Employment Opportunities

Major Gifts Coordinator, Full-time

Job Summary
The Major Gifts Coordinator works closely with the Director of Development and the Vice President of Institutional Advancement to oversee the integrity and professional management of annual and major gift campaigns. To ensure the diversification of donors and fundraising goals are met, the Major Gifts Coordinator will be responsible for creating and executing strategies for direct mail campaigns, online giving, tribute gift programs, planned giving, and major gift fundraising. The Major Gifts Coordinator will help build the Giving Societies, a major gifts recognition program, through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of donors and donor prospects. She/he will work in cooperation with the leadership team and key volunteers to carry out successful solicitation practices and strategies. The starting salary range for this position is $27,000 - $30,000 annually.

Major Functions
1) Financial Accountability

  • Supports a $2.5 million annual development budget that includes $800,000 in contributed gifts from individuals.
  • Reconciles all individual gifts with the Chief Financial Officer and the Vice President of Institutional Advancement to ensure the appropriate designation and disbursement of funds.

2) Management & Administration

  • Coordinates Giving Society renewals.
  • Coordinates all departmental gift acknowledgment letters.
  • In cooperation with the Director of Development and the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, coordinates the Annual Board Giving Campaign.
  • In donor database, inputs all planned donor solicitation in the module for managing prospects.
  • Coordinates donor fulfillment.
  • Coordinates with the Assistant Manager of Development for pledge reminders and gift acknowledgment letters.
  • Coordinates with Assistant Manager of Development the preparation of monthly and/or quarterly reports for the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and senior leadership.
  • Establish cross-departmental alliances with all departments; in particular, Member Services, Special Events, Visitor Services, Marketing and Communications, and Education.

3) Letters and Proposals

  • Write compelling appeal and renewal letters in a manner that is clear and concise and strategically align Fernbank’s programs with the needs of the donor.
  • Writes and submits interim and final reports when required.
  • Meet all submission and final report deadlines.

4) Strategy

  • Coordinate a robust prospect list of individuals to be solicited for major gifts. With the Membership Office, identify active members who are ready for an invitation to join the Giving Societies.
  • Segment data and develop appeals that strategically align Fernbank program offerings with donor interests.
  • Provide preparatory documents and other strategies to prepare senior leadership for solicitations and/or meetings.
  • In cooperation with the Director of Development and Vice President of Institutional Advancement, work with the Giving Society Chairs, selected Trustees and /or other leadership on prospect identification, donor retention and diversification of the major gift roster.
  • Plan and execute all major donor cultivation events, working closely with the Museum’s Special Events Office.
  • In cooperation with the Director of Development, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and other leadership, identify and coordinate unique engagement opportunities for small groups, families and individuals.

5) Client Management

  • In cooperation with the Director of Development, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and other leadership, assigns donor/clients to key staff and volunteers for fundraising calls and face-to-face visits.
  • Manages donor/client portfolios and prospect lists with corresponding strategies and action reports.
  • Prompts Vice President of Institutional Advancement and of other members of Senior Management on their monthly actions.

6) Marketing & Communications

  • In cooperation with the Director of Development, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and the Marketing and Communications liaison, initiates and coordinates collateral materials needed for major giving strategies such as donor society materials, planned giving materials, invitations and other pieces.
  • In cooperation with the Director of Development, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and the Marketing and Communications liaison, periodically reviews and helps guide website content and marketing techniques for the donor societies.

7) Other

  • All other duties as assigned.

Experience Requirements

  • At least two to three years non-profit experience with a proven track record in fundraising, public relations or administering annual giving programs and donor fulfilment
  • Experience working with members and volunteers a plus
  • Experience with Altru Blackbaud Software, Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising software
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Willingness to work at least one weekend day per month
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings for donor cultivation and signature fundraising events

Skills and Attributes

  • Exceptional verbal and social skills
  • Exceptional written skills with the ability to express information clearly, concisely and with precision
  • Affinity for working in a team environment and facilitating positive two-way communication across departments
  • Ability to implement and execute strategies for donor cultivation, stewardship, recognition and solicitation
  • Ability to work within a complex institution with all levels of leadership, staff and donors
  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Flexible, works well under pressure and ability to manage multiple projects
  • Results oriented
  • Curious, motivated and willing to self-learn
  • A strong interest in science, natural history topics and/or museums

Applications can be completed at the Museum or sent to:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Human Resources
767 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
human.resources@fernbankmuseum.org
Fax: 404.929.6405
Click here
for a downloadable application. (Acrobat required.)


Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, Full-time

Job Summary
Fernbank Museum is seeking a creative, organized and experienced candidate for its Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator. The successful candidate will advance the Museum's mission by participating in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive and integrated marketing and communications campaigns to enhance visibility of its programs, increase institutional support, and strengthen its position as a top museum and attraction in the Southeast. The Marketing and PR Coordinator will have 1-3 years of PR experience and must be a strong writer, a creative story teller, an organized project planner, a detail-oriented project/event planner, an excellent problem solver, a self-starter, and a strong public speaker capable of doing live and taped interviews for print and broadcast. This position will also assist with marketing, communications, social media, family event days, and various other projects as assigned or needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Fernbank Museum may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities but does outline many of the primary functions of the position.

