POSITION DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), located within a large historical building, is currently hiring a knowledgeable, self-motivated, self-directed, creative, outgoing, highly organized fundraiser. Duties include development, fundraising, special events, some grant writing and some marketing. This person will research community/regional funding sources; develop sponsorships for programs, projects and exhibits; lead or assist with fundraising events such as the annual gala and golf outing; establish sponsorships with businesses and corporations; help develop annual fund appeals and estate gifts; research and write grants; communicate with associated staff; coordinate appropriate reporting and record-keeping; and assist with other development, operational and strategic plan activities. This is a mid-level and very “hands-on” position.
REQUIRED SKILLS: Ability to research funding sources; develop, schedule and run special events; able to develop new fundraising opportunities and events; ability to keep detailed notes and records; professional in attitude and practice; outgoing and articulate; comfortable meeting funders/donors; attend internal staff and committee meetings and external community meetings; meticulous and time- and detail-oriented; strong research skills; grasp of language with exceptional communication, writing, spelling and proofing skills; comfortable in a fast-paced environment; able to handle high stress, must multi-task activities and deadlines; must have flexibility and capability to adapt to changing priorities and schedules; comfortable working with audiences of all sizes/ages/backgrounds; must like people; communicative and team-oriented, sense of humor; ability to partner with a wide variety of diverse colleagues and business/community associates.
QUALIFICATIONS: College degree preferred; previous experience in fundraising/development, preferably in the non-profit field; must be comfortable working in a science-related organization; skilled with Microsoft Office programs; comfortable with and familiarity with databases; experience with administering donation database software a plus; ability to drive and valid Driver’s License; successful completion of Criminal Background Check.
SCHEDULE: Full-time, schedule will include weekdays, and some weekends and evenings
SALARY: $23,660/year; full benefits
APPLY: Open posting, position filled as needed. Obtain application online (http://www.sciencecentral.org/Supportpdfs/applicationforemployment.pdf). Send 1) completed application, 2) cover letter, 3) resume, 4) professional references (minimum of 5), and 5) examples of successful grants, sponsor records, fundraisers, event planning schedule, etc. (minimum of 5) to:
Human Resources Director
1950 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Fax: (260) 422-2899