Development Director

Science is Elementary
Mountain View, CA



Science is Elementary (SiE) works to transform elementary school science for everyone. Our mission is to effect systemic change in elementary school science education by teaching students, training teachers, and engaging the scientific community. We help schools build their own capacity for high quality science education. As we grow, we attend to program excellence and financial sustainability and deliver meaningful, measurable results. We believe that science is awesome, science is for everyone, and science is everywhere.

 Founded by a PhD scientist, and with multiple scientists and educators on staff, SiE brings the best of science education to elementary schools that serve primarily diverse low-income students. SiE leverages the intellectual skills of the Bay Area's STEM professionals and has trained over 1,000 of them to serve as mentors to our students. We’ve served over 10,000 students and their teachers since our founding in 2008. Our students show significant gains in science knowledge and positive attitudes to science.


The Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating the annual workflow and production of all the fundraising efforts for Science is Elementary. The organization is seeking to significantly increase its fundraising this year to support continued growth.

The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic self-starter who has experience in fundraising, database management, report writing, marketing and social media, and project management. They are comfortable working in a smaller organization with limited structure and resources. They will also be comfortable working with staff, board members, volunteers, and donors. They are flexible and adaptable to change. They are detail-oriented while also able to manage multiple priorities and deadlines. They must possess a strong personal commitment to the education of young children in underserved public schools. The Development Director reports to the founder and CEO, Tzipor Ulman.

This is a full-time position.



The Development Director will be responsible for designing a fundraising plan for Science is Elementary, setting annual objectives, and leading all fundraising efforts to achieve these objectives. Specific responsibilities include:

·       Work closely with the CEO to develop an overall fundraising plan and to set annual revenue and expense objectives.
·       Within the fundraising plan, develop separate strategies/plans for: 1) building the base of individual donors with an emphasis on acquiring more major donors 2) stewarding current institutional donors and acquiring new ones 3) planning and implementing profitable events.
·       Work with the Board, the CEO, and the Development Committee to execute on these plans.
·       Assure that donors are accurately and promptly tracked and acknowledged.
·       Prepare reports analyzing donor trends, history, projections, demographics, and more
·       Track all development activities and results and provide regular updates and dashboards to the CEO, board, and staff.
·       Write grant proposals to foundations and corporations. Ensure their timely submission and follow up report writing.
·       Plan and implement interesting, profitable, fundraising events.
·       Plan and implement the annual report and electronic appeal mailing.
·       Manage the Science is Elementary website.
·       Work with the CEO and the Development Committee to manage social network presence and profiles, including Facebook and Twitter, leading research and populating with relevant content.
·       Produce newsletters, brochures, external e-mails, and other marketing communications and outreach materials.



·       Passion for the Science is Elementary mission
·       5+ years’ experience in a fundraising, project management, and/or marketing and communications role
·       Strong interpersonal and social skills
·       Strong organizational skills
·       Demonstrated skills in writing and proofreading
·       Demonstrated skills in marketing and social media
·       Strong project management skills
·       Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
·       Strong leadership skills
·       Ability to use good judgment and make recommendations in resolving problems
·       Adaptability to changing circumstances and priorities
·       Demonstrated ability with the Microsoft Office suite, Google Apps, and familiarity with constituent relationship management (CRM) databases
·       College degree


Competitive, depending on experience.