Griffith Observatory Foundation,

Director of Development

25 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Griffith Observatory Foundation is the exclusive non-profit partner of Griffith Observatory, which is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles, Recreation and Parks Department. Our mission is to support and promote Griffith Observatory as a home for science literacy, education, and public astronomy through resource development and advocacy in partnership with the community.

About this job

The Director of Development is a vital member of the Griffith Observatory Foundation team. Our ideal candidate is skilled at building relationships and shares our community’s enthusiasm for science, art and Los Angeles. This leader will have the primary responsibility for leading the organization's annual giving efforts, setting strategy and executing fundraising plans for sustaining and growing our donor community. The Director of Development will work with the Executive Director and Development Coordinator on the annual fund which includes planned giving, major gifts, and individual gifts. Plus, you’ll get to work in the most iconic building in Los Angeles.

Roles & responsibilities

  • Schedule and hold personal meetings, cultivation and engagement opportunities, both on-site and off-site, with donors
  • Develop and implement strategies for solicitation that will grow annual individual revenue, working collaboratively with other departments to advance fundraising goals
  • Oversee donor correspondence and mailings
  • Work with Development Coordinator (direct report) to grow individual gifts up to $1,000 and steward the Membership program
  • Develop events and coordinate logistics with the Development Coordinator and Services Coordinator
  • to ensure an exceptional donor experience, with a focus on cultivation and stewardship
  • Assist with donor prospecting, including research, rating and screening sessions
  • Assist the Executive Director to provide support to the Board for fundraising initiatives
  • Work with the Director of Marketing and Communications in enhancing donor recognition in all communication strategies
  • Work with Services Coordinator to maintain accurate and complete records of donor communications
  • Monitor revenue and expenses related to Individual Giving on a quarterly basis, and prepare regular reports on all appeal activities
  • Lead the growth of the planned giving program, implementing new strategies and protocols to attract new bequests
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree and minimum 5 years of fundraising experience
  • Proven skills in developing strategies in planning, implementing, and administering complex major gift solicitations or other solicitations of a similar nature, level and complexity
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with senior leadership, staff, and the Board of Directors toward the accomplishment of fundraising goals
  • Management experience and collaborative, inclusive, team-driven approach institution-wide
  • Ability to establish priorities, manage multiple tasks and multi-phase projects simultaneously from inception to completion and complete work under tight deadlines with minimum supervision
  • Impeccable integrity and discretion in dealing with donors, administrators, and colleagues as well as confidential information
  • Experience conceptualizing, planning, and implementing special events
  • Knowledge of Microsoft and Google Suites of applications, communication tools including Zoom, email, instant messaging and project management software
  • Ability to travel and work some weekends and/or evenings as needed

To apply

Please email a letter of interest and resume to with the subject line Director of Development.

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