Development Director

The Leakey Foundation in California

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted February 7, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The Leakey Foundation in the search for a Development Director.

This is a chance for a talented, high-energy development professional to help the Foundation realize its goals. The Leakey Foundation’s $1.7 million annual budget is supported by gifts primarily from individuals and an endowment draw. The Development Director will focus on growing the Foundation’s portfolio of major donors and will develop and execute a comprehensive plan for fundraising including devising strategies to identify prospective major donors, cultivating new supporters, and increasing major giving from current donors. In order to achieve the Foundation’s ambitious plan for growth, the Foundation is committed to ensuring that all fundraising activities always embody best practices; build on already strong branding and communications; refine the infrastructure to enable the best frontline fundraising including a functional database; and provide superior stewardship in fundraising initiatives.

The timing has never been better for The Leakey Foundation to realize its fundraising potential. The Foundation will celebrate its 50th Anniversary beginning April 2018 through April 2019. The Foundation is the only United States institution solely focused on human evolution research and education. Since 1968, The Leakey Foundation has been on the frontline in the effort to promote scientific understanding by supporting rigorous scientific investigation and then sharing those discoveries with the public. The Foundation has already created exciting and compelling messaging/marketing concepts to promote during the anniversary, highlighting our impact on scientific research, education, and the hopes for our future.

For almost 50 years, The Leakey Foundation has advanced human origins research and offered educational opportunities that cultivate a deeper, collective understanding of what it means to be human. Its mission is to provide venture capital for scientists through research grants and scholarships, and then share their groundbreaking discoveries through its storytelling podcast, dynamic website, and engaging lecture programs.

The Leakey Foundation is based in San Francisco, California, and it is the only American funding organization wholly committed to human origins research and education throughout the world. The Leakey Foundation promotes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring human origins. It awards more than $800,000 annually in field and laboratory grants for vital new research and long-term projects. It gives special encouragement to early career scientists asking new questions and seeking innovative ways to answer these questions about human evolution. Like venture capitalists, The Leakey Foundation understands that the greatest rewards come from taking the greatest risks.

Although The Leakey Foundation is based in San Francisco, applications will be considered from individuals living near cities where the Foundation has significant involvement, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Houston, and New York City. 

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as are five-years of individual giving experience in a nonprofit fundraising environment with experience in major giving, planned gifts, and endowment gifts.

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