  • Be available to work a weekly schedule of Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Pitch stories to media and assist with coverage of exhibitions, IMAX films and public programs to generate positive coverage for Fernbank Museum.
  • Run lead on weekend programming days (approximately 2 Saturdays per month), including but not limited to the following: brainstorming event themes, securing partnerships, coordinating volunteer and staff scheduling, writing promotional copy, organizing activities, pitching PR opportunities, supervising activities during event, handling media coverage requests, generating live social media updates, troubleshooting.
  • Develop communication plans for events, exhibitions openings, IMAX films, family activity days, special programming, Martinis & IMAX, fundraising, special events, membership activities and other institutional needs.
  • Write and edit press releases, develop story ideas and generate promotional opportunities to increase Fernbank’s visibility.
  • Contribute to museum blog, and assist with marketing copy.
  • Contribute to social media strategy and engagement.
  • Coordinate requests for graphics, logos, photography and other needs.
  • Manage and build relationships with journalists across all forms of media.
  • Copyedit museum documents, advertising, press materials, brochures, and other written materials with a focus on adding compelling/fresh copy;
  • Maintain and organize press clips and ad tear sheets.
  • Compile marketing and PR reports.
  • Update museum phone lines and general web information.
  • Respond to and coordinate internal and external requests for photography and filming.
  • Compile and update museum-wide calendar of events.
  • Assist in departmental research, data entry and special projects.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as needed.

Education and Experience
B.A. in Public Relations, English, Marketing, Communications, Journalism, or related discipline. At least 1-3 years of experience in public relations, communications, or marketing, with a proven track record of creating and implementing marketing and communications strategies to generate press coverage and increase attendance. Experience with event planning.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of:
    • Industry standards in proofreading and editing using AP Style
    • Standard office procedures and records management
    • Media relations
    • Social media
    • Event planning
    • Computer systems and applications
    • Some experience with HTML
    • Design programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop
    • Writing expertise
    • Basic business, budget development and monitoring skills
  • Ability to:
    • Perform copywriting and editing tasks with a wide range of materials
    • Write content for a variety of platforms
    • Exercise strong organizational skills and work on several projects simultaneously with frequent interruptions
    • Communicate effectively orally and in writing materials
    •  Establish and maintain positive relations with museum staff, media, and the public
    • Work with a team and individually to accomplish departmental projects and museum-wide goals

Salary
Salary will be in the range of $28,000-$30,000 annually. Benefits include health insurance, PTO, healthcare flexible spending account, eligibility for retirement contributions from museum after one year, additional insurance options, free museum and IMAX tickets, and more.

Applications can be completed at the Museum or sent to:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Human Resources
767 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
human.resources@fernbankmuseum.org
Fax: 404.929.6405
Click here
for a downloadable application. (Acrobat required.)


Animal Programs Facilitator, Part-Time/Seasonal

Job Summary
Education Facilitators interact with children and families in a variety of Fernbank Museum’s public programming. This position will focus on live animal programming, with other program assignments including exhibit interpretation, family days and more. Seasonal position: April 15-August 15 2015, exact dates TBD

Major Functions

  • Assist with animal care and interpretive live animal programming
  • In programs, facilitate hands-on children’s activities based on a wide range of science and natural history topics.
  • Greet guests, orient groups, maintain safe and attractive environment and assist guests with interactive components inside exhibits.
  • On family event days, assist with activity setup and facilitation.
  • Assist with preparations for educational programs.
  • Assist the Education Department with other tasks and duties as assigned.

Experience Requirements

  • Prior hands-on experience with reptile handling or husbandry required
  • Previous experience working with young children.
  • Strong customer service skills are required.
  • Previous public speaking experience and a basic knowledge of science are helpful.

Skills and Attributes

  • Must be comfortable around reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
  • Must enjoy working with children and families.
  • Excellent rapport with children and ability to communicate with parents.
  • Flexibility and a willingness to help out wherever needed; energetic and creative.
  • A self-starter able to work independently and see projects through to completion.
  • Available to work weekends and holidays (must be available Friday-Monday).

Applications can be completed at the Museum or sent to:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Human Resources
767 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
human.resources@fernbankmuseum.org
Fax: 404.929.6405
Click here
for a downloadable application. (Acrobat required.)


Bartender (Special Events Staff), Part-Time

Position Summary
As part of Fernbank Museum’s special events staff, bartenders work closely with the beverage service manager to plan, organize and control the operations of bars during internal (Martinis & IMAX®, VIP receptions) and external events (wedding receptions, corporate parties). All bartenders must also be able to serve as a barkback and or busser.

