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Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation
High School 5 Year

Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation is looking for full time candidates with strong qualifications. To be eligible for this job, you must possess work experience in the same field for at least 60 months. Although the vacancy is in Eureka, the company may accept applicants from anywhere who meet the requirements listed. This job opening requires that you have passed High School as a minimum requirement. Since the salary is not exposed by the employer, you can negotiate based on the company's approach to employee engagement and empowerment. The Executive Director job vacancy was initiated on September 12, 2023, and it will end on October 10, 2023. The employee is expected to report to Cutten , CA , Cutten , CA for work.

Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation

Executive Director

The Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation is seeking an executive to lead their strong team and usher in a new era for the organization. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive of a successful 501(c)3 non-profit providing philanthropic support for our local treasure, Sequoia Park Zoo. The Executive Director needs to be detail-oriented and task efficient while keeping long-term strategic initiatives and Zoo Foundation goals top priority. Responsible for overall prioritization of staff work and ongoing campaigns to achieve all organizational goals. Implements the strategic plan of the organization, developed in conjunction with the Board of Directors, and provides oversight of all the Foundation's operations. Manages all Foundation office employees. Builds and maintains good relationships and communication with Zoo Management and other city personnel, state and federal representatives, community partners, stakeholders, and existing/prospective donors. Plans, develops, implements, and oversees all fundraising efforts for the organization. Prepares and manages annual budget. Ensures financial sustainability by creating an annual fund development program and supporting strategy to provide adequate funding for Foundation operations, services, programs, and special/capital projects. Positively promotes the organization and Sequoia Park Zoo within the community to ensure a broad base of funding resources and public support.

Duties Include:

General Administration

  • Act as a liaison with the City of Eureka, Zoo Director, and Zoo staff to facilitate collaborative projects and communication on mutually relevant issues including Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation.

  • Write an Executive Director Report to be submitted for all Board Meetings and create Board Meeting Agenda in conjunction with Board President.

  • Prepare reports to the Board as needed or directed including a detailed financial analysis showing the effectiveness of each fundraising project, campaign, and event.

  • Financial management including maintaining and issuing monthly updates for the Foundation’s budget. Work with Board treasurer regarding financial matters and gift accounting.

  • In cooperation with the Director of Community Engagement, the Executive Director is responsible for financial budgeting/expenses/income related to events, including final numbers reported to the Board of Directors in an expedient fashion post-event.

  • Serve on and support Board Committees.

  • Create and distribute monthly meeting and event calendar for the Board of Directors.

  • Maintain board records, minutes, policies, and other official documents pertaining to the Foundation.

  • Provide oversight of and direction for all Foundation operations, including direct supervision of staff including the Director of Fund Development, Director of Community Engagement, office support staff and contracted employees and volunteers.

  • Human Resource administration for Foundation operations including payroll, maintaining employee records, recommendations for salary & benefit increases and employee yearly evaluations.

  • Update personnel policies on a yearly basis.

  • Responsible for all Foundation owned or leased equipment, equipment maintenance and office supplies.
    Actively participate, engage, and promote Foundation with community partners including but not limited to: Chambers of Commerce, service organizations, etc. Project Management

  • Provide general project management related to all Foundation functions.

  • Oversee the implementation of all communications including campaign materials, weekly eChatter, digital marketing, special promotions, materials related to end-of-year appeal and capital campaign projects in coordination with the Director of Fund Development and Director of Community Engagement.

  • Oversee the creation of the annual report including timeline, communication with Zoo staff on content creation and final review for production in coordination with the Director of Community Engagement.

  • Act as liaison to the Zoo's Master Plan Design Committee for discussion and decisions related to Zoo exhibits and implementation of new projects related to the Zoo's Master Plan.

    Fund and Donor Development:

  • In conjunction with the Director of Fund Development and Director of Community Engagement, identify and cultivate major sponsors for events and oversee the Annual Sponsorship Program.

  • In conjunction with the Director of Fund Development, identify and cultivate major donors.

  • Develop fundraising appeals as needed each year in conjunction with the Director of Fund Development and Director of Community Engagement.

  • Grant writing throughout the year for small grants to support operations to large state and federal grants for major projects, in conjunction with the Director of Fund Development.

  • Oversee and develop campaigns such as the Redwood Sky Walk Perpetual Fund created for on-going maintenance of the Redwood Sky Walk, in conjunction with the Director of Fund Development.

  • Oversee Memorial and Recognition programs. Encourage Planned Giving in conjunction with the Director of Fund Development.

Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

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  • A bachelor's degree in administration, business or another related field is preferred but not required.

  • Minimum 5 years' experience working on successful fundraising programs in a non-profit organization.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, coupled with strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Past success working with a Board of Directors and the ability to identify and cultivate new board member candidates.

  • Experience with capital campaigns and a thorough understanding of fundraising strategies, including how to "ask" donors for major gifts.

  • Knowledgeable and comfortable working with donor management software.

  • Experience with developing and following budgets.

  • Strong leadership, public speaking, and time management/organizational skills.

  • Must be positive, self-motivated, and a self-starter.

  • Must be detail-oriented with excellent organization and ability to manage concurrent projects.

  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

  • Personal vehicle and valid CA driver’s license preferred.

    Physical Activity/Environment Requirements:

    Requires good manual dexterity and fine motor coordination, good vision, physical mobility, and flexibility. Continuous sitting, some standing and walking necessary. Work is performed in an office environment via stair access. This position requires frequent computer use and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Up to $70,000 Depending on Experience. This is a 40-hours+ per week full time salaried position including paid holidays, vacation, and medical benefits available through Foundation. Mileage reimbursement made at the Federal Mileage rate.

Experience Required

A bachelor's degree in administration, business or another related field is preferred but not required. Minimum 5 years' experience working on successful fundraising programs in a non-profit organization.


Paid holidays, vacation, and medical benefits available through Foundation


Up to $70,000 DOE

How to Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and three references (including phone number and email address) as one .PDF file, to by September 30, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation
P.O. Box 123
Cutten, CA 95534
Phone: 707-442-5649


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