The Development Director will report to the Executive Director and work closely with senior staff and board officers to develop a strategic, comprehensive development plan with a minimum annual fundraising goal of $2.5 million.

The Development Director is a senior staff member responsible for the design and successful execution of fundraising strategies including: the solicitation of new major individual donors, oversight of annual fund and corporate giving programs, identification and acquisition of grant funding, donor event organization and shared oversight of communication efforts.

Additionally, the Development Director will create, inspire and maintain donor loyalty, interest and enthusiasm through communication and through activities designed to express recognition, appreciation and the impact of donor gifts.  

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field of discipline; a minimum of five years of progressively responsible fundraising/sales experience with a demonstrable record of achievement; knowledge of and connections to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex philanthropic community; diplomacy when navigating across geographies, departments, and organizational levels; strong leadership, interpersonal and relationship building skills to motivate, mentor and retain talented staff; and experience with donor database and fundraising software. 

Compensation for this position is commensurate with relevant professional experience, skills and education.

The Fort Worth Zoo offers a highly competitive, comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), basic life AD&D, supplemental life AD&D, short- and long-term disability, 401k Retirement Savings Plan with discretionary match and generous Paid Time Off (PTO).

The Fort Worth Zoo is dedicated to providing a safe and secure work environment for our employees and guests. To assist in achieving that goal, candidates offered employment will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation and drug test.

The Fort Worth Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment with respect to age, gender, ethnicity, race, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

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