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Job Description: The Living Planet Aquarium is a 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. Exhibits feature sharks, rays, seahorses and jellyfish as well as octopus, eels, piranha, a rescued Green sea turtle and Gentoo penguins! It is a unique opportunity for the many landlocked Utahans, particularly children, who have not previously had the chance to interact with such creatures. We provide learning opportunities at all levels, interests, and ages. Since opening our new facility in Draper in March 2014, the Aquarium has welcomed over 4 million visitors and provided more than 650,000 educational experiences to students.
The Aquarium is at capacity and expanding to create a new Science Learning Campus that will empower millions of guests to Explore, Discover, and Learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. The Campus will include two primary structures: a cutting-edge Science Learning Center and The Claw, a 165 foot tall monument that served as U2’s stage for their renowned 360° Tour.
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.
The Director of Development proactively manages Fundraising, Donor Relations Stewardship, and Grant Writing. Reporting to the VP of Operations, the Director of Development is responsible for creating and implementing an operational plan for Aquarium Capital Campaigns; identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donors; planning and directing the 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 Aquarium Capital Campaigns, 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 fund-raising initiatives in order to increase donor participation with Aquarium programs.
-Ensure appropriate recognition of donors; may oversee annual donor newsletters and communications for special events.
-Plan strategies and goals to increase fund-raising 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 in the development field running campaigns (opposed to grant writing or simply administrating existing programs).
-Ability to work constructively with co-workers, Aquarium members and the general public.
-Ability to develop and carry-out a $20 million+ Capital Campaign.
-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.