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Philanthropy Officer 


Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join Woodland Park Zoo as a Philanthropy Officer. We have one full time, benefitted positions open.  

Application Priority Date: July 4, 2022


This position will identify and qualify a pool of individual donor prospects for Woodland Park Zoo’s major gift pipeline as well as manage a portfolio of mid-level prospects ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.  This position will work closely with the Development leadership and major gift colleagues to identify donors and prospects to move them into major gift portfolios based upon capacity and interest in the zoo’s mission and programs.  This position will manage a small portfolio of donors that require additional cultivation to increase their giving to major gift levels of $5,000 and above. 


  • Work with the department leadership and team members to identify new leads of mid-level, major, and principal level relationships for the zoo.
  • Work with the department leadership and the team members to develop new donor engagement opportunities, moving prospects into a deeper relationship with the zoo, and future gift conversations.
  • Schedule tours for major gift staff with qualified individuals as appropriate.
  • Professionally articulate the zoo’s mission, vision, and values verbally and in writing to prospects and current donors.
  • Develop positive and professional relationships with lapsed donors to reactivate them at the mid-level or major donor level.  Deepen relationships with new and current mid-level donors to increase their giving.
  • Meet annual revenue goals for the mid-level portfolio as established by department leadership. 
  • Implement unique and timely gift-ask opportunities that support and enhance donors’ partnerships and relationships with the zoo.
  • Help create reports/one-pagers to donors regarding zoo programs and impacts.
  • Keep complete and accurate records and produce reports on donor strategies and activities, including: early prospect outreach, identification of new prospects, growth in cumulative giving, dollars raised, donors secured, and handoffs conducted. 
  • Track donor activity in the database and track and report fundraising metrics to department leadership.
  • Seek to increase the level of mid-level donor giving each year by ensuring proper stewardship and recognition of donors. 
  • Conduct solicitations on behalf of the zoo through building relationships with donors. 
  • Give donor tours and meetings.  Accompany other members of the major giving and development team on donor tours and visits to expand skill set as appropriate.
  • Serve as a liaison for the individual giving team for list pulls and ensure accuracy for upcoming donor events and targeted donor outreach campaigns. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and two or more years of non-profit fundraising experience and or training; and/or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. 
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  • Proficient and experienced in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams. Ability to work with customized databases and technology and to conduct internet research.
  • Experience in telephone fundraising, cold-calling, or tele-fundraising.
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors and interact via telephone and in-person. 
  • General knowledge of fundraising concepts and strategies.
  • Ability to building and maintain long-term relationships with donors, potential donors, and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and organizational communication.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to adapt communication based on audience and purpose with inclusivity.
  • Ability to analyze research with data to align donors with appropriate projects.
  • Ability to synthesize information from various sources and distill it to core messages that are communicated for different audiences.
  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.  Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information in a professional manner.
  • High-level familiarity of event planning concepts.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team within diverse teams and environments, while treating everyone with respect. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and comfortably with audiences of different backgrounds and experiences. 
  • Ability to listen patiently and attentively, ability to express self clearly and effectively, and ability to adapt communication based on audience and purpose with inclusivity. 
  • Ability to employee best practices associate with position, with an approach to accuracy, while displaying an ongoing commitment to learning and self-improvement. 
  • Ability to effectively present information to staff, volunteers, public groups, donors, and others.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks and requests and meet deadlines in a professional manner.
  • Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings, and holidays. 


  • Raiser’s Edge or other equivalent database program experience. 


  • This position may be required to lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform essential functions. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a typical office environment and/or outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  There may be a combination of remote work and onsite work. 

Employment Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. A criminal background check will be required of the selected applicant. 

COVID-19 Vaccination  

  • As of November 24, 2021, employees working on or accessing zoo grounds are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by your first day of employment. 
  • People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. 
  • Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

Application Priority Date: July 4, 2022

Pay: $70,134.00 annually plus benefits

Application Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are required. 

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status. 

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at

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Req Number DEV-22-00007  
EOE Statement Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.

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