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Senior Director of Development

Adler Planetarium
Illinois, United States
$90,000 - $130,000
Posted Date
Jun 12, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Employment Type
Full Time

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Adler Planetarium in the search for a Senior Director of Development.

Reporting to the Chief Revenue Officer, the Senior Director of Development will be responsible for implementation of the annual development plan, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for principal giving, major giving, planned giving, and corporate and foundation relations. With a deep appreciation for social impact and the Adler's mission, the Senior Director will bring a careful, deliberate approach to scaling development efforts while maintaining a strong connection to the Adler's core values.

The Adler Planetarium, the first planetarium on the western hemisphere, is located on Chicago's lakeshore and has been connecting people to the universe and each other since 1930. Whether it is introducing a guest to a Ring Nebula, a neighborhood school to a community partner, a research team to a network of citizen scientists, or one staff member to another, the Adler's focus on meaningful connections dates back nearly a century. The Adler is on a mission to connect people to the universe and each other under the sky we all share. The Adler connects people, communities, and institutions to one another through the wonder of space science so they can explore the universe together and use collective knowledge and skills to create a better world for everyone.

The Adler typically hosts more than a half million visitors each year and reaches millions more through youth STEAM programs, neighborhood skywatching events, online citizen science, and other outreach efforts. The Adler is bringing its unique approach—scientific exploration rooted in community and connection—to guests from around the world who can enjoy the digital Adler from their own homes, libraries, schools, or offices. With the Adler's support, people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities gain the confidence to explore their universe together and return to their communities ready to think critically and creatively about any challenge that comes their way. The Adler Planetarium is working to create a world where differences are celebrated; where art and science converge; where every problem is solvable; and everyone knows they have what it takes to help solve it.

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least ten years of fundraising experience is preferred for this role as is at least three years of experience supervising one or more staff. The Adler Planetarium will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the Adler, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Adler Planetarium as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $130,000 annually.

The Adler Planetarium is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts at

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