Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden - Director of Leadership Giving

Director of Leadership Giving

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati OH 45220

Job Type: ,
Compensation: $90,000 - $105,000
Posted Date: 02/01/2024
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Director of Leadership Giving

Job Description

At the heart of every great city is a great zoo. At the heart of a great zoo are many individuals and entities who invest in the Zoo’s larger mission – saving animals to save our planet. We seek a seasoned development professional to round out our successful fundraising team. As our next Director of Leadership Giving, we want someone who brings experience and skills in planned and major giving and the ability and passion to bring this message to life for our donors.

You will have a significant impact in helping the Zoo maintain its standing in Cincinnati and the world as an exciting visitor destination and a leader in education, sustainability, and plant and animal protection and conservation. Our work is essential —and we value those who do it! As Director of Leadership Giving, you will be integral in the Development Department, working closely with donors to bring operating, capital, and planned gift support to the Zoo.


Job Responsibilities

The Director of Leadership Giving will focus on raising significant support for the Zoo by procuring major gifts and managing a robust planned giving program. The Director of Leadership Giving will manage a portfolio of prospective donors and will be expected to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward these very important friends of the Zoo. Additionally, the candidate will have the opportunity to reshape and broaden our planned giving program.


Ideal Candidate

The candidate will be able to function with a reasonable degree of autonomy and independent discretion, understanding the importance of communication and collaboration within the team setting. The Director will be highly organized, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and have an interest in advancing the mission and vision of the Zoo. Notably, the ideal candidate understands the desires and interests of leadership donors and can effectively work to cultivate relationships between them and the Zoo.

The Director must have a track record of building donor relationships and closing multiple major and planned gifts in the six and seven-figure range. The candidate will work collaboratively and strategically with the Vice President of Development, the Zoo Director, other development team professionals, and staff leaders.



  • Energetic, results-oriented self-starter.
  • Ability to follow up on requests promptly.
  • Five to seven years of successful experience in major gift fundraising and planned giving.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Dynamic personality, organized, well-rounded, engaging, and donor-centric.
  • Commitment to producing quality work and a demonstrated record of completing assignments.
  • Successful experience in developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Track record of effectively collaborating with others.
  • High degree of emotional intelligence.


Working Conditions

Employment is contingent upon completing a post-offer, pre-employment drug & nicotine screen & background check. While performing the job duties, the incumbent must regularly stand, walk, and utilize manual dexterity to use a computer mouse and keyboard.  This job may require walking throughout the day, occasionally on steep terrain and in adverse weather conditions. The ability to work a flexible schedule (including early mornings, evenings & weekends, when needed) and attend key events is required.


Compensation & Benefits

  • $90-105K, depending on experience and qualifications.
  • This is a full-time, overtime-exempt, and eligible for the Zoo’s benefit programs for non-union employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage; 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off banks; company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts; and free passes.


Application Process

Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at Attached a cover letter and resume to your online application.

We strive to be an organization that is diverse and reflects the fullness of society. We are a Queen City Certified/Ellequate Leader in Workplace Equity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


About the Organization

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of the oldest and best zoos in the nation. At its core lies an abundance of biodiversity, featuring over 400 species of animals and 3,000 plant species. It is also a world-renowned leader in the areas of endangered species reproduction, groundbreaking education collaborations, and green practices.

Core Values

  • Building Collaborative Relationships through open communication and active listening
  • Positivity and Energy through positive attitudes and making time to celebrate successes
  • Accountability, Mutual Trust, and Respect through taking ownership of issues, learning from mistakes, treating others with respect, and doing what you say you’re going to do
  • Progressive Thinking through being a self-directed learner, learning from others, thinking creatively, and demonstrating relentless pursuit of improvement
  • Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership through respect and care for the living collection, going the extra mile, always advocating for the Zoo.


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