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Manager of Donor and Member Events

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Atlanta, Georgia
Closing date
Feb 9, 2022
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The Manager of Donor and Member Events works closely with the Vice President of Membership to implement growth strategies for Fernbank’s signature benefit event, A Timeless Affair, and membership, with emphasis on membership fulfillment events and opportunities. This person will play a lead role in managing all aspects of A Timeless Affair, including but not limited to fundraising, facilitating planning meetings, and volunteer management.; and coordinate Patron and Donor cultivation events. Provides department support and completes general office duties as assigned.


1) Financial Accountability

· Supports $700,000+ in contributed gifts raised through A Timeless Affair;

· Supports a $1+ million annual membership budget.

· Manages and reconciles income and expense budgets associated with A Timeless Affair and other events.

2) A Timeless Affair Gala

· Supports Vice President of Member Services and Fernbank’s leadership team in their efforts to recruit Event Chairs and a winning volunteer support team. · Plans and hosts regularly scheduled Planning Committee meetings;

· Serves as the Museum’s primary liaison for event volunteer Committees.

· Works cooperatively with the Special Events office on event logistics.

· Works cooperatively with the Marketing office on various communications strategies vehicles including pre and post-event press, printed and digital invitations, digital and web communications, and all other related materials.

· Manages timeline of activities and deadlines.

· Manages platforms and contracts for mobile bidding, the auction and local advertising

· Creates fundraising successful strategies for the following:

o Corporate Giving

o Individual Giving

o Live and Silent Auctions

o Fund-A-Need and Prize Drawing

3) Member Events and Cultivation

· Processes monthly Patron Member renewals, print and email (through CRM system)

· Plans major donor and upper member cultivation events including exhibition previews, film premieres, holiday programs and other activities that will advance donor and member relations.

· Works closely with colleagues to form event Host Committees to attract an audience of peers and new donor prospects.


· Two or three years of non-profit work with experience in fundraising and event planning.

· Database management experience, preferably with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge or Altru.

· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

Essential Skills and Attributes

· Excited to work within a complex and growing institution, engaging multiple stakeholders across the Fernbank enterprise.

· A strong interest in science, natural history topics, education, and informal learning, and/or museums.

· Exceptional verbal communication, business writing and interpersonal skills are key.

· Highly organized, flexible, results-oriented and able to multi-task.

· Comfortable working as part of a team as well as highly motivated and a self-starter.


About Fernbank Museum

Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Fernbank continues its 76-year environmental legacy to protect Fernbank Forest while fulfilling an educational mission to inspire life-long learning of natural history


Fernbank Museum’s mission is to inspire life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.

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