting, editing, and proofing for all direct marketing efforts including print, e-mail and social media. Partner with Museum Marketing team to ensure targeted and clear messaging, appropriate audience identification, and successful timing throughout the fiscal year. Assess success and adjust to ensure best return. Responsible for managing Development Office Calendar
  • Strategic Planning and Program Assessment: Partner with team to develop annual strategies and programs to ensure annual growth in dollars and donors through renewals and identifying new donors, track progress toward goals, and assess programs.
  • Grants: Assist in preparing and submitting grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources. Provide research, copywriting, editing as needed.
  • Research: Conceive and manage individual donor analytics. Contribute to research and briefings on donor prospects.
  • Other duties as assigned

Occasional evening and weekend work required to support development activities.

Position Requirements

Vaccination Mandate Policy: The Museum of Life and Science maintains a strong commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for Museum guests, staff, volunteers, and animals. As part of this commitment, vaccination against the Covid-19 virus is required as a condition of employment. If there is a religious or medical reason preventing you from receiving a vaccination, and you have been offered a position at the Museum, you may request an exemption.

  • 5+ years direct fundraising or related experience
  • Energetic, self-motivated individual with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and comfortably with donors in person, over the phone, and in writing
  • Excellent writing, time management, and organizational skills
  • Experience with database programs, such as Altru or Raiser’s Edge
  • Commitment to diversity and a history of working effectively with all people irrespective of their economic status, ethnicity, gender, educational level or sexual orientation.
  • Strong attention to detail and customer service
  • Collaborative team player able to work effectively in cross-functional teams
  • Desire to increase knowledge of, and proficiency in, development on an ongoing basis
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Able to pass a background check prior to employment


  • Experience with GrantHub
  • Familiarity with communities in the North Carolina/RTP area
  • Previous museum or other non-profit organization experience
  • Advanced degree and/or related certifications desired
Shift Days  
Pay Range $45,000/yr  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Business Development  

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