Job Postings

Individual Giving Associate


Bronx Zoo

Closing Date
December 21, 2022

About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS):

WCS stands for wildlife and wild places. As the world’s premier wildlife conservation organization, WCS has a long track record of achieving innovative, impactful results at scale. We run programs spanning the entire ocean and 50+ countries. We build on a unique foundation: Our reach is global; we discover through best-in- class science; we protect through work on the ground with governments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities; we inspire through our world-class zoos, aquarium, and education programs; and we leverage our resources through partnerships and powerful policy influence. Our 4,000+ diverse, passionately committed team members in New York City and around the world work collectively to achieve our conservation mission.

The Opportunity:

The Associate, Individual Giving will support the Vice President of Individual Giving and the Western Region Senior Director of Individual Giving in their efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects at the major gift and principal gift levels.

Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

Support the Vice President’s and Senior Director’s portfolios. This includes data entry, preparing status reports, tracking the status of all opportunities, flagging upcoming actions, and coordinating moves management.

Support frontline fundraising activities and liaise with program staff and donor communications to produce materials for donors, including proposals, reports, and updates. This includes data entry of all deliverables, running monthly reports, tracking the status of all deliverables, flagging upcoming actions for the relationship manager, and ensuring all deliverables are executed on time.

Assist and support fundraising events, donor meetings, and zoo tours. This includes preparing briefings and biographies pre-event and coordinating comprehensive follow-up strategies for donors post-event.

Draft, edit, and proofread written materials including proposals, reports, briefings, and other correspondence, including letters from the CEO and Board Chair, as necessary.

Prepare accurate and timely acknowledgment letters for all major and principal gifts. In collaboration with the Operations team, ensure accurate gift processing and data entry. Prepare additional stewardship and thank you materials as needed.

Provide administrative support including managing the Vice President’s and Senior Director’s calendars, scheduling meetings, drafting agendas, preparing expense reports, and other administrative responsibilities as required.

Coordinate large mailings, email updates, and bespoke communications for donors and prospects. This includes preparing and reviewing detailed lists to ensure donor-centric communications.

Act as liaison interfacing with donors and staff at in-person events, in virtual meetings, on phone calls, and in email correspondence. This position will interact with key supporters and senior leadership to support logistics, administrative needs, and donor requests.

Conduct initial prospect research and work with the Research team to develop information and materials required for cultivation and solicitation. Manage the data entry and moves management for a portfolio of prospects.

Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor records. Accountable for keeping current on database procedures, participating in Saleforce training, and following best practices in data integrity and donor privacy.

As requested, staff department events, perform other tasks, and provide support for other Global Resources activities.

May require some nights and weekends, as needed.

Perform all other duties as required.

Education and Pre-requisites

Bachelor’s degree preferably in a relevant field

1 -2 years of fundraising or relevant work experience

Self-motivated with excellent writing and communication skills, relationship building, and project management

Ability to meet deadlines, anticipate needs, plan ahead, work under pressure, prioritize, and handle multiple, complex projects

Demonstrated ability to apply reasoning skills to evaluate issues and identify potential solutions as well as analytical abilities to weigh alternative solutions against objectives

Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to present material in a concise and professional manner

Willingness and interest in learning new systems and improving processes
Pride in data integrity and donor privacy

A team player, willing to collaborate and support all members of Global Resources
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office programs; required familiarity with Salesforce or similar database.

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge of conservation, wildlife, and related sciences
Strong commitment to the mission of WCS
Driver’s license
Workplace Conditions and Environment:
Some evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required

Compensation and benefits

$52-58,000 – DOE
Medical, Dental, Vision,401K
15 Vacation Days, 13 Holidays, 12 PTO
$3,600 Tuition Reimbursement

Application instructions

Wildlife Conservation Society Job Board:

WCS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value. EOE/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled