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Development Specialist

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General Purpose:
This position is responsible for supporting the development efforts of Fresno Chaffee Zoo through a variety of proactive fundraising and administrative tasks. Under the direction of the Director of Individual Giving, this role will manage a portfolio of donors in categories including: individuals, corporations, and foundations. This is a mid-level front line fundraising role in a busy and detail-oriented advancement operation that includes: development, marketing, communications, and design studio.

Our comprehensive compensation package includes Medical/Dental/Vision, Employee Assistance Program, 401k, 10 Paid Holidays, Paid Sick and Paid Vacation time on an accrued basis. Offers will be based on the successful candidate's experience. 

  • Manage donor communications such as: letters, emails, phone calls, text messages and database entries
  • Proactively manage portfolio of donors including recommended gift solicitations
  • Meet all assigned financial goals
  • Coordinate donor meetings with DIG and CDO and prepare all meeting materials
  • Maintain all assigned donor’s records in database and frequently prepare reports to show moves management progress toward next gifts
  • Compose and edit grant proposals, reports, letters of inquiry, and other fundraising materials
  • Conduct prospect research and develop research profiles on prospective donors
  • Escort donors on Zoo grounds as needed and coordinate donor visits 364 days a year
  • Other duties, as assigned
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