IAU International Fundraiser

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Leiden Observatory / Leiden University
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Niels Bohrweg 2
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Job Announcement Text: 

Leiden Observatory invites applicants for the position of

IAU International Fundraiser

Project description
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the world-wide organization of professional astronomers. The mission of the IAU is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects (including research, communication, education and development) through international cooperation. The IAU has more than 13500 members from 82 member countries. The current IAU President (2018 -2021) is Professor Ewine van Dishoeck at Leiden Observatory, the astronomy institute of Leiden University, the Netherlands. The IAU Administrative headquarters are located in Paris, France. See www.iau.org for more information about the IAU.

A key component of the IAU’s activities is the use of astronomy for development and capacity building. To this end, the IAU has created the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), a joint venture with the South African National Research Foundation; Through the OAD and its regional nodes across the world, astronomy is used to impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). See astro4dev.org for more information on the IAU-OAD. Leiden hosts the European Regional OAD.

We seek an IAU International Fundraiser to lead the implementation of the IAU's fundraising efforts worldwide, especially for the OAD. The Fundraiser will be working closely with the IAU President Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck, with the OAD Director Kevin Govender, and with the Astronomy & Society group of Leiden Observatory led by Dr. Pedro Russo.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies for the IAU, in particular for the OAD;
  • Develop a strong fundraising message that appeals to potential donors;
  • Prepare relevant fundraising material such as brochures, presentations, websites;
  • Research prospective donors;
  • Identify and contact potential donors;
  • Organize campaigns or events that will lead to soliciting donations;
  • Maintain records of donor information for future use;
  • Evaluate the success of previous fundraising events;
  • Provide training sessions in fundraising procedures and practices for relevant IAU stakeholders;
  • Identify relevant funding calls and develop respective grant proposals.

Selection criteria

  • A university degree in science communication, astronomy or any other relevant field;
  • Proven experience with fundraising;
  • Experience with writing and coordinating grant proposals;
  • Proven skills in written, visual and verbal communications;
  • Knowledgeable in principles and models of public engagement with science;
  • Knowledgeable in science for development and/or science diplomacy;
  • Experience in working with diverse international communities;
  • Fluency in English and preferably an excellent knowledge of at least one additional language;
  • Proven skills with project management;
  • A passion for astronomy;
  • Experience in crowdfunding campaigns would be an advantage;
  • Significant travel is expected as part of the fundraising activities.
  • The positon is only open to candidates already eligible to work in the European Union (EU citizens or candidate holders of a EU working visa).


Terms and conditions
We offer a 1.5 year term position, from 1st March 2020 (flexible starting date) to 1st September 2021. Salary range from €2,709.- to €4,274.- gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Please contact Dr. Pedro Russo email: russo@strw.leidenuniv.nl for enquiries and/or questions about the position.

Applications should consist of a CV with a cover letter explaining your motivation and relevant background for the position. Please list one name that can serve as reference. All material should be submitted on the website: https://jobs.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2020/IAU/.

Review of applications will start on 14 January. 

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, February 17, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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