Development Director

San Diego Air & Space Museum
October 15, 2021
2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA
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Starting at $65,000
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The San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park seeks a full-time Development Director to join our outstanding team. We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive  consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender  identity, national origin, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

Position Summary 

Lead the Museum’s donor relations program and fundraising initiatives, working in partnership with  the President/CEO. Responsible for developing and executing fundraising campaigns and  communicating with current and prospective donors. Manage personal and corporate gifts as well as  planned and annual giving campaigns. Lead grant research, writing and reporting while working with  department heads to identify Museum’s future requirements. Supervisor to Development Assistant. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

Some duties may be outsourced and/or delegated to other Museum staff.

Plan, direct and lead aspects of the Museum’s development efforts to include grant writing,  cultivation of individual, corporate and foundation donors and government funding sources Serve as key development staff lead to the President/CEO and Board of Directors Formulate fundraising strategies including efforts to increase funding from current and past  donors and the expansion of funding from newly identified prospects 

Direct and support major prospect activities including identification, cultivation, solicitation  and stewardship 

Be a goal driven “self-starter” initiating donor visits and fundraising calls 

Create and manage the development budget  

Provide weekly and as-needed reports to the President/CEO 

Research grant opportunities and write and submit grant proposals 

Work closely with other senior management staff to identify needs and potential funding  sources 

Coordinate annual appeal efforts to include writing letters, identifying prospects and oversight  of mailing 

Work closely with President/CEO to secure corporate and personal sponsorships for exhibitions and Museum events 

Perform other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications 

Minimum 5 years of proven successful development experience with a similar organization Excellent verbal and written communication skills 

Ability to interact with a variety of constituencies including donors, volunteers, staff, visitors, government officials and the general public 

Experience and connections with local, state, and national foundations, donors, grant-making agencies 

Ability to work as a member of a team and contribute to the creative nature of the organization 

Must be detail oriented with exceptional follow-through 

Experience with a variety of software programs including Microsoft Office and donor tracking software 

Bachelor’s Degree in related field 

Ability to work independently with limited supervision 

Strong time-management and project management skills 

Knowledge of or interest in aviation helpful but not required 

Working Conditions 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to sit at a desk, use hands,  communicate via telephone and computer, reach with hands and arms, and lift up to 30 pounds.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the  essential functions. The Museum is a nonsmoking, drug-free workplace. A criminal background  clearance and drug screening are required prior to a final offer of employment. 

Application Process  

Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary expectation to Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Thank you for your interest!

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