Job Description

Director of Development
Department: Administration Job Status: Full-time
Reports to: Executive Director Work Schedule: Varies
Positions Supervised: Development & Event Coordinator, Donor Relations

Job Summary:
The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the organization’s fundraising activities including its major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and works closely with the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors. The position will interface with donors in New York City, Eastern Long Island and Florida Winter Residences.

Responsibilities & Duties:
• Responsible for the strategic direction, growth, and overall management of the development department; assures proper planning including goal setting, strategy identification, benchmarking, and evaluation
• Prepares and manages the development department annual budget; assures sound fiscal operation of the department including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of charitable income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring, and implementation
• Supervises, guides, evaluates, and counsels department staff; encourages professional growth of staff, research training opportunities; creates and evaluates staff goals and objectives
• Assures that all development department staff is well-versed on the history, philosophy, programs, services, and current activities of SASF and can accurately and professionally articulate the same to donors and members of the public
• Informs the Executive Director on current trends, issues, challenges, and activities to facilitate policy making
• Oversees and enhances ongoing donor cultivation, research and recognition of individuals, corporations, and foundations
• Identifies and researches prospective grantors, matching program needs and prospect’s interests
• Prepares letter of inquiry, proposals, acknowledgements and reports for grants, donor-advised funds, corporate matching gifts, and solicited corporate support
• Schedules, tracks and responds to grant funding timeline for proposal development, submission, and reporting
• In coordination with the Marketing Manager, provides content and communications regarding SASF website, newsletters, press release and social media to promote area of responsibility and ensure compliance with grant requirements
• Advances and stewards foundation, corporate and workplace-giving relationships
• Ensures that the fundraising database and donor tracking systems are accurate and complete; works with staff to continually expand functionality
• Solicits gifts on behalf of SASF, both individually and in conjunction with the Executive Director, other staff, board members and fundraising volunteers
• Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintains accountability standards to donors, and ensures compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives
• As a member of the senior management team, participates in organization-wide strategic planning and implementation
• Other duties as assigned

Experience & Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Capital Campaign (New Construction) experience
• 6+ years experience in non-profit fundraising and community relations
• Proven ability to recruit major gifts/donors, raise private donations, develop, and manage donor relationships, and motivate staff and volunteers
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of non-profit fund development; animal sheltering development a plus
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong interpersonal communication and public speaking skills
• Proven strategic planning and budgeting skills
• Proficient using Excel and Word software
• Ability to learn new software including fundraising software – Classy, Network for Good
• Capable of meeting deadlines
• Able to work a flexible schedule with regular weekend and evening activities
• Hold a valid New York Driver’s license and have an insurable driving record
• CFRE certification desirable

Full benefits including medical, dental, vision, PTO and holidays after 90 days of employment. Work schedule is Monday through Friday with evenings and weekends as needed. SASF is an equal opportunity employer. All are encouraged to apply. Visit our website at
MUST SUBMIT A COVER LETTER explaining why you feel you are qualified for the position, as well as SALARY REQUIREMENTS.

This is a full time job

Contact Information

Job Contact Details

Joseph Sprague
Executive Director

Closing Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021

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