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Chief Advancement Officer - Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center
Washington, United States
$300,000.00 - $350,000.00
Closing date
Dec 13, 2023

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Major Gifts, Membership
Employment Type
Full Time


Pacific Science Center, an independent, nonprofit institution, occupies an unrivaled position in the scientific, technological, and cultural landscape of Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest, serving more than 500,000 people each year. PacSci’s mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. The institution provides a range of innovative exhibits and immersive experiences at its seven-acre campus adjacent to Seattle Center and in communities and classrooms across the state of Washington. Each day, PacSci works to expand equity and access to science, serve as a vital resource for educators statewide, and fuel discovery and experimentation as a vibrant community laboratory. PacSci imagines a future in which it serves all grades in preK-8 low-income schools in the state with on-site programming in schools, digital and virtual programming, and in-person field trips – all at no cost to schools, educators, or families.



The Chief Advancement Officer, a visionary, dynamic advancement strategist, will have an inspiring and rewarding opportunity to help build Pacific Science Center’s next stage of transformative growth and impact. The Chief Advancement Officer, a newly created and elevated position, reports to the President and CEO and serves as a high-functioning member of PacSci’s executive leadership team. The Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for strategy, planning, and leading all aspects of integrating development, marketing, communications, membership, government relations, and other forms of capacity building to achieve the organization’s contributed and earned revenue goals.


Within the first 12 to 18 months, the Chief Advancement Officer will achieve the following major objectives:

  • Lead a targeted, integrated advancement strategy that enhances philanthropic revenue comprehensively, broadens donor engagement significantly, and builds a growing pipeline for major gifts from new and existing major donors and prospects.
  • Plan, lead, and implement innovative marketing and communications strategies that maintain and ultimately grow PacSci’s earned revenue from admissions, membership, theaters, camps, fee-based programs, events, and other sources.
  • Build and generate a portfolio of at least three to five leadership gifts at the seven-figure level, with a goal of increasing leadership and major giving to $2 to $3 million annually within the next three years.
  • Work proactively with the Board of Directors and Development Committee to help inspire and energize their successful engagements in supporting PacSci’s strategic funding priorities.
  • Develop and lead the necessary culture change, both internally and externally, to build a strong culture of philanthropy that encourages increased contributions and investments at all levels for advancing PacSci’s mission.

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