Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer

Organization: Phoenix Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Phoenix , AZ, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Phoenix Zoo is seeking a Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer to serve as the principal gift planning fundraiser with current individual donors, prospects and professional advisors. The Officer in this position will assist in the development and contribute to the implementation of fundraising goals/strategies with an emphasis on major gifts and planned giving. This person will develop one-on-one relationships with potential donors, secure donations or commitments of participation, conduct seminars, thoroughly explain all aspects of donations including tax advantages and donating through estate planning. Establish relationships with professionals such as attorneys, trust officers and financial planners to assist their clients in considering gift options. Serve as a member of the Development capital campaign team; assist with donor profiles and proposed gift solicitation strategies, coordinate the Planned Giving Advisory Committee to develop and review donor and prospect lists; integrate planned gifts into the Zoo’s overall revenue generating strategy, and initiate methods to market the planned giving program.

Our Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer manages the Antler Society Program, Raiser’s Edge record keeping, publishes articles for Zoo publications honoring our donors, and collaborates on all fundraising activities.

Minimum qualifications for this position include a Bachelor’s degree in related field such as law, accounting or philanthropy, accreditation in areas of estate planning principles and all forms of charitable giving options, five years’ experience in charitable gifts, specifically in the area of planned gifts, prior experience with non-profit management, budgeting and evaluation techniques, knowledgeable in appropriate tax laws, gift administrative, planned giving instruments and financial institutions. Further requirements include excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and ability to deliver presentations to various audiences, strong interpersonal skills, ability to establish effective relationships with prospects, donors, trustees, staff and professional advisors, and be able to maintain the highest level of discretion related to donor/prospect information. Must have reliable transportation for off-site functions and visits as well as possess a valid driver’s license and be able to work occasional evenings, early mornings or weekends. Must be proficient in all MS Office programs. The ideal candidate will have experience working with volunteers on fundraising, and possess a high level of self-direction, self-motivation and ability to set priorities, reach goals, evaluate and report results. All Phoenix Zoo employees are required to pass pre-employment background checks including a drug test, this position will also require clear annual Tb testing.

This full time salaried position pays $56,360.76/year and includes our full benefits package with medical, dental, vision, 401(k) with company match and generous PTO.

To view a more complete description and list of requirements and to apply for this position, please visit the Phoenix Zoo job page at:

Resumés are not accepted for any Zoo position without an accompanying application. While postings may remain on outside sites for longer, once a job is removed from The Phoenix Zoo job page it is closed and we will no longer accept applications.

The Phoenix Zoo is an EEOE/ADA employer.