Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $80,000
Maximum: $85,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



7225 North Western Avenue
United States


JOB TITLE: Director of Development

DEPARTMENT: Development  

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

SUPERVISES: Development Coordinator and Annual Giving Manager. Independent Contractors: Special Events Firm and Grant Writer/Researcher

EFFECTIVE DATE: 01/01/2018

SUMMARY: The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Tree House Humane Society’s fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns. The Director works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fund raising endeavors. 


Planned & Major Gifts (40%)

•    Lead planned and major gifts fundraising efforts for Tree House Humane Society through new and established campaigns. Monitor effectiveness and evaluate strategies.

·        Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, solicitation and recognition of major donors. Make portfolio assignments to Board, Executive Director and other staff. Manage own portfolio of prospects.

·        Actively meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them.

·        Build the planned giving program, including strategy and promotion of programs.

Annual Giving (25%)

·        Supervise, in conjunction with the Individual Giving Manager, the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives. Continually develop and evaluate creative programs for giving.

·        Oversee, in conjunction with Marketing and Operations teams, online fundraising, social media, and interaction between constituent databases.

Corporate & Foundation Grants (10%)

·        Direct grant seeking including research, proposal writing.

·        Ensure compliance with funding and reporting requirements.

Events (10%)

·        Oversee, in conjunction with special events consultant, two key fundraising special events.

·        Monitor event budgets and evaluate return on investment.

Planning & Management (15%)

·        Report progress to senior leadership, Board and staff on fundraising plans, status, revenue and activities.

·        Strategically evaluate fundraising programs and oversee changes to strategy and execution as needed.

·        Develop and monitor philanthropy income budget. Develop and monitor development department expense budget.

·        Monitor and evaluate departmental/area processes and procedures to maximize efficient use of resources.

·        Ensuring that Tree House Humane Society, in conjunction with the Finance and Administration Manager, is upholding legal and ethical duties to donors and following all applicable laws and best practices.

·        Participate in inter-departmental meetings and discussions to support and develop Tree House initiatives.

·        Staff Board External Affairs Committee.

·        Hires, supervises, evaluates, directs and guides the performance of the staff in the department. Conduct necessary disciplinary, terminations, and other personnel actions in accordance with personnel policies.


·        Actively participate in required staff meetings and workshops.

·        Update knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, maintaining networks, participating in professional organizations.

·        Protect the organization by keeping information confidential

·        Other duties as requested.


·        This position has supervisory responsibilities. Within the department, there are two individuals – Development Associate and Individual Giving Manager, in addition to a special events consultant.


·        Must embrace the mission of Tree House Humane Society.

·        Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills.

·        Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising.

·        Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.

·        Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.

·        Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.

·        Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.

·        Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.

·        A bachelor’s degree.

·        7 years minimum experience in professional fundraising.

·        Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and fundraising database software.

·        Ability to maintain confidentiality.

·        Valid driver’s license with insurable driving record.


·        Communication - Expresses self--orally and in writing--in manner that is clear, well organized and appropriate to situation.  Uses appropriate grammar, punctuation/spelling, and tone. Listens carefully and sincerely considers others' ideas. Maintains confidentiality and expresses good judgment about what to say and when to say it. Keeps others informed.

·        Customer Service - Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.

·        Diversity - Enthusiastically works with all employees, regardless of race, gender, culture, and age. Values contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates respect for opinions and ideas of others. Shows awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and individual values.

·        Judgment - Gathers data and others' input as appropriate when making decisions and handling diverse situations. Considers cost, organizational resources, and efficiency, as well as both long- and short-term outcomes. Can explain rationale for a decision. Observes safety and security procedures; uses equipment and materials properly. Recognizes when to consult higher level management. 

·        Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating, and process improvement. Aligns right work with right people. Ensures staff have skills and resources to fulfill their job duties. Informs staff of what is expected of them and holds them accountable. Gives staff ongoing, constructive feedback on their performance and progress in light of expectations and goals. Rewards and recognizes hard work and results. Addresses performance issues promptly and corrects poor performance. Works to create a strong team.

·        Problem Solving - Identifies problem in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes factors or causes. Generates and evaluates alternative solutions. Implements plan to solve problem. Assesses effectiveness of intervention.


·        This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, and communicate effectively via computer.

·        Regularly required to stand and walk. Frequently/Continually required to sit.

·        Must be able to lift/carry up to 25 lbs.

·        Work is completed in an office environment within an animal shelter.

·        Occasional work on evenings and weekends as needed

·        Tree House Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. Tree House Humane Society does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. Tree House Humane Society is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


We offer a compensation package that includes employer-paid health and generous leave policies. Employees are eligible for group dental and life insurance.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter by 10/31/2018 to with the subject line “your last name, first name.” Please indicate in your email where you heard of the position opening.

No phone calls, please.