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Development Officer 

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: Museum of Life and Science’s Development Officer is responsible for creating and managing the Museum’s stewardship and engagement efforts with a focus on increasing the number of individual donors, grantors, and Business members. Working in collaboration with other Museum staff, the Development Officer will develop strategic growth initiatives around engagement and stewardship, including, but not limited to, creating inspiring marketing materials, promoting fundraising priorities, and coordinating donor events. The Development Officer is responsible for carrying out face-to-face donor solicitations and, in working with the Vice President of Advancement and Director of Development, to provide excellent cultivation for Museum supporters.


  • Produce reports, track, and analyze donor trends, and work closely with the Communications department to implement effective marketing and promotion to improve program effectiveness, with an eye toward DEAI.
  • Represent the Museum at events and functions both on and off-site.
  • Work closely with the Museum’s Director of Development, Development Officer, and VP of Advancement to research and identify prospects.
  • Write content for event invitations, renewal notices, solicitations, and acknowledgment letters.
  • Work with the Director of Development to manage and establish departmental budgets, and monitor, verify and reconcile expenditure of budgeted funds. May assign and supervise the work of staff and volunteers.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and track annual fund gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundation prospects to develop their interest in future fundraising projects and to provide information concerning the utilization of gifts.
  • Make connections between museum departments and funding sources for grants, and where called for, facilitate inter-organizational grant efforts.
  • Work closely with appropriate departments and under supervision of Director of Development to draft and edit grant applications and provide relevant support documentation for grantors.
  • Coordinate grant application process and write and edit applications as needed.
  • Manage and maintain general grant documents to support grant applications and post-award grant monitoring.
  • Assist in developing and implementing policies and procedures related to gift acknowledgments, donor recognition, record keeping, communications, and other related activities. Maintain effective collecting, recording, accounting, acknowledgment, and follow-up on all gifts.
  • Liaise with the Marketing department to develop appropriate communications such as newsletters, brochures, annual reports, and pamphlets, including writing and editing of publications, and print communication projects.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


Actual Pay Rate: $68,000-$74,000/annually

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of fundraising experience or related experience and knowledge.
  • Excellent computer and organizational skills.
  • An ability to articulate a persuasive case of annual, unrestricted support of the Museum, particularly via written communication.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, working both independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Exceptional ability to think strategically and analytically.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and experience handling confidential information.
  • Strong initiative, creativity, and attention to detail.
  • High energy level, sense of humor, enthusiasm, and flexibility are a must.
  • Passion for the Museum’s mission



  • Fundraising experience in North Carolina/RTP area
  • Previous non-profit organization experience
  • Previous experiences in the Museum’s programmatic areas or mission focus.
Shift -not applicable-  
Pay Range $68,000-$74,000/ annually  
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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