Director of Development(13)

Organization: The Living Desert (AZA Member)
Location: Palm Desert, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job



The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens is conducting a nation-wide search for the position of Director of Development. We are looking for an energetic professional to lead, create and manage fund raising programs, institutional advancement and donor communications. In addition to personal efforts in donor cultivation and grant writing, the Director of Development manages department employees, collaborates with other division heads and department managers, and supports the President/CEO. This position is one of five senior managers for the Park.

Important skills associated with this position include:

* Proven experience in capital and endowment

campaign management, planned and annual giving

* Excellent organizational abilities

* Modern management and business practices.

* Excellent leadership and interpersonal


* Excellent written and verbal communications

The ideal candidate will have experience with Centaman and Raiser’s Edge software, will have an undergraduate degree (or higher) with course work in communications, public relations and /or management, as well as a minimum of five years applicable experience. Experience may substitute for all or part of educational qualification. Must hold or obtain a valid California driver’s license and be insurable under The Living Desert’s automobile policy.

Please submit resume and three references to Patty Childress in Human Resources. Mail to The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260 or submit electronically to

The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2014.