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Lincoln Park Zoo - Development Officer

  • 05/16/2019 2:49 PM
    Message # 7345481
    Sarah Rutledge (Administrator)

    JOB TITLE:

    Development Officer

    FLSA STATUS:

    Exempt

    DEPARTMENT:

    Development

    JOB CODE:

     

    REPORTS TO:

    Senior Director, Principal Gifts

     

     

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    The Development Officer is a member of the Principal Gifts team, which includes, major and planned giving and foundation relations. This position reports to the Senior Director, Principal Gifts, and is responsible for managing the zoo’s annual, major and planned giving programs through active qualification and cultivation of current donors and prospects. These prospects have potential to contribute significant current and deferred gifts to Lincoln Park Zoo.

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

    ·         Responsible for meeting an annual fundraising goal dependent upon Development Department plans and zoo budgetary and programmatic priorities to meet operating, capital, endowment, programmatic and planned giving goals

    ·         Actively manage a portfolio of Heritage Society members, and major and planned giving prospects with the goal to solicit deferred and outright gifts

    ·         Proactively manage major and planned Gift stewardship plans. Create and implement effective and novel strategies to engage and recognize zoo donors.

    ·         Conceive and oversee two to three major and planned giving cultivation/stewardship events each year including zoo tours

    ·         Oversee and implement the planned giving marketing program

    ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    ·         Participate in the cultivation and solicitation of zoo donors and prospects through regular phone calls and outreach, invitations to tours, events, and other zoo-related activities

    ·         Collaborate with Development Services, Donor Relations, Annual Giving, Accounting and Communications

    ·         Assist with additional major and planned giving and general development duties as assigned

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

    ·         Comprehensive knowledge of the zoo’s mission and philosophy; understanding of and passion for wildlife and the natural world

    ·         Strong knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic community

    ·         Working knowledge of integrated office software systems, Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge preferred

    ·         Very well-developed interpersonal skills.  Ability to get along with diverse groups.  Tactful, mature, intuitive and sensitive to nuance in human relations

    ·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with donors

    ·         Strong writing skills and ability to express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form; ability to absorb and synthesize complex material

    EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

    Bachelor’s degree required

    EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    Successful candidate likely to have 5+ years’ experience in a development office with increasing levels of responsibility and success

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

    ·         Ability to traverse zoo grounds to escort donors and coordinate meetings

    ·         Ability to meet donors at locations throughout the greater Chicago area

    ·         Ability to remain on feet for long periods

    ·         Ability to work in open office environment

    ·         Ability to work at computer for long periods

    ·         Ability to publicly address audiences of varying sizes

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

    Ability to work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to the demands of the role and tasks

    Rev. 05/19

     



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