Director of Corporate Relations

Director of Corporate Relations (Full-Time)

October 2021


The mission of the Saint Louis Zoo“is to conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public.”  

Our vision for the future of the Saint Louis Zoo is “ANIMALS ALWAYS – a seamlessly integrated, world-class conservation organization linking an engaged local audience and high-quality local programs to regional and international conservation efforts in the wild.”

Current funding sources for the Saint Louis Zoo include tax or public support, earned revenue and contributed income. Each year the Zoo raises millions of dollars in private philanthropic support through annual gifts, major gifts, partnership marking/sponsorship gifts, and planned gifts. All members of the 18-person Development Department work to maintain and strengthen relationships with the Zoo’s donors and prospective donors.

In October 2021 the Zoo’s Boards authorized proceeding with a major effort to raise significant funding to aid in implementing the Strategic Plan. This will aid in the development of the new WildCare Park, new and dynamic exhibits at the Zoo, and strengthening the Zoo’s endowment.  Development staff will continue to seek and secure major and planned gifts to support operations, capital, programmatic, and endowment, as well as cultivate, solicit and steward donors to the Marlin Perkins Society and through Partnership Marketing/Sponsorship efforts.

As the most visited cultural institution in the region, the Zoo has earned esteemed recognition and prestige in the eyes of area businesses and residents.  The combination of innovative education, cutting-edge science, and high-quality family entertainment places the Saint Louis Zoo among the best zoological parks in the world. Our local community is extremely proud of the fact that admission to the Saint Louis Zoo remains free and accessible to all while holding the distinction of being the first municipally-supported Zoo in the world. A new President & CEO will begin at the Zoo on January 3, 2022.


The Director of Corporate Relations, which reports to the Director of Development, will cultivate and steward the corporate, foundation, and individual donor relationships for the Saint Louis Zoo and oversee the overall corporate giving programs at the Zoo. This position also assists with the 80-member Saint Louis Zoo Association board, the nonprofit fundraising organization.

This position assists in leading the Development Department by managing the Corporate, Foundation, and Sponsorship team, and supervises two employees: the Partnership Marketing Manager and the Manager of Grants.  This team champions the Saint Louis Zoo as the premier partner for the corporate and foundation community in the St. Louis metropolitan region. They work to develop genuine relationships and creative collaborations in order to secure financial resources to advance the Zoo. The Zoo is in the quiet phase of the largest capital campaign in its history and the Director of Corporate Relations will play a key role in its success.

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