The Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (Friends) is an organization with the mission to support and enhance the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ). The JMZ is a beloved Palo Alto institution that has served the Palo Alto community and beyond for more than 80 years. The Friends fundraises for capital projects, as well as access and inclusion programs that ensure that the JMZ remains accessible to everyone. In its most recent capital campaign, the Friends raised $25 million to rebuild the JMZ, and the new facility reopened to the public in 2021 after more than a decade of planning, fundraising, and construction. The new and enhanced JMZ offers richer experiences for visitors and greater accessibility for children of all abilities. This is truly an exciting moment to join the Friends’ organization.
The Friends Development Associate is responsible for providing broad fundraising support to our organization, which includes an experienced, part-time Development Manager as well as a strong fundraising committee composed of Board members. The associate position is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow as a development professional, with room for advancement within the Friends. The development associate role includes donation processing and event planning. The ideal candidate for the Friends Development Associate is proactive and agile and able to perform a range of tasks.
- Demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively; strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills with ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors
- Ability to work with a diverse group of people, including the Friends’ Board of Directors and staff, the JMZ and City staff, and other organizations and individuals that work with the Friends.
- Proven ability to maintain poise and to represent the organization to outside entities
- Proactive, resourceful, creative, willing to ask questions and have a “whatever it takes” attitude
- Team player, easily approachable, excellent interpersonal skills.
- Discretion when handling confidential donor records and financial information.
- Excellent attention to detail and quality control standards.
- Ability to coordinate, prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines.
- Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, word processing, spreadsheets, CRM database, financial database, payroll software, internet research, WordPress, social media, design software such as InDesign and/or Illustrator.
- Bachelor’s degree advanced degree and/or CFRE preferred
- Manage the donor database, ensuring data entry is accurate and comprehensive and that acknowledgement letters are prepared in accordance with the Friends Stewardship Guidelines.
- Support the Board and Development Manager with donor stewardship.
- Plan and execute donor stewardship and cultivation events. Ensure event promotion, logistics, and follow-up are professionally planned and implemented.
- Work with the Board and staff to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward current and prospective donors.
- Draft appeal letters, annual reports, and other fundraising publications.
- Execute the annual fundraising mailing.
- Manage current grant funders and conduct prospect research and outreach to identify and engage with potential new funders.
- Provide reports and analysis on donor giving and appeal success rates.
- Collaborate with the Board’s communication committee and provide support for the organization’s internet presence (e.g. maintain the WordPress website, post newsletter updates to social media)