Job Opportunity: Science Central-Development Manager

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Development Manager


Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a knowledgeable, self-motivated, self-directed, creative, outgoing, highly-skilled and organized individual to assist with its grant writing, sponsorships, and fundraising events. This is a mid-level position reporting to the Development & Marketing Director. Applicants should have strong writing skills, previous experience with fundraising events, and knowledge of community/regional funding sources. This is a “hands-on” position.
Duties will include: Grant writing – acting as the primary person to research funding sources; write, review and monitor grants; write interim and final grant reports; develop and update the grant/development databases and due dates records; communicate and coordinate with associated staff. Sponsorships – continue existing and establish new sponsorships with businesses, corporations, foundations, individuals and families. Fundraising events – help manage special events and fundraisers such as the annual gala and golf outing; attend and plan for staff and committee meetings; help coordinate meetings and maintain calendars for the events; obtain silent auction items; write request and follow-up letters.

Required Skills

Must be knowledgeable of and already have experience in grant writing and fundraising. Should have a knowledge of local, regional, state foundations, corporations and funding sources, and the ability to research funding opportunities. Familiarity with granting organizations and foundations. Able to keep detailed notes and records, maintain master lists of submission and reporting dates. Must have the ability to multi-task and work in a high-paced, high-stress, high-pressure environment (responsible, organized, time- and detail-oriented). Be creative. Comfortable with and interested in science and public education. Comfortable working with people of all backgrounds; must like people. Must be outgoing, professional in attitude and appearance. Energetic, and enthusiastic, communicative and team-oriented with other staff, sense of humor, able to work long hours; flexibility and capability to adapt to changing priorities and schedules, the ability to partner with a wide variety of diverse colleagues and business/community associates. Knowledge of MS Office, some graphics design programs, ability to learn donor programs/databases, spreadsheet skills.


Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, with a background in business, fundraising, communications, etc.; minimum of 3 years of experience in fundraising and development, preferably in the non-profit field; must be comfortable working in a science-related organization; must have a flexible schedule. Ability to drive, valid Driver’s License and successful completion of a Criminal Background Check is required.


Full time. Schedule will include some weekends, early hours and evenings.


$23,660 salary, with benefits, full-time, exempt position

How to Apply

Open posting, position filled as needed. Obtain application online.

Send 1) completed application, 2) cover letter, 3) resume, 4) grant/fundraising examples, 5) five professional references to:
Human Resources Director
Science Central
1950 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Fax: (260) 422-2899


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