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Development Manager

Posted: April 26, 2024 Expired: May 24, 2024
Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth
High School

Fort Worth Zoo

Named one of the "World’s Greatest" for the care of 7,000 animals and conservation around the world.

Development Manager

This position is responsible for assisting the development director with fundraising and donor stewardship activities as well as assisting the special events manager with the planning, organizing and execution of Zoo-wide events including (but not limited to) Zoo Run, Beastro, Zoo Ball and Boo at the Zoo, as well as donor, membership and adoption events throughout the year. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Work closely with development director to plan and execute donor stewardship events, tours and behind-the-scenes experiences 
•    Assist the development director with donor communications and event invitations
•    Assist the special events manager with all areas of event planning for Zoo-wide events
•    Manage communication with operations department for set up of all tables, chairs, stages, barriers, etc., needed for events
•    Supervise and coordinate efforts of cross departmental staff for event execution including setup and breakdown
•    Research entertainers, rentals and vendors and assists with booking and management of goods and services
•    Coordinate rentals and deliveries for events
•    Coordinate day-of-event logistics
•    Prepare event-related documents, including production and event schedules, diagrams, floorplans, 
•    Assist with special event communication and coordinate updates and distribution of event timelines, layouts and memos
•    Work closely with special events manager on the creation of all event collateral (i.e. signage, T-shirts, maps, etc.) and staff/volunteer needs/assignments
•    Work closely with special events manager to determine supply needs and oversee inventory (i.e. food for Zoo Run, candy for Boo at the Zoo, etc.); track expenses
•    Assist the membership and adoptions coordinator as needed to plan and execute membership and adoption events including (but not limited to) Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Member Mondays and Pumpkins and Pancakes
•    Conduct post-event evaluation meetings
•    Other duties as assigned 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 
•    Excellent personal interaction skills
•    Demonstrates exacting attention to detail 
•    Professionalism, discretion and ability to work with a team
•    Knowledge of the role of fundraising in nonprofits
•    Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability

Education and/or Experience:
•    Degree from a four-year college or university in Communications, Marketing, Business Administration or related field preferred
•    Two years related special events experience preferred
•    Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
•    Team-oriented environment
•    Ability to work irregular hours (holidays and weekends)
•    Ability to work special events and functions as required
•    Ability to work outdoors in heat, cold and inclement weather

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as a complete inventory of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. 

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an at-will basis.

This is a full-time position and offers the following benefits: 
• Medical and Prescription Drug (Employee Coverage 90% Employer Paid, Dependent Coverage 55% Employer Paid)
• Vision
• Dental
• Basic Life AD&D (100% Employer Paid)
• Short Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)
• Long Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)
• Supplemental Life
• Flexible Spending Account
• 401k
• Paid Time Off (Accrual Equivalent to 5 Weeks Per Year)
• PTO Rollover
• PTO Sell Back
• Free Zoo Membership
• Free Guest Passes
• Discounts on Food, Merchandise, Attractions, Admission and Programs


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Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth , TX 76110


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