POSITION SUMMARY: The Development Associate provides direct support to the Director of Development. The Development Associate is critical in the solicitation, cultivation and stewardship of individual donors; is essential in writing grant proposals and fulfilling reporting requirements; composes original written materials; undertakes special projects and represents the department’s goals within the shelter and within the community.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work in partnership with the Director of Development to establish and implement a strategy to identify, educate, cultivate and solicit major individual and corporate donors to contribute significantly to major gifts revenue and program growth
Set goals, create and follow individualized communication and stewardship plans reflecting the donor’s (and organization’s) needs
Collaborate with the Executive Director, the Director of Development, the Board of Directors and program staff at AWS as appropriate and necessary
Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:
Initiate contacts with potential and major gift donors
Develop appropriate cultivation strategies
Move potential donors in an appropriate fashion toward solicitation and closure
Make solicitations when appropriate
Maintain stewardship contacts with donors; adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition; reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors
Apply visionary and strategic thinking to create more purposeful interaction between donors and AWS staff and programs in order to grow donor relationships
Work with the Director of Development to ensure collaboration between direct mail, foundation, corporate, and planned giving efforts
Record donor interactions, relationships and other relevant information in the donor database in accordance with database policies and procedures
Compose original internal and external correspondence including call reports, cover letters, acknowledgments, and other correspondence; types, formats, proofreads/edits
Work with AWS staff for collection and preparation of grant proposal components, i.e. budgets, attachments, supporting documents, etc.
Ensure timely submission of grant proposals, track reporting dates and work with Director to complete reporting requirements
Supervise Development Assistant to ensure timely and accurate recognition of gifts
Schedule and complete donor visits, phone calls and meetings
Interact with senior staff, donors and prospects on highly confidential matters
Respond to calls and visits from donors, prospective donors, volunteers and sponsors; determine priority of the situation; suggest response and refer to/inform supervisor as appropriate;
Manage special projects, such as coordination of events and third-party fundraisers
Other duties as assigned
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, professional demeanor and solid writing skills are necessary with a strong orientation to customer service.
Superior organizational skills and ability to manage a variety of projects at once are key
Directed and self-starting attitude with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team and work with a variety of personalities
Solid computer skills and competency in Microsoft Office Suite products is absolutely necessary
High degree of confidentiality must always be exercised
Bachelor’s degree, and a minimum of three to five years of experience in non-profit development
Proven expertise in building and maintaining genuine relationships with diverse individuals
Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals and meet deadlines
About Animal Welfare Society
The Animal Welfare Society, located in West Kennebunk, Maine, is a private, non-profit humane society formed in the early 1960's. The founders included the late Mrs. Elmina B. Sewall and the late Mr. Donald Shepard who served as the Society's first President of the Board of Directors. In 1967, the Society became incorporated and has now expanded to a shelter of more than 13,000 square feet. Our service area for adoptions and other services extends throughout Southern Maine. We provide municipal shelter services to 21 communities representing a population of nearly 150,000.
Our mission statement reads: "The Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization, exists to provide humane shelter and care to companion animals temporarily in need of housing, to assist in disaster response, and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness. The society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty to and neglect of all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets."
We accomplish these goals through the generosity of concerned citizens who contribute to our non-profit society through donations, pledges, ...membership and bequests. These funds go directly to the care of the animals and the many other programs we offer to the people and animals of our communities.