Development Associate

Job Posting

The mission of the Houston Botanic Garden is to enrich life through discovery, education, and conservation of plants and the natural environment. HBG will open an oasis in the City of Houston in 2020 on a beautiful 120-acre site on Sims Bayou leased from the City and valued at approximately $50 million. HBG is building an organization and a staff to inspire people to love plants and be good stewards of the natural world. HBG has launched the Grow Houston’s Garden campaign to raise an additional $30 million to construct Phase 1 of the master plan to create a world premier botanic garden.

The Houston Botanic Garden is seeking a Development Associate who will report to the Interim Executive Director and will assist with and be responsible for a variety of development functions. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, detail-oriented, responsible individual who exercises good judgment, is able to effectively juggle multiple tasks, and desires to work in a dynamic organization in a stage of growth.

 Main Job Responsibilities:

  • - Coordinate fundraising special events from start to finish, including follow up, together with Development Committee and volunteers
  • - Cultivate and steward prospective and current donors and supporters
  • - Participate in grant seeking, including research, proposal writing and preparation, and reporting requirements
  • - Develop and implement a strategy for annual giving, including mailings and fundraising drives
  • - Support IED and campaign consultants on capital campaign
  • - Work with the IED to implement other strategic fundraising initiatives which may include social media, membership, planned giving, etc.
  • - Staff Development Committee meetings by creating agendas, meeting packets, and taking and producing minutes
  • - Oversee and maintain fundraising database and tracking system
  • - Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities
  • - Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence
  • - Maintain foundation, corporation, and individual donor files (electronic and hard copies)
  • - Produce fundraising reports as needed
  • - Some evening and weekend work required

 Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

  • - Bachelor’s degree in related field from an accredited college or university
  • - Minimum of 3-5 years demonstrated successful experience in fundraising
  • - Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and problem-solving skills
  • - Proficiency with donor database software, Microsoft Word (including mail merges), Excel, and PowerPoint
  • - Ability and willingness to travel locally as needed; valid Texas driver’s license and requisite auto insurance
  • - Position subject to passing a criminal background check

 Ideal Candidates will also possess:

  • - Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • - High level of attention to detail, accuracy, and thoroughness
  • - Strong ability to identify and understand others’ emotions and motivations
  • - Demonstrated commitment to making clear decisions and exercise discretion in the best interest of the organization
  • - Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others
  • - High level of personal and professional integrity, responsibility, and trustworthiness
  • - Ability to maintain composure, be flexible, and thrive in a dynamic environment
  • - Resourcefulness and creativity in problem solving
  • - Organizational style suited to setting and meeting deadlines
  • - A positive, can-do attitude and willingness to "roll-up sleeves"

Benefits: Health insurance and retirement savings match available.

Application Procedure: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to  We will contact those candidates who most closely match our requirements.  Thank you for your interest.