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Development Manager

Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Salary Range:$42,000 - $50,000
Employment Type:Full Time

If you are interested in creating and supporting moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world, and want to be part of an exceptional team, then we want to talk with you about this exciting new opportunity!


The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum specializes in interactive exhibits with the goal of helping both children and adults discover the scientist within them by promoting science literacy through experimentation, exploration, and education. The Museum offers more than 250 interactive exhibits, and attracts over 295,000+ visitors annually who discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In addition to exhibits and public programming, the Museum offers award-winning distance learning and outreach programming to schools, libraries, and community centers statewide and around the world.


The Leslie Science & Nature Center educates and inspires children and adults to discover, understand, and respect their natural environment. Leslie Science & Nature Center enables individuals and communities throughout Southeastern Michigan to establish lifelong connections with the natural world and encourages efforts to support and protect it for future generations. In addition to a 50-acre site in Ann Arbor with animal ambassadors and educational programming, Leslie Science & Nature Center also brings nature out to the community through outreach programs with schools, assisted living facilities, libraries, and to community events throughout Southeastern Michigan.



Collectively a newly-united organization, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) and Leslie Science & Nature Center (LSNC) aim to challenge visitors and program participants to become scientists, engineers, and artists by noticing details, exploring creatively, and questioning their assumptions. Our existing missions and visions complement each other: AAHOM’s Mission is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEaM); LSNC’s mission is to educate and inspire children and adults to discover, understand, and respect their natural environment. We advance our respective missions through our interactive museum exhibits, wildlife enclosures, Outreach Programming, award-winning Distance Learning programs, and Public Programs that promote STEAM exploration and discovery, collectively reaching over 400,000 each year.


Under the guidance of the President and Executive Director, the Development Manager will create and implement the processes and structures needed to grow and sustain the financial capacity of the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum and Leslie Science and Nature Center, including supporting the strategic implementation of diversified fundraising programs (special events, annual fund, individual and corporate giving and donor relations).



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Two to five years of progressively responsible development experience in a non-profit setting
  • Experience working in a multifaceted environment with proven experience in securing individual and corporate gifts
  • Experience supporting and driving an overarching development plan, to include annual fund, grant writing, events and donor/gift activity.
  • Experience in event management; logistics, communications, sponsorship, coordination of vendors, and budgeting.
  • Experience in database management; gift processing, gift acknowledgment, gift tracking, and reporting.

Competencies and Attributes

  • Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment and diplomacy as well as maintaining the highest integrity and ethics
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort with philanthropic community and major donors
  • Solid, persuasive verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to deliver inspiring and succinct presentations and conduct productive meetings
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as, a proven record of working collaboratively and diplomatically with others
  • Strong business acumen; decision making skills; ability to set priorities; process and project management skills
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle

Desired/Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation
  • A passion for working with education, STEM or children’s issues
  • Experience working with a volunteer fundraising board

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