Organization: American Nuclear Society

Location: La Grange Park, IL

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About American Nuclear Society:

Established in 1954, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) is a professional organization devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its nearly 11,000 members, from over 40 countries, come from diverse technical backgrounds covering the full range of engineering disciplines as well as the physical and biological sciences. The organization is advancing the application of nuclear technologies to improve the lives of the world community through national and international enterprise within government, academia, research laboratories and private industry.

The Vision, Mission and Purpose of ANS:

Vision: ANS will be the recognized, credible advocate for advancing and promoting nuclear science and technology.

Mission: ANS provides its members with opportunities for professional development. It also serves the nuclear community by creating a forum for sharing information and advancements in technology, and by engaging the public and policymakers through communication outreach.

Purpose: The core purpose of ANS is to promote awareness and understanding with regard to the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology.

A primary objective of the organization is to promote the advancement of engineering and science relating to the atomic nucleus. Other purposes are to integrate the many nuclear science and technology disciplines, encourage research, establish scholarships, disseminate information through publications and journals, inform the public about nuclear-related activities, hold meetings devoted to scientific and technical papers, and cooperate with government agencies, educational institutions, and other organizations having similar purposes.

The organization fulfills a very valuable role as an independent and highly influential voice for nuclear technologies. A valued member shared, “ANS has a fantastic concentration of expertise within the nuclear sciences. They have great credibility throughout the industry, with the media, and with policy makers.”

Making ANS succeed is a Board of Directors, 20 standing committees, 19 professional divisions, one technical group and two working groups, 32 local sections, 63 student sections, and 50 professional staff members.

The Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information (the Center) is ANS’s primary public information and public policy arm, created to foster interest in and to increase understanding about nuclear science and technology. Funded by individuals and corporations both inside the organization and outside, the Center provides credible, trustworthy information for those seeking to better understand how nuclear science and technology impact the quality of their lives.

The Center serves an important role in advancing STEM Education, providing thousands of teachers and students with workshops, and offering materials that support classroom lessons, science fairs and other activities that help the next generation learn of the power of the atom. The Center works with educators, policy makers, the media, and the public to help ensure that a reliable, independent source of factual information about nuclear science and technology is maintained and available to all. The Center also harnesses the collective knowledge and passion of ANS’s members for the advancement of nuclear science and technology.

ANS is national and international in its scope, headquartered in La Grange Park, Illinois, just over 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. For more information, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Development Director is the leader for all fundraising strategies and initiatives for ANS’s Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information (the Center). The Director will be the initial member of the organization’s development department. S/he will partner closely with the senior leadership team to create and spearhead a robust fundraising strategy, ensuring strong alignment with the strategic vision.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director is responsible for planning and managing a major gifts and annual fundraising program for the Center. S/he will enhance the Center’s overall approach to advancement – one that creates a true culture of philanthropy throughout the organization, improves and develops sustained success in contributed revenue and ultimately helps fulfill ANS’s and the Center’s mission and purpose, and achieves its vision.

The Development Director position represents an outstanding opportunity to harness the philanthropic potential of an established member base, vested corporate partners, and interested foundations to create a robust annual funding program. S/he will build upon the success of the past, transitioning episodic support to regular giving.

The Development Director will join a dynamic and experienced association leadership team eager to share their skills, knowledge, time, and talent in the creation of a high-functioning fundraising function. The Development Director will supervise a part-time administrative staff member.

Key metrics for success include:

  • Achieving strong fundraising success for the Center by building a robust development program, including expanded engagement with individuals, corporations, and foundations;
  • Building a vibrant network of major gift donors who feel connected to and supportive of ANS’s mission and purpose as they pertain to the Center and are appreciated for their generosity;
  • Leading, coordinating and providing support for the fundraising activities of key ANS personnel, including a fundraising committee, Society officers, Center Director, Washington Office Director, and the Executive Director;
  • Designing and employing targeted outreach opportunities for ANS members-at-large, including member-to-member initiatives, direct mail campaigns, and planned giving opportunities; and
  • Developing a donor stewardship program that includes recognition for contributions and on-going communications regarding the Center’s activities.

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:

A Leader in Development

The Development Director will be a demonstrated leader in the field of development with a measurable track record of success. S/he will embrace ANS’s culture and will have the character and confidence to expand the Center’s development capacity. The Development Director will be an innovative and intelligent leader with a measureable track record of development success and a wide range of fundraising channels with particular focus on major gifts. With a creative and business mindset, and working collaboratively with the Executive Director and key ANS leaders, s/he will have the capacity to develop and execute the development strategy. The Development Director will have experience setting and implementing innovative fundraising strategies. S/he will serve as a catalyst and leader within the organization.

Relationship Building and Collaborating

The Development Director will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships at multiple levels with varied constituencies including ANS members and leadership. S/he will be a confident and articulate communicator with the ability to work fluidly across all levels. S/he will have a motivating approach to building collaboration and buy-in and generating support from stakeholders. S/he will be able to establish rapport and open communication with all constituents and successfully convey the Center’s purpose. Collaborating closely with the Executive Director, the Development Director will implement a comprehensive and multi-faceted donor communication and stewardship strategy ensuring donor satisfaction. S/he will have a strong working relationship with key leaders and will be a proactive communicator at all times.

Passion for the Mission

The Development Director will have a curious mindset and passion for the mission and purpose of ANS and the Center. Fundamentally, s/he be a builder with a genuine interest in nuclear science and technology. S/he will raise funds increasing the Center’s capabilities to provide additional programs and services. The Development Director will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


Marissa Martin and Turner Delano of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Marissa and Turner directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The American Nuclear Society is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit