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Employment Opportunities

Working for Science Central means working with dynamic people and doing meaningful work towards our mission. All applicants must submit a completed application, along with a resume and cover letter, via e-mail, fax or mail.

Development Director



POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a knowledgeable, self-motivated, self-directed, creative, outgoing, highly organized individual to direct the center’s development department. This is a professional, senior-level position, reporting to the executive director. As a member of the leadership team, the job requires previous experience in fundraising, grants, donor relations, nonprofits, data management, staff management, project planning, and multi-tasking high-level concurrent and future activities. This is a “hands-on” position and the employee will spend much of their time doing as well as directing.

Duties will include:

  • Lead grants research, writing and reporting
  • Plan and manage fundraising events, such as the annual golf outing and gala
  • Develop, contact and establish sponsorships with individuals and businesses
  • Run annual fund appeals
  • Manage and expand estate gifts
  • Coordinate all development data collection, record-keeping and reporting
  • Manage full-time grant writers and fundraising staff
  • Participate in and lead various internal and community committees
  • Create budgets for development expenses and revenue

REQUIRED SKILLS:  Ability to research and contact funding sources; develop, schedule and run fundraising events; able to develop new fundraising opportunities, sponsorships and events; ability to keep detailed notes and records; professional in attitude and practice; outgoing and articulate; attend and run internal staff and committee meetings and external community meetings; meticulous and time- and detail-oriented; strong leadership abilities; grasp of language with exceptional communication, writing, spelling and proofing skills; comfortable in a fast-paced environment; able to handle high stress, multi-task and meet deadlines; must have flexibility and capability to adapt to changing priorities and schedules; must like people, be communicative and team-oriented, sense of humor; ability to partner with a wide variety of diverse colleagues and business/community associates; ability to work long hours.

QUALIFICATIONS:  This is not an entry-level position. College degree preferred; previous experience in fundraising/development, preferably in the non-profit field; must be comfortable working in a science-related organization; skilled with Microsoft Office programs; comfortable with and familiarity with databases; experience with administering donation database software; ability to drive and valid Driver’s License; successful completion of Criminal Background Check.

SCHEDULE:  Full time; schedule is flexible but will include days, weekends, early hours and evenings                                                                                    

SALARY:  $50,000-60,000/year; exempt position; with full benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, etc. and generous paid time off.

APPLY: Open posting, position filled as needed.


1) completed application, 2) cover letter, 3) resume,
4) professional references (minimum of 5), and
5) portfolio examples of successful grants, sponsorships, fundraisers, special events, etc. to:

Executive Director
Science Central
1950 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Fax: (260) 422-2899
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