Individual Giving Officer(CO)

Located in Coyote Point Park in San Mateo County, CuriOdyssey has undergone a major reinvention in the past five years that has transformed the organization into a vital, kid-centric interactive science center and accredited California native animal zoo that provides up-close and personal experiences with the natural world. The organization boasts a strategic and engaged board of trustees, visionary leadership, and a talented, energetic and entrepreneurial staff.

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CuriOdyssey is engaged in a $35,000,000 capital campaign to renovate and repurpose its current 35-year old facility. The greatest area of opportunity and focus in CuriOdyssey's development plan is with major individual donors. The Individual Giving Officer will lead and implement programs that cultivate, solicit, and steward individual and family foundation donors at the high-end annual level and at the major gift level, helping to build the pipeline of donors. He/she will work closely with all members of the development team and Board of Trustees to move donors through the fundraising cycle.


Reporting to the Director of Development, the position will not manage other full-time employees in the immediate future.


  • Manage a portfolio of 100-125 prospects and current donors, executing annual plans to cultivate, solicit, steward, and thank those donors.
  • Achieve monthly goals for prospect and donor visits; prepare visit reports and follow up correspondence; use database to record all moves and activities with prospects and donors.
  • Working with board members and other volunteers, identify new prospective donors to cultivate, solicit, and steward.
  • Cultivate existing individual donors and encourage renewal, retention and increased donor support.
  • Collaborate with other staff and volunteers on rating, solicitation and stewardship strategies.
  • Communicate persuasively through personal visits, written proposals, appeal letters, and reports the important case for giving to CuriOdyssey.
  • Responsible for ongoing donor acknowledgement, appreciation, and recognition consistent with gift level.
  • Participate in planning and staffing specific fundraising events.
  • Use development software, currently Blackbaud’s Altru, for fundraising “moves management” and to keep other staff and solicitors on track and informed.
  • Work effectively internally with diverse constituencies within the organization, and externally with board members, advisory committee members, staff and volunteers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Four+ years of successful fundraising experience in major and individual gifts.
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written, supported by ability to use technological tools.
  • Must be able to represent CuriOdyssey independently to potential donors and make compelling presentations and requests for support.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as part of a team and with great energy and persistence. Experience working with diverse constituencies.
  • Proven organizational skills including the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and produce high quality results quickly and on time.
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Access to own transportation to visit with donors and prospects, mileage is reimbursable.
  • Available for occasional work events on weekends and evenings.
  • Strong facility with fundraising software and Microsoft Office.


  • Please send cover letter, resume and three references to Ali Izak, Development Office, aizak (at)
  • This is a full-time position with generous benefits. Candidates are subject to background checks.
  • CuriOdyssey seeks to build a diverse work team and encourages applications from candidates who will add to that diversity. CuriOdyssey is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

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