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Planned Giving Officer 


SALARY & FLSA: $75, 000 - $90,000 per year; FLSA exempt

OPENING DATE: 05/15/2023

JOB TYPE: Regular Full-time

UNION: Non-Represented



DEPARTMENT: Development



More than 1.3 million people visit Woodland Park Zoo each year. We connect people with wildlife and remind them of what is at stake in our changing world. Our job is to motivate people to take action and provide them with the tools needed to join us in saving endangered species. Working for the zoo means upholding our mission, “To save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.” Apply today and show us how you zoo.

As our new Planned Giving Officer, we know you will be successful in this role because you are:

  • Committed to Continuous Improvement: You utilize best practices and look for ways to improve effectiveness, and have a commitment to learning and professional growth.

  • An Organizational Genius: You thrive in and excel at creating a framework to meet deliverables and show accountability to all parties.

  • Welcome Collaboration:  You work as a thought partner and build relationships through listening, offering recommendations, and aligning parties through mutual respect.

  • Creative: You display prowess in problem-solving by demonstrating inventiveness and strategic thinking. You love to create compelling proposals and marketing materials for donors.


  • Builds and manages the planned giving program.

  • Manage a portfolio of about 150 prospective donors emphasizing planned gifts of all types and sizes.

  • Develop and prepare written proposals, informational materials, endowment agreements, gift illustrations, charitable trust agreements, gift annuity agreements and other materials needed to secure support.

  • Creates and implements a stewardship plan for planned gift donors to recognize and engage planned gift donors who are not actively being cultivated and solicited by other assigned staff.

  • Creates and implements a marketing plan for planned gift prospects to engage and identify new planned gift donors and prospects, and executes strategy through phone, email, social media, and customized notes/correspondence. Some face-to-face communication is likely/possible on a limited number of accounts.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college; and five or more years of successful relationship building experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Five (5) or more years’ experience managing a portfolio, goals-based fundraising, and direct solicitation. Planned giving experience is preferred

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Teams, CRM solutions such as Salesforce, Raisers Edge or similar; contact, activity tracking and other reports

  • Successful applicants must live and work in Washington State to perform this role.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old


The Woodland Park Zoo offers a comprehensive benefits package for fulltime staff including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision HMO and PPO plans for you and eligible dependents

  • 11 paid holidays and 2 personal holidays

  • Accrue 12 vacation days and another 12 days of sick your first year

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Free zoo membership that includes zoo admission and discounts after 90 days

  • 4 complimentary tickets per year plus other discounts and perks

  • Free staff parking

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan


Application: Please include a resume with your application through our Zoo Careers site at? Please be sure to list or upload copies of all relevant training and certifications on your application. The zoo may review existing application pools to fill this position or use this pool to fill future vacancies.

This opportunity is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Woodland Park Zoo values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The zoo encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, 2SLGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at

Screening: We will review applications and select some candidates for screening calls. Final candidates will be invited for virtual or in-person interviews.

Offer: Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check.


Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number DEV-23-00001  
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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