The Willamette Humane Society (WHS) located in Salem, Oregon is looking for a qualified, self-motivated, energetic, organized, and outgoing individual with compassion for animals.
We’re a team of 60+ staff and over 700 volunteers working jointly to achieve our mission: establishing, maintaining, and enhancing the bond between companion animals and people of Marion and Polk counties.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Community Engagement and Development Director (CEDD) is responsible for advancing fundraising and resources for the organization through community engagement, communications and marketing, and fundraising. As a member of the leadership team, the CEDD must consistently exemplify, mentor, and reinforce Willamette Humane Society (WHS) values and mission-driven culture of service.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIEShip:
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 represent WHS and provide support to both internal and external customers to accomplish the organizational mission. Provide leadership, mentoring, and resources to the CE-DEV team that enables each member to achieve excellence in their role. 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. Achieve established goals and financial objectives while remaining within budget.
Fundraising and Resource Development:
Create a thorough resource development plan in alignment with our strategic goals and budget for comprehensive campaign fundraising (annual giving, direct mail, events, major gifts, grants, sponsorships, planned giving). Research, identify, cultivate, and actively solicit 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 including website, advertising, newsletter, and media relations. Oversee the organization’s policies and procedures, with the goal of education and awareness. Provide guidance to the CE-DEV team 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. Clearly articulate jointly established goals and enable both paid and unpaid staff to achieve said goals in a manner that supports 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 workplace, and compliance with all worker regulations and laws. Uphold the Workplace Culture Agreement and WHS Core Values.
The CEDD supervises the Community Philanthropy Officer, Development Manager, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Digital Content Coordinator, and Marketing Specialist.
CONTROLS OVER WORK
The CEDD 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
Along with the ED, the CEDD is the primary contact in crisis situations, and for the media. The CEDD works closely 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 with a professional demeanor expected at the executive level.
As a member of the leadership team, this is a high-stress position that assists in establishing the direction of WHS, as well as ensuring 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, as well as knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to fundraising.
- Knowledge of animal welfare issues, best practices, 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.
- Knowledge of administrative practices, and budget preparation and oversight.
- Advanced oral and written communication skills, knowledge of best practices in philanthropic communications and marketing strategies.
- Ability to plan and meet deadlines with a meticulous attention to detail and follow-through.
- Solid analytical skills.
- Ability to 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. Senior leadership/executive level experience desired.
- A minimum of two years’ experience in direct supervision and management of professional staff.
- Capital or Comprehensive campaign experience.
- Certified Fundraising Executive credentials desired.
- Demonstrated experience in donor development, cultivation, and retention.
- Demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money.
- Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and successful collaboration as a team player.
- Proficient in MS Office products, web content management systems and database software.
- Solid fundraising experience developing and implementing fundraising strategies.
Additional requirements: Must have a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for animal welfare and the WHS Mission and culture; 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: $60,000 – $80,000 per year
Schedule: Typically M-F, but must be available on weekends and during evening as required by the job.
- Medical and Dental insurance provided after 60 days,
- Paid vacation, sick leave provided after 90 days.
- Employee Assistance Program benefits available.
- 401(k) retirement plan available after 1,000 hours and one year of service.
- All opportunities available at: https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/employment/
- Current employees should follow procedures in the Employee Handbook, page 15
- Volunteers may apply online at: https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/employment/
- For consideration, apply online at https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/employment/
A complete application package is required. INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. The application package will include:
- a completed WHS job application
- a cover letter explaining your interest in this position; MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT
- a résumé of your educational background and professional experience. MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT.
Due to the large volume of responses, WHS will contact only those candidates who are selected for interview.
Completed application materials received by human resources 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
- Sharing Knowledge
- Collaborative Problem Solving
- Initiative and Innovation
- Accountability and Responsibility
- Safe Actions
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 (testing only for substances that are illegal in Oregon) conducted at WHS expense.
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