Development Associate

Sausalito, California, United States Full-time



At The Marine Mammal Center, we are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike.  The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education. 



We rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured marine mammals at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities by engaging a dedicated workforce and a supportive community.  We learn from the patients in our care and contribute to scientific understanding of the changing health of our ocean, taking action to address ocean threats and save endangered species.  We lead as a teaching hospital by training veterinary professionals locally and internationally, and inspiring future ocean stewards through innovative school and public education programs.  



The Marine Mammal Center is the largest facility of its kind in the world. Founded in 1975, The Center has grown into an internationally renowned and state-of-the art marine mammal hospital, research center and educational organization. Each year, the Center treats 600 – 800 sick, injured and orphaned marine mammals, with the goal of rehabilitation and release. Its professional staff collaborates with over 30 different scientific, educational, federal, state and non-profit organizations from around the world. 


Marine mammal scientists and veterinarians from across the globe visit the Center and shadow its staff and volunteers to learn from the hundreds of animals treated each year, and from its acclaimed veterinary, scientific, and research staff. By collaborating with leading scientists and researchers to learn from the patients in their care, the Center expands and advances science to increase understanding of the health of the ocean and highlights implications for human health.

 In addition to its work within the scientific community, the Center’s formal and informal education programs reach 100,000 children and adults ever year. Ultimately, the Center’s work inspires action and fosters stewardship toward the care of our environment.


Overlooking the ocean in the Marin Headlands, in Sausalito, CA, the Center operates three field stations in its 600-mile rescue range on the California coastline from San Luis Obispo through Mendocino County. Simultaneous to the construction of its new Kona, Hawaii facility, the Center’s rescue range has increased to include the entire Hawaiian archipelago. With an annual operating budget of almost $10M, 60 to 70 staff depending on the time of year, and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers, The Center operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.



The Development Associate is an integral part of our dynamic and high-energy Development team working in a highly collaborative environment to inspire individual and legacy support for the Center. This position will support the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of members, prospects and all levels of donors by managing events and providing administrative support.



The ultimate aim of the Development Associate is work closely with the members of the Development team to execute successful events that strengthen the cultivation and stewardship of the Center’s constituents. In addition, the Development Associate will provide administrative support to ensure the successful cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all donors and prospects.


In order to achieve this the Development Associate will spend their time in the following ways:

  • Serve as the main point of contact for all Development team events, including, but not limited to, donor engagement patient releases, corporate volunteer days, Steller Legacy Circle luncheons, and donor cultivation receptions
  • Build strong relationships across Center departments to support successful cultivation and stewardship 
  • Oversee Advancement Department’s main phone line and the Development team’s various digital mailboxes to provide a timely and high-quality experience for those who contact us through those vehicles
  • Actively participate in the formulation and execution of Development team-wide objectives
  • Capture and record data on all interactions in an accurate and timely manner according to department protocols
  • Serve as an active member of the Development and Communications Team


Event Management (40%)

  • Plan and organize all phases of donor related events, check presentations, donor releases, and fundraising and friend-raising events
  • Plan and organize corporate volunteer days and on-site corporate events
  • Delegate, organize and coordinate the support and participation of other staff and volunteers in delivery of events
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to integrate into events as needed
  • Maintain the revenue and expense budgets for events
  • Coordinate the evaluation and strengthening of events



  • Provide support for all levels of development stewardship activities including prospects, members, small donors, middle donors, sustainers, legacy members and major donors
  • Provide support for the Development team’s departmental use of the Raiser’s Edge database
  • Coordinate and implement the solicitation of donors via direct mail and email
  • Oversee inbound and outbound calls and emails to the Advancement Team to assure that the highest level of customer service is offered
  • Responsible for the accurate completion of all information that is required for the Center to fundraise in other states



  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Team player with the capacity to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment and across departments
  • Flexibility, including willingness to work with a variety of staff members, maintain flexible hours and travel as needed
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with accuracy, attention to detail and confidentiality
  • Demonstrate strong skills with Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge
  • Demonstrate a meticulous level of follow-through and attention to detail



  • Bachelor’s Degree + 2 years of Development experience
  • Event and customer service experience required
  • Experience in overseeing the planning and execution of events
  • Experience fundraising in conservation, animal welfare and/or the sciences is highly desired
  • Experience using required computer software including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Raiser's Edge
  • Experience managing revenue and expense budgets



  • Sit at a desk for extended periods of time using a computer screen, walking, and climbing stairs
  • Ability to lead tours of the Center’s premises
  • Occasionally lift a box weighing approximately 20 pounds
  • Hospital environment with access to other parts of the facilities via outdoor pathways
  • Limited exposure to zoonotic diseases



  • LOCATION: Main Hospital, Sausalito, California
  • HOURS: Full-time, 40hrs/week, exempt (ineligible for overtime)
  • COMPENSATION: Competitive salary and excellent benefits
  • REPORTS TO: Individual Giving Officer
  • DATE UPDATED: 09/25/2018

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