DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

(Full-Time Exempt)

Job Description
The Development Officer plays a key role within the Development Office and is integral to the fundraising strategy. The Development Officer is responsible for management of the Lamplighter Membership program whose donors provide significant annual support beginning at the $1,000 level.  This position also assists with efforts to raise remaining capital campaign funds, and directs all major donor correspondence as well as stewardship initiatives

Reporting Relationships
This position reports to the Director of Individual Giving within the Development and Marketing Department (D&M).

Basic Function and Responsibilities (Including But Not Limited To):
Work with the Director of Individual Giving to set appropriate, yet challenging, annual fundraising goals

  • Manage and execute mailings for campaign appeals, Lamplighter Circle membership and donor stewardship

  • Work closely with the Lamplighter program Chairs and Development Committee on strategies for member acquisition and renewals

  • Launch and manage two new Lamplighter groups – one focused on 25-35 year olds and the other on the 35-50 year old audience

  • Maintain donor lists for donor recognition

  • Produce donor funding requests, acknowledgement and payment reminder letters

  • Assist with writing of routine reports as well as donor related information needed for Museum publications and website

  • Support the production of materials for campaign, Lamplighter Circle, and donor stewardship efforts

  • Manage premier level donor files as well as required accounting processes

  • Assist with Mad Scientists Ball annual fundraiser

  • Attend and assist with special events as needed

  • Other duties as assigned

 Educational/Career Requirements and Expectations

  •  Bachelors Degree from an accredited university

  • 3-5 years in a development office preferred

  • Warm, professional interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with a wide range of staff, volunteers, donors and the general public

  • A positive, achievement-oriented attitude and proactive work ethic

  • The ability to maintain the highest level of discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor information

  • Excellent computer skills with experience using Raiser’s Edge preferred

  • Professional oral and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

  • Expectations: Be committed, proactive, consistent, responsive, personal, visible, meticulous, available and open and honest

Human Resources Manager
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
fax: (817) 255-9354


Fun Fact
The Museum School was one of the first museum preschools accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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