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Senior Director, Development

The Humane Society of The United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a Senior Director, Development for its South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC). This position is responsible for directing all aspects of the on-line and off-line fund development program of SFWC, including capital campaign, major donor solicitation and cultivation, corporate support, annual and planned gifts, grant research/application, special events, direct marketing, website and all other fundraising initiatives.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Establishing and managing development and donor stewardship systems, including recognition, acknowledgements, record keeping and budgeting;
  • Supporting donor research, identification, and gift solicitation for capital campaign;
  • Assuring that the database management system supports fundraising activities;
  • Being knowledgeable about South Florida Wildlife issues and HSUS programs and services and serve as an effective speaker and presenter about the organization;
  • Creating annually a detailed, comprehensive development plan utilizing a variety of fundraising methods that provides a roadmap to meet or exceed the annual fundraising goals;
  • Creating an annual calendar that integrates fundraising with all SFWC activities;
  • Designing and evaluating each aspect of the fundraising program for cost effectiveness of methods, program growth and effectiveness of the process;
  • Setting and achieving realistic development plans and goals for major and planned gifts, special events, foundation and corporate support, and other appropriate income;
  • Setting goals and metrics and developing strategies for recruiting new high net worth individuals;
  • Proactively guiding efforts to identify new prospects to grow and further diversity the organization’s major donor base;
  • Providing leadership to management staff and support to Executive Director in order to involve and engage the entire team and facilitate and achieve fundraising success;
  • Serving as key strategist and primary solicitor for all appropriate fundraising solicitations as well as a coach and supporter for those solicitations where others are the most appropriate primary solicitor.
  • Working with Planned Giving Department to insure coordinated integration of donor cultivation;
  • Identifying, cultivating, directing and supporting leadership volunteers, including development and special events fundraising committees as well as capital campaign ad-hoc committees and a formal Advisory Board associated with the SFWC governance boar;
  • Supervising Development Specialist as well as fundraising volunteers;
  • Providing leadership development and career development to the development staff.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and specialized training in fundraising practices. Continuing education in the field of fundraising and development with emphasis on development research methods, database management and fundraising practices highly desirable;
  • Minimum of nine years of progressively responsible development experience with accountability for strategic development planning and implementation of creative resource development strategies. Management of a portfolio(s) exceeding $1 million highly-desired;
  • Minimum six years of management experience;
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification strongly preferred;
  • Proven track record of successfully closing major gifts and stewarding donors. Capital campaign experience highly desirable;
  • Track record of providing strategic direction and operational management of creative fundraising initiatives, resulting in significant philanthropic revenue growth and an expanded constituency base;
  • Knowledge of, and ideally, high-level experience with, non-profit business operations, including effective budget development and the management processes required;
  • Knowledge of both on-line and off-line fundraising best practices;
  • Proficient with databases, preferably ROI, or other similar CRM systems, and Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Strong development writing skills, strong presentation and interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen, empathize and influence;
  • A high level of confidence, integrity, interpersonal skills, and a professional executive presence for effectively interacting with and influencing others, internal and external to SFWC, as well as for facilitating meetings and conducting public speaking/presentations;
  • The ability to build/foster relationships by reinforcing trust and respect, and demonstrating high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion;
  • Demonstrated strategic and critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as the ability to handle complex situations and demonstrate sound judgment and problem-solving;
  • Strong presentation and interpersonal skills, including ability to listen, empathize and influence;
  • Well-organized, ability to manage competing priorities and execute plans, attention to detail;
  • Willingness to travel as necessary.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is based in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EOE

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