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Development Director

Position: Development Director

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Supervisor: President/CEO

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

  • 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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