Development Manager
Job Details
Fleet Science Center - San Diego, CA
Full Time
$26.50 - $28.50 Hourly
Job Description

The Fleet Science Centers Development Manager supports the Fleet mission by effectively managing the Annual Fund Campaign, acting as the Development teams point person for the annual Gala fundraiser and assisting the Director of Membership and Donor Relations with the Luminary Society (donors of $1,250 or more) and special campaign initiatives.

The Development Manager interacts with donors, prospects and community stakeholders, creates/writes solicitations and collateral materials, conducts prospect and donor research and assists with planning and production of cultivation and fundraising events and activities. The Development Manager provides proactive, timely, and accurate support to the Director of Membership and Donor Relations and Development Team. The ideal candidate will possess exemplary writing skills, customer service, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, initiative, and a can-do attitude.

This individual will partner with the Development team, members of the Board of Trustees and other volunteer leaders, and other staff to achieve goals of the institutional strategic plan and strategic fundraising plan, and to foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the Fleet. In addition to the duties outlined below, the Development Manager and all Fleet employees are expected to professionally and openly collaborate and engage with their co-workers and our volunteers and interns.

Reports to: Director of Membership & Donor Relations

Primary Duties and Responsibilities, including mental requirements of position:

  1. Develop and manage the direct mail/email effort for the Annual Fund Campaign, writing the appeals, working with the Brand Department on campaign design, coordinating with printer/mail house and reporting on results.
  2. Work with Director of Membership and Donor Relations to implement the renewal program for the Luminary Society ($1,250+) and ensure Development Team meets or exceeds annual goals.
  3. Act as the chief staff liaison to the committee for the Fleets annual Gala, managing the timeline, drafting solicitation language, soliciting for auction items, tracking expense and revenue reports, reviewing invitation lists, coordinating the production of collateral materials (invitations, programs, etc.), serving as the Development Departments coordinator and point person at the Gala, and other Gala related tasks as needed.
  4. Support the Museums digital philanthropy presence, including writing and disseminating digital appeals using Constant Contact, helping to manage appeals on social media, and supporting philanthropic integration with new platforms.
  5. Write content for website to ensure fundraising and mission messaging are highlighted.
  6. Help prepare written materials, proposals and requests for philanthropic initiatives throughout the department.
  7. Help with prospect research for the department to aid in solicitation strategies and create profile reports prior to events.
  8. Work with Director of Membership and Donor Relations and Development Database Specialist to ensure fulfillment of tangible benefits and track to ensure delivery.
  9. Work with Development Database Specialist to ensure accuracy of gift processing and acknowledgment communications.
  10. Assist all Directors in the Development and Membership Department with planning and execution of department events.
  11. Ensure supplies, collateral materials, signage, follow-up, etc., are prepared and available for all Development events.
  12. Assist with creating and scheduling other opportunities to cultivate and steward Museum prospects and donors.
  13. Assist with scheduling donor visits.
  14. Draft and coordinate monthly donor/member newsletter.
  15. Proofread and edit department materials.
  16. Ensure the highest level of service is provided to all donors
  17. Work occasional nights and weekends as required.
  18. This job has no supervisory responsibilities but is expected to work effectively with staff and high-level volunteers.



This is a full time position, eligible for the Fleet's employee benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and 401k, in addition to paid vacation, holidays and sick time.  

Working for the Fleet comes with some great perks including free access to other Balboa Park museums and the San Diego Zoo, free Fleet Science Center passes to share with friends and family, discounts at the Fleet's Science Store and Craveology Cafe and other discounts at vendors around Balboa Park! Come join our team!


Experience, education, or skills required of the incumbent in this position:

  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the Fleet Science Center.
  • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university; and a minimum of two years related fundraising experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to build positive and productive relationships with trustees, donors, community leaders, volunteers, colleagues, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to interface effectively with people at all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative and project management skills. A decisive, roll-up-the sleeves, results-oriented individual who is able to keep seemingly diverse projects moving forward within a consistent strategic framework.
  • Must be goal-oriented, self-motivated, and able to demonstrate great individual initiative with an eye toward results.
  • A strong work ethic and an enthusiastic and passionate approach to ones work.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills, interpersonal and collaborative abilities, team-building skills.
  • Candidate should carry a polished and professional demeanor with the highest ethical and professional standards.
  • Knowledge in Raisers Edge donor software preferred.
  • A valid California Drivers License and willingness to use it.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in events management, prospect research, and proposal and collateral development.
  • Project and budget management and financial reporting skills.
  • Previous experience in science, engineering or technology-related areas preferred.
  • Be able to maintain strict confidentiality.