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Manager of Direct Response Giving


The Planetary Society Seeks Manager of Direct Response Giving

Are you an energetic fundraising professional with a passion for space, the desire to create grow a program, and to make your mark on a dynamic, evolving organization?

Like the universe itself, The Planetary Society is in expansion mode. We are growing our space science and exploration programs to new levels of excellence and achievement, and growing our support base to ensure that we are sustainable. We are creating an amazing team, and we plan nothing less than to change the world!

Do you have skills in telling captivating stories? Are you able to read the “stories” embedded in donor data? Are you adept with digital fundraising tools? Are you driven to help donors achieve their philanthropic goals by connecting them to a compelling mission and exciting programs? Have you created a record of successful work that causes you to swell with pride?

Our team needs someone like you; we need someone to help us break new ground in our quest to provide the resources vital to our continued growth and impact.

This is a full-time position in our headquarters situated in the world capital of planetary science and exploration: Pasadena, California. Please read our full position description and follow the directions to apply. We can’t wait to find out more about you!

The Position

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer and working jointly with the Development and the Marketing and Communications teams, the Manager of Direct Response - an exempt position - is responsible for providing effective project management for The Planetary Society’s direct appeals and crowdfunding programs; managing membership renewal, reinstatement and upgrade programs; supporting the continuing development, integrity, and integration of fundraising databases; preparing management reports on key indicators tied to appeals and membership programs; and preparing revenue and expense projections for direct response programs for the annual budget.  

The position has a direct line of reporting to the Chief Development Officer. 

Appeals – 40%

Work closely with the Chief Development Officer and other staff in the Development and Membership Department and the Communications Department to develop direct appeal and crowdfunding campaigns that support Society-wide initiatives.  

Membership – 25%

Work closely with the Chief Development Officer and other staff in the Development and Membership Department and the Marketing and Communication Department to manage membership acquisition, renewals and reinstatements, and upgrades to support the Society’s mission, to maximize income, and to reach a goal of 75,000 members by the end of the 2024 fiscal year.

Analytics: Budget & Key Indicators – 15%

Work with the Chief Development Officer, Development Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and other staff in the Development and Membership Department to apply analytics to data related to the Society’s fundraising activities. 

Other Duties – 5%



The Planetary Society is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity at all levels of our work. Job applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with application reviews commencing immediately.  Your submission should include a resume, cover letter and a list of references. Please email your submission to

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