Job Opportunities

Position: Development Associate

Position Type: Non-Exempt, Part-time (20 hours per week – Must be in Charleston, SC)
Reporting: Lauren Rust, Executive Director
Location: Charleston, SC

The Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network (LMMN) is a non-profit based in Charleston, SC whose mission is to protect local marine mammals (dolphins and whales) through science, education and conservation. We do this through education outreach events, youth programming, dolphin monitoring and stranding response. LMMN is the permit holder for strandings of sick and injured marine mammals in South Carolina. Our staff works remotely when not at events, programs or in the field.



The Development Associate works closely with the Executive Director to help grow our philanthropy
program. LMMN is looking for an experienced and highly motivated person to engage our donors, identify sponsors, fundraise and plan and execute 1-2 fundraisers per year. The organization operates with 3 full time staff and an operating budget of $150,000.


  • Maintain donor database by entering donor and gift data, running donor and gift reports and pulling mailing lists

  • Coordinate all development mailings, including event invitations, an annual appeal and year-end gift reports

  • Manage all gift entry and processing, including acknowledgment letters and reconciling with financial reports

  • Organize 1-2 fundraising events/year working with FT staff to meet fundraising goals

  • Conduct research to identify corporate sponsorships. Prepares a corporate sponsorship packet and manages and fulfills all stated sponsorship benefits

  • Other administrative duties as assigned by the Executive Director



  • Minimum 2+ years development or sales experience

  • Special event planning experience

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet overlapping deadlines

  • A highly proactive attitude to ensure maximum efficiency

  • Experience with DonorDock or comparable donor management database

  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Google Documents

  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism and confidentiality

  • Some evening and weekend work is required

  • Must be located in Charleston, SC

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Any combination of education, training or experience which provides the required knowledge and skills to perform the job will be considered

  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred

  • Development experience working in a small non-profit

  • Knowledge and interest in marine conservation

  • Experience with mailings and mail merges

Physical Requirements:

  • Periods of sitting at a desk working on a computer

  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds

  • Must have a car for transportation

Position is 20 hours a week at $20.00 per hour. There are no benefits with this position. To apply, please email a cover letter stating your interest in the position and LMMN, resume and three references to: by October 15th, 2022.


LMMN provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.