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Posted February 22, 2020
Development & Fundraising Associate
Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center
Tucson, Arizona
Salary Range: $50,000–up, depending upon qualifications

The Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center as an immediate opening for a Development and Fundraising Coordinator to join the Visitor Center team to plan and direct efforts to strengthen our financial base and diversify our sources of revenue. This position will strategically seek out new partners and philanthropic investors, corporate sponsors, and elevate our profile throughout Arizona and beyond.

We seek a candidate who is similarly energized by our vision for astronomy education and outreach as outlined here and capable of building connections that result in tangible support of this vision.

We are developing an exciting new astronomy outreach center within an iconic solar observatory—the towering McMath-Pierce solar observatory–which will be truly unique in the world and will have international reach. Being developed as a new integral component of the Visitor Center program, and with major support already received from the National Science Foundation (NSF), our Windows on the Universe Center for Astronomy Outreach will consist of one of the world’s largest solar observatories, several interactive exhibit galleries, and two astronomy theaters: Science On a Sphere (SOS) and a digital planetarium. The vision is that we will become a unique clearinghouse of astronomy images generated at other major NSF-funded observatories around the globe. Our team will create visuals capable of being displayed in any museum equipped with either SOS or the planetarium, well over 270 museums around the world.

The renovated areas within the McMath-Pierce will more than triple current Visitor Center space. This will enable the development of an impressive array of new public and school programs for Kitt Peak visitors. This new global perspective and storyline will make our program an international leader in astronomy outreach and informal science education, engaging audiences around the world. As an integral team member, you will have a leadership role in shaping the direction of our greatly expanded visitor program.

The Kitt Peak Visitor Center has been conducting daytime tours and astronomy programs since 1964. It began offering exciting nighttime stargazing programs in 1996 and has been expanding its menu of programs and increasing its capacity ever since. Learn more about the Visitor Center and our Windows on the Universe project at

The office for this position is located at 950 North Cherry Avenue in Tucson, Arizona. Some work will occur at Kitt Peak where the McMath-Pierce solar observatory and the Visitor Center are located, approximately 56 miles west of Tucson. Transportation and meals will be provided when at the observatory.

More Information and Application

Click here to see the complete job description and instructions on how to apply.

Kitt Peak National Observatory is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, AURA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O’odham reservation.

Posted November 25, 2019
Membership Coordinator
Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, North Carolina
Hiring Range: $37,000–$42,000

The Friends rely on a stable base of active, and a steady influx of new members to ensure a pipeline of critical annual funding. The Membership Coordinator is the point person for membership recruitment, stewardship, communications, and programming. The Coordinator works to organize membership expansion through marketing and recruitment drives. He/she must be a highly organized individual with excellent communication skills to welcome new members and cultivate prospects. The Coordinator should possess the creativity and analytical talent to effectively coordinate membership drives, plan and execute events, and manage the budget. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION. To apply, submit resume and cover letter to by December 23, 2019.

Posted November 18, 2019
Individual Giving Manager
Scott Family Amazeum
Bentonville, Arkansas
Salary Range: $40,000–$45,000

The Amazeum is conducting a major capital campaign to provide an opportunity to make an even greater impact on Northwest Arkansas by expanding our reach, programs, and facility. The Individual Giving Manager will be responsible for raising major gifts ($5,000–$100,000 plus) and prospect/donor management to support both annual fund and a $20-million capital campaign. The Individual Giving Manager will serve as an integral part of the Development and Communications team, assisting with prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship throughout the life of the capital campaign.

For more information, and to apply online, click here.


Featured Job—

Posted August 1, 2019
Director of Development
Norfolk, Virginia
Salary Range: $70,000–$85,000

Nauticus, a maritime-themed museum located on the scenic Elizabeth River waterfront in the heart of downtown Norfolk, Virginia, is seeking a Director of Development. This position serves as the fundraising leader for Nauticus; plays a highly visible role in raising dollars; and is responsible for creating, implementing, and managing all of Nauticus’ fundraising and membership activities.

The Director of Development must build donor confidence in Nauticus’ plans, secure major gifts, and increase the amount raised annually. This position will also oversee the management and execution of a proposed capital campaign effort, working in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, volunteers, and campaign counsel.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Successfully manage a portfolio of current and prospective donors. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift donors. Prospects for both capital campaign and annual support. Conduct two to four in-person cultivation and solicitation visits per week. Engage the Executive Director and Board of Directors in the fundraising cycle. (60%)
  • Manage department staff responsible for annual giving, fundraising events, membership, and data management. Set specific, measurable goals for fundraising staff and metrics to track progress. (25%)
  • Oversee grant proposal submissions and grant reporting. (10%)
  • Prepare a comprehensive annual development plan for Nauticus’ fundraising activities to support the short- and long-term philanthropic needs of the organization. Create budget, ensuring alignment with strategies and tactics outlined in development plan. (5%)

For a complete job description and to apply, please visit


Posted July 24, 2019
Director of Development
Knock Knock Children’s Museum
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Salary Range: $65,000–$70,000

Knock Knock Children’s Museum is seeking a full‐time Director of Development to lead the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate, foundation, public, and community donors. The candidate must be innovative, organized, and passionate about Knock Knock’s mission – To be the community spark for engaging, playful learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning. As a part of the Leadership Team, the Development Director will excel in collaborating with other staff members, board members, and community leaders.


  • Prioritize funding needs for the organization and develop a clear case for support;
  • Development and execution of a sustainable, long-term fundraising plan including;
  • Ensure that the contributed revenues meet or exceed the required amounts for delivery of the museum’s mission;
  • Raise funds in a cost-effective and efficient manner, utilizing nationally approved metrics to benchmark success;
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts from corporations, foundations, and individuals;
  • Retain, strengthen, and expand community partnerships;
  • Preparation of grant applications and reports;
  • Serve as a representative of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum and its mission;
  • Be accurate and timely with all duties.


  • Five or more years of successful experience fundraising in the museum field, culture sector, nonprofit world, or within a complex organization;
  • Organized and articulate individual who is passionate about Knock Knock Children’s Museum’s mission to promote education through play;
  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities;
  • Innovative thinker with a positive attitude and creative problem-solving skills;
  • Familiar with donor database software and with utilizing technology to maximize efficient fund development;
  • Prior supervisory experience;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

About the Museum:

Knock Knock Children’s Museum is an inclusive gathering place where families and children of all backgrounds and experiences will interact. The children’s museum is an approximately 26,000-square-foot facility located in City-Brooks Community Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Its prime location, on six acres of existing parkland, was selected to afford access to all communities within Baton Rouge and the surrounding nine-parish area.

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter, resumé, and salary requirements to; please include the position title in your subject line. This position is open until filled.

Knock Knock Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.