The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is currently seeking its first Development Director. The Development Director will focus on establishing the development office, while planning, managing, and coordinating all fundraising activities including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns. The Director works closely with the Observatory Director and the Assistant Director for Education and Public Outreach in all development and fund raising endeavors. The first project will be embarking on a capital campaign to reinvent our existing visitor’s center as a modern interpretive center, to better serve our many visitors and enhance an understanding of the Observatory’s work.
The NRAO has enabled forefront research into the Universe at radio wavelengths for more than sixty years. We provide state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the international scientific community. The position will be based at either our headquarters in Charlottesville, VA on the grounds of the University of Virginia (www.virginia.edu
) or at our Science Operations Center in Socorro, New Mexico on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Socorro is a small, historical town in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque.
In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.
A bachelor’s degree is required; preference is for a bachelor’s in communications, business administration, or related field. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) highly preferred.
Five years of progressive fundraising experience with some experience in major gift fundraising.
- Must have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising.
- Experience with or interest in science, engineering, mathematics and education highly preferred.
- Knowledge of federal and state legislation affecting charities.
- Knowledge of special events planning and management.
- Knowledge of the management of volunteer resources.
- Strong personal ethics to ensure own behavior and the behavior of other are consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
- High level of competency in Microsoft software products and web-based systems, such as visio and Sharepoint.
- Excellent written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills.
- Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff and volunteers.
Please apply online at the NRAO careers webpage (http://jobs.jobvite.com/nrao/jobs
). As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit the following materials:
For full consideration, applications must be submitted by April 4, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.