PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Development & Community Relations Director (DCRD) is responsible for advancing fundraising and resources for the organization through community relations, communications and marketing, volunteer resources, and fundraising. As a member of the leadership team, the DCRD must consistently exemplify, mentor, and reinforce Willamette Humane Society (WHS) values and mission-driven culture of service.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization. Develop and annually update a strategic department plan designed to generate strong community awareness and financial commitment in support of WHS program goals and objectives. Maintain current knowledge and awareness of best practices and trends for advancing development and communications programs. Represent WHS in the community in ways that advance our reputation as a pet resource center.
Professionally represents WHS and provides support to both internal and external customers to accomplish the organizational mission. As a key member of the director’s team, collaborate and coordinate actions with other directors, managers, and staff to assist in the implementation of activities and endeavors that support the overall organizational mission.
Develop detailed annual budgets, subject to final approval by the Executive Director and board of directors. Implement the plan to achieve established goals and objectives while remaining within budget.
Fundraising and Resource Development:
Create a comprehensive resource development plan for fundraising (annual giving, direct mail, events, major gifts, grants, sponsorships, planned giving) and volunteer resources in alignment with our strategic goals and budget. Responsible for research, identification, cultivation, and active solicitation of foundation, corporate and individual donors with the goal of building and maintaining long-term relationships. Monitor and evaluate all elements of the department plan with specific emphasis on measurable results. Take action to add, modify, or eliminate programs and/or goals based on their efficiency and effectiveness in achieving the mission.
Oversee the organization’s communications strategies (website, advertising, newsletter, media relations), policies, and procedures with the goal of education and awareness. Provide guidance to the communications manager to: develop ideas and opportunities for feature articles, interviews, presentations and other communications activities; develop and conduct community based outreach activities to build and strengthen the organization’s reputation; and develop effective relationships with key influencers within the community to increase awareness of WHS programs.
Lead and supervise department personnel, enabling paid and unpaid staff to achieve clearly articulated and jointly established goals in support of the WHS mission. Identify personnel needs. Recruit, select, and schedule department personnel. Regularly evaluate staff performance. Determine all suitable personnel actions, including compensation level, required disciplinary action, and termination. Provide for professional development, a safe work place, and compliance with all worker regulations and laws.
The DCRD supervises the Communications Manager, Volunteer Manager, Development Coordinator and Development Assistant.
CONTROLS OVER WORK
The DCRD works under the general direction of the Executive Director and is expected to pursue the established duties with minimal supervision. Confidentiality and professionalism must be adhered to at all times.
CONTACTS WITH OTHERS
The DCRD works with the director’s team, board of directors, program staff, volunteers, donors, the general public and business and civic leaders both within the shelter and in Marion and Polk counties. Communications will be clear, tactful and within a professional demeanor expected at the executive level.
As a member of the leadership team, this is a high-stress position that helps set the direction and ensures the health of the organization. Work is performed both within the shelter and in the community with a wide array of individuals and organizations. Attends and facilitates meetings and presentations to accomplish the WHS goals and objectives.
Special event set-up may require the ability to lift up to 50 pounds but this is not essential. Will work with standard office equipment such as a computer, telephone, etc.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITY
- Must have a thorough understanding of the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, which includes issues and trends in fund development, and knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to fundraising.
- Knowledge of administrative practices, marketing, and budget preparation and control.
- Knowledge of animal welfare issues and programs desired.
- A visionary, self-starter interested in growing development and communication efforts and driving organizational development.
- Comprehensive management skills in short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff.
- Advanced oral and written communication skills.
- Plan and meet deadlines with a meticulous attention to detail and follow-through.
- Solid analytical skills.
- Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet demands of executive management.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A bachelor’s degree in Administration, Business, Marketing or related field plus five years progressive job experience in fundraising, marketing, or communications with complex and multiple assignments. Masters degree desired.
- A minimum of two year’s experience in direct supervision and management of professional staff.
- Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials desired.
- Demonstrated experience in prospect identification, development, and donor development and retention.
- Demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money.
- Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and working as a team player.
- Proficient in MS Office products, web content management systems and database software.
- A track record in cultivating, maintaining and obtaining major gifts and corporate sponsorships.
- Solid fundraising experience developing and implementing fundraising strategies.
- Capital campaign experience desired.
Additional requirements: Must have a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for animal welfare and WHS Mission; be willing to work weekends and evenings as required by the job; have a valid Oregon driver’s license and insurable by WHS vendors; meet the physical requirements of the job, be bondable, and pass a background investigation for working with children.
Salary Range: $50, 000 – $70,000 Annually DOE. There is no relocation benefit for this position
Schedule: Typically, Monday –Friday. Some evenings and weekend work.
Benefits: Medical, Dental, and Life insurance available after 60 days, paid time off provided after 90 days. Employee Assistance Program benefits available. A 401(k) retirement plan is available after one year of service.
To be considered for this position, a complete application package is required. A complete application package will include:
- a completed and signed WHS job application form
- a cover letter explaining your interest in this position
- a résumé of your educational background and professional experience
To apply: Please submit a completed application packet to WHS-Human Resources (HR) in one of the following ways:Apply Online!
Mail: Willamette Humane Society
ATTN: Human Resources
PO Box 13005
Salem OR 97309
Completed application materials received by HR will be reviewed upon receipt. This position may close at any time.
All WHS employees are committed to the following mission-driven values:
Positive Service to All
Collaborative Problem Solving
Initiative and Innovation
Accountability and Responsibility
Under the provisions of the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, the successful candidate will be required to provide evidence of identity and eligibility for employment. WHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic profile or any class protected by law. WHS is a drug free/smoke free workplace. Employment will be contingent upon successfully passing a drug screen conducted at WHS expense.
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