Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager

Minnesota Zoo Foundation

| Apple Valley, MN | July 30, 2019

The Minnesota Zoo Foundation’s primary purpose is to raise funds for the Minnesota Zoo, which has a mission to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. Founded in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo is now one of Minnesota’s largest and most popular cultural attractions and the state’s largest environmental learning center. More than 41 million people have visited the Minnesota Zoo since its opening to enjoy exhibits, attend classes, and connect with the world’s wildlife and wild places across its 485 acres. As a world leader, the Minnesota Zoo collaborates with zoos worldwide in a vast global partnership to help protect endangered species. The Minnesota Zoo is leading by example by expanding work in the field, facilitating local community participation and leadership, and increasing public awareness to inspire people to act on behalf of animals.

Please submit cover letter, resume and writing sample to Linda Carlson at

General Description

The Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager serves as a vital member of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation’s Development Team. This role involves collaboration with Minnesota Zoo staff to ensure the timely development, submission, and management of grant and sponsorship proposals, applying best practices for tracking, acknowledgement, and reporting to corporate and foundation partners. We are looking for a skilled writer with grant-writing experience preferred. This individual must also provide proactive updates to institutional supporters, ensure accurate and timely benefit fulfillment, organize successful site visits, and participate in meetings, calls, and events that advance these vital relationships.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for managing a portfolio of 45-65 current donors and prospects.
  • Coordinate foundations/corporate management activities including prospect research, proposal development, deadline management, reporting requirements, and developing stewardship opportunities for corporate/foundation leaders.
  • Provide donor stewardship of corporate and foundation donors including personalized outreach and invitations to relevant events and experiences, scheduling prospect meetings, fulfilling corporate and foundation benefits and recognition, and ensuring timely and accurate processing of all gift-related paperwork.
  • In partnership with the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, develops and implements strategies to introduce corporate and foundation prospects to the Zoo.
  • Researches prospective corporate and foundation funders, assessing and reporting on their capacity, interest and connection
  • Primary contact for corporate cash and in-kind sponsors for the annual gala, Beastly Bash
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned based on the changing needs of the organization and the successful candidate’s interests, aptitudes, and experience.

Work Experience and Qualification Requirements

  • 3-5 years in a nonprofit organization with preference for work in development.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to utilize online (prospect) research software.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required and must be capable of planning and managing independent travel.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly represent and present the mission and vision of the Minnesota Zoo.
  • Collaborative style and the ability to work with a diverse group of individuals both inside the organization and out in the community.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and proactively while keeping supervisor apprised of issues, opportunities and progress.
  • High degree of integrity, ethical decision making, and commitment to maintaining confidentiality.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Proficiency with donor and contact management databases, Tessitura software preferred.
  • Experience working in a nonprofit organization preferred.
  • Grant-writing experience preferred.

Education Requirements

  • College degree or relevant professional experience preferred.

Reports to: Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Supervises: N/A

Type of Position: Full-time, exempt


  • Salary range: Up to $55,000 Depending on Qualifications
  • The Minnesota Zoo Foundation offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances; as well as generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday hours.

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