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Part-time Director of Planning and Development, Dudley Observatory

We seek a part-time Director of Planning and Development to assist the Board and Executive Director of the non-profit Dudley Observatory to increase the operating budget through marketing, fund-raising, and creating successful financial models for our programs. In the longer term, he or she will facilitate moving the Observatory to a more visible location and writing a Strategic Plan. 

The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, and experience with non-profit fundraising and media relations.  A four year degree or equivalent relevant experience is required. 

The position is offered part-time with the potential of full-time. Hours are negotiable. Paid time off is offered (vacation, sick, personal, and holidays), but no additional benefits are available at this time. Salary is up to $25K per year commensurate with experience.
A more comprehensive job description can be found below.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:  info@dudleyobservatory.org
Dudley Observatory

Applications received by 10/23 will receive full consideration;
applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Job Title: Director of Planning and Development
FLSA Status:  Exempt

Summary:  The Director of Planning and Development will be hired by the Board in consultation with the Executive Director, and the subsequent performance of this person will be assessed by the Board in consultation with the Executive Director.  The Board will set the priorities for Director of Planning and Development.  The Director of Planning and Development will prepare reports for the Board as directed by the Board.  The Director of Planning and Development will report to the Executive Director on a day to day basis.
Assists the Board and the Executive Director to grow the Dudley Observatory by performing the following duties.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned. 

  1. Develop and maintain financial models and metrics of success for each of our programs, fundraisers, and for the gift shop.

  2. Plan and carry out fund raising efforts to increase the operations budget and endowment of the Observatory.

  3. Raise awareness of the Dudley Observatory locally and nationally through marketing and public relations activities.

  4. Manage and increase membership.

  5. Nurture fundraising by recruiting and coordinating volunteers for activities of the Dudley Observatory.

  6. Provide support to the Board and Executive Director that will help move the Observatory to a more visible location.

  7. Prepare documents and materials for a Strategic Plan.

  8. Report on accomplishments at the Board of Trustees meetings as requested by the President of the Board.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university; or four to six years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Ability:
An ease of verbal communication, both in person and on the telephone.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to create successful marketing materials.  Ability to listen to the ideas of the board members and the Executive Director, and from those ideas, write a lucid strategic plan.


The Dudley Observatory, chartered by the State of New York in 1852, is the oldest independent organization in the United States supporting research and education in astronomy and the history of astronomy. Our library contains one of the world's finest collections of historically significant astronomical texts, including rare books of Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler.  The Dudley Observatory Archives is a fascinating collection of historical records pertaining to both astronomy and Albany.

The Dudley Observatory was founded through the generosity of those who saw our Capital Region as an economic and intellectual center, the "Tech Valley" of its day.  In the last 150 years, the Dudley Observatory has periodically changed the focus of its work to reflect the needs of the community.

During the 20th century, Dudley Observatory astronomers achieved world class status with their accurate determination of the positions and motions of more than 30,000 stars. These observations form the sole example in the history of astronomy of the precise position and proper motion determination of all stars visible to the unaided eye with a single high precision telescope.

The current focus of the Dudley Observatory is on using astronomy to promote science education, with an emphasis on education, recruitment and early career development in science and technology.  We have enjoyed a great deal of success with projects that fire the imaginations of the young, nurture them through the early stages of career development, and instill a life-long appreciation and enjoyment of science.