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Senior Development Officer

Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina, United States
$75,000.00 - $90,000.00
Posted Date
Jul 3, 2024

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Senior Development Officer will assist in growing the major gifts program for the Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.


The ideal candidate will be a creative, entrepreneurial, results-driven development professional with experience closing six and seven-figure gifts. Experience with local, regional, and state donors/stakeholders is preferred.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of 100 – 150 major gift donors and prospects capable of giving $10,000 + annually.
  • Craft proposals (gifts, grants, sponsorships, etc.) from individual and institutional constituents.
  • Lead engagement activities with current and former advisory board and commission members, and longtime Museum donors to deepen relationships throughout the community and across the state.
  • With Director of Development, establish a framework for increased annual fundraising results to include securing new $10,000+ annual gifts and growing the gift size of current donors.


Key Metrics:

  • Donor engagement (number of personal meetings with prospects and volunteers)
  • Revenue (value of gifts; the number of solicitations; success rate of solicitations, and achievement of programmatic contributed revenue goals)


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with Development team to ensure seamless strategy for all donors and Museum stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with Friends Office Manager on gift processing, including multi-year commitments, gift/pledge invoicing and payment schedules.
  • Maintain donor interactions within Altru database.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Successful Candidate Will Have Experience:

  • Identifying and developing leads and integrating them within a donor pipeline.
  • Leveraging partnerships to grow donor pool.
  • Closing six and seven figure gifts.
  • Working with donors and stakeholders across region and state.



Position Requires:

  • Ability to multi-task under stringent deadlines while working independently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Museum staff, community stakeholders, donors, officials, and the public.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent collaboration skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Experience with donor/fundraising CRM.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work or travel.


To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume to Open until filled.



  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance 
  • Life and AD&D Insurance 
  • Short and Long-Term Disability 
  • Paid time off for 12 sick days, 10 annual leave days and 3 personal leave days
  • Paid time off for 12 holidays
  • Eligible to participate in the Friends of the NCMNS 401k program with employer matching after a waiting period 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Friends of the NCMNS Membership & Discounts 


Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is an Equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other characteristic protected by law.


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