Development & Special projects Coordinator

Organization: Virginia Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Job or Internship: Job


The Development & Special Projects Coordinator is an entry level position that assists in planning, organizing, and coordinating of opportunities for fund solicitation to help ensure a strong base of ongoing financial support for the Virginia Zoo. This position is entrusted with the responsibility for the recognition and stewardship of individual, corporate, foundation and major donors.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.


• Works in tandem with the Zoo’s Executive Director and Zoological Society Board and Committees to establish direction for fund raising and support.

• Assists with the creation of budgets associated with development/fundraising programs.

• Coordinates and plans key strategies for major gifts activities, including donor recognition and stewardship programs.

• Plans and implements sponsorship programs.

• Identify and research new individual, corporate, foundation and other giving opportunities.

• Works with Zoo’s Executive Director to initiate, follow through and maintain the cultivation of board members.

• Maintains donor and contributor lists, accounts, communication and recognition.

• Works with the Executive Director and applicable committee chairs to identify, cultivate and solicit major donors for both annual operating programs and special fundraising campaigns.

• Works closely with the Zoo’s Executive Director to review development program plans to set attainable and measurable goals for the organization.

• Works closely with the Zoo’s Executive Director to research grant opportunities and writes grants for Zoo special

• Assists in the research and forecast for both short-term and long-term capital needs.

• Ensure accuracy of all donor information. Continually updates and adds information to donor database records as information becomes available.

• Works with the Zoo Marketing Manager and Executive Director to ensure that communications and materials are consistent with key messaging and products.

• Interacts with staff, board members, and the general public in order to accomplish the zoo’s development goals.

• Assists with special projects and helps other zoo employees as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience.

• Bachelor’s degree required

• Sponsorship and donor solicitation experience preferred

• Proficient in Microsoft Office

• Raiser’s Edge and grant writing experience preferred

• Excellent customer service skills required


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

• Quick leaner with regards to positions essential functions and responsibilities.

• High energy and enthusiasm for completion of task.

• Outstanding writing, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills essential.

• Willingness to learn sponsorship and donor solicitation.

• Possess excellent project and program management skills.

• Has the ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the public.

• Ability to think logically in order to troubleshoot, analyzes situations, and makes sound business decisions.

• Ability to make independent decisions.

• Ability to serve in every respect and at all times as a goodwill ambassador for the Virginia Zoological Society and the Virginia Zoo in contacts with Zoo visitors and the general public.

• Ability to maintain effective time-management skills.

• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

SALARY: $26,000 - $30,000

TO APPLY: Email your resume, including three references, to