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Individual Giving Manager

Chabot Space & Science Center
3.8 out of 5
10000 Skyline Bl, Oakland, CA 94619
$86,000 - $110,000 a year - Full-time


10000 Skyline Bl, Oakland, CA 94619

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  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan

Full job description

Chabot Space & Science Center is a non-profit science center and observatory dedicated to inspiring and educating learners of all ages about the Universe and planet Earth. Chabot’s mission is to spark and engage curiosity, deepen access and inclusion within science education, and provide opportunity for pathways into careers in the sciences.

Situated on a beautiful 14-acre campus nestled in the redwoods of Oakland’s regional parks, the Chabot Space & Science Center includes immersive exhibits, hands-on learning activities, science festivals, a state of the art planetarium, and is home to the official NASA Ames Visitor Center. Chabot’s research-level astronomical observatory, featuring three large scale telescopes, is the largest observatory complex free for regular public viewing in the Western United States.

At Chabot, we:  

  • Conduct ourselves with honesty, transparency, and ethical behavior, maintaining the trust and confidence of our community.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration, valuing the diverse perspectives, ideas, and skills of our staff, volunteers, and partners, recognizing that collective efforts drive positive change.
  • Encourage creativity and innovation, embracing new ideas, and approaches that advance our mission and optimize our impact and promote ongoing professional development, fostering a culture of learning, growth, and continuous improvement, where individuals are empowered to reach their full potential and contribute their unique strengths.  
  • Treat all individuals with dignity and respect, appreciating their unique backgrounds and experiences, fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.
  • Actively seek partnership and collaboration, recognizing that working together with others strengthens our ability to make a meaningful difference in the communities we serve.
  • Measure our success by the positive impact we make in our community, always seeking ways to address emerging needs, adapt to changing circumstances, and make meaningful and lasting change.
  • We believe that everyone deserves a career they love. We strive to build a diverse team that is a reflection of the people we serve; this is made possible through our commitment to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity, and connectedness. 

Individual Giving Manager Job Summary:

The Individual Giving Manager is an integral part of the Institutional Advancement team. This is a dynamic and high-energy department of development professionals working in a collaborative environment to inspire support for its annual giving programs and major gifts campaign. The IG Manager works closely with staff, board and volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward significant financial gifts in support of Chabot Space and Science Center. This position reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement.


  • Responsible for identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual prospects capable of making multi-year pledges of $1,000-100,000 in support of the annual, unrestricted fund.
  • Build and maintain a portfolio of 150-200 active prospects.
  • Devise a holistic philanthropic strategy for each prospect in the portfolio with the goal of soliciting each prospect for annual pledges or multi-year special purpose gifts.
  • Lead special donor event planning and execution.
  • Collaborate on a legacy gift cultivation strategy for targeted prospects in the portfolio in collaboration with the Director of Institutional Advancement.
  • Support the work and active engagement of volunteers, committees and senior leadership in the cultivation and solicitation of prospects within portfolio.
  • Conduct 15-20 personal visits or appointments per month in addition to engaging prospects at special events.
  • Plan and implement cultivation events and special projects in order to engage donors and prospects in collaboration with other team members in Institutional Advancement.
  • Write targeted solicitation proposals and stewardship material for individual donors and prospects for the capital campaign and other initiatives at Chabot.
  • Continually research, assess and upgrade assigned portfolio.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of donor contacts and communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, including public speaking and meeting facilitation
  • Ability to motivate and interact effectively with trustees, volunteers, donors, and museum staff at all levels
  • A collegial work style that promotes team work, creativity and open communication
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities with grace and humor
  • Well organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to use computer software and donor databases (e.g. Microsoft Office and Altru CRM)
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize and manage multiple projects.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of development experience with increasing responsibility
  • Successful and demonstrated history in major gifts
  • Experience with managing staff, volunteers, and committees
  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising principles, techniques and ethics and experience in devising strategies for cultivation and solicitation of major donors; knowledge of Bay Area philanthropic community helpful
  • Experience fundraising in education, tech sector or sciences a plus

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit, stand, and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds.
  • Ability to work indoors in environmentally controlled conditions, or outdoors in seasonal temperatures.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off.
  • Opportunities for professional development and growth within the organization.
  • The chance to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to inspiring curiosity and promoting scientific literacy.

To be considered for this position please submit a copy of your resume and a cover letter.


Chabot is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our employees are people with differing strengths, experiences, and backgrounds who share a passion for bringing science to the full range of our community – sparking excitement about a universe of possibilities beyond our planet. Diversity not only includes race and gender identity but also age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, religion, and many other parts of one’s identity. All our employees’ points of view are key to our success, and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $86,000.00 - $110,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed

Work Location: In person