Job Opportunity – Development and AR Specialist

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Development and AR Specialist

Title:   Development & AR Specialist
Division:   Development
Classification:   Hourly, full-time, non-exempt
Directly supported by:   Director of Philanthropy, Accounting Manager
Directly supports:   N/A
Salary Range:   $20/hour + depending on experience

About us

Since opening in 1982, HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, cultures, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious, and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

About this job and what you’ll do

The Development & AR Specialist is a member of the museum’s fundraising team, providing administrative support to the other team members, while performing database entry and management.  Daily tasks include receiving museum donations by entering gift information in the museum’s donor database and accounting software.  You are also responsible for the accounts receivable process and will record other deposits, including receipts from admissions, café, store, and other departments.  In addition to these daily tasks, you’ll support the development department with project tasks such as preparing a donor solicitation mailing, entering auction item information in fundraising event software, or sending pledge reminders for a capital campaign.

About who you are

The Development and AR Specialist has a keen eye for detail and thrives in a process-based environment. You enjoy keeping a database clean and preach, “garbage in, garbage out”.  In addition to database acumen, you have worked with accounting software or have cash handling experience.  You appreciate working as a member of a team and have found success supporting multiple team members with various administrative functions.  Either by way of your educational background or your work experience, you have strong communication skills combined with a proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet solutions.

Want to learn more?

For a detailed job description listing the essential functions of this position and the education, experience, and skills requirements, click here.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. In the job description we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

Want to apply?

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The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.