Development Director

Location: Anchorage, AK
The Alaska zoo is currently seeking a Full Time Development Director. The Development Director will help lead and direct the staff and board to raise funds for sponsoring zoo events and to establish a comprehensive fundraising plan for operating funds, with a goal of $1 million per year. This position will work closely with the Executive Director, the Public relations firm, and Board to develop long-term development, communications & marketing strategies and implement the long-term development plan.
Other Job Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
  • Create and maintain the infrastructure of the Development Department
  • Oversee event planning and implementation
  • Develop relationships with key donors, foundations and funding agencies
  • Oversee the grant writing process to include writing grants as needed or assigned, and donor cultivation
    • Apply for and manage memberships with programs such as Pick. Click. Give., CFC, Mayor’s Charity Ball
  • Apply innovative techniques to continually increase funding for current and new programs
  • Provide Executive Director and Board with timely and frequent campaign reports and analyses
  • Develop and launch community campaign strategies
  • Work closely with the Office Manager and staff to maintain donor database
  • Keep informed on the current state of the Alaska Zoo and upcoming projects and events
  • Create and maintain budgets for each function/event that has a fundraising goal
  • Develop and implement strategy to build and increase the endowment fund for the Zoo
    • Maintain and manage social media presence and public relations with Facebook, Instagram, and Trip Adviser.
    • Media liaison.  Escort media while on Zoo grounds.  Be comfortable talking with media on and off camera.  Schedule media interviews with Executive Director, Keepers, Education Dept., Veterinarians, etc.
Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • 5 years of experience in development, marketing and/or communications
  • Experience in conceiving a comprehensive fundraising plan that includes membership and other annual giving, events, and endowments preferred
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Not-for-profit experience preferred
  • Experience managing capital campaigns preferred
The salary for this position depends on experience. The Alaska Zoo offers a benefits package that is available after 90 days employment.
To submit your application for the Development Director position: Download, print and complete the Alaska Zoo Job Application. This must be submitted with your resume and cover letter. Your application, resume and cover letter may also be dropped off at the Alaska Zoo Admissions Building during open zoo hours.
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