Job Details

San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Position Number: 2526397
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Development and Fund Raising

Love nature?? Then you're going to love The Nat.

The San Diego Natural History Museum?is seekinga Campaign Manager whowill organize our 150th anniversary capital campaign to preserve this amazing place we call home.

The Campaign Manager is focused on keeping the campaign on schedule and progressing with a high level of visibility and momentum that engenders a sense of excitement, optimism and confidence in achieving the campaign goal. The successful candidate must demonstrate superb attention to detail and strong project management skills. The position reports to the VP of Advancement and is an integral member of the development team.

Your Day-to-Day Work


  • Manage the master campaign calendar

  • Provide clear lines of communication with all other museum departments.

  • Administer the campaign budget.

  • Prepare regular reports on campaign progress for staff, volunteers, and board.

  • Manage campaign record keeping, including database (Altru) and electronic files.

  • Oversee the preparation and distribution of printed and electronic campaign materials and information.

  • Coordinate all volunteer campaign committee meetings and activities.

  • Manage all internal campaign meetings, including calendaring, taking notes, and following up on action items.

  • Coordinate all campaign-related consultant and vendor relationships.

Prospect and donor management

  • Conduct prospect identification and research utilizing iWave and other prospect research services; keep records updated in Altru.

  • Work closely with development team to identify prospects for the campaign and track strategies and timelines for moving them toward solicitation.

  • Coordinate meetings with donors and prospects. Handle all meeting details, including reservations, coordinating schedules for visits/tours, confirming appointments, sending advance information.

  • Prepare materials needed for donor meetings and events, includes profiles, talking points, agendas, and campaign materials. Ensure donors are thanked appropriately and receives the materials or follow up action promised.

  • Coordinate with the other development staff to make sure that the all contact with campaign donors is coordinated so as not to conflict with other operating fundraising efforts.

  • Oversee management of community campaign

  • Manage online and direct mail communications.

Gift Acknowledgement, Stewardship and Recognition Activities

  • Work with Stewardship Coordinator to make sure that each gift is credited appropriately in Altru and Intacct.

  • Track all on-going pledge payments and reminders.

  • Manage the timely acknowledgment of campaign gifts.

  • Write, edit, and manage all campaign policies, including gift agreements.

  • Manage all donor recognition activities, including tracking, signage, and naming conventions.

  • Manage all campaign stewardship activities, including regular reports (both digital and printed)

  • Plan and implement cultivation and recognition events

  • Ensure that all data and communications is recorded, up to date and accurate

Communication and Public Relations

  • Collaborate with the Communications team to coordinate campaign communications. This includes printed materials, web, e-newsletter, social media, and other digital efforts.

  • Manage all digital assets, including campaign website.

What You Bring?

You are results-oriented with amazingorganizational skills. You love digging into the details and setting up systems. You are a self-starter and a team player with energy, enthusiasm, and flexibility.

  • Familiarity with non-profit setting

  • Two years of professional experience in a development office

  • Experience managing capital campaigns

  • Experience in scheduling and staffing donor calls and conducting follow up and stewardship

  • Demonstrated success in managing complex projects

  • Experience with prospect research and moves management

  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively

  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills, capable of working effectively with board members, staff members, volunteers, and donor/prospects

  • Knowledge and proficiency at an intermediate or higher level of Microsoft Office, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and a donor database, preferably Altru.

  • Attention to details and accuracy

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills

  • Professional and courteous presence, on phone and in person, ability to work with a wide variety of people, ease in initiating contacts with other groups

Applicants should submit to a writing sample, resume, and cover letter to that highlights your relevant experience and accomplishments, as well as the transferable skills you would bring to the Nat.

This is a full-time, temporary position (through December 31, 2024) and includes benefits such as health insurance, sick time, paid vacation, and 14paid holidays. $21-22/hour. This position is required to work on sitein Balboa Parkno less than three days per week, with the option to work remotely two days per week.

A little more about us.

The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) was founded by amateur naturalists in 1874 and has played a major role in the conversation of our region. Having recently completed a strategic?plan, The Nat is looking forward to an exciting new era as it approaches its 150th anniversary, focused on innovative audience engagement and an increased role in conservation.

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