Director of Advancement

Organization: South Carolina Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Charleston, SC, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Join the team at Charleston, South Carolina's #1 Visitor Attraction located along the Pristine Charleston Harbor!

Working closely with the Board of Directors and reporting to the CEO, the Director of Advancement will drive fundraising efforts and provide visionary leadership, management and strategic direction to develop sustainable support for the South Carolina Aquarium.

As a member of the leadership team, the Director of Advancement will strengthen the South Carolina Aquarium brand, connect a broad array of donors using both traditional and modern development methods while implementing the infrastructure required for developing sustained annual stewardship and support.

The Director of Advancement has the opportunity to build a staff, including Annual Giving Manager, Membership Manager, Development Research Coordinator, and Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of ten (10) years of increasingly responsible positions in development, with significant experience and success in major gifts and capital campaigns preferably within a museum, zoo, aquarium or other conservation-focused organization.

The successful candidate will have a passion for the South Carolina Aquarium’s mission combined with the ability to design and implement the infrastructure required for developing sustained annual stewardship and support for the Aquarium.

The Director of Advancement must have demonstrated ability to build, foster and maintain relationships with both internal and external constituencies along with effective leadership skills to motivate and inspire staff, setting high expectations and professional direction.

Must have superior communication skills to express orally and in writing the South Carolina Aquarium’s mission and fundraising goals with clarity, passion and persuasion.

Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in a relevant discipline desired. Must be willing and able to travel.

For a complete position description, listing of qualifications and additional information on the South Carolina Aquarium, visit our website at:

Salary: Commensurate with Experience & Education

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