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Major Gifts Officer

Company: Indianapolis Zoo
Date Posted: June 7, 2017

During the last half-century, the Indianapolis Zoo has developed into a global leader in animal conservation.  Locally, we are 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.  We create and implement strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors whose support is vital to our mission of advancing animal conservation around the world and close to home.

An experienced, results-oriented Major Gifts Officer is needed to participate as a key member of our highly-regarded advancement team.  The Major Gifts Officer role requires a polished, goal-oriented professional to manage a high volume of personal visits with individual contributors to garner support for annual and special project support, and actively participate in raising funds for an upcoming capital campaign.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Strong experience in fundraising and major gift development;
  • Solid background in working with prospect moves management;
  • Proven record of achievement in the solicitation of major gifts; including annual, capital and special project support;
  • Established ability to maintain effective working relationships with individual donors;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills;
  • Prefer Indianapolis residency of several years;
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required.  A degree in a related field (fundraising, business, communications, marketing, and public relations) is preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required. A degree in a related field (fundraising, business, communications, marketing, or public relations) is preferred.
  • At least five (5) 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 software;
  • Long term Indianapolis residency is strongly 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 June 30, 2017.  Candidates must apply online.  A cover letter and resume must be attached to the online application.  In the "Position Desired" section of the application, please put "Major Gifts 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.