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E-M:/ development director posting for Leslie Science & Nature Center

Apologies for any duplicate postings.  Kirsten Levinsohn of the Leslie Science & Nature Center (Ann Arbor, MI) asked me to pass this message along.  Please feel free to forward this to others you feel may be interested.



Suzanne Heiney, Development & Communications Director

Washtenaw Land Trust

1100 N. Main St. #203

Ann Arbor, MI  48104


734-302-LAND (5263)

"The land is forever. The opportunity is now."



The Leslie Science and Nature Center (LSNC), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children and families about the natural world, is seeking exceptional candidates for our Development Director position.  Our mission statement is:


            The Leslie Science and Nature Center provides youth with educational experiences to foster understanding, appreciation, excitement and respect for the natural environment; generating responsible environmental stewardship in recognition of Dr. and Mrs. Leslie.

LSNC is currently looking for a highly motivated and personable individual to fulfill the position of Development Director, an important leadership position on the organization’s management team.  The Development Director’s main tasks include supporting the Capital Campaign, managing major and corporate giving, planning special events, writing grants, and organizing the annual giving.    

Rate of Pay/Benefits:  Salary based on experience; medical and retirement benefits. 

Essential Functions

Fund Development and Finance:

  • Lead fundraising strategies through:
    • Identifying, cultivating and nurturing major gifts
    • Developing and implementing corporate giving strategies
    • Strategizing and implementing development campaigns
    • Growing annual giving and appeals campaigns through planning and designing fundraising pieces and promotional materials
  • Assist with program and operational grants, including: grant identification and submissions, reporting and correspondence
  • Assist in annual budgeting process

Community Outreach

  • Oversee major special events
  • Lead outreach and correspondence with donors
  • Coordinate cultivation visits
  • Represent LSNC at various events/meetings in the community


  • Oversee development data entry
  • Coordinate donor correspondence
  • Coordinate donor data with Accountant
  • Participate in weekly Director’s meeting to support overall organization operations
  • Help develop, support and track goals and objectives in organization strategic plan
  • Participate in Board meetings and direct Board Development Committee

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Strong interest in supporting LSNC and environmental education
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in non profit fundraising with a proven record in raising support through such activities as annual gifts, grants, direct mail, corporate and foundation solicitations, special events
    • Strong organization and planning skills with attention to detail and follow through
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to multi task, be flexible, be self motivated and adapt
    • Ability to relate to many different constituencies and interests, as they relate to the mission of the organization
    • Experience in managing budgets
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and ability to learn other software, as needed
    • Ability to fulfill professional responsibilities including: punctuality, organization and planning, strong follow-through and volunteer management

Education, Qualifications, Credentials & Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree
  • Development and fundraising experience with non-profit is a plus

Application:  Qualified candidates should send a resume, cover letter and three references by August 30th to:  Kirsten Levinsohn, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105