Zoo Development Specialist

Organization: Little Rock Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Little Rock, AR, United States
Job or Internship: Job


To provide assistance to the Zoo Marketing & Development Coordinator with the planning and execution of an annual fundraising plan; to develop and cultivate relationships with Zoo donors and volunteers; to write grants and other proposals to raise funds; develops and writes the Zoo’s annual report.


Provides assistance to the Zoo Marketing & Development Coordinator in the planning and

implementation of the annual fundraising plan. Develops relationships with the business/corporate community and individual donors; solicits gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations in person, by telephone, and in writing. Writes grants to family foundations and other related organizations to solicit funds; researches and identifies potential sources of funding. Researches, compiles information, and develops solicitation lists of potential donors and corporate sponsors. Conducts donor research, identifies prospects, and explores new sources of

revenue for Zoo fundraising activities. Establishes and maintains a database, monitors and tracks results for solicitation of potential donors and event sponsors. Writes letters and other correspondence to current and potential donors and corporate sponsors. Coordinates fundraisers, receptions, and other special events to cultivate and grow donors and corporate sponsors. Develops narrative and statistical reports in coordination with the Zoo Marketing & Development Coordinator for fundraising activities and submits information for review to the

Arkansas Zoological Foundation Board of Directors, Zoo Board of Governors, and City Manager. Recruits, trains, assigns and oversees assignments of volunteers for fundraising events. Provides

assistance to Marketing & Development staff with special events. Types various correspondence,

reports and special materials utilizing desktop publishing, spreadsheet and word processing software. Serves as editor for the Zoo’s annual report publication. Establishes and maintains hard copy and computer files and records of Zoo events, activities, programs and related documents. Conducts research and surveys, collects information and analyzes data; researches materials for the preparation and implementation of special activities. Operates a City pool automobile in the performance of essential job functions.


These knowledge, skills, and abilities are usually, although not always, acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, or a related area, three (3) years of professional-level demonstrated experience in fundraising, or a related area, one (1) year experience in grant writing and two (2) years of computer experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Must be available to work nights, weekends, and holidays.


ONLY On-Line Applications Accepted. Application and Supplemental Questions required by Closing Date.

CLOSING DATE: 04/18/13 11:59 PM



HIRING/ENTRY SALARY: $33,972 - $43,145