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Director of Board Relations

Lincoln Park Zoo
Chicago, United States Posted: May 10, 2024

The Director of Board Relations will manage three staff and will be responsible for leading the engagement and activity of the zoo’s Board of Trustees; and position the Women’s Board and Auxiliary Board for significant growth in fundraising and civic engagement. An experienced, collaborative, team-oriented development leader, this important role will foster a vibrant board culture, ensure sound governance practices, and oversee best-practice staffing and support of the zoo’s chief volunteers and major donors.

Board of Trustees
  • Work closely with the Board Chair, Vice President of Development, CEO, and CFO to develop and implement board engagement and activity
  • Oversee board meetings, committee structure, orientation and nominating activity, board travel and annual Trustee self-assessment
  • Support the Board Annual Fund (with the Director of Annual Giving) and Trustee engagement in an upcoming fundraising Campaign
  • Partner with the Vice President of Development to lead the Nominating and Development committees
Women’s Board and Auxiliary Board
  • Lead the continued modernization and fundraising success of the Women’s Board and Auxiliary Boards.
  • Grow Zoo Ball, the zoo’s signature fundraising event hosted by the Women’s Board; including solicitation of top sponsors (with event consultant)
  • Re-imagine the Women Supporting Wildlife event as a mission-driven civic gathering, a fundraising luncheon hosted by the Women’s Board to celebrate women in conservation and wildlife science.
  • Position the Auxiliary Board for future growth and impact, including an assessment of the board’s fundraising events
  • Cultivate and implement modern, relevant and efficient board identities and practices: meetings, committee structure, fundraising efforts.
  • Support individual fundraising strategies with board members in partnership with the Leadership and Individual Giving team.
  • Will partner regularly with the Board Chair, CEO, CFO and senior staff
  • Daily external work with Trustees and top donors
  • Performs 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); and design software is a plus.
  • 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 board relations or fundraising experience at a mission-driven organization.
  • Experience managing staff
  • Non-profit or museum/zoo experience a plus
  • 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.
  • $90k-$110k/annually

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