Annual Giving, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Special Events
4 Year Degree
After 22 years of providing shelter to more than 47,300 animals and offering high-quality service to the community, we are only $1M from building a new Animal Adoption & Education Center. Friends for Animals of Detroit is seeking a compassionate, organized and energetic development professional to build the development infrastructure that will enable us not only to raise the last $1M needed for the building, but that will sustain the momentum to serve thousands more animals for decades to come.
Reporting to the Executive Director, specific initiatives for the new Director will include:
Strategic Donor Relationship Management: devising concrete plans and steps for the full donor lifecycle – from engagement to cultivation to solicitation to recognition.
Creative Annual Fundraising Operations: innovating new approaches for major fundraising events, compelling appeals for general monetary and in-kind donations, refashioning existing giving programs, and executing other fundraising activities to elevate the sights of donors and the potential of the organization.
Valuable Partnership with the Capital Fundraising Team: developing and implementing personalized strategies for individual, corporate and foundation donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and recognition.
Meaningful Personnel Management: Supervising and ensuring ongoing professional development of the Development support staff.
Effective Diplomacy: Working successfully with the Board of Directors, Leadership Committee, Director of Operations, Volunteer Coordinator, staff, volunteers and other consultants to surpass internal and external goals.
Minimum of four years of non-profit fundraising experience, with at least two year’s administrative or supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.
Experience working with and coordinating multiple tasks using staff and volunteer resources.
Deft public relations capabilities, ability to handle individuals in a tactful and diplomatic manner, communicate effectively, possess a dynamic and creative approach to fundraising, and be able to objectively evaluate problems and recommend appropriate actions.
Proven financial acumen including budget development and management, financial procedures for nonprofit agencies; demonstrated skills in human resource management and strong leadership abilities.
Strong computer skills (i.e. word, PowerPoint and Excel)
The Friends organization strives daily to care for homeless animals and place them in new, loving homes. Animal education is also key to our mission. We offer classes and tips to encourage responsible pet ownership and provide community outreach focused on the human-animal experience. The shelter provides adoptions of great pets to quality homes; reuniting lost pets with their owners; providing lo...ving care for lost or unwanted animals; supporting Animal Control Officers in cruelty investigations; education and low-cost/no-cost outreach programs that assist community pet owners.