Job Description

Position Summary
Reporting directly to the Chief Innovation Officer, the Director of Development oversees all activities related to philanthropic giving for operating, capital and planned giving funds. In partnership with the Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Executive Officer and other key volunteers and staff, the Director of Development provides leadership, management and coordination for the fundraising campaigns and outreach efforts.

The Director of Development manages all aspects of the fund development program and secures funds in a wide variety of ways, including but not limited to: identifying prospective supporters, building and cultivating relationships, making direct requests to individuals, major gifts, and annual fund campaigns and implementing special events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Culture of Philanthropy: In partnership with Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and Board of Directors, ensure all plans, strategies, activities and fundraising programs support and are delivered through a culture of philanthropy lens. Guide all staff and volunteers including the Board to embrace and engage in their unique roles in fund development.
Development Plan: Create a donor-centered Development Plan that reflects the values and goals of Dogs Playing for Life, focuses on strengthening relationships with donors, and includes strategic planning around annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, and endowment.
Annual Fund and Underwriting: Solicit and secure funds for general operations and a variety of programs and events.
Donor Relationships: Lead the effort to establish, cultivate and steward strong relationships with donors including development and implementation of a donor recognition program, and timely, appropriate communication with donors to increase their loyalty to Dogs Playing for Life’s mission. Lead coordination of donor stewardship and cultivation events.
Major Gifts: Create individual donor/prospect cultivation plans and cultivate and solicit major gifts. This includes working with the Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Executive Officer and members of the Board of Directors.
Grants: In partnership with appropriate program staff, write grant applications and manage and report on grant funding, and ensure funders are stewarded and recognized appropriately.
Special Fundraising Events: Implement and manage special fundraising events to raise charitable funds while establishing, building, strengthening and stewarding relationships with donors and/or prospects.
Planned Giving: Research and cultivate donors for estate planning purposes, including bequests, charitable remainder trusts, annuities, legacy campaign, and other planned giving tools.
Other Funding Sources: Solicit in-kind gifts, matching gifts, and other funding sources.
Remain current with all aspects of philanthropy, ensure Dogs Playing for Life’s fundraising is conducted with the highest ethical and legal standards, comply with the Association of Fundraising Professionals code of ethics, and maintain confidentiality of all donor records.
Perform other related duties as requested

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience:
At the discretion of the CEO

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must embrace the mission of Dogs Playing for Life
Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques
Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and volunteers
Be a “self-starter” and goal driven
Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and animals, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability.
Strong public speaking skills and ability to engage crowds to both educate and rally support.
Must hold a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.

Working Conditions:
Frequent travel by airplane and car.
Office and animal shelter environment.
Potential exposure to high noise levels, potentially aggressive animals and zoonotic diseases.
Exposure to all weather conditions.
Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.
Frequent use of computer and telephone.
Engagement with executive level clientele

Salary: $55,000-$65,000 DOE

This is a full time job

Contact Information

Job Contact Details

Emily Grossheider
Chief Innovation Officer

Closing Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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