The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation impacts the lives of horses and their caretakers. Under the direction of a new strategic plan, fully supported by the AAEP and AAEP Foundation boards and Foundation Advisory Council, the Foundation looks to advance its efforts in the areas of improving equine welfare through education and scholarships, research and benevolent programs directly impacting horses worldwide.
The AAEP Foundation seeks a proven, dynamic and inspiring individual with superior relationship skills and demonstrated success in building capacity and increasing revenue to become its Senior Development Officer. The successful candidate must have an authentic passion for the mission, demonstrated success as an engaging fundraiser and be a highly articulate communicator skilled at making a compelling case for support.
Located in a beautiful, new office building at the renowned Kentucky Horse Park, the association has a staff of 21 full-time employees.
The Senior Development Officer is responsible for planning and implementing a program of discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for individual major gift and planned giving prospects.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop an annual plan for the discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for a portfolio of 125 major gifts prospects and donors.
Assisted by development services, obtain research to discover new major gift prospects, including information concerning financial capability, special interests, history and current relationship with the Foundation, advisors and financial contributions to other causes.
Engage, as appropriate, the assistance and involvement of appropriate persons—members of the board of directors and Foundation Advisory Council, other key volunteers, the Executive Director, Director of Industry Relations and other AAEP/Foundation staff members—in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors.
Secure charitable gift support for Foundation initiatives and programs, especially campaign priorities.
Submit call reports within one week after visits or other substantive interactions with major gift prospects and donors.
Participate in Prospect Management Team meetings to report on progress and inform on strategies with major gift donors and prospects.
Develop and implement appropriate stewardship and recognition plans for specific major donors.
Take on other assignments, as appropriate.
Cooperative Working Relationships
The Senior Development Officer works closely with all members of the development and AAEP/Foundation staff, particularly in the process of major gifts prospect assignment and management. This Officer may engage members of the board of directors, the Foundation Advisory Council, the Executive Director, reporting to the Director of Industry Relations, and other staff and volunteers in the development process.
This position requires a talented, entrepreneurial advancement professional, preferably with a national reach, who will relish the opportunity to participate, shape and implement a new development strategy, and be part of a small but engaged staff and volunteer leadership team. The successful candidate will bring:
At least 3 to 5 years of fundraising or related work experience with demonstrated major gift and/or planned gift solicitation results;
Demonstrated experience in implementing and managing a successful, comprehensive fund development program and infrastructure, and preparing an annual development work plan and calendar to achieve goals;
Demonstrated success in learning the details of an organization’s substantive work and applying that knowledge in drafting successful fundraising solicitations;
Demonstrated success in conducting initial outreach to prospective foundations/donors, arranging for organizational leadership to meet with prospective foundations/donors and preparing them for those meetings;
Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills;
Strategic and nuanced thinking; creative, innovative and strategic inclinations to effectively engage new donor audiences;
Well-honed oral, written and public presentation skills;
Strong collaborative nature and skills, commitment to team results and track record of taking initiative and working independently;
Ability to multi-task, and to be a quick learner;
Detail-oriented, organized, enthusiastic and energetic, with great judgment and a sense of humor;
A strong work ethic; ability to maintain and model high personal, ethical and professional standards; and an outgoing and positive personality;
Experience using and measuring best practices in major gift and pipeline development;
Ability to manage complex relationships and multiple priorities; outstanding diplomatic, negotiation and ambassadorial skills;
Commitment to organizational mission and desire to learn the field;
Ability to travel to accomplish goals;
A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is desirable;
Background using Raiser’s Edge and/or iMIS database systems preferred
Additional Salary Information: An attractive and competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with level of experience.
About American Assn. of Equine Practitioners - Foundation
The AAEP Foundation was founded in 1994 as a 501(c)3 organization to serve as the charitable arm of the AAEP to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed nearly $4 million to support its mission. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.aaepfoundation.org.
The AAEP, founded in 1954, represents an educated group of men and women who cover a broad... range of equine disciplines, breeds and associations. The AAEP's mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry. These principles have guided the AAEP for more than six decades in the activities and services it provides. AAEP membership comprises nearly 9,500 veterinarians and veterinary students in 61 countries.