Advancement Manager (Full Time)



The Advancement Manager reports directly to the Director of Institutional Advancement.  They will be responsible for the successful design and implementation of all activities to minimally secure $350,000 dollars in individual and corporate support.  A key deliverable will be to significantly expand giving in said support. The selected candidate should also be prepared to show a successful history of fundraising growth through donor and prospect research, acquisition and stewardship with emphasis on relationship building and sustenance.  The strongest candidates will possess a passion for inquiry and demonstrate an enthusiastic interest in informal science education.



 Development Practices

  • Foster a donor-centric approach in all development work across the organization
  • Gain familiarity and remain knowledgeable in Imagination Station programming and activities helping identification and alignment of donor interest and the science center’s work
  • Exhibit a sincere desire and drive to see Imagination Station’s success through building financial resources
  • Maintain a productive relationship cross-functionally with programs, experience, marketing and finance teams to advance development work
  • Excel in all development activities including effective proposal and impact report writing and cultivation and acquisition plan development that broadens and deepens donor base
  • Maintain active community relationships and networking opportunities during and outside work hours
  • Maintain an active meeting schedule with new and existing donors
  • Based on revenue budgets; set goals and objectives to achieve fundraising success
  • Maintain all donor information and activity in donor software system

Annual Fund

  • Successfully plan and execute all development strategies of the annual fund campaign (AF) including the planning and execution of a moves management plan for existing donors
  • Increase AF giving by 20% annually through retention and acquisition
  • Working with the membership manager, analyze members for prospective donors and develop a strategy and plan that creates a desire to support Imagination Station as a donor


Individual and Corporate Development

  • Work closely with the Director of Advancement in the strategic cultivation, recruitment and retention of new individuals and corporate donors
  • Identify and cultivate potential individual donors who exhibit an alignment with Imagination Station’s work with intent to build individual donor base
  • Research and cultivate corporations/businesses new to Imagination Station, aligning their business interest with Imagination Station’s work culminating in increased revenue for events, programs and exhibits


Fundraising Events

  • Plan and execute event sponsorship acquisition with increased revenue as primary goal while nurturing key relationships and event objectives



  • Bachelor’s degree. Three to five years in successfully demonstrated fundraising.
  • Experience in membership-driven environments, cultural or educational institutions preferred
  • Proven exceptional skill at cultivating and sustaining authentic relationships with donors and other key constituents
  • Confident, personable and comfortable representing the institution to a variety of individuals and corporate stakeholders
  • Proven track record in all facets of fundraising including annual campaigns, special events, data analysis and reporting, prospect research and cultivation and database management
  • Outstanding written and spoken communication skills, exceptional conversationalist
  • Positive, energetic big-picture individual with solid organization skills. Highly entrepreneurial, resourceful, flexible with a high degree of initiative
  • Overall strategic agility, ability both to conceptualize and execute, and the capacity to articulate a visionary approach to initiatives that will enhance the long-term financial integrity of the Imagination Station.

Imagination Station’s mission is to serve our community by providing informal science education and fun in order to spark a passion for the sciences by combining interactive exhibits and educational programming.


All applicants must apply on-line at and submit a detail resume outlining job history and experience.