Careers in the Plant Sciences

Director of Development

Botanica - Wichita, Kansas, United States

Position Title: Director of Development
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2024
Institution: Botanica
Department/Division: Development
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Wichita, Kansas, United States
General Information: ABOUT

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens is a botanical garden located in the Riverside neighborhood of Wichita, KS. Botanica opened in 1987 and hosts thousands of guests each year who visit for regular garden displays and major events including the annual tulip display and holiday lights. The gardens total 20 developed acres with more land to expand in the future. As a non-for-profit organization, Botanica depends on support from donors, sponsors, and volunteers with whom employees and the public interact frequently.

This is an exempt, salaried, and full-time position. Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid holidays, and accrual-based paid time off. This position is expected to attend all major events, which often include evenings and weekends.


This position is responsible for developing and executing the organization’s comprehensive fundraising efforts and fostering a sustainable culture of philanthropy. The position leads all fundraising activities including donor identification and cultivation, annual fund development, grant writing, sponsorship, online giving, fundraising events, major gift solicitation, capital campaign execution, and planned giving program. It also oversees the organization’s membership and volunteer programs, both considered early donor cultivation opportunities. This position reports to the Executive Director, is part of the senior leadership team, and must demonstrate a high degree of professionalism, leadership, collaboration, stewardship, sound judgment, and discretion. Major assignments are received from the Executive Director; however, the position is expected to act proactively and collaboratively with staff of all departments.
Qualifications/Requirements: REQUIREMENTS OF WORK

Ability to use a computer to access, interpret, and record information
Proficiency in the use of applicable donor/membership database software (CRM system)
Ability to effectively plan, organize and provide instructions for the work of others
Ability to authentically engage and inspire others
Knowledge of and fundamental adherence to the principles, ethics, and best practices of fundraising
Ability to document and maintain detailed prospect and donor records and prepare reports
Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, representatives of other organizations, and the public
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to work extended and/or irregular hours including nights, weekends and holidays, as needed
Ability to work outdoors when inclement weather conditions exist
Ability to safely operate a golf cart
Ability to tolerate airborne nuisances associated with open grounds and windy conditions
Ability to acquire and maintain a valid Kansas Driver's License
Ability to work without posing a threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace


A minimum of 3 years of experience working in a comparative position working in development and with a proven track record of success in major gifts and grants. An equivalent combination of education, experience and training may be considered.
Graduation from a 4-year college with a bachelor's degree in non-profit management administration, education, business or other related field
Proven track record of excellent organizational and communication skills
Knowledge of fundraising best practices, ethical standards, and regulatory requirements
Familiarity with donor management software, CRM systems and online fundraising platforms
Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need of sponsorship


Graduate degree from an accredited institution
Experience working on capital campaigns
Previous experience in a museum, zoo, attraction, or arts related not-for-profit is a plus.

Develops and implements a comprehensive fundraising program aligned with the organization’s mission and goals, including strategies for growth across all areas of fundraising
Sets and achieves annual fundraising goals based on the organization’s annual operating budget and capital project plans
Participates in annual budget development process
Develops and implements plans and materials such as case statements and sponsorship packages to obtain support for exhibits, special events, programs, and educational and nature related activities
Cultivates and stewards relationships with philanthropic partners, patrons, sponsors, and donors; maintains knowledge of prospect and grant-maker interests
Identifies and cultivates individual, corporate, and foundation prospects
Researches and pursues grant opportunities from government agencies, foundations, and other grant-making organizations
Plans, executes, attends, and evaluates fundraising events
Develops sponsorship opportunities, identifies prospects, and presents proposals
Makes presentations to civic groups, professional organizations, and others
Documents and details contacts with prospects, donors, and sponsors in development software
Oversees development and execution of strategic plans for membership and volunteer programs
Supervises Membership and Volunteer Coordinators
Prepares relevant progress reports and maintains detailed financial documentation
Works collaboratively with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees on Capital Campaigns
Maintains active membership in Downtown Rotary Club and the local chapter of NSFRE
Attends all major events
These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive.
Other related duties may be assigned as needed.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): We encourage you to email your current resume to for employment consideration. We respectfully request no phone calls.
Compensation Range: $70,000-$90,000
Contact Name: Dr. Lynette Zimmerman,