Employment & Internships

Development Officer

Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team, managing fulfilling projects while working in a beautiful setting? Ganna Walska Lotusland, a non-profit, botanical garden in Montecito, California, seeks qualified candidates for Development Officer (D.O.) to join our team and help us strengthen community support to preserve this unique and historic garden.

Reporting to the Director of Development and working closely with the Membership Department and the Executive Director, the D.O. is responsible for cultivating new and current upper level members, keep them engaged and participating in Lotusland’s various programs, to encourage them to become more emotionally and financially committed to Lotusland. The D.O. will help recruit and cultivate new donors, and liaise with the Board of Trustees to inspire and guide their fundraising efforts.

The D.O. will be expected to give tours of the gardens, plan and implement special experiences for donors and prospects, attend Lotusland functions, and make face-to-face asks to secure general operating and program support, event sponsorships, and capital project support. Administrative duties include generating solicitation and acknowledgement letters, conducting research and prospect analysis, maintaining donor records, and serving on related organization committees and the Management team.

Successful candidate must be a highly-motivated self-starter with: superior ability to represent Lotusland in a proactive and professional manner; exceptional interpersonal skills; excellent written and oral communication skills with a demonstrated ability to present clearly, accurately and persuasively; exceptional organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and manage deadlines; ability to execute all tasks with an attention to detail and a high level of accuracy and follow through; the ability to maintain poise under pressure and strictly maintain confidentiality. Candidate will be expected to work evenings and weekends as needed, and must have access to a car as needed.

Education/Experience Requirements:

BA or equivalent level of education, and 5 years’ experience in a fast-paced, deadline oriented development department with a history of increasing responsibility. CFRE credential is preferred. Proven expertise in planning and executing prospecting, donor acquisition, cultivation and stewardship, and experience and comfort in making donation solicitations. Proficiency in using a wide range of MS Office Suite, (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and DonorPerfect software application.


FULL TIME – Salary commensurate with skills; benefits included.

Ganna Walska Lotusland is an equal opportunity employer.


Send resume with cover letter and 3 references to:

Anne Dewey, Director of Development


Ganna Walska Lotusland
695 Ashley Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108