Assistant Director of Development

Department: Institutional Advancement


About Chabot Space & Science Center

Chabot Space & Science Center is a leader for innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning. Serving as a home for science in Oakland since 1883, Chabot inspires and educates learners of all ages on the Universe and planet Earth. Chabot is currently embarking on a historic partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center to create novel learning and career opportunities in our current space renaissance for our community. We are expanding our team of impassioned visionaries to join us in rethinking equitable STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education for all.


Position Impact

Chabot is seeking a passionate, self-starting, problem solving visionary to lead the development, planning and implementation of our annual fundraising efforts that support the Center’s mission and programs. The Assistant Director of Development is a creative, collaborative person, that is a flexible problem solver.


Key Priorities

Responsible for all aspects of Chabot’s annual fundraising campaigns to make revenue targets. Develop and implement the strategy for the annual fund process and oversee a succession strategy from membership to donors.


Essential Functions

Annual Fundraising (75%)

  • Lead strategy for annual fundraising goals and budget in consultation with Director of Institutional Advancement, development staff.
  • Manage the Stellar Society donor circle program and communications. Manage program and strategy for donor society renewals, acquisitions, cultivation and stewardship efforts.
  • Coordination of ongoing solicitation of individual, corporate, and foundation gifts. Directly solicit individuals, close on gifts, and manage stewardship efforts.
  • Manage the Board Development Committee to develop strategies to initiate and meet aggressive fundraising goals. Work with Development Committee to manage meeting agendas, calendars and goals.
  • Manage all aspects of Chabot’s annual fundraising and donor events, including the Starlight Gala.
  • Grow annual corporate relationships with a portfolio of Corporate Donors to support Chabot’s education, outreach and community programs, through sponsorship opportunities, grants, and meetings. Research and identify new prospects, reach out to corporate prospects to discuss their funding priorities, develop proposal and sponsorship collateral.

Grants and Donor Services Administration (25%)

  • Lead grant strategy for initiatives and programs.
  • Maintain grants submission and grant reporting deadline calendar. Project manage submission materials. Collaborate with program staff, and development team on foundation and government grants and reports.
  • Provide lists of donors for tracking purposes, department evaluation, annual report, and mailing lists for events and solicitations.
  • Manage prospect research efforts.
  • Manage all donor benefits and fulfillment tracking, manage donor recognition and acknowledgement.
  • Lead donor communication efforts including reports, recognition updates, newsletters, invitations etc.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Passion for the mission of Chabot Space & Science Center
  • Excellent interpersonal, persuasive and oral and written communication skills.
  • A successful track record of identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors, corporations and foundations.
  • A proven record of measurable results in organizing and implementing such activities as: major gifts, annual gifts, grant writing, corporate and foundation giving, direct mail and special events.
  • Proficient in computer applications such as Microsoft Office applications.
  • Database experience
  • Effective time management, excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.
  • A strong ability to prioritize and think critically.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Strategic thinker; highly organized and able to meet deadlines. Strong time, budget, and organizational management skills, including the capacity to work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Possesses diplomacy and adeptness in working across multiple departments and levels.

Desired Qualifications

  • Altru experience
  • A bachelor’s degree, advanced degree
  • Bilingual

Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all qualifications, unless legal requirements apply to the role. 


Salary and Benefits

  • Salary Range: DOE
  • Benefits include:
    • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
    • 403b retirement plan for employees
    • Professional development opportunities
    • Reciprocal benefits for museum admission through the ASTC program
    • Free Chabot Space & Science Center membership
    • Discounts on Chabot’s café and museum gift shop


Working Environment

  • Position Type: Full Time, non-exempt
  • Expected Hours of Work: 40 hours per week

Physical Requirements

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to remain stationary for extended periods of time. Position will work on site primarily, minimal remote work. Ability to move 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Occasionally requires flexible scheduling, generally related to events. Will operate computer, phone, radio, moving carts and bins, temporary signage and other program materials as needed. Most work will be in connected office/museum setting, which is wheelchair accessible. Program environment will include working directly with the public, which will include loud noise level.


How To Apply

Email Director of Institutional Advancement, Jessica Horowitz at jhorowitz@chabotspace.org. Include resume and cover letter. 

Chabot Space & Science Center strives to offer an accessible recruiting and hiring process for all. If you would benefit from a reasonable accommodation at any stage in the process, please reach out to the hiring manager directly at jhorowitz@chabotspace.org.


Chabot Space & Science Center is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, diverse and accessible working and learning environment that reflects the communities we serve. It is our policy and practice to consider all qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.