Head of Fundraising (gn)

Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS)


Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) is an internationally operating conservation organisation based in Germany that has been supporting conservation projects in Africa, South America, South East Asia and Europe for many decades. Following our mission to conserve wildlife and ecosystems we are focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places.

Your tasks

We are seeking a dynamic and visionary individual to lead our efforts in securing vital resources to support our ambitious growth agenda. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and coordinating a team of grant managers and fundraisers, developing and executing fundraising strategies, and managing relationships with both public and private donors. This role offers a unique opportunity to shape and lead a ​department within our organization, making a lasting impact on global conservation efforts.

  • Lead, mentor, and motivate a team of grant managers and fundraisers, fostering a collaborative and results-driven work environment.
  • Provide visionary leadership and strategic direction to your team, ensuring alignment with the organization's ten-year strategy.
  • Develop and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies to secure financial support for our conservation initiatives.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with public and private donors, ensuring effective communication and stewardship.
  • Explore and assess opportunities for carbon financing and corporate partnerships, understanding the potential risks and benefits for the organization.
  • Manage the fundraising budget, ensuring efficient allocation of resources to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Provide regular reports to the executive team and board of directors on fundraising progress and results.

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in communications, marketing, non-profit management or related field
  • 7+ years of professional experience in fundraising or grant management, with a track record of successfully securing grants and donations. 
  • At least 5 years of extensive leadership experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and German; other languages are beneficial
  • Strong leadership and team management skills
  • Exceptional communication and relationship-building abilities
  • Strategic thinking and the ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies
  • Knowledge of carbon financing and corporate partnerships is a plus
  • Passion for nature conservation and a commitment to our organization's mission

We offer

  • An exciting opportunity to shape and lead a growing department
  • A dynamic and passionate team committed to making a positive impact on the environment
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development
  • The chance to contribute to meaningful conservation efforts on a global scale
  • Opportunity to get to know impressive wilderness areas and to contribute towards their protection
  • Job-Ticket, Corporate Pension Scheme, 30 days of vacation per year

The contract will be for 2-years initially with a long-term perspective.

Your application

​Please send your application including ​your salary expectations and the earliest possible starting date via ​our online tool or via e-mail to jobs@fzs.org.


Frankfurt Zoological Society

Lysann Tscheschner, Human Resources

Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1

60316 Frankfurt


We look forward to receiving your application by ​22 October 2023.

Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS)
Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
60316 Frankfurt am Main
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