Lincoln Park Zoo

For Wildlife. For All.

Director of Institutional Giving
Chicago, IL

Lincoln Park Zoo is the nation’s only privately-managed free zoo and an urban oasis in the heart of Chicago. The zoo’s mission is to create a world in which nature and wildlife thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a local and global leader in conservation, animal care and welfare, learning and community engagement. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo was one of the first zoos in the nation. The zoo is committed to an inclusive and welcoming environment, and we celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, value, and experiences of all people. For Wildlife. For All. Visit us at

The Director of Institutional Giving leads the zoo’s corporate, foundation and government grantmaking portfolio. The Director manages a team of two and is responsible for the corporate sponsorship and sales rights and promotions business. The person in this role also works closely with the zoo’s events and marketing team to secure sponsorship and brand partnerships for programs and events. The director will also partner with zoo leaders to solicit support for a broad range of conservation, science and learning initiatives.

Develop and implement a comprehensive corporate and foundation relations strategy to    support fundraising goals ($1M+ pear year)
Lead corporate, foundation and government grant process, in partnership with a grantwriter and Corporate Relations Manager
Research and identify new corporate and foundation funding sources with a particular focus on       expanding the zoo’s corporate sponsorship program
Cultivate and steward relationships with current and prospective corporate and foundation partners
Track and assess the effectiveness of corporate and foundation fundraising efforts
Represent Lincoln Park Zoo at meetings, conferences, and networking events
Supervise a team of two people in the corporate and foundation relations department
As senior development leader, this position will work closely with the CEO, CFO and senior staff
Perform other duties as assigned

Exceptional communication and writing skills
Ability to communicate and be understood in business English
Thorough knowledge of office practices, procedures and equipment, and ability to operate standard equipment
Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, SharePoint)
Familiarity with Outlook, Raiser’s Edge and/or Salesforce (fundraising software)
Open to learning new technologies
Ability to handle confidential matters with discretion
Ability to manage several tasks simultaneously and complete in a timely manner
Ability to work independently, exercising independent judgment and discretion
Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education/experience is required.
5+ years of corporate, foundation and/or fundraising experience at a mission-driven organization.
Experience managing staff
Non-profit or museum/zoo experience a plus
Note: A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual

Ability to sit for long periods of time
Ability to work in open office environment
Ability to traverse zoo grounds to facilitate tours, greet visitors, coordinate meetings

Available to work special events that may occur outside of regular work schedule, including evenings, weekends or holidays, as assigned.

Salary: $90k-110k/ annually

Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with lived experience with racism and/or misogynoir are encouraged to apply. We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values and experiences of all people.  For Wildlife. For All.

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