Chief Development Officer

Organization: Detroit Zoological Society (AZA Member)
Location: Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Long considered one of the region’s most valued assets, the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo (BINZ). For more than 80 years the DZS has served the greater Detroit region in both well-known and quiet ways. Located on 125 acres, the Society’s commitment to the animals in its care, wildlife conservation, humane ethics, the environment, the southeast Michigan community, its members and visitors is part of a strong tradition.

Reporting to the Executive Director/CEO, the Chief Development Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of all aspects of the Society’s financial development programs. This includes launching and successfully leading the institution through a major public capital campaign. The incumbent is a key member of the Executive Leadership Team.

We seek an experienced fundraising professional who can demonstrate knowledge and experience working in high level, complex non-profit organizations. The qualified candidate will possess broad and general knowledge of all aspects of financial development including major and planned giving programs. This person will have a proven ability to personally engage and direct staff in direct donor solicitation and cultivation as well. Experience in leading groups of volunteers in a capital campaign is required.

The position requires at minimum a bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree is highly desirable. A development career arc in cultural facilities or public attractions such as zoological parks, arboreta, natural history museums, botanic gardens, science centers, children’s museums or similar institutions would be ideal.

Applications for the position are being received exclusively by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. Please send a letter of introduction and a current resume to For more information about the Detroit Zoological Society, please visit their website at