Job Description

Director of Development

​Department: Development
​Reports to: Executive Director
​Job Type: Full-Time, Exempt
​Salary Range: $60,000-$75,000 annual

You can make our community a kinder place for animals and their people by joining the Humane Educational Society (HES) team of lifesavers. Founded in 1910, HES provides a safe haven for homeless, abused, neglected and injured animals in our community. HES takes in over 4,000 animals a year from the Hamilton County area and boasts a 94% live release rate as an open-admissions shelter. The organization provides care for homeless animals, adoptions, animal services, volunteer opportunities, foster home support, pet food assistance, trap/neuter release for community cats, and humane education.

As a 501(c)3 organization, HES relies on generous public support and is seeking a driven and strategic people-person to connect donors to our mission. The ideal candidate has a passion for animal welfare and inspires that passion in others.


The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing and executing the organization’s fundraising activities including major gifts program, special events, planned giving, and other initiatives. This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with HES leadership, the Board of Directors, and volunteers.


Work collaboratively across departments to cultivate a positive team approach to the mission of HES
Work with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and management team to develop and reach organizational goals
Identify, develop, and manage fundraising initiatives in accordance with priorities of HES
Meet annual activity and financial performance metrics
Prepare reports on a regular basis for Executive Director and Board of Directors
Establish fundraising strategies that focus on engaging existing donors, qualifying prospective donors, engaging new prospects, cultivating planned giving, and executing stewardship plans
Ensure regular contact and maintain active portfolio with donors through various activities/communications, especially face-to-face meetings
Cultivate and maintain relationships with HES corporate and foundation partners
Identify and research prospective grantors and prepare related proposals and reports
Manage schedule for direct mail and stewardship efforts
Approve external communications including press releases and newsletters
Oversee fundraising events, third-party fundraisers, and other opportunities that arise
Identify, organize, and direct the efforts of involved staff and volunteers as needed and assigned
Maintain detailed and complete records of fundraising activities and donors, ensure those activities are tracked properly in the CRM and documentation for bookkeeping
Act as a spokesperson for HES, as requested
Demonstrate ability to solve problems, overcome hurdles, and navigate sensitive issues with discretion, tact, and strong communication skills
Develop and maintain productive relationships with HES staff, board members, and volunteers to support fundraising initiatives
Ensure compliance with relevant laws and compliance with ethical standards


Bachelor’s Degree
​Minimum of five years of related experience with demonstrated fundraising success
​Experience with donor/customer management software


Deep knowledge of fundraising tools and techniques
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent planning, analytical, and organizational skills
Demonstrated work ethic
Open-minded, collaborative attitude
High emotional intelligence
Commitment to animal welfare mission of HES
Proficient in CRM software, Excel, Word, Outlook, Powerpoint
Superior interpersonal skills, especially the ability to work effectively in a complex organization
Experience with major gifts and strategic planning
Ability to articulate values and fundraising goals of HES to the public
Ability to consistently meet deadlines in a professional manner


Health, Vision, and Dental insurance, 75% employer paid
​Retirement savings program with employer matching
​Flexible paid time off

This is a full time job

Contact Information

Job Contact Details

Rebecca Bryan
Executive Director

Closing Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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