San Diego Zoo Global is a leading international wildlife conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide. SDZ Global operates two world-class facilities: the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Its San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is the largest zoo-based research effort in the world. The organization is approaching its centennial year (2016) and is entering a new period of philanthropic growth (with its comprehensive $400 million RoaringForward campaign). As part of this exciting time, SDZ Global seeks a highly collaborative leader to serve as the Director of Membership. This role offers the unparalleled opportunity to direct and enhance one of the leading membership programs in the country. SDZ Global is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 450,000 adult members and 130,000 child members. Remarkably, more than 47% of the membership base participates in the donor clubs. Each year, these award-winning programs contribute more than $27 million in gross revenue.
The new Director will inherit a highly successful program and join a team of dedicated, mission-driven colleagues in the Office of Development & Membership. As a part of the senior management team for the division, the Director will report to the Chief Development & Membership Officer, manage a staff of 11, and collaborate closely with colleagues throughout the division, as well as in Marketing, Technology, Operations, Finance, and other areas. The Director will: have primary responsibility for the ongoing success and strategic growth of the annual membership, donor clubs, and annual giving programs; create and implement short- and long-term plans for the multi-channel, direct marketing programs; use cutting-edge data analytics to continually evaluate, adjust, and create new membership campaigns. The Director also oversees development programs, which includes the recently initiated Wildlife Conservancy (http://www.endextinction.org/).
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