Director of Development

Director of Development

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Humane Society of Shelby County
October 6, 2020
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Contact Name (not public)
Bob McArdle





Job Title:             Director Donor Development

Department:        Fundraising

Reports to:          Board of Directors

FLSA Status:       Exempt

Revised Date:      October 6, 2020


Job Function/Summary

The primary goal of Donor Development Manager is to develop and implement a fundraising strategy to secure a targeted, annual revenue amount as set forth by the Board of Directors.  The position is responsible for a variety of fundraising program tasks to accomplish this goal which includes direct mail campaigns, cultivating relationships with major donors, securing endowments, planning and hosting fundraising events, and assisting with related grant writing as needed.

Responsible for organization development through raising funds, sponsorships, planned giving, events and grants; responsible for putting together formalized fund development program and marketing strategy that ensures adequate funding for shelter operations, services, programs and special projects; promotes organization within community to ensure broad base of funding resources.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Donor Development Manager must adhere to and exemplify the organization’s managerial expectations at all times by:

  • Serving as a role model in the community and within the organization.
  • Driving continuous growth and improvement.
  • Practice candor, clarity and commitment in all communications.

Fundraising and Resource Development:

Provide day-to-day administration of all fundraising programs including but not limited to – annual giving, direct mail solicitations, new donor identification, donor retention, major gifts, grants, tributes, memorials, on-line giving, in-kind giving, planned giving, matching gifts, sponsorships, and all fundraising.

Research, identify, cultivate and solicit foundation, corporate and individual donors with the goal of building and maintaining long-term relationships.  Develop and coordinate plan for donor recognition, retention, renewal and upgrades.  Respond to donor concerns and requests.  Proactively seeks new projects and fundraising concepts to insure long-term and immediate funding for the organization.

In partnership with the Board of Directors, monitor and evaluate all elements of the fundraising strategy with specific emphasis on measurable results.  Take appropriate action to add, modify, or eliminate programs and/or goals based on efficacy and effectiveness in achieving the mission.

Fiscal Management:

Assist in developing annual targets in partnership with the Board of Directors, while implementing the strategy to achieve established goals and remaining within budget.



Additional Responsibilities:

Collaborate with Public Relations Coordinator, Adoption & Foster Manager, Shelter Manager, shelter staff, and Board of Directors as needed to assist with marketing strategy, website maintenance and design, media relations, and community awareness programs.  Develop fundraising and promotional materials such as logo, letters, brochures, etc.


Required Education, Experience & Knowledge


  • Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Non-Profit Management or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in fundraising/donor development required, with demonstrated success in achieving fundraising goals.
  • Must be outgoing, confident, persuasive communicator, and have excellent writing skills.
  • Must be comfortable and effective in designing, drafting and delivering presentations to groups of all sizes and soci-economic demographics.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to be a superb relationship builder.
  • Microsoft Office skills required.
  • Having a genuine interest in animals and their well-being will foster the right spirit of our mission.
  • Experience with donor database systems is preferred.

Work Location

Due to the need for ongoing and frequent access to current and potential donors in Shelby County and surrounding areas, the Donor Development Manager will work remotely from the SHS location in Columbiana, AL.  Although office space will not be dedicated to this position, personal visits to the shelter for staff meetings, events, etc. are to be expected.

Working Environment

The Possible exposure to infectious organisms, animal waste, allergens, chemical materials requiring OSHA Material Safety Data sheets and potential hostile animals.  Noise level is generally loud.


Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the position.


SHS is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal opportunity to all associates and applicants without regard to race, color, religious beliefs, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, status as a protected veteran, disabled veteran, or other protected characteristic as required by federal, state and local laws




How To Apply

Please send your resume with a cover letter indicating current salary/bonus income and income expectations to: