[APRA-NW] JOB: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

Lorna Chin Lorna.Chin at Zoo.org
Tue Dec 18 16:40:29 PST 2007

We have an opening for a researcher at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA. Contact me if you have any questions about working at our great organization!

Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting international standards for zoos all over the world. Conservation, education and excellent animal care are at the core of the zoo's mission. The zoo is helping to save animals and their habitats in Washington state and around the world including tree kangaroos, snow leopards, red-crowned cranes, African wild dogs, western pond turtles and Oregon silverspot butterflies. By inspiring people to care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet's future.

Lorna Chin
Development Services Manager
Woodland Park Zoo
601 N 59th St | Seattle, WA 98103

Woodland Park Zoo saves animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care and act.


Position Title: Development Researcher
Department: Development
Reports to: Manager, Development Services
FSLA Status: Exempt
Pay Rate: Based on Experience

Applications are now being accepted for Development Researcher in the Development Department at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. There is one full-time, regular, hourly, exempt benefited position to be filled at this time.

Manages the prospect research program to help foster fundraising activities for Woodland Park Zoo. Assumes primary responsibility for meeting the prospect identification, research and tracking needs of development staff, enabling them to meet fundraising goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following:
Manages donor prospect management process: tracks prospect assignments, readiness, capacity and other relevant information; updates and maintains prospect tracking module; and tracks contact reports.

Builds prospect identification and qualification strategy to promote long-term major gift prospect pipeline through constituent list segmentation, electronic database screening, peer/constituency screening and rating.

Regularly collaborates with development staff to develop prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and overall fundraising strategies.

Evaluates and rates donor prospects based on known indicators of wealth and giving capacity.

Researches and writes quality profiles on major gift prospects, which includes relevant biographical, philanthropic and relational information.

Prepares financial reports, development event brief bios, special focus prospect lists and other research reports.

Keeps up with current events, national and local news, and industry trends. Shares relevant information with development staff.

Provides research services and assistance to the development team and zoo-wide.

Manages library of resources, maintains records and inventories, and recommends and acquires new research materials and resources.

Assists in providing orientation and training of development officers and zoo staff in prospect research techniques and use of The Raiser's Edge.

Assists in establishing, revising and updating department policies, procedures and standards.

Safeguards the confidentiality of donor information at all times. Works with Development Services Manager to maintain data integrity and information/knowledge management.

Performs other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience in prospect research function including research, profiles, financial analysis and recognition of wealth indicators.

Ability to work independently, handle confidential information with discretion, and meet deadlines required.

Ability to recall, recognize and communicate interrelated information pertaining to Zoo benefactors and prospects.

Strong knowledge of database systems and strong computer skills using Microsoft Windows required. Experience with The Raiser's Edge is desired. Experience writing queries in a relational database is desired. Experience running and reading quantitative reports is desired.

Knowledge of research tools and electronic sources available through the Internet required.

Must maintain the professional and ethical standards set forth for the field by the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA).

Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institution's Core Values.

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university and two to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

How To Apply:
Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

Our Application for Employment is available below in two formats:
1. Online
Fill out the online application (which allows you to attach your cover letter and resume) and submit electronically.

2. Print and send the application along with a Cover Letter and Resume via U.S. mail or fax.
Attn: Development Researcher
Fax: (206) 684-5392
US Mail:
Human Resources
Woodland Park Zoo
601 North 59th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

Application Deadline: January 7, 2008

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