Senior Development Officer

AISES ( American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Colorado, United States
Competitive Salary
Jun 23, 2021
Jul 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
    American Indian Science & Engineering Society Job Announcement



POSITION:  Senior Development Officer              

POSITION LOCATION: Boulder, Albuquerque, or remote option for right candidate

SUPERVISED BY: Chief Development Officer

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time        

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt                                        

SALARY RANGE:  $60,000 - $75,000 Annual

BENEFITS: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, Vacation & Holiday Pay


The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers.


To this end, AISES provides scholarships and internships, workforce development and career resources, national and regional conferences, leadership development, and other STEM focused programming to Indigenous students and professionals.



AISES is a fast-growing organization where we work hard, are passionate about the mission of AISES, and accomplish our goals with a lean staff. The successful candidate will be willing and able to take initiative and be willing to work on a variety of tasks – including those which may not necessarily be listed in the job description. AISES is an extraordinary place to work where our staff respect one another and have fun! To join our incredible team, you must be positive, hardworking, and willing to go the extra mile for the organization every day.



The Senior Development Officer has the primary responsibility for drafting, implementing, and tracking an annual fundraising plan to help meet the annual and long-term revenue goals of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The Senior Development Officer will identify funding sources, conduct research, and write grants, proposals, and seek event and program sponsorships. The Senior Development Officer will be the primary grant writer, working collaboratively across departments.



  • Draft, present, coordinate and monitor fundraising plan to meet annual revenue goals. Fundraising plan would include securing grants, sponsorship and/or in-kind donations from: corporations, corporate foundations, government agencies, private foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and tribes.
  • Research pertinent literature, demographic, statistical and anecdotal data to include in proposals and grants;
  • Write grants and proposals to meet annual fundraising plan and growth projections;
  • Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer, coordinate, support and monitor the relevant assignments given to the Program and Development Department staff that impact fundraising goals and deadlines. Work with the program officers to ensure consistency and quality in reports, proposals and other requests;
  • Maintain a short- and long-term grant tracking tool which will include grant and proposal reporting deadlines. Provide regular reports and notification to appropriate program staff and Executive leadership;
  • Aid in the maintenance of development of a database that will provide a historical view of donors and serve as a central filing system with related proposals, award letters, reports, and correspondence;
  • Research and propose new and innovative fund development initiatives to support the AISES mission;
  • Participate in development and implementation of the annual budget for development activities with the goal of maximizing revenue and minimizing costs;
  • Maintains all records needed to document and support development activities;
  • Ensures that all policies and procedures are followed;
  • Duties as assigned by the Chief Development Officer and other Executive leadership.



  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with preference for a master’s degree in an applicable discipline such as Business Administration, Marketing, Public Policy, or other.
  • Relevant experience must include at least 5 years of relevant and successful experience in grant writing and fund development for nonprofit organizations.
  • Operation of a computer and computer programs to include word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics applications.



  • An understanding and sensitivity to Indigenous history and culture and an awareness of the role and importance of Indigenous STEM education.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal, and written.
  • Dependable and able to meet project schedules and deadlines.
  • Experience with fundraising including, private foundation proposals, government grants, individual donor solicitation, corporate sponsorships, event fund raising and direct mail appeals.
  • Capable of thorough, high quality review and use of relevant research including demographic, statistical reports, literature, industry and educational journals/reports.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc).
  • Ability to positively interact with partners and donors in order to provide requested services and/or resolve problems or issues.
  • Ability to present AISES programs, services and organization to internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to maintain administrative requirements including timely reports, orderly records, and professional communication.
  • Ability to work with and provide training to all levels of the organization.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit management, fund accounting systems, program development and strategic planning is helpful.
  • High energy level and initiative to be able to perform multifaceted projects in addition to daily activities.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of time.


Interested candidates must send cover letter, resume, names of three professional references, and one writing sample (funding proposal preferred) via email to Please, no phone calls.


Position is open until filled.

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