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Assistant/Associate Director of Development (Full-time Exempt) - Posted December 4, 2020

Assistant / Associate Director of Development (Full-time Exempt)

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley seeks an ambitious, enthusiastic, team-oriented,experienced fundraising professional to become MSRI’s Assistant/ Associate Director of Development. The ideal candidate will possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and will have an interest in major gift fundraising and a background in events management. The Assistant/Associate Director of Development will support the Director for Advancement & External Relations, will work closely with the Development Assistant, and will be responsible for maintaining and developing MSRI’s Annual Fund Program and gift clubs. (View as PDF)

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in developing strategy for fundraising
  • Responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual gift-level prospective donors
  • Organize annual fundraising campaign (including direct mail and email solicitations)
  • Develop and deploy stewardship for giving club donors
  • Assist with gift acknowledgments
  • Organize eight to ten donor appreciation & cultivation events per year (three Museion events, three Math Lovers Forums, and regional cultivation & stewardship events)
  • Maintain a portfolio of 100-125 donor prospects, and make 10 individual visits per month
  • Assist the Director for Advancement & External Relations with special projects
  • Perform other activities as may be required


The successful candidate will work well in a collaborative environment, be resourceful, focused, and a detail-oriented, highly organized, self-starter, capable of taking direction but working independently and collaboratively
within a team.

  • A Bachelor's Degree is required
  • A minimum of three years development experience working with annual giving level donors and prospects, andmanaging development events
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of MSRI as a premier international research center, and a resource for math education and the public understanding of mathematics
  • Willingness to travel


  • Experience with Salesforce donor database software or similar
  • Experience with grant writing to secure funding from private foundations a plus
  • Experience in major gift fundraising
  • Familiarity with prospect research tools


This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive benefits package. Salary $90,000 - $110,000 annually, depending on experience.


Please submit, in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat file format, the following four items of information addressed to Personnel by email to personnel@msri.org. Only complete applications will be considered.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample
  • Three business references