Development Director

POSITION: Development Director

CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, exempt


Manage the Museum’s donor relations program and fundraising initiatives, working closely with thePresident/CEO. Responsible for developing and implementing fundraising campaigns and communicating with current and prospective donors. Manage individual 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 needs. Supervisor to Development Assistant.


  • Plan, direct and manage 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 to the President/CEO and Board leadership
  • 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” to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls
  • 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 sponsorships for exhibitions and Museum events
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • 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 San Diego (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, project management skills
  • Knowledge of or interest in aviation helpful but not required

To apply: submit resume and cover letter to

San Diego Air & Space Museum

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