Careers

Institutional Giving Coordinator

The Institutional Giving Coordinator is responsible for the grant application and stewardship process including: researching prospective foundation and government funding sources, collaborating with varied departments on grant applications, drafting fundraising materials for foundation and government funders, and maintaining the zoo’s grant tracking system.

•    Work with Development, program, and Accounting staff to maintain proactive schedule of proposal and report preparation and other activities necessary to fully engage and seek funds from private, family, and corporate foundations, as well as government agencies
•    Monitor all proposal and report submissions to ensure accuracy and compliance with all grantmaker guidelines, including application forms, supporting documents, and attachments
•    Prepare and submit government grant proposals and reports
•    Draft proposals and other fundraising documents to secure support from foundation donors
•    Write donor correspondence, including acknowledgments and cover letters
•    Coordinate prospect management activities for all institutional donors, including full responsibility for maintaining the proposal submission and report calendar
•    Develop research profiles on foundation prospects and donors
•    Identify and investigate government funding sources for capital, research and programmatic needs.
•    Work closely with Accounting and program staff to monitor budgets for reports.
•    Assist in planning and execution of tours and events for donors and prospects.
•    Maintain records in Raiser’s Edge, with regard to foundation and government agencies.
•    Run regular audit reports to ensure Institutional Giving donor records are appropriately maintained.
•    Assist with departmental administrative tasks, including filing, photocopying, mailings, etc.
 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Knowledge of the zoo’s mission and philosophy
•    Strong written and oral communications skills, including attention to detail and accuracy
•    Superb organizational and project management skills
•    Well-developed interpersonal skills; ability to interact courteously and respectfully; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with donors, volunteers, zoo visitors, general public and colleagues
•    Understanding of philanthropy and stewardship of foundation, corporate and government donors
•    Ability to work calmly, under a variety of conditions and deadlines, in fast-paced office
•    Knowledge of non-profit management, development, marketing, communications helpful
•    Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or database management preferred.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Undergraduate degree preferred

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
At least one to three years in administration, development, grants management or related field

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Ability to work at computer and on phone for long periods
•    Ability to navigate zoo grounds and buildings in all weather conditions
•    Ability to drive electric cart

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to demands of the role and tasks
 

Manager of Audience Research

The Manager of Audience Research will oversee and/or coordinate all survey and behavioral audience research involving zoo visitors and program participants.  He/she will 1) develop and implement research projects, 2) chair and coordinate the zoo’s survey committee, 3) serve as the liaison between the survey and research committees, 4) supervise the review of, coordinate and collate all surveys/questionnaires initiated/conducted by zoo staff from any department, 5) analyze data from any and all visitor/programmatic studies, and 6) prepare written reports.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

•    Develop and implement visitor and program participant surveys
•    Develop and implement visitor and program participant behavioral studies
•    Analyze data from wide range of behavioral and survey study designs
•    Develop and maintain a knowledge of visitor research in cultural institutions such as zoos, aquariums and museums
•    Prepare succinct, written reports that succinctly summarize research findings for staff and board members
 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

•    Performs other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

•    Knowledge of survey design and administration methodologies
•    Knowledge of behavioral research design, particularly timing and tracking
•    Demonstrated ability to organize and analyze large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data
•    Strong written and oral communication skills
•    Thorough knowledge of the zoo’s mission and philosophy
•    Well-developed interpersonal skills.  Ability to get along with diverse groups.  Tactful, mature.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.
•    Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of projects

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Minimal requirement is bachelor’s degree in social or behavioral sciences or field that provides comparable background for behavioral research. MS preferred.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of three years experience with one or more of the following is desirable: design of behavioral research, design of questionnaires, conducting behavioral observations, administering questionnaires to the public.

Note:  A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to sit for long periods of time while viewing a computer monitor
Ability to work in open office environment
Ability to stand and walk on zoo grounds for several hours at a time.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Available to work outside of regular work schedule, including evenings, weekends or holidays, as assigned.
 

Corporate Alliances Manager

Corporate Alliances Manager is responsible for developing, selling and implementing sponsorship and other
corporate contributions for events, programs, promotions and sales rights.  Conducts research on corporations for
campaign and program prospects.
 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Working with the Director, set goals, prepare annual plan and implement strategies to achieve goals and objectives
•    Work interdepartmentally to create sponsorship opportunities for events/programs
•    Track and communicate financial numbers on a weekly, monthly and annual basis
•    Research current and prospective sponsors and donors, keeping current on sponsorship, marketing and corporate giving trends
•    Recruit and manage individual donors and corporate team sponsors for the Chicago Marathon team, LPZoo26.2
•    Cultivate and establish corporate, agency and media relationships
•    Manage the Corporate Partners program, working to identify additional opportunities to enhance partnerships and build this unrestricted donor program
•    Sell and manage the on-grounds promotions program
•    Create proposals for potential sponsors
•    Maintain Raiser’s Edge database and track status of corporate sponsor and donor leads and proposals
•    Fulfill sponsor agreements and benefits
•    Network with agencies and corporations

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Ensure supervisor is fully advised on a timely basis so that she can effectively execute her responsibilities.
•    Provide excellent guest service to zoo personnel, board members, guests, sponsors and partners of the zoo.
•    Manage all back-end activity for Corporate Alliances programs such as being the first point of contact, creating proposals, invoicing and scheduling.
•    Other duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Strong presentation and persuasive skills.
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills required for effective corporate contact and proposal preparation.
•    Well-developed interpersonal skills. Ability to interact courteously and respectfully.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with sponsors, volunteers, zoo guests, board members, donors and colleagues.
•    Superb attention to detail; organizational and project management skills
•    Ability to coordinate high level of activity in fast-paced office, under a variety of conditions and deadlines
•    Knowledge of Microsoft Suite required. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Undergraduate degree in marketing or related field

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
At least three to five years in marketing, with emphasis on sponsorship sales for cultural institutions, major event or property. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Ability to work at computer and on phone for long periods.
•    Ability to navigate zoo grounds and buildings in all weather conditions.
•    Ability to drive electric cart.
•    No allergy to plants or animals.
•    Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to demands of the role and tasks