Development & Marketing Director

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a self-motivated, creative, outgoing, highly-skilled and organized individual to direct its development, grant writing, fundraising events, advertising, and public relations. This position is a professional, senior-level job reporting to the executive director and requires significant experience in those work areas, high-level writing skills and extensive knowledge of community/regional funding sources. This is a “hands-on” position and the employee will spend much of their time doing as well as directing.

Duties will include acting as the primary person to research, write, review and monitor grants; write interim and final grant reports; develop and update the grant/development databases and due dates; establish sponsorships with businesses and corporations; fully manage fundraising events such as the annual gala and golf outing; both attend and plan staff and committee meetings; develop banners and tv/radio ads; coordinate and maintain the calendar for, and write and design newsletters, brochures, press releases; direct graphic design activities; develop and coordinate partnerships with media, community organizations and foundations; maintain web site and social media outlets; organize and maintain all electronic and hard copy marketing and funding files and records; manage and expand the membership program, and cultivate as a donor base; supervise full- and part-time staff; manage Strategic Plan components such as marketing plans, annual fund, fundraising plans, etc.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Must have a strong background in fundraising and marketing; ability to multi-task and work in a high-paced, high-stress, high-pressure environment (responsible, organized, time- and detail-oriented); be creative; comfortable with and interested in science and public education; have exceptional public speaking abilities (comfortable working with audiences of all sizes/ages/backgrounds; must like people; must be outgoing, flexible, professional in attitude and appearance; energetic, and enthusiastic; have experience in management and staff training; team-oriented; have strong sense of humor; ability to work long hours; flexibility and capability to adapt to changing priorities and schedules; the ability to partner with a wide variety of diverse colleagues and business/community associates; knowledge of MS Office, graphics design programs, donor programs/databases, strong spreadsheet skills; significant knowledge of and ability to research and write grants, and maintain master lists of submission and reporting dates; familiarity with granting organizations and foundations; maintain the web site (Joomla), and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.); the ability to schedule and develop newsletters, brochures, banners, etc. on time; write all press releases and coordinate media (newspaper, tv, radio, billboards, social media) ads.

QUALIFICATIONS: This is not an entry level position, only experienced professionals with non-profit fundraising and marketing skills should apply. Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; strong background in business and communications; minimum of 7 years of experience in marketing and development, preferably in the non-profit field; must be comfortable working in a science-related organization; experience with managing staff; must have a flexible schedule. Ability to drive, valid Drivers License and successful completion of a Criminal Background Check is required.

SCHEDULE: Full time. Schedule will include some weekends, early hours and evenings. WAGE: $31,000-33,000 per year, Exempt, with benefits. APPLY: Open posting, position filled as needed. Obtain application online (http://www.sciencecentral.org/Supportpdfs/applicationforemployment.pdf). Send 1) completed application, 2) cover letter, 3) resume, 4) grant examples, 5) press release and/or brochure examples, and 6) professional references (minimum of 5) to: Human Resources Director Science Central 1950 North Clinton Street Fort Wayne, IN 46805 Fax: (260) 422-2899 amanda@sciencecentral.org Science Central is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Contact Person: Amanda Cutler
  • Contact Person's Position: Finance & Human Resources Director
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  • Phone Number: 260-424-2400
  • Fax Number: 260-422-2899