Director of Development

Palm Valley Animal Center - Edinburg

Job Type: Fundraising/Development
Closing date: 10/31/2019



The Director of Development works closely with the Executive Director, Director of Communications, and the Board of Directors to oversee and manage all aspects of the organization’s development program. The Director of Development must be able to think strategically and practically to implement a comprehensive and results-oriented development plan that includes traditional and innovative strategies. Key components of this plan should include goals, strategies, and timetables for giving in support of operations, major and capital gifts, planned giving, and matching gifts, and should include a complementary focus on prospecting and tactics to build key relationships with constituents, families, and community, corporate, and foundation leaders.

• Develops and implements a short and long-term development plan to meet established goals and objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, strategic initiatives for securing major gifts, donations to the organization, corporate and foundation grants, endowment gifts, defining stewardship and prospecting tactics, enhancing special fundraising/cultivation events, and developing new approaches to supporting traditional advancement initiatives.
• Works closely with the Director of Communication in support of efforts to maximize results across planning, messaging, communication common to the organization’s mission.
• Provides daily management of development staff including establishing annual goals (to support overall goals established in the advancement plan), providing regular performance reviews and appropriate recognition, and supporting ongoing professional development opportunities.
• Works collaboratively and creatively with the Director of Communications to appropriately position development opportunities and integrate messages in publications, grant submissions, reports, and collateral materials for cultivating and stewarding donors.
• Clearly articulates and promotes a strong case of need for philanthropy and builds opportunities to create and sustain a culture that understands the relationship between philanthropy and companion animal lifesaving efforts in the Rio Grande Valley Region.
• Oversees management of gift processing and donor acknowledgement, the donor database, and financial reporting. Manages accompanying information systems.
• Manages prospect research and cultivation initiatives with a special emphasis on pursuing strategies to secure or increase giving from donors. This includes providing a structure and process for key advancement and leadership staff, and Board of Directors, for a regular review of strategies attached to solicitations of potential donors (e.g. contact reports).
• Develops strategies for existing donors to move them through a meaningful cycle of giving.
• Meets regularly with the Executive Director regarding program goals and initiatives and routinely reports to the Board of Directors and appropriate committees.
• Attends events and activities and fosters significant pride and excitement for fundraising efforts.
• Attends board meetings as required
• Any other duties the Executive Director may assign

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Demonstrates thoughtful leadership, embodies the organization’s mission, and exemplifies a collaborative, decisive, motivating and engaging communication style
• Proven track record of fundraising success, particularly by securing major gifts, successfully managing campaigns, and engaging a community of motivated supporters.
• Excellent managerial skills including experience successfully managing development staff.
• Ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment.
• Working knowledge of best practices and trends in nonprofit animal welfare donor development, fundraising tools and technology, donor databases, email/online campaigns, and donor research.
• Extreme tact and discretion, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence.
• Deep appreciation and understanding of the organization’s mission and the ability to articulate its values and vision internally and externally.

This position has varying working hours depending on the organization’s needs.

The Donor Services Coordinator reports to the Director of Development.

• Bachelor’s degree
• Minimum of 5-7+ years of increasing responsibility in nonprofit development and fundraising

PVAC is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

REV 072019

  • : Palm Valley Animal Center
  • : 10/31/2019
  • : Michael Bricker
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  • : 9566861141
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Michael Bricker