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Director of Development
Henry Vilas Zoological Society
Founded in 1914, the Henry Vilas Zoological Society is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a organization created to provide support for the Henry Vilas Zoo. We are one of ten AZA accredited no-charge zoos – but a no-charge zoo isn’t free to operate. Since it was founded, the scope of the organization has grown, and today it runs all business revenue operations, development operations and serves as the outward facing organization for the Henry Vilas Zoo. Over the past 3 years, the zoo and its development program have experienced significant growth, both in terms of revenue and revenue opportunities, and in terms of number of visitors.
In 2016, we welcomed over 830,000 guests from across our region, and established the Henry Vilas Zoological Society’s endowment in addition to the completion of two consecutive and significant capital campaigns – the Arctic Passage (2015) campaign and the Wisconsin Heritage Exhibit campaign (2016). As we look forward, we know that we are on the cusp of leading the way as an organization that is all about CONSERVATION, EDUCATION and COMMUNITY.
Henry Vilas Zoological Society’s next Director of Development will join this thriving organization and will play a significant role in taking us to the next level from here, and helping us continue to thrive. He or she will inherit a committed staff and fundraising operation that is poised to maximize the potential of the zoo’s strong philanthropic efforts. In partnership with the Society’s Executive Director, the Director of Development will capitalize on the zoo’s reputation in the community, and capacity and generosity of its donors to enhance and grow the zoo’s comprehensive development program and, ultimately, to lay the groundwork for and execute the zoo’s next capital campaign.
Reporting to the Executive Director, and working with the Society’s Board of Directors and Auxiliary Board, the Director of Development will have responsibility for developing and implementing goals, strategies and programs that generate philanthropic gifts for current use, capital improvements and endowment. He or she will ensure the success of all development efforts including the Feeding the Zoo annual campaign, membership program, major and planned giving programs and event program. In partnership with the Executive Director, he or she will develop and implement an endowment campaign, and lay the ground work for the zoo’s next capital campaign.
In addition, this person will partner with the Manager of Communications to develop critical messaging on mission of the organization, and the need for support from the community as one of only 10 FREE AZA accredited institutions in the United States. The Director of Development will over see development team staff. Specific duties include:
Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
The above description is intended to describe the general content, identify the essential job functions, and set forth the requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of job functions or requirements.
How to Apply
A resume, and cover letter should be sent via email or mail to:
606 South Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715
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Henry Vilas Zoological Society606 South Randall AvenueMadison, WI 53715Phone: 608-258-9490
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