Director of Development

Empresa: Humane Society of Ventura County
Tipo de empleo: A tiempo completo

Our Mission
The Humane Society of Ventura County is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, welfare, compassionate care and protection of all animals through education and community outreach programs.
Agency Description
In the past decade, the need for the Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC) has more than doubled.
Adoptions have increased from 200 to over 600 per year. For 89 years, HSVC has served the animals and people of Ventura County through ordinary and extraordinary times, including multiple wildfires and the pandemic. This compassionate shelter provides safety and security for domestic animals, with a goal of finding their forever home. Offering not only adoption services, the HSVC provides low-cost spay and neuter clinics and veterinary care, animal protection by investigating hundreds of abuse and neglect cases, and humane education programs. The Humane Society is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, located in Ojai, and is not affiliated with nor a chapter of any other humane organization.
Current Status
The Humane Society is well positioned to elevate its fundraising on two fronts:
The organization has annually secured between $1.5 and $4 million from a combination of grants and contributions. Increased giving has occurred in response to the disaster relief work of the organization, e.g. rescuing and housing displaced dogs, cats and horses due to a wildfire until their owners can reclaim them. Staff support for securing operating funds come from the Director of Community Outreach, the Grants Associate and grants, bequests and general donations.
The Humane Society has launched a $6.5 million capital campaign to replace the aging dog kennel facility. The Sheltering Friends campaign is under the guidance of campaign counsel from Netzel Grigsby Associates. Campaign planning to date includes completing a development assessment study, creating the general campaign plan, wealth screening of a portion of the database and the initial communications committee work on collateral materials. The Board of Directors has committed $2.5 million from carefully conserved organizational funds in support of this campaign, leaving a goal of $4 million to be raised from the community.
Position Description
The Humane Society seeks an experienced development professional to elevate the fundraising strategy and to lead the organization into a more prosperous future. The focus for the Director of Development is to build relationships with donors and potential donors, increasing their engagement with the Humane Society. The Director of Development will also assist in building community partnerships. The position reports directly to the Board President.
Essential Responsibilities
Create a development plan for the annual operating needs of the Humane Society. The plan will need to offer options for donors of various giving capacities. Implement the plan once approved by the Board of Directors.
Build a cultivation strategy to increase donor engagement and to attract new donors. Broaden the circle of contributors, bring more people into the Humane Society family. Involve volunteers in the cultivation process.
Lead the established plans for the capital campaign, serve as a facilitator and thought leader.
Lead request teams, preparing them to make the ask. Participate in the request and debrief with the team. Applies to requests for operating and/or capital gifts.
Strategically partner with the Board to set both immediate and long-term fundraising goals.
Grow support among individuals, businesses and foundations by building relationships.
Build donor stewardship and recognition opportunities.
Build community partnerships with likeminded organizations.
Detailed Workplan
Allocate time each week to cultivate donors and potential donors, via video conferencing or in person.
Advance the capital campaign, working through the timeline and with campaign counsel.
Plan and execute purposeful events as needed for cultivation and stewardship.
Job Specifications
Bachelors Degree is preferred.
Experienced development professional with knowledge of fundraising best practices.
Knowledge of and genuine compassion for domestic animals and wildlife.
Strong interpersonal, written and verbal skills; able to communicate effectively.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Knowledge of Chameleon, or similar databases is a plus.
The Director of Developments annual salary is competitive, and benefits include paid vacation, sick leave and a 403(b)-retirement plan.
To Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume detailing experience and qualifications through Workable.
This position is open until filled. The anticipated start date is July 2021. Interviews will be conducted remotely due to public health restrictions. Finalists will be invited to visit HSVC in person, touring the site and meeting with key leaders, masks and social distancing required.
Please do not contact the Humane Society to inquire about the position. All applicants will be contacted by email initially with the next steps. If you have questions or inquiries before applying, please contact Becca Merrell at
Thank you for your interest in joining the Humane Society team!