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Chief Philanthropy Officer, Lowell Observatory

Position: Chief Philanthropy Officer
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Reporting Relationship: Chief Operating Officer

Lowell Observatory is currently seeking a Chief Philanthropy Officer to inspire and expand upon the growing circle of individuals, foundations, and corporations who support Lowell Observatory. This is a truly a unique opportunity for someone who is excited about science and who can leverage that excitement into growth potential for a very special organization.The person who fills this position will be a member of the Lowell Executive Leadership Team, working closely with other Observatory directors and chief officers, the Observatory Executive Director, the Chief Operating Officer, Sole Trustee, Advisory Board and Foundation Board members. The scientific work of the institution is funded jointly by the Percival Lowell Trust, the Lowell Observatory Foundation, grants and other revenue.


Lowell Observatory’s staff and volunteers are deeply dedicated to furthering the understanding of the Universe and communicating this to the public. The CPO has the opportunity to make a lasting impact, as part of this committed and collegial team, by enhancing the long-term financial security of the Observatory.


The philanthropy team at Lowell is nearing the completion of a very successful comprehensive $90 million multi-year campaign to enhance the Observatory and to complete the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Astronomy Discovery Center to open Fall 2024.


The new CPO will be an integral part of an incredible organization, with a successful history, and infinite future potential. The CPO will continue to enhance a working trajectory with thoughtful relationship management and enthusiastic team leadership. This role will also have a close relationship with all advisory board members, the Lowell Observatory Foundation, astronomers, and the community at large.


The CPO is based at Lowell’s main campus atop Mars Hill overlooking Flagstaff, AZ. Frequent donor visits will take this fundraising leader throughout the state of Arizona and across the United States.