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Philanthropy Officer (Flexible Location)

Institute of Noetic Sciences
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 30, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in the search for a Philanthropy Officer.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Philanthropy Officer will identify, qualify, engage, solicit, and steward a portfolio of donors with giving capacity in the range of $25,000 up to $1 million. The Philanthropy Officer will serve as an essential thought partner for IONS Development staff as they seek to sustain and improve upon new and existing fundraising practices, including all facets of donor engagement. IONS is currently headquartered in Petaluma, California however, due to the recent sale of the campus, they will be relocating their offices somewhere in the Petaluma or the North Bay Area by December 2022. IONS is open to outstanding candidates working 100% remotely, in IONS North Bay offices or a combination thereof.

The transformative experience of astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, led him to establish the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973. He understood that by applying the scientific rigor used in his explorations of outer space, we could better understand the mysteries of inner space—the space in which he felt an undeniable sense of interconnection and oneness.

Inner wisdom is inherent to our humanness and has been accessed for millennia through meditation, prayer, yogic practices, and other ancient methods. IONS draws on the evidence of these age-old traditions to construct carefully formulated scientific hypotheses about the power of interconnection and its potential to help us thrive, both individually and as a collective. Through direct-experience research, it applies the lens of modern science to topics often perceived as mysterious or elusive, such as the power of belief to accelerate healing or the connection between intuition and invention.

Evidence from every domain—from medicine and technology to education and business—demonstrates that when innate knowledge is accessed to gain clarity and discover deeper truths about ourselves, it fuels progress for everyone. Every day, the team at IONS is using the power of science to reveal the link between an individual’s inner wisdom, the interconnectedness which unites us all, and its power to enhance our lives.

IONS seeks to take a holistic and integrative approach to addressing racism and creating opportunities for celebrating and uplifting diversity of all kinds. Its DEI initiative is currently being enacted through ongoing staff training, open space for DEI related conversation, and specific departmental action plans. IONS views this initiative and its outcomes as directly contributing to its commitment to revealing the interconnected nature of reality.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least five years of major gifts development experience within a university or large non-profit setting. All applications must be accompanied by a résumé and a cover letter. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Institute of Noetic Sciences as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

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