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Philanthropy Manager

  • Science Central
  • Fort Wayne, IN

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring an experienced, creative, outgoing, team-oriented, highly organized fundraiser and donor relations professional. This position will build relationships with individuals and families, and corporate sponsors; help acquire sponsorships; maintain donor database and records; research funding sources; communicate activities with staff and committees.

Duties will include:

  • Grow philanthropic giving by current individual, family and corporate donors, and research and cultivate new donors
  • Develop solicitation materials, create donor relations plans, write proposals for prospects, and meet with donors
  • Document all visits, contacts, donations, and follow-up information in donor database
  • Oversee contributions to the annual campaigns, endowment, and planned giving programs
  • Oversee monthly giving, matching gifts, in-kind gifts and special giving opportunities
  • Participate in internal staff/committee and external vendor/community meetings
  • Assist with science center activities, such as fundraisers and special events

REQUIRED SKILLS: time- and detail-oriented; self-motivated, organized, and able to multi-task and meet deadlines; excellent written and verbal skills; strong interpersonal skills, communicative and team-oriented; skilled at researching funding sources; able to meet prospects, explain the need for and value of their support; able to keep detailed notes and records; ability to coordinate and prepare project budgets; comfortable in a fast-paced environment; sense of humor.

QUALIFICATIONS: College degree preferred; 2+ years experience in fundraising/development, preferably in the non-profit field and in donor relations; must be comfortable working in a science-related organization; must be comfortable with Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel; familiarity with donor databases preferred; ability to drive and valid Driver’s License; successful completion of Criminal Background Check.

SCHEDULE: Full-time, schedule will include weekdays, and some weekends and evenings

SALARY: $40,000; 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. minimum of 3 professional references
  5. examples of successful fundraising activities

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

Science Central is an equal opportunity employer.

Last updated: June 17, 2024 at 11:38 am