• Director of Development - WCHS

    Location US-WI-Slinger
    Posted Date 1 week ago(6/8/2018 11:02 AM)
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    Organization Summary: The Washington County Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Slinger, Wisconsin. The mission of the Shelter is to protect animals from suffering and cruelty, to provide care for animals afflicted by neglect and abandonment, and to enhance the lives of animals and people through education, adoption and compassion.
    Job Summary: The Washington County Humane Society is seeking a dynamic and motivated leader to join the Shelter as its Director of Development. The new Director of Development will have a rare leadership opportunity to craft and drive the Shelter’s fundraising and donor development activities and help lead the Shelter into the next phase of its expansion to better the community of Washington County. The Director of Development will be responsible for the Shelter’s annual fund development, major gifts program, capital campaigns and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director. Spano Pratt Executive Search has been retained by WCHS for this search. Interested professionals may contact the firm directly for more information at jpratt@spanopratt.com


    The Director of Development will be responsible for the Shelter’s fund development program. The following are key responsibilities of the Director of Development.
    1. Lead the development and implementation of the Shelter’s annual giving plan and major gifts program including:
    • Research, analyze and evaluate donor and prospect information to identify opportunities to cultivate and expand individual giving, major giving and corporate giving and sponsorship
    • Create and manage an annual giving plan, including strategy, donor recognition, and designing and facilitating the annual membership and year-end appeals
    • Create and manage a major gifts program, including strategy, donor research, prospecting, relationship-building, cultivation, donor recognition, events, meetings and closing gifts
    • Actively represent and promote the Shelter in the community and cultivate corporate, community and donor support beyond special events
    • Identify, maintain and oversee databases and systems for the identification, management and recognition of donors and sponsors
    2. Lead the planning and execution of the Shelter’s capital campaigns including:
    • Facilitate capital campaign feasibility study (if appropriate)
    • Develop and implement a capital campaign timeline and project plan in partnership with the Executive Director and Board, including strategy, donor research, prospecting, cultivation, donor recognition and closing gifts
    • Develop and implement a capital campaign communication plan
    • Plan and execute special events and fundraising activities for the capital campaign in partnership with Shelter management
    • Recruit and engage a capital campaign committee
    • Work effectively with the Executive Director and Board to coordinate major donor cultivation as appropriate
    • Communicate regularly with the Executive Director and Board on fundraising, donor development and capital campaign activities and progress
    3. Lead Board development activities, including recruitment and engagement
    4. Additional responsibilities that from time to time may be assigned by the Executive Director in order to meet the fund development needs of the Washington County Humane Society


    Candidates must have the following qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business management, nonprofit management or a relevant field
    • 3-5 years of demonstrated success in nonprofit fundraising and development, including capital campaigns, annual appeals and major donor cultivation; CFRE certification is a plus
    • Have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license with regular access to a reliable and insured vehicle

    Candidates must have following skills:
    • Passion and commitment to fulfilling the Shelter’s mission
    • Strong leadership, interpersonal, communication and writing skills, including confident and professional public speaker
    • High degree of integrity and character that garners the trust and respect of others
    • High energy, flexible and creative strategic thinker
    • Ability to build, maintain and manage long-term relationships with fundraising constituents as well as work collaboratively with the Board, staff and volunteers
    • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a small team environment that is mission-driven
    • Strong project management, organizational and time management skills to plan, implement and administer fund development initiatives
    • Strong research and data collection and analytics skills
    • Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality of donor information when appropriate
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office, fund development software, databases and management information systems, and various social media and website platforms


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