Development Officer (Remote)

Chimp Haven
May 7, 2024
Remote, Keithville, Louisiana
Job Type


REPORTS TO:  Chief Development and Marketing Officer



Shift: Days, but evening and weekend work may be required

Status: Full-time

FLSA: Exempt

Risk Level: 1


ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW:  At Chimp Haven we believe we’re not that different, humans and chimpanzees. Chimps have personalities, emotions and relationships, just like us, and we’re on a mission to connect them to the happy healthy lives they deserve. That’s why we’re providing and promoting personalized care for chimpanzees (most of whom were retired from biomedical research) by helping them, for their remaining years, live a good life – the chimp life. Chimp Haven serves as the national chimpanzee sanctuary and is located on 200 forested acres in northwest Louisiana just outside of Shreveport. Chimp Haven provides excellent care for more than 300 chimpanzees retired from research or no longer used in the entertainment industry or as pets. As more retired chimpanzees make their way from research institutions to sanctuary, our population continues to grow. Chimp Haven has a well-designed facility to support the physical and emotional well-being of all animals, experienced staff, and high standards for operational excellence. Chimp Haven offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, extensive training, and an opportunity for professional advancement. Equal Opportunity Employer.


THE OPPORTUNITY: Develop and implement fundraising strategies to identify and secure significant gifts for the annual fund and any special projects or expansion needs. Increase the organization’s support from individuals and family foundations with a special emphasis on identifying and cultivating new donors at the $10,000 level or above to support Chimp Haven operations.



  • Develop strategies and work plan in partnership with Chief Development and Marketing Officer (CDMO) to capitalize on growth opportunities and increase revenue.
  • Oversee the strategy, planning and execution of the Major Gifts program, ensure those efforts are exceptionally executed and support overall resource development strategies and sanctuary goals.
  • Identify new opportunities for major gifts through proactive prospecting as well as ongoing cultivation of current supporters.
  • Produce individual donor plans, develop, and implement long-term strategies for philanthropic investment, considering the interests and preferences of each donor. Cultivate ongoing and year-round one-on-one relationships with these constituents. Develop effective outreach activities to make connections and secure visits.
  • Achieve revenue, moves management and monthly visit goals for portfolio.
  • Provide leadership to plan and direct the execution of major gift fundraising cultivation and stewardship events and activities such as sanctuary tours, luncheons, in-home receptions, or other events working with other team members as needed. Provide consistent and meaningful follow-up to secure commitments or move relationship forward.
  • Consistently document key conversations and other pertinent information into the relationship management database.
  • Align donor interests with sanctuary needs, coordinate research and solicitation requests based on a donor’s particular area of giving or interest. Introduce planned giving opportunities to donors as appropriate. Achieve annual fundraising goals.
  • Create and present gift proposals that support organizational priorities. Execute major gift materials, including briefing memos, proposals, and stewardship materials.
  • Demonstrate exemplary stewardship by providing engaging and timely feedback on investments. Provide effective recognition for donors through a personalized thank you program.
  • Collaborate with CDMO and staff team to develop and manage operating budget.
  • Work closely with team members across the organization to ensure consistent messaging and marketing of all Chimp Haven activities.
  • Serve as a highly positive and collaborative partner with colleagues throughout the organization.
  • Attend training regarding chimpanzee safety, well-being, and species-typical behaviors; seek out other learning opportunities to advance fundraising knowledge.
  • Exhibit the highest ethical and moral values possible.
  • Represent Chimp Haven in a professional manner at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in business, Marketing, or related field and 3-5+ years in successful fundraising experience in major gifts or annual giving.
  • Proven history of fundraising success, including leadership and/or major gift cultivation through solicitation and stewardship as well as experience working with planned giving and annual fund strategies.
  • Experience in soliciting and closing gifts in the five to six figure range for a variety of purposes including capital needs, endowment, and current use (restricted and unrestricted).
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles including gift cultivation and stewardship.
    Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A passion for the mission and purpose of Chimp Haven.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed to other U.S. cities and Chimp Haven to meet with existing and prospective donors. Estimated travel between 8-10 days per month.



  • Enthusiasm for engaging with people – including donors, volunteers, staff, supporters, and visitors – about Chimp Haven’s work and mission.
  • Proven ability and willingness to solicit and close gifts and successful history of exceeding goals.
  • Excellent project management skills. Must be able to think, plan, lead, do, innovate, and pivot.
  • Demonstrated experience using listening, diplomacy, and tact to build strong relationships and motivate donors and volunteers.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced, high-profile environment, managing multiple projects, competing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and patience and is able to support leadership decisions even if personally in disagreement.
  • Strong technology skills; experience leading a data-driven approach to development. Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and Raiser’s Edge.



Candidate will work remotely and should be based in a major metropolitan area. (ideally within 3-5 hours driving distance of Keithville, LA.) Candidate must be willing and able to travel one-two times per month to cities across the country or to sanctuary and to work onsite at Chimp Haven as needed for key donor visits, important staff meetings, Board of Directors meetings, special events, etc.

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