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Annual Giving Officer

Company: Indianapolis Zoo
Date Posted: September 25, 2017

Are you looking to join a highly-regarded advancement team in Indianapolis? If you are a results-driven, polished professional possessing creativity, vision and enthusiasm, then we are looking for you to join our team as an Annual Giving Officer.


The Annual Giving Officer plans and implements an annual giving program encompassing both individual and corporate donors. Individual giving strategies are coordinated with the major donor society as well as the Zoo’s major and planned giving officers. Corporate giving strategies are coordinated with the corporate sponsorships specialist and special events manager. The successful candidate will demonstrate leadership in donor cultivation and stewardship, volunteer coordination, and successful solicitation strategies. The candidate will also serve as the liaison to the Zoo’s Indy Zoo Council of young professionals and emerging leaders.

During the last half-century, the Indianapolis Zoo developed into a global leader in animal conservation and one of the top tourist destinations in Indiana, welcoming more than one million visitors annually. As the largest zoo in the country that receives no direct tax funding, our fundraising team plays an integral role in our organization’s success. These talented and dedicated professionals support the Zoo’s efforts to save wild things and wild places around the world and close to home.

Requirements include:

  • At least five years of professional work experience in fundraising;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, organizational and writing skills;
  • Good working knowledge of donor databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge, and word processing;
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. A degree in a related field (fundraising, business, communications, marketing, and public relations) is preferred. At least three professional references (not relatives) are required.

The Zoo offers a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b; Paid Time Off; paid holidays) after 90 days of employment. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Please include compensation requirement in your attached cover letter or enter it on the online application.

Application deadline is October 4, 2017. Candidates must apply online. A cover letter and résumé may be attached to the online application. In the “Position Desired” section of the application, please put “Annual Giving Officer.” Apply at:

To help ensure receipt of your online application, we recommend applicants use a computer running Windows XP or higher, with at least Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, or Safari.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment training, drug testing, criminal history checks and a BMV check.

The Indianapolis Zoo is a drug-free/smoke-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.