Project Scientist Development Manager Charlotte, NC · Saint Paul, MN · Minneapolis, MN · Full time Company website

As a Project Scientist team member, you will blaze a new trail to transform the way girls view the field of STEM and who a scientist is. You will feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work when collaborating with the best of the best. The ideal candidate for the position of Development Manager is a dynamic collaborator, committed to advancing the organization's mission through strategic partnerships and fundraising initiatives. This role demands adeptness in managing multiple projects simultaneously, and exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Working closely with the Senior VP of Advancement and Partnerships, the Development Manager will oversee a diverse portfolio of corporate, foundation, and individual contributions. Responsibilities include maintaining donor management systems through prospect research, grant submission, opportunity tracking, and nurturing existing partnerships. They will spearhead the entire grant solicitation process, from initial outreach to impact reporting, ensuring a seamless and effective engagement with funding partners. We seek qualified individuals who are passionate about contributing to the scaling Project Scientist and the deepening of its impact in communities across the country. If you are driven by the prospect of making an impact in the nonprofit sector, we encourage you to apply.


About Us: Project Scientist is an education nonprofit delivering high-quality experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) to girls* from marginalized and underserved communities. We offer summer and after-school programs in partnership with local schools, school districts, nonprofit organizations, and STEM Companies. To date, we have provided nearly 116,000 STEAM education experiences, impacting over 24,000 girls from communities across the United States and Mexico. Partner with us to foster a future where girls and women have equal access to pursue their career dreams and empower the next generation of women STEM leaders, innovators, and disruptors.

Dedicated to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

Our DEIB efforts go well beyond our classrooms. We are committed to promoting the personal and overall well-being and sense of belonging of our staff and students alike. We are actively working to maintain a work culture where individuals, of all identities, feel safe, respected, and valued as leaders or contributors to our organizational mission, vision, and purpose. 


  • Success will be measured by the Development Manager’s ability to uncover prospective donors’ philanthropic interests; the quality of their prospect strategies; their ability to move donors from cultivation to solicitation, and the successful closure of gifts.
  • Proactively utilize best practices for prospect research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all donors/funders. 
  • Manage the relationship and workflow of grant submissions ensuring that deadlines are met and in alignment with organizational priorities and fundraising goals.
  • Develop and maintain an annual fundraising opportunity calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and other requirements to ensure the organization fully complies with all contracts with funders. 
  • Support fundraising initiatives, including STEM Girls Change the World, and partner fundraising events, digital fundraising, and individual campaigns successfully with minimal supervision. 
  • Develop and prepare meeting decks, formal fundraising proposals, info sheets, and impact reports for funders, individual donors, and grant-making foundations. 
  • Proficient use of CRM systems to manage donors, fundraising activities, gift acknowledgment, grant prospecting, tracking, and reporting promptly. 
  • Collaborates and interacts regularly with the Program Team on awarded contributions to ensure compliance with award terms and impact requirements. 
  • Work with the Program Team to schedule and track volunteer activities
  • Collaborates with marketing on stakeholder communications strategies, including email and digital campaigns, and creates progress reports for internal and external use. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. 


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred 
  • 3 - 5 years of professional experience in communications, institutional operations, or nonprofit Development 
  • Proficiency in Salesforce is preferred
  • Biliterate (English/Spanish) is a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with budget management and forecasting
  • Willingness to “roll up their sleeves” to support the team in accomplishing goals 
  • Ability to travel and to take part in stakeholder meetings or programs, as needed 
  • A commitment to help girls grow, learn, and connect to STEM in the pursuit of gender parity in STEM careers 


  • 14 days of PTO, federal holiday closures, 3 personal days, and 6 sick days 
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan and 3% match (vested after 12-months)
  • 100% Paid Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible schedule  
  • Ability to work remotely 
  • Technology stipend 
  • Parental Leave 

Final offers of employment are contingent upon completing a background check that may include employment history, a national criminal background check, a national sex offender registry search, and a driving history check.

Project Scientist does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship, or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs.

Our goal is to maintain a company culture where each individual, regardless of background or identity, feels safe, respected, and valued as a leader or contributor to our organizational mission, vision, and purpose. We strive to be an example for other organizations seeking to create diverse, equitable, inclusive, and belonging working environments, systems, and processes.


$60,000 - $70,000 per year