As the largest privately funded zoo in the country, the Indianapolis Zoo
relies on several amazing fundraising events each year to raise millions of dollars for our nonprofit organization. Zoobilation,
the Indianapolis Prize Gala,
Vintages International Wine Auction are a few of our high-profile events that
are developed, coordinated, implemented and evaluated by our Special Events Manager.
The absence of
governmental funding demands that the Zoo has a vital, inspired
Institutional Advancement team
to ensure that we can accomplish our conservation mission and continue to
enrich the Zoo’s presence in Indianapolis in years to come. The Special Events Manager plays a significant role on that team.
demands a highly polished, well-seasoned professional who thrives on
managing the details of special events, yet has the vision to create, plan
Strategic cultivation and development of corporate
sponsorships, providing leadership and guidance to volunteer
committees, and outstanding attention to detail are keys to
success in this role. You must have a drive for excellence, a
passion for advancing animal conservation, and the ability to
work well with groups to accomplish objectives.
• Minimum of five years of high-profile, corporate special fundraising event
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited
institution in a related field (fundraising, communications, marketing,
and public relations) is strongly preferred.
• Outstanding interpersonal, organizational and writing skills;
• Good working knowledge of Outlook, Excel,
Word, and computer databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge
• Willingness to work a demanding, flexible schedule including some evenings and
The Indianapolis Zoo is a one of the top tourist destinations
in Indiana. Our animal exhibits, gardens, and aquariums delight
more than 1 million visitors annually. The Zoo is a private,
The Zoo offers a
competitive total compensation package that includes medical, dental,
vision, life, and short term disability; 403b plan; paid holidays, and paid
ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED (see below). Candidates are encouraged
to attach cover letters and résumés. At
least three professional references (not relatives) are required with
your application. Please indicate your salary
requirements. Mailed, faxed and hand-delivered
applications will not be considered. No phone calls please. On the online
employment application, please enter “Special Events Manager” in the
"position desired" section. Application deadline is Sept. 30.
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion
of pre-employment testing including a drug test, driving record and criminal
history checks. The Indianapolis Zoo is a drug free/smoke free workplace and
an equal opportunity employer.
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