Employment opportunities

The Museum is currently seeking qualified applicants for the positions below: 

Events Coordinator and Store Buyer

The Museum’s Events Coordinator and Store Buyer manages all aspects of the Museum’s store and events including birthday parties, facility rentals, member events, meetings, fundraising events, and exhibit openings. The Events Coordinator and Store Buyer should be customer-focused, comfortable speaking in public, and be passionate about building relationships with our Museum community.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working within set budgets, coordinate all aspects of events including scheduling and details such as invitations, publicity, food, and entertainment for fundraising events, member events, birthday parties, and facility rentals 
  • Develop outreach strategies to increase attendance at special events 
  • Build meaningful relationships in the community, including developing local hospitality and other business partners 
  • Manage and analyze data, analyzing and tracking trends to reach annual goals 
  • Work with Museum staff when scheduling events 
  • Work with special event and store volunteers 
  • Choose and purchase inventory, anticipating needs and budgetary constraints 
  • Display merchandise appropriately and creatively 
  • Conduct a semi-annual store inventory 

Knowledge and Experience

  • Prior experience managing events, preferably at a not-for-profit company 
  • Prior experience working with multiple stakeholders including clients, vendors, and the general public 
  • Prior success with managing event budgets and achieving goals 
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Marketing or a related field required 

Skills 

  • Ability to collaborate with teams and build positive relationships with staff, supporters, volunteers and consultants, and community partners 
  • Professional demeanor and ability to positively represent the Museum and our partners 
  • Must be great at relationship building and possess a customer focused attitude 
  • Ability to problem solve and focus under pressure 
  • Must have attention to detail and be highly organized 
  • Flexible, able to adapt to changing needs and priorities 
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of a variety of audiences 
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills required 
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends 

Other Characteristics 

  • Integrity and high ethical standards
  • Personal belief in the mission and vision of the Museum

Physical Conditions

Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for standing or sitting for extended periods. Moderate lifting is required. The position requires the need to lift items weighing up to 40 pounds. 

Email or mail cover letter and resume to: 

Jeanette Kihs, Executive Director
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
165 Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
kihs@pgmuseum.org


Director of Development

The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of the Museum of Natural History’s fundraising including major gifts, annual fund, membership, planned giving, and capital campaigns. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development is responsible for securing vital revenue streams allowing the Museum to accomplish its mission.

Responsibilities

The Director of Development’s key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • A deep understanding of and ability to articulate the Museum’s mission, values, and plans 
  • Help donors accomplish their philanthropic goals through a relationship with the Museum 
  • Grow a major gifts program, develop a portfolio of special gift prospects, and implement strategies for the solicitation cycle including identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors 
  • Make direct, personal solicitations 
  • Develop and implement a moves management system 
  • With Executive Director, develop specific goals for near and long-term fund development programs in individual giving, annual campaign, and foundation and government grants 
  • Coordinate and maintain an effective program for recognition, involvement, and stewardship of special gifts donors 
  • Develop strategies to expand the Museum’s 1883 Museum planned giving program 
  • Grow Museum membership 
  • Develop and implement regular fundraising reports to track progress 
  • Work collaboratively with communications team to write fundraising solicitations and acknowledgements 
  • Work collaboratively and creatively with Events Coordinator to ensure that fundraising events achieve goals 
  • Attend outside speaking engagements and Museum events, fostering a sense of pride and excitement for Museum initiatives

Knowledge and Experience

  • Proven experience and success in individual gift fundraising 
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising and moves management 
  • Working knowledge of trends and best practices in fundraising 
  • Ability to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle from initiating contacts with individual donors, to developing appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies, to managing stewardship efforts 
  • Basic understanding of the tax laws that impact charitable giving

Skills

  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of donors 
  • Understand and articulate the case for support 
  • Ability to analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic advancement plans 
  • Must be able to travel throughout Monterey County, as needed 
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends occasionally, as needed for special events 
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills required 

Other Characteristics

  • Integrity and high ethical standards 
  • Discretion, tact, and a commitment to excellence 
  • Personal belief in the mission and vision of the Museum 
  • Donor-centered approach to fundraising 
  • Optimism and a sense of humor 

Physical Conditions

Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for standing or sitting for extended periods, moderate lifting, and operating motorized vehicles. 

Email or mail cover letter and resume to: 

Jeanette Kihs, Executive Director
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
165 Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
kihs@pgmuseum.org