This position offers a flexible schedule in a truly unique work environment. Starting pay is $9/hour, plus tips on cash bars and weekly Martinis & IMAX® event.  

Essential Functions

  • Ensure excellent guest experiences at all events
  • Support the Museum’s weekly Friday night Martinis & IMAX® event
  • Assist with event set up (including bars) and break down
  • Follow proper cash handling procedures
  • Serve as a barback and be available to cross-train on all levels of set up for events as needed
  • Ensure compliance with all beverage regulations
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the Museum’s bar offerings including beer, wine and specialty cocktails

Requirements

  • Flexible schedule with the ability to work 15-20 hours per week, including Friday evenings
  • Ability to work in a face-paced environment
  • Prior bartending and cash handling experience
  • A team player with an enthusiastic and positive attitude
  • Excellent customer service

Applications can be completed at the Museum or sent to:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Human Resources
767 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
human.resources@fernbankmuseum.org
Fax: 404.929.6405
Click here
for a downloadable application. (Acrobat required.)


Busser (Special Events Staff), Part-Time

Position Summary
As part of Fernbank Museum’s special events staff, bussers are a key element in ensuring a quality guest experience during internal (Martinis & IMAX®, VIP receptions) and external events (wedding receptions, corporate parties).

This position offers a flexible schedule in a truly unique work environment. Starting pay is $9/hour, plus tip out on cash bars and weekly Martinis & IMAX® event.

Essential Functions

  • Ensure excellent guest experiences at all events
  • Support the Museum’s weekly  Friday night Martinis & IMAX® event
  • Provide general event support including (bussing, dishwashing, trash removal)
  • Assist with event set up (including bars) and break down
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the Museum’s bar offerings including beer, wine and specialty cocktails

Requirements

  • Flexible schedule with the ability to work 15-20 hours per week, including Friday evenings
  • Ability to work in a face-paced environment
  • A team player with an enthusiastic and positive attitude
  • Excellent customer service

Applications can be completed at the Museum or sent to:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Human Resources
767 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
human.resources@fernbankmuseum.org
Fax: 404.929.6405
Click here
for a downloadable application. (Acrobat required.)


Museum Store Sales Associate, Part-time

Job Summary
Responsible for the timely processing of all sales in an efficient and friendly manner. Contribute to the efficiency of the Store’s daily operations and the creation of the proper atmosphere for a successful and profitable Store.

Major Functions

  • Process all sales transactions quickly and accurately
  • Provide friendly, helpful service to all visitors
  • Become knowledgeable about all items sold in the Store
  • Resolve register related problems
  • Open and close the Store, including making daily deposits and reports
  • Maintain proper merchandise display, Store cleanliness and adequate stock on hand
  • Assist with physical inventory
  • Must be available to work weekends and some evenings.

Requirements

  • One year retail sales experience
  • Cash handling and cash register ability
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Flexibility and ability to perform several tasks at once

Applications can be completed at the Museum or sent to:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Human Resources
767 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
human.resources@fernbankmuseum.org
Fax: 404.929.6405
Click here
for a downloadable application. (Acrobat required.)


Roundsman, Part-time

Job Summary: This position has a general understanding of all stations in the kitchen and The Fernbank Café. Responsibilities and job duties change from day to day, or even within a shift, according to the immediate needs of the operation. Activities include, but are not limited to: food preparation, set-up, clean-up, stocking, dish washing, cash handling and customer service.

Major Functions:

  • Ensure all guests have an enjoyable experience in the Fernbank Café and throughout the Museum.
  • Prepare food in the kitchen or at the Fernbank Café line according to customer requests and Café standards.
  • Assist coworkers throughout the shift to ensure that all tasks are completed efficiently.
  • Maintain supplies of plates, bowls, straws, condiments, etc.
  • Ensure line is clean and organized throughout entire shift. This includes the back counter and under coolers.
  • Keep Dining Room clean and neatly arranged for guests and staff. Also maintain Terrace and Service Hallway.
  • Start, load and operate dish machine.
  • Store clean dishes and utensils.
  • Clean and maintain beverage station.
  • Break down boxes, empty trash cans, sweep and mop as needed.
  • Break down food stations and properly store all food.
  • Clean refrigerators.
  • Process customer purchases at the cash register.
  • Accurately count and deposit receipts in safe at end of shift.

Experience Requirements:

  • One year of food experience in a restaurant or other commercial setting.
  • Knowledge of food preparation.
  • Cash handling or retail experience.
  • Knowledge of food safety and cleanliness requirements.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Friendly attitude.
  • Team player.
  • Flexibility with schedule and ability to work weekdays and weekends, including Friday nights.
  • Ability to move from one task to another quickly and without prompting from supervisor.

Applications can be completed at the Museum or sent to:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Human Resources
767 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
human.resources@fernbankmuseum.org
Fax: 404.929.6405
Click here
for a downloadable application. (Acrobat required.)