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Director of Development

Humane Society of Chittenden County
South Burlington, VT
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description
Salary: Depends on Experience

Are you an experienced, creative, and motivated development professional that loves animals?

If so, we have a great opportunity for you at the Humane Society of Chittenden County, a 121 year old community resource serving pets and their owners in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. We seek a full time Director of Development to design and implement a strategic, comprehensive fundraising and multi-channel communications plan for our mission driven organization. Proven experience and success in all aspects of  financial development is desired. Cultivating new, and stewarding existing donors and the procurement and retention of major gifts is a priority as our progressive organization scales for growth. Leading a team that communicates our regional and statewide impact, oversees corporate and community partnerships, designs creative engagement strategies, oversees planned giving and endowments, manages a grant pipeline and benefit events, round out the Director’s duties. The ideal candidate has a deep appreciation and understanding of how philanthropy fuels a mission driven organization; thrives on community engagement; uses data effectively with a results-based approach; knows how to leverage staff and volunteers to raise funds, has at least five years direct fundraising experience particularly with major gifts; is an effective manager; and has a collaborative style working with diverse groups.


The Director of Development is charged with designing, implementing and overseeing a strategic fundraising plan for the organization. The DD works with the President & CEO, members of the Development Committee of the Board of Directors, and other staff to successfully leverage philanthropic support to achieve the annual fundraising goals of the organization.



  • Develops and executes a coordinated, multi-channel and long-range fund development plan to include but not be limited to programs for major gifts, planned and annual giving, capital campaigns, endowments, bequests, special projects and benefit events
  • Lead HSCC in solicitation of individuals, businesses, vendors, and community organizations, for funding operations, events, and special programs and projects
  • Creates and oversees implementation of a stewardship plan for existing donors
  • Work closely with the President & CEO, the Development Committee, and members of the Board of Directors to identify high-capacity individuals and a cultivation process in order to attain annual fundraising goals
  • Plans and execute events, programs, and fundraising appeals to both build the organization’s presence in the community and increase its ability to raise the funds necessary to sustain and enhance its mission
  • Utilize a CRM database that identifies and provides analytical information on existing and prospect donors, creates engagement strategies for donor cultivation; uses a moves management approach for existing donors and is able to effectively initiate, analyze, and evaluate data to inform the department’s strategic direction
  • Create and manage a grants pipeline that includes local, state and national funding opportunities; writing grant proposals as needed
  • Collaborate with the Director of Volunteer and Community Outreach in coordinating special events and managing volunteers
  • Generate and/or manage the writing, design, production, and distribution of all direct-mail and on-line fundraising appeals as well as a synchronized communication plan for social and earned media that supports charitable giving.
  • Ensure that there is a smooth and timely recordkeeping and gift acknowledgement process both in writing and by phone.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as directed by supervisor


Candidates may or may not come from the animal welfare field, but it will be essential that they understand how philanthropy fuels the non-profit sector, and can work effectively within the unique culture of a mission-driven organization such as HSCC. Experience working in an organization providing humane services is a plus.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • At least five years non-profit financial development experience working with donors, governing boards, and volunteers
  • The Director of Development must be poised and confident with a flexible and collaborative style, as well as having a passion and respect for animals and people. Exceptional interpersonal and well- developed communication skills are critical.
  • A proven ability to forge strong working relationships within the organization and throughout the community
  • Experience, comfort, and success with soliciting individual and corporate donations, building donor relationships, and reaching out to new potential donors
  • Proven success at executing of development strategy; experience with major donors and procuring six-figure gifts desired
  • Experience with CRM data analysis and reporting necessary
  • Experience working with governing boards and volunteers
  • Flexible and collaborative style with both supervisors and subordinates
  • Exceptional and well-developed communication and diplomacