Special Events Coordinator
Zoological Society of Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI

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The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM) is to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo. Currently, the ZSM has an opening for a Special Events Coordinator.

Located on the Zoo grounds, the ZSM’s Special Events Department is responsible for planning eight major fundraising events per year, including a gala, golf tournament, camping event, bike ride, wine tasting, beer tasting and more.

This is an excellent opportunity for an organized individual who enjoys working with people in a fast-paced environment. You must have an eye for detail and a passion for the mission of the nonprofit ZSM.

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning and executing fundraising events and programs
  • Composing descriptions of auction items and producing auction print materials
  • Maintaining databases for event auctions and reservations
  • Working with community volunteers


  • A four-year college degree
  • Two years of event planning experience
  • Experience with fundraising
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Confidence making cold calls and following-up with donors and sponsors
  • Ability to multitask
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office and advanced computer skills
  • Available to work evenings and weekends for fundraising programs and events

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience with fundraising auctions
  • Experience in a nonprofit setting, ideally with planning fundraising events
  • Knowledge of electronic bidding device technology

Please send cover letter, resume and references by April 5, 2013 to:

specialevents (at) zoosociety (dot) org
Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Attn: Laura
10005 W. Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226