Foundation Giving Officer (CAS)


Reporting to the Associate Director of Foundation Philanthropy, the Foundation Giving Officer will work with a portfolio of foundation donors and prospects, and will spend a majority of their time cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding grants in support of Academy exhibits and programs in scientific research, education, and sustainability. This position will help build a strong financial base for the Corporate & Foundation Philanthropy team through the acquisition and retention of new and existing donors. This is a full-time position.

We hope you are inspired about what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. The Academy is looking for candidates who do great work, and we know they may come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t believe you meet every ­one of the qualifications for the position.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Maintain a portfolio of foundation donors in the $10,000 to $100,000+ range
  • Engage with donors and prospects through in-person meetings, phone calls, and emails
  • Develop compelling proposals for Academy-wide programs; write proposal templates and reports; research and write proposal attachments for institutional funders
  • Conduct prospect research to identify new institutional funding opportunities on a regular basis
  • Assist with donor strategy development in collaboration with Academy leadership and program staff as required
  • Fulfill stewardship activities and outstanding reports in a timely manner, including site visits, thank you notes, and endowment reports; work with program and/or project staff to collect information and data on programmatic outcomes
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of all interactions with prospects and donors using Tessitura fundraising software
  • Manage a grants calendar for foundation philanthropy to ensure timely submission of proposals and reports; update grant deadlines in donor database as required
  • Compose letters, emails, and other communication materials to donors and prospects
  • Serve as a content expert on Academy projects, such as environmental issues, sustainability solutions, education, and related special projects
  • Provide event support (periodically on evenings and weekends)
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations
  • Other duties as assigned



The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required or preferred.



A qualified candidate will have a combination of the following experience and/or equivalent education:

  • College-level coursework or professional training in development, events, marketing or membership departments preferred
  • Two years or more of fundraising experience in a complex, non-profit setting
  • Demonstrated track record of success in securing annual corporate and/or foundation grants in the $10,000-$100,000+ range
  • Experience in/exposure to individual and institutional giving practices and techniques



  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including strong proofreading skills and attention to budget details
  • Computer proficiency and ability to learn new software quickly 
    • Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
    • G Suite (Google Apps) experience preferred
    • Demonstrated database experience, particularly with Tessitura, is a plus
    • Comfort working in Foundation Directory Online and other grant portals preferred
  • Ability to work collegially in a team environment but also independently in an effective and productive manner
  • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, proactive and solutions-oriented approach to challenges, and ability to compose error-free correspondence 
  • Demonstrated interest and/or expertise in scientific concepts related to biodiversity, sustainability, and the natural world preferred
  • Strong work ethic, good judgment, excellent organizational and time-management skills, sense of humor, and ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
  • Demonstrated success delivering high-quality work and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to interact well with people at all levels, particularly program staff and donors



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.  Bilingual (spoken and/or written) in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or other non-English language preferred but not necessary.



The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 80% of the time.



Please submit your cover letter and resume online at  Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.


The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed.

The California Academy of Sciences will give full consideration for employment to all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).


The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, place of birth, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, height or weight, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.


The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.



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