Director, Development Events and Women’s Board job Brookfield Illinois
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Director, Development Events and Women’s Board Job

Employer Name: Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo SpiderID: 9152814
Location: Brookfield, Illinois Date Posted: 11/25/2019
Wage: Category: Fundraising
Job Code: 1975BR

Job Description:
The Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo welcomes an average of 2 million visitors each year and is known throughout the world as a leader in animal welfare and conservation. We are committed to our important conservation mission, which is supported by fun and exciting annual fundraising events including The Whirl, Wines in the Wild, and the Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner. The Society provides state-of-the-art care to thousands of animals representing over 500 species. We take PRIDE in every aspect of our operation, including our work environment that is based on respect, openness, cooperation, and involvement. Our dedicated staff has a true sense of purpose, a strong commitment to animals and conservation, and is very customer focused.

The Director, Development Events and Women’s Board contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by directing the day-to-day operations of the Women’s Board and their related events. This position works with the fundraising team to help identify, qualify, and strategize for event giving to contribute to the institution’s financial sustainability.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• With Chief Advancement Officer/Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement and other Development Directors, develop and execute an integrated plan to secure philanthropic support from individuals and family foundations. The objective is to maximize support as well as further ongoing efforts to build major philanthropic support for the Society. Develop communication strategies and action plans (special events and commemorative giving opportunities), prepares key stakeholders for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
• Identify and cultivate new prospects in support of the Women’s Board and overall Society’s fundraising efforts. Maximize and lead efforts to build major philanthropic support for the Society. Develops a portfolio of high-end donors to support CZS programs and institutional priorities.
• Directs the strategy and growth of the Women’s Board. Develops fundraising plan for events and activities including The Whirl, Wines in the Wild, the Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner, and other special fundraising initiatives and events. Negotiate vendor contracts, seek savings where available, and ensure successful event fund raising goals/targets and outstanding guest experience.
• Works closely with the Women’s Board President and CZS leadership to recruit and grow membership of the Women’s Board into one of the premier Women’s Boards in the Chicagoland area.
• Serves as senior member/liaison of the Development team, Women’s Board President, and CZS leadership. Define fundraising goals for the Women’s Board. The Women’s Board’s priority of education scholarships and conservation outreach are achieved. Serve as the communication link between the Women’s Board, CZS Board of Trustees, and CZS leadership.
• Staff all Women’s Board Committees and meetings. Oversee the preparation of all necessary meeting materials; ensure accurate and timely delivery and accomplishment of meeting objectives.
• Fulfills requests from donors and Women’s Board committee members. Provide personal, prompt, and exceptional service in a professional manner at all times.
• Other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:
The requirements for this position include the following:
• High school diploma or (GED) equivalent.
• Bachelor's degree in Humanities, Liberal Arts, or other relevant field or equivalent of eight (8) years’ comparable experience.
• Three (3) years progressive fundraising and cultivation experience in a nonprofit, cultural, or educational institution, including leading event committees and cultivating donors or comparable experience.
• Two (2) years supervisory experience with paid and/or unpaid staff.
• Strong and persuasive communication skills - articulate and well spoken. Effectively represent the organization in a professional manner at all times.
• English fluency at a full professional proficiency required.
• Computer proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel and experience with database software.
• Detail-oriented, strong organizational skills. Strong follow-up and follow-through skills.
• Self-starter who is able to work with minimal supervision.
• Strong interpersonal skills; ability to establish strong working relationships.
• Effective problem-solving skills and sound, logical decision-making skills.
• Ability to effectively multi-task and deal with emergent issues and multiple priorities.
• Ability to work effectively under pressure, meet critical deadlines, and manage confidential matters.
• Cultural competency; experience or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.
• Valid driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with Microsoft PowerPoint and other office software preferred.
• Raiser’s Edge experience a plus.
• Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.

Additional Information: This position description summarizes the primary duties and functions of this position, but should not be considered a complete listing of every duty the incumbent may ever be called upon to perform. Incumbent is required to gain an understanding of the Development Department and the Society’s mission, vision, and values. Understand how development and fundraising activities impact the operation and sustainability of the organization. Incumbent must have a strong work ethic, enthusiasm, creativity, and be diplomatic, tactful, flexible, and adaptable. Must enjoy a challenge, be passionate about his/her work, and have a commitment to excellence. This is a visible position, which interacts with all departments and a range of external constituencies. Incumbent is expected to be present and visible at events sponsored by the organization and the Development Department for Women’s Board members, staff, and other audiences. Position requires early morning, evenings, and weekends, thus, incumbent must be willing to make a significant commitment to the organization. Some local and domestic travel may be required to meet established work objectives.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile. Please visit our website at Please look for requisition 1975BR.

Job Criteria:
Start Date:
Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
Years of Experience Required:
Education Required:
Overnight Travel:
Vacation Time:

Job Benefits:
Health/Dental Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Paid Holidays, Vacations, and Sick Leave, Life and/or Disability Insurance, Other Benefits

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Wendy Larsen Company Type: Employer
Company: Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
City: Brookfield
State: Illinois
Zip: 60513
Web Site:

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