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Director of Development

Mars University — Los Angeles, CA (Remote)

Volunteer-based (initially)
Up to $15,000 per summer/fall (Part time)

Mars University (MarsU) is an early stage academic and research institution that is offering higher education services. Our mission to unite students, researchers, and professionals in a multidisciplinary curriculum, to settle humans on planet Mars. MarsU plans to design and administer our first annual Mars summer program at a host site or university to begin in mid-June 2021.


The Director of Development is responsible for overseeing fundraising strategy and to help drive financial sustainability.  As the acting grant manager and primary POC for grant making foundations, the Director empower professors, faculty, and researchers to help fund Mars-education and research oriented activities to achieve the mission.

Benefits: grant-based(initially), flexible, remote work, part time, bonus option


  • Create, manage, and implement first annual fundraising strategy

  • Engage in conversations with potential corporate sponsors, individual donors, grant officers, etc.

  • Identify and actively apply to recommended and new grant opportunities

  • Co-lead proposal development, implement pre-proposal submission schedule

  • Help support budgetary activities as liaison with faculty, Co-PI’s, PI’s

  • Conduct research, inspire and advance grant funding opportunities

  • Maintain database for lapsed and current prospective foundations

  • Provide a detailed monthly briefing, presentation, and updates to Founding team

  • Support and improve underdeveloped areas of Mars University


  • Bachelor's degree in communication, English, business, or a relevant field

  • Proven experience winning grants related to education, academia, nonprofits, research, engineering, space, etc.

  • Excellent grant writing, grammar, proposal development, and leadership skills

  • Knowledgeable about education grants, academia structure, nonprofits, Mars

We are looking to recruit someone for this position within one to two months. We invite you to apply to join our Founding team and community of leaders, professors, and researchers pioneering the academic development of Mars. 

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