Development Associate, Institutional Giving

Sausalito, California, United States Full-time


The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.



The ocean is in trouble. From the depletion of fish stocks to increasing ocean temperatures, human activity threatens marine ecosystems that are vital to the health of our ocean and all life on earth. As a critical first responder to these threats, The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary science, and education. Marine mammals are ecosystem indicators, and the health of these animals provides insights into human and ocean health threats. Together, we are taking action today to support a network of scientists and stewards to protect our shared ocean environment for future generations.


To advance our mission, we focus our work in three key program areas:

  1. Animal Care: With a volunteer force numbering more than 1,200 and the support of a concerned public, the Center is able to respond to marine mammals in distress. Sick and injured animals are treated and rehabilitated at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities where we care for our patients until they can be released back to their ocean home. Covering a rescue range that spans 600 miles of California coastline and the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the Center responds to more stranded marine mammals than any other organization in the world. Our sought-after experts are deployed locally and internationally to provide technical veterinary expertise and training on best practices ranging from anesthesia to disentanglement.
  2. Scientific Research: The Center is a major contributor to the global body of research and knowledge about marine mammal medicine and health. Our veterinary experts develop new clinical techniques to improve marine mammal rehabilitation and care, and investigate the reasons why marine mammals strand and how these factors are connected to ecosystem and human health. Learning from every animal we respond to, our researchers identify novel diseases and pathogens, support endangered species conservation and partner with scientists around the world on collaborative research that utilizes samples and data collected by the Center. Marine mammal health, ocean health and human health are inextricably linked, and our work advances knowledge of all three to benefit us all.
  3. Education: As a teaching hospital, the Center serves as a vital training ground for veterinary professionals from across the globe, expanding the collective understanding and application of marine veterinary science and conservation. Our innovative school and public education programs build a sense of responsibility through a connection to marine mammals and the marine environment, inspiring future ocean stewards and promoting action to protect the ocean. Each year, these education programs and hands-on trainings reach more than 100,000 children and adults, supporting the next generation of informed scientists and engaged citizens who will care for and ensure the health of our ocean and environment.



The Marine Mammal Center was founded in 1975 by three local citizens: Lloyd Smalley, Pat Arrigoni and Paul Maxwell. Since then, and thanks to their vision, the Center is now a global leader in marine mammal health, science and conservation and is the largest marine mammal hospital in the world. The Center operates physical locations in Sausalito, Morro Bay and Moss Landing, CA, as well as in Kona, Hawai‘i, and has an annual operating budget of $11.5M. A team of 80 staff and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers make the Center’s impact possible and keep the Center operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 



To consistently achieve excellence in ocean and marine mammal health and conservation, The Marine Mammal Center builds relationships and encourages philanthropic contributions to directly impact today’s work and to ensure a healthy and vibrant ocean for the future. Enthusiastic support from our institutional philanthropic partners enables the Center as a nonprofit organization to excel in conducting groundbreaking research, training future leaders and providing cutting-edge care to its patients.


This new position, the Development Associate, Institutional Giving will actively contribute to the team’s success by providing the essential administrative and communications support required to maintain and grow foundation, government, and corporate philanthropic partnerships. This position reports to the Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer and will provide similar support for the Director of Development and Communications, as needed.  This is a full-time, exempt position.



  • Support the day-to-day activities related to the solicitation, stewardship, cultivation, and acknowledgment of institutional partners
  • Support proposal and report preparation and submission, and grant award processing
  • Assist with, and take increasing responsibility for, drafting, editing and proofreading proposals, reports, and other written communications
  • Aid in the creation and maintenance of program narrative templates, stewardship updates, and standard program information frequently needed by the team
  • Pro-actively manage and be ready to respond to requests for information, photos, financial documents, etc.
  • Build strong relationships across the Center to nurture a culture of philanthropy and contribute to the success of institutional giving
  • Assist with, and take increasing responsibility for, data entry as well as generating and preparing data for monthly activity reports, portfolio analyses, and giving reports
  • Proactively manage calendars, anticipate needs around scheduled meetings, and prepare agendas in advance for review
  • Assist with partner site visits and stewardship/cultivation events
  • Act as a contact person for team members as needed
  • Perform other duties or tasks as assigned or required



  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Team player with the capacity to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment and across departments
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with accuracy, attention to detail, and meticulous level of follow-through
  • Strong commitment to customer service and ability to work professionally with diverse donors, volunteers, and staff
  • Excellent diplomacy and tact; and ability to maintain the confidentiality of donor information
  • Enthusiasm for this work and The Marine Mammal Center’s mission and credo
  • Ability to work flexible hours, weekends and evenings, when needed



  • Bachelor’s Degree +2 years of related or equivalent work experience
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Experience working in conservation, animal welfare and/or the sciences is highly desired
  • Skilled with and aptitude for using required computer software and databases including PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Raiser's Edge


  • 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

REPORTS TO: Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer

DATE UPDATED: 05/11/2019