Vice President of Development

Employment type
27 days ago
Los Angeles

For 35 years, The Discovery Science Foundation has been working to make a positive difference across Southern California. The foundation’s core initiatives to further the impact of science education include STEM proficiency, early childhood education, healthy living, and environmental stewardship. Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA) is one of two locations that engages visitors with hands-on science education that delights all who attend. These initiatives also inspire educators, their students, and all visitors committed to learning throughout life.

Bringing a host of experiences directly to learners is essential to achieving the foundation’s core initiatives. It’s a mission that also includes empowering real-world applications by giving learners a chance to make a difference. This vision has made the foundation a prominent advocate for modern science education over the years. Spotlighting science as a solution and as a force for good is what the Discovery Science Foundation so successfully does on a daily basis.


Development Strategy and Leadership

  • Create and implement a multi-year strategic fundraising plan with achievable milestones to grow the annual contributed revenues to $3M in collaboration with the CEO, development staff, and Board members that aligns with the organization’s values, mission, vision, and plans, supporting all of the organizational programming.
  • Plan, lead, and direct the organization’s overall development efforts to achieve fundraising goals. 
  • Provide regular reports as the staff liaison on fundraising efforts to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors. 
  • Cultivate short and long-term strategies for accomplishing annual, long-term and capital development goals and deliverables in the development plan.
  • Oversee the development department consisting of a Director of Corporate Relations, Associated Director of Development for Individual Giving, and the Development Associate.
  • Provide fundraising training to Board members and staff.
  • Assist in identifying potential Board members, supervise Board record keeping and archiving Board documents such as minutes, agendas, and documents that are available for public inspection.



  • Oversee all fundraising initiatives and events as defined in the development plan.
  • Develop and grow the donor base, focusing on identifying, soliciting, stewarding and upgrading donor gifts (including individual and major gifts).
  • Develop and carry a donor portfolio of major gift prospects for both annual and capital funds.
  • Implement a robust donor-prospecting program to attract diverse donors.
  • Engage the Board and CEO in donor acquisition and cultivation to determine contact strategies for assigned prospects through training, motivation, and support.
  • Create and enforce a moves management system that drives increased cultivation and solicitation strategies for donors and prospects.
  • Establish donor support group comparable to The Muses at California Science Center.


Community Engagement and Events

  • Direct a comprehensive multi-channel fundraising strategy as part of the development plan that includes online fundraising, social media, direct mail and collateral materials.
  • Evaluate and develop events that will expand the organization’s community presence.
  • Develop fundraising materials in collaboration with the marketing department that further the reach and develop the public image of the center.
  • Act as public spokesperson for DCLA and the department, representing the Center to donor constituents and the community.
  • Support staff for major special events such as Gala and Golf tournament.



  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive and relevant experience in not-for-profit fundraising and management; Bachelor’s degree, preferred.
  • Proven track record of cultivating major donors and raising major gifts with demonstrated ability to raise funds from individuals and institutions as well as capital fundraising.
  • Demonstrated strategic approach and experience implementing a development plan, developing and implementing processes and systems to measure fundraising activity and accountability as well as forecasting.
  • Highly desired proficiency and working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge or another CRM.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing and developing staff.
  • Demonstrated experience stewarding a Board of Directors.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skillset and demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of persons, gaining their respect and support.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated experience writing proposals, crafting donor communications, solicitation letters, and other fundraising written materials. 


Salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package, including company covered Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, LTD/disability; vacation & sick accruals; 401k with company matching.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity to all employees, applicants and program beneficiaries. Discovery Cube Los Angeles does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, political affiliation or citizenship. All qualified applicants, including minorities and women, are encouraged to apply.


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Do you have at least 5 years of experience in a development leadership role?
Describe your experience crafting a development plan and the results of its implementation.
Describe your most proud fundraising accomplishment and the role you played in that accomplishment.
How will you create a strategy to bring in more Board members?
Please describe a time when you implemented a strategy to increase individual giving.
Please describe your experience managing a capital campaign. How do you manage a campaign to successful results?
What is your leadership style? How do you manage and develop staff to achieve the goals of an organization?
Why do you want to be the next Vice President of Development at Discovery Cube Los Angeles?
What is your desired salary range?