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Palm Beach Zoo

Philanthropy Coordinator

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Interested in saving wildlife in wild places?  At the Zoo, our job is for people to fall in love with nature.  Our job is for people to have fun.  Our job is to save the planet.  Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s mission is to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world.  By joining our team, you’ll become a critical part of a conservation organization at a thrilling time as we expand our team to build the Zoo of the future. Help create innovative animal habitats while saving animals in the wild.  Joining a passionate team that gets to work around koalas, jaguars, panthers while actively doing conservation work in the field from corals to Florida panthers. A green sustainable work place that embraces DEAI we are actively creating a more diverse and thriving work force.

Position Summary

The Philanthropy Coordinator will support significant organizational growth in fundraising and donor relationships.  The Philanthropy Coordinator provides administrative and logistical support to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) for the upcoming capital campaign, Board engagement, major donor relationships and other strategic fundraising initiatives.  In this role, the Philanthropy Coordinator will assist in the implementation and coordination of all aspects of fundraising administration, data management, and donor stewardship needs associated with the CDO’s duties. This position involves contact with internal and external stakeholders, including but not limited to: Board of Directors, donors, community members and prospective donors.  This is currently a hybrid(Remote/In-Office) position.  Must be able to accommodate a flexible schedule to attend Zoo and community events that often occur on weekends and evenings.

Essential Position Functions

  • Support the CDO to successfully implement the organization’s comprehensive capital fundraising plan
  • Independently exercises ethical and sound judgement to maintain donor and community confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential
  • Manage and effectively utilize the Zoo’s donor database (Raiser’s Edge) to accurately record prospect/donor activity and other relevant data in an accurate and timely fashion
  • Assist the CDO in a variety of capacities included but not limited to conducting VIP Tours, logistical support for fundraising activities and managing operations for the Development Office
  • Generate and help manage a variety of reports, donor proposals, gift agreements, grant schedules, sponsorship fulfillment, event attendance and more


  • Attend development and program specific events on behalf of CDO which may include holidays and weekends
  • Attend organization meetings/trainings including: weekly staff meetings, staff trainings, Board retreats
  • Adhere to all Zoo policies and procedures
  • Adhere to, uphold Zoo’s values in relation to conservation and caring for our blue and green planet, animal care and wellness, safety, guest hospitality, and community engagement
  • Demonstrate core values of kindness and joyfulness, creativity, respect, commitment, responsibility/accountability, and professionalism

Education Requirements and Technical Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Prior experience working with a database required (Raiser’s Edge preferred)
  • Prior experience working in supporting role that required high degree of professionalism, confidentiality, and independence
  • A minimum of three years (3) of related professional experience, preferably with a non-profit organization
  • Must understand the importance of proper donor engagement and stewardship
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, fast paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact positively with all levels of the organization
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously


Skills and Competencies:

  • Teamwork — supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness; demonstrating sensitivity for the feelings and needs of team members and supporting team goals.
  • Communication (oral and written) — Effectively expressing ideas verbally and non-verbally and actively listening to individuals and groups; preparing and focusing presentations to the characteristics and needs of the audience; strong writing and editing skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Demonstrates behaviors that includes fairness, respect, inclusiveness, empathy, integrity, and ethical conduct.  Fosters a climate and culture in which each person is accepted and has the opportunity to grow and develop. Practices behaviors that promote diversity and inclusion in dealings with and on behalf of the Zoo, consistent with laws, regulations and Zoo policies.
  • Integrity/Trust — Maintaining social, ethical, and organizational values and norms; building trust and confidence with the staff and with internal and external customers; respecting the confidentiality of personal and proprietary information.
  • Customer Focus – Demonstrates courtesy, cooperation and friendliness with donors, the public, staff, volunteers and guests. Actively listens, anticipates and evaluates the customer’s needs.  Ensures that customer satisfaction is a priority in all areas of responsibility.
  • Professional/Technical Knowledge and Competency — Remains current on administrative/data needs in the field within and outside the organization; maintains proficiencies
  • Planning and organizing — Supporting the CDO by tracking fundraising objectives for the zoo; setting priorities among competing requirements and allocating resources in the most efficient and effective way; developing contingency plans in a fast paced work environment.
  • Relationship Management — Attention to detail, especially in regards to donor preferences and lifestyles

The job specification requirements stated are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this job successfully.  Employees may be required to perform other related duties as assigned, to ensure workload coverage.  Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work may substitute for the above so that the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.  Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

Palm Beach Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training and promotion without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


What we offer: • A competitive salary, commensurate with your skills and experience, • An EXCELLENT benefits package (current year/plan), which includes: o 100% paid employee level coverage for designated medical & dental plan o 100% paid coverage for 100K of life insurance o 100% paid short-term disability o 100% paid long-term disability • 401K – Employer contributes 3% of your salary • Optional vision, accident and critical illness coverages available through pre-tax payroll deductions • Generous paid time off policy, Zoo Membership and FREE admission to other Florida Attractions!

How to Apply

Email your cover letter and resume to - Please include your name followed by “Development” in the subject line of the email. The position will be open until filled. We will contact qualified candidates whom we have chosen to move forward in the interview process.

Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Phone: 5615330887

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