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DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY

Job Overview:

The Gorilla Foundation is looking for a Director of Philanthropy to lead our fundraising efforts to cultivate and solicit gifts from existing and prospective major donors. For 4 decades, the Gorilla Foundation has pioneered interspecies communication with great apes, and have relied on a substantial membership base to sustain our efforts via direct mail, email and unsolicited bequests (except for an occasional capital campaign). 

However, to ensure that “Project Koko’s” legacy is transmitted to future generations of great apes and humans, the Foundation must now raise several million dollars beyond its basic annual operating budget.  Based on our history, a focused major gifts development campaign is the most effective way to accomplish this goal.  

This position is critical to the successful  completion of the Gorilla Foundation's mission — to make "conservation through communication" a resource for all endangered species!


Responsibilities

1. Develop a Major Giving program that will ensure the ability of The Gorilla Foundation to achieve its mission of conservation through communication for great apes.

2. Oversee The Gorilla Foundation’s Direct Mail and Online Fundraising programs and partners, and coordinate them with the new Major Giving program.


3. Develop our Legacy/Bequest Giving Program to make it straightforward and compelling for the The Gorilla Foundation’s current supporters to include the Foundation in their Will.


4. Collaboratively evolve the Foundation’s Strategic Plan and Budget, for both internal and external use; for example, preparing customized budgets and donor prospectuses, in collaboration with our Director of Finance.


5. Foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization (among staff and Board Members) to create leverage, so that everyone can contribute (both collectively and individually) to our development initiatives. 

Qualifications

1. At least 10 years experience as a successful professional fundraiser for a nonprofit organization — including personal responsibility for individual gifts of $500k or more.

2. Proven track record for building a major giving program.


3. Working knowledge of legislation affecting nonprofit organizations.

4. Extraordinary communication skills — for phone, internet, letter, and email correspondences, and for designing and creating compelling marketing materials.


5. Competence working with donor databases and wealth/philanthropy search engines.


6. College degree (BS/BA or higher)


7. A true passion for individual relationship-based fundraising.


8. A sincere belief in The Gorilla Foundations’ Mission, and a collaborative approach to achieving it.


Compensation


— $120k/year (full-time — with a part-time option)
— Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
— 403b Retirement Plan
— Paid Vacation, Sick Leave and Personal Time, with progressive increases


How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume, 3 profesional references, and a brief essay on "what Koko means to you" to:

jobs@koko.org

 



PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO
 THE PRESIDENT

Job Overview

The Gorilla Foundation is looking for a full time Personal Assistant for our co-founder, President and Director of Research — Dr. Penny Patterson — Koko’s mentor, and lives in Redwood City, CA.  

This position is critical to the accurate transmission of the data and lessons of Project Koko throughout the world!


Responsibilities:

1. Help design, prepare and shop for innovative and healthy meals for gorillas Koko and Ndume, as well as for Dr. Patterson.

2. Help organize physical and electronic files, including multimedia research materials and artifacts associated with Project Koko, both at the Founder’s home, and at local storage facilities — utilizing our database, with support from our Director of Technology.


3. Help with household/work-related errands, including shopping, laundry, organization, upkeep, light cleaning, and assembly of goods for transport to the Gorilla Foundation.


4. Schedule (using Google Calendars and Docs/Spreadsheets) and help manage the Founder’s personal and work schedule.


5. Assist with email and physical mail correspondences and updating/tracking to-do lists.


6. Perform informal research on a variety of topics, from gorilla nutrition to communication to conservation to fundraising, via the internet and personal networking.


7. Find and manage local vendors to help with organization, moving supplies/files and cleaning.

8.  Help transcribe Dr. Patterson's written gorilla research/care notes into The Gorilla Foundation new database, which automatically tracks linguistic and behavioral trends, frequencies and interrelationships, to better understand the scope of gorilla language use and cognitive capabilities.

 


Qualifications:


1. At least 3 years experience working as a personal assistant


2. At least 5 years experience in the work force preferred

3. College degree preferred


4. Drivers license with clean driving record; must own a reliable vehicle


5. Able to lift 50 lbs or more


6. Open availability— able to accommodate a flexible on-call schedule

7. High energy

8. Ability to take direction well, and to make creative suggestions

9. Strong organizational skills (files, objects, people and projects)

10. Flexible and adaptable managing a range of different tasks

11. Can-do / positive attitude and ability to handle difficult situations with ease and a calm demeanor — with good sense of humor


12. Ability to maintain discretion (confidentiality agreement required)


13. Experienced and talented in the kitchen (love to cook and others love your cooking)


14. Eagerness to learn by asking questions ...

       

Compensation

— $50k - $55k per year (full-time — with a part-time option)
— Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
— 403b Retirement Plan

— Paid Vacation, Sick Leave and Personal Time-Off

(Note: this position does NOT involve direct contact with gorillas.) 


How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume, 3 professional references and a brief essay on "what Koko means to you" to:

jobs@koko.org


 

GORILLA CAREGIVER / RESEARCHER
(Note: We are currently accepting resumes for "future" openings for this position.)

Job Overview:

The Gorilla Foundation is seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as a full-time Gorilla Caregiver/Researcher, in an environment where gorilla care and interspecies communication research are highly integrated. This is an opportunity for a qualified individual to make a contribution to great ape care, research, conservation and education, by using two-way communication to facilitate gorilla care and empowerment

Responsibilities:

Include providing daily care to two gorillas and their environment. This includes the monitoring, evaluation, and help in maintaining the physical and emotional health and well-being of gorillas Koko and Ndume through behavioral observations, enrichment, training, sign-language and other forms of two-way communication. Will clean and perform general maintenance of the indoor/outdoor gorilla facilities, assist with the preparation and delivery of meals to gorillas, and support and document communication-based research with gorillas, by learning American Sign Language (ASL), taking observational notes, filling out corresponding forms and participating in database entry and cataloging. This is an hourly full-time position from approximately 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, 5 days per week. However, work-schedule flexibility is required, including the ability to work weekend days and evenings (e.g., 12-9PM)

Qualifications / Experience:

Applicants must have a strong affinity for animals, as reflected in work and volunteer experience. Must be able to work effectively in a team environment, be hard-working, service-oriented and self-motivated, possessing a strong commitment to animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary. Applicant should have at least two years of full-time animal care experience (preferably with primates) and at least a 4-year degree in life sciences, biology, psychology, primatology, zoology, conservation or related field. The applicant should be safety oriented and have experience in operant conditioning and training techniques. Ideally they should have some experience in performing or assisting with observational research. Knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) is preferred. California applicants preferred. A valid driver’s license is preferred.

Compensation:

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation time, sick/personal leave, paid holidays and a 403(b) retirement plan

How to Apply:

Please send a letter of interest, resume, 3 professional references and a brief essay on “What Koko means to me” to:

jobs@koko.org
 
NOTE:  We are currently accepting resumes for "future" openings for this position


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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