The Lawrence Humane Society is seeking a dynamic and innovative fundraising and communications professional to design, plan, and direct a variety of fundraising and marketing programs and initiatives at our quickly expanding animal welfare organization and shelter in Lawrence, Kansas. The Director of Development and Communications (DOD) will create sustainable and engaging fund development opportunities and programs to further the Lawrence Humane Society’s mission.
The Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) is an open-admission animal shelter that provides shelter for lost, abandoned and homeless pets and 24-hour daily rescue for injured stray animals. We investigate allegations of animal abuse and cruelty and work closely with local law enforcement to prosecute offenders. Over 4,500 animals are admitted to our shelter every year.
Mission: The Lawrence Humane Society nurtures the human-animal bond by providing shelter, care and advocacy for homeless and abused animals, as well as resources for the people and pets in our community.
Vision: Changing the lives of people and animals in our community by providing leadership and resources in animal welfare, health and education.
Position: Director of Development & Communications
Classification: Exempt, Full-Time
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Development & Events Coordinator, Development & Communications Specialist
Salary: $50,000+ (depending on experience and qualifications)
The director of development and communications (DOD) provides strategic leadership, both external and internal, for the development and marketing functions of the agency. S/he will partner closely with the executive director (ED) to build on a solid history of fundraising, increase current support, and generate new streams of revenue. S/he will provide strategic leadership supporting the organization's donor relationship and community awareness goals. S/he will oversee and coordinate donor relations with all government, corporate, and foundation entities and individual donor relations, and coordinate community awareness activities. S/he will provide strategic guidance and oversight to the marketing and communications functions in order to drive broad awareness and visibility for the organization’s important work in the community.
The DOD reports to the ED, is a member of the senior management team, and supervises the development and events coordinator (DEC) and development and communications specialist (DCS), along with other positions determined necessary as the organization grows. The DOD will provide staff support and professional recommendations to the ED and the LHS Board of Directors.
Creates development and communications plans to advance LHS’ strategic plan and financial goals, with a focus on major gifts from individuals, corporations, and public and private grants; planned giving; capital and endowment funding; and special events and special appeals
Lead and implement development and communications plans and coordinate all related activities throughout the agency, including those undertaken by the Board
Support the ED in their role as chiefs spokesperson and fundraiser, and serve as a senior ambassador for the agency
Engage and motivate a dedicated staff team, and create opportunities for ongoing learning and professional development
Ensure establishment of best marketing and fundraising practices and effective procedures within the department and throughout the agency as they relate to development and communication functions
Establish positive relationships with LHS’ long-time supporters and funders and identify new prospects, especially in the area of individual major gifts, corporate giving, and foundation funding
Manage a portfolio of major donor prospects while supporting the ED in the cultivation and solicitation of their portfolio
Oversee all aspects of outreach and stewardship to donors
Oversee communications efforts, including messaging strategies, media relations, and print/web/social media and other tactics
Make recommendations for the organization’s budget planning purposes and regularly track and report upon progress toward goals.
Work collaboratively with other departments to ensure positive communication with all donors and supporters.
Support Executive Director in capital and endowment campaign efforts.
Oversees and monitors donor database; ensures that donor’s gifts are properly recorded and acknowledged
Minimum Job Requirements:
Commitment to Lawrence Humane Society’s mission and vision
5+ years of successful experience in a senior fundraising role in a nonprofit setting; animal welfare experience is a plus
Proven success in raising major gifts from individuals
Experience managing development staff and working with a Board of Directors
Outstanding strategic, communications, and interpersonal skills
Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects
Demonstrated experience in grant-writing and direct mail management
Goal-driven, holding self and others accountable to department and agency goals, with effective skills at prioritizing and redirecting activities to achieve the desired outcomes.
Maturity and confidence in dealing with internal leaders and external stakeholders
Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
Critical thinking skills and focus on consistent process improvement.
Strong supervisory abilities.
Strong customer service orientation and effectiveness in interacting with people from different
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Flexibility with work schedule in support of events and deadlines.
Commitment to on-going learning and growth.
About Lawrence Humane Society
The Lawrence Humane Society (Lawrence, KS) is a private, non-profit animal shelter serving more than 4,500 homeless animals each year. The Lawrence Humane Society nurtures the human-animal bond by providing shelter, care and advocacy for homeless and abused animals, as well as resources for the people and pets in our community. For more information, visit lawrencehumane.org.