CuriOdyssey – Development Assistant

The Development Assistant supports the Development Department to implement all fundraising activities. The Development Assistant works closely with all members of the Development team and acts as a development ambassador to other departments.

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Located in Coyote Point Park in San Mateo County, CuriOdyssey was reinvented and transformed several years ago into a vital, kid-centric interactive science playground and accredited California native animal zoo that provides up-close and personal experiences with the natural world. CuriOdyssey nurtures kids' curiosity, fosters innovation and promotes the creative problem-solving skills their futures will demand. For more information about CuriOdyssey, please visit


This is a full-time, on-site position without remote work options and reports to the Associate Director of Development. The position will not manage other employees.


  • Provide front-line support to the Development team to implement the annual fund, including but not limited to providing administrative support, gift processing, coordinating solicitation mailings, supporting donor cultivation events, developing support materials and collateral, preparing donor recognition, reporting, editing and proof-reading, managing e-communications, etc.

  • Manage all aspects of gift processing, including gift entry, acknowledgements, payment and pledge gift entry, tracking and reporting, recognition for gifts from all sources, etc.

  • Manage department metrics, goals, and produce reports on a regular basis. Provide support for financial reconciliation as needed.

  • Support the Development team in managing, cultivating and stewarding individual donor relationships, including responding to inquiries, delivering donor benefits and access, writing and formatting e-communications, event registration and tracking, supporting stewardship activities, etc.

  • Design and implement e-communications and appeals using Mail Chimp and Commit Change and develop content in conjunction with the Associate Director.

  • Provide event coordination and support for annual fundraising event (gala) in conjunction with Development staff, and support numerous donor cultivation events and meetings, donor hospitality, etc.

  • Support the work of the Grant Writer with administrative support necessary for the submission of grant proposals, including the formatting of letters, charts and mailings, and individual and institutional donor research.

  • Support the needs of the capital campaign by overseeing gift and pledge documentation, tracking and acknowledgment, supporting cultivation and stewardship activities including special mailings, events, visits and programs.

  • Provide general office assistance (e.g. filing, maintaining inventory, list pulls, data entry, etc.).

  • Use nonprofit development software, currently Blackbaud’s Altru, for gift entry, tracking and reporting, revenue metrics, event registration, fundraising and prospect tracking and management.

  • Work effectively with diverse constituencies within and outside the organization, such as board members, staff and volunteers. Represent the Development Department at inter-department meetings as assigned.


  • In this position, a high level of sensitivity to donor confidentiality and excellent judgment regarding donors’ needs and feelings is essential.

  • Proficiency with nonprofit donor databases such as Raisers Edge or Altru; Microsoft Office (including Word mail merge functions and Excel); e-commerce sites such as Commit Change; and e-marketing platforms such as Mail Chimp essential.

  • Advanced proficiency with Excel including application of formulas, pivot tables, etc. essential.

  • Familiarity with Donor Search or similar wealth screening products preferred.

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • 1-2 years related experience or equivalent preferred.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

  • Ability to manage priorities and workflow.

  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities.

  • Acute attention to detail

  • 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.

  • Available for occasional work events on weekends and evenings.


  • Please email your resume and two references, with a cover letter detailing what makes you a great candidate for this job to: Lisa Hicks-Dumanske, Associate Director of Development, LHicks (at)

  • Resume, references, and cover letter are required to be considered for this job. Please, no phone calls. Please email any questions.

  • This is a full-time position starting at $19.00 per hour 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.