Pets In Need (PIN) seeks a Director of Development and Communications with a minimum of five years experience leading a non-profit development department with an emphasis on capital campaigns and overseeing its fundraising and communications operations. This is an especially pivotal time for the organization. Pets In Need’s current budget of approximately $2 million includes a combination of individual, corporate and foundation giving, and adoption and program revenue.
In 2018, Pets In Need expects to expand its operation when it assumes management of a second shelter in partnership with the City of Palo Alto while continuing to operate in Redwood City. In addition, PIN is currently assessing the feasibility of launching a capital campaign to construct a new facility. If the feasibility study results are promising, PIN is likely to launch a $10-15M campaign later in the year. As a result, Pets In Need’s fundraising and marketing efforts must expand in unison with the overall growth of the organization.
The Director of Development and Communications will serve as a senior staff member and will report directly to the Executive Director. He/she will develop and execute a comprehensive program that includes broad-based fundraising from individuals, corporations, and foundations, marketing and communications efforts, oversight of the development and marketing committees, and supervision of two FTE’s, among other responsibilities.
This is an exciting time to join the Pets In Need team and for the right person, the position has the potential to be an opportunity for significant professional growth. Please provide a cover letter of your experience in addition to your resume.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
In partnership with the Executive Director and development staff (two FTE’s), develop and execute a cost-effective and broad-based fundraising program to secure general operating support from individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations.
Assist in the preparation of the department and the organization for a capital campaign.
Work with PIN’s Board and staff to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward current and prospective donors.
Identify major gift prospects and conduct personal meetings, ongoing follow-up and requests for support.
Manage current grant funders and conduct prospect research and outreach to identify and engage with potential grant funders.
Draft and submit grant proposals for operational support and capital improvement projects.
Draft appeal letters and other fundraising- and marketing-related publications.
Identify new corporate partners and work with the Program Manager to expand corporate relationships.
Plan donor stewardship and cultivation events.
Oversee donor data management efforts, ensuring data entry is accurate and comprehensive and that acknowledgement letters are turned around within a 48-hour window.
Assist the Executive Director in working with the Strategic Planning Committee.
Present to the Pets In Need Board of Directors, as requested by the Executive Director.
Prepare and implement a communications and marketing plan that incorporates social media, paid and earned media, direct mail and advertising to increase public awareness about PIN.
Work with marketing staff to maintain a visually appealing and user-friendly website, Facebook and Instagram accounts and monthly e-newsletters that promote PIN programs and events.
Collaborate with staff on the adoption and volunteer management teams to promote adoption events, volunteer achievements and organizational highlights.
Conduct outreach to media contacts with focus on securing earned media opportunities.
Explore and possibly pursue opportunities for paid media.
Serve as a spokesperson for Pets in Need, as requested by the Executive Director.
Oversee the annual anniversary event, a “friendraiser” at the Redwood City shelter.
Create and implement cost-effective events that promote Pets in Need.
Produce an annual report at the conclusion of each fiscal year.
Supervise the Marketing Coordinator and the Development Assistant.
Staff the Development Committee and Marketing Committees, ensuring that committee members have a clearly defined strategy and the tools necessary to execute on that strategy.
Attend and participate in board meetings, community meetings and other off-site activities.
Based upon feasibility study results, direct Pets in Need’s capital campaign effort to generate funds to construct a new animal shelter in Palo Alto.
No allergic conditions that would be aggravated when animals are present in the work place.
Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain animals, when necessary.
Educational Experience, Abilities and Qualities Required:
Interest in animal welfare and commitment to expanding protections for abused and neglected animals;
Track record of success in building fundraising programs and achieving annual fundraising goals;
Campaign experience required;
Experience in cost-effectively managing fundraising events and programs is preferred;
Proven ability to maintain poise and to manage multiple assignments efficiently;
Must be a strong writer;
Articulate and willing to serve as a public figure for the organization;
Ability to build partnerships and gain consensus with co-workers, volunteer leaders and peers;
Highly organized and detail-oriented;
Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, CRM databases, and social media.
About Pets in need
The mission of Pets In Need is to advance the no-kill movement, reduce pet homelessness, and find every dog and cat a loving home. We accomplish our mission by rescuing cats and dogs from public shelters in the Bay Area and beyond when they are in danger of being euthanized due to space or financial limitations.
To advance the no-kill movement, reduce pet homelessness, and find every dog and cat a loving home.
To help create a world in which every adoptable animal finds a loving home.
Respect and Compassion: Showing by example that every life matters by providing each animal we rescue with the highest quality of care until we find them a forever home, no matter how long it takes
Leadership: Advancing the no-kill model by example, collaboration, and education
Community Involvement: Being a leader in educating the public about animal welfare issues, and in providing free spaying and neutering services for the pets of all California residents
Integrity: Honoring our obligation to our donors—past, present and future—to be the best possible stewards of the organization’s resources