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Director of Development

Posted by Loveland Living Planet Aquarium ; Posted on 
Jobs: Development, Full Time - DEADLINE :  
Director of Development


The Living Planet Aquarium is an AZA accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides the community with countless educational opportunities to understand and respect our precious Earth and its living ecosystems, from the Utah deserts and mountains, to rain forest habitats, to the planet’s vast oceans. Working at The Living Planet Aquarium is more than just a job, it is purpose-driven work. We need exceptionally talented and hardworking team members to join us on our mission of inspiring people to explore, discover and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages including medical, dental, life insurance, disability, flexible spending account, 401(k) with match, PTO, Holiday Pay, New Child Leave, Aquarium Memberships and passes, and much more.


Reports To: COO

Position Summary:

The Director of Development proactively manages Fundraising, Donor Relations / Stewardship, and Grant and Foundation submissions. Reporting to the COO, the Director of Development is responsible for all philanthropic initiatives including identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors; creating and directing an annual fund program; maintaining clear lines of communication with other department heads to strengthen fund-raising efforts; and developing policy related to bequests and non-cash gifts.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Create and implement an operational plan for ongoing fundraising and support and direct the current capital campaign plan for a Science Learning Center expansion, including responsibility for volunteer meetings, cultivation events, printed materials, gift announcements and correspondence.
Identify, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects.
Provide support for Board Members, senior staff and volunteers including preparing proposal packages, providing follow up information to prospects, and assisting with solicitation calls.
Prepare, compile, format, package and submit all components of each grant in accordance with granting agency requirements.
Responsible for all post-award grant administration and reporting.
Identify and develop new markets for fundraising initiatives in order to increase donor participation with Aquarium programs.
Ensure appropriate recognition of donors; may oversee donor newsletters and communication for special events.
Plan strategies and annual goals to increase fundraising effectiveness including capital campaigns, planned giving, annual giving, major gifts, grant acquisitions, special events.
Maintain and update potential and current donor information in Salesforce database.
Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
Must have at least five (5) years’ experience developing and managing fundraising pipelines and programs, in addition to grant writing.
Ability to develop and manage the plan for a $20 million+ Capital Campaign project.
Ability to work constructively with co-workers, Aquarium members and the general public.
Ability to work alone and with minimal supervision and to communicate effectively.
Excellent organizational, time management, planning, and multi-tasking skills.
Must use discretion and demonstrate ability to work with sensitive and confidential financial information.
Salesforce experience preferred.
Special Working Conditions:

The position will primarily be in an office environment. Periodic weekend or evening work is expected and some holidays.


While this job description attempts to describe the essential functions of the position, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. It does not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties or responsibilities to this job at any time. The overall work environment while performing this job includes exposure to weather conditions and the noise level is usually moderate. The employee is expected to adhere to all policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to the policies.


Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. LLPA does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected class under federal, state or local laws.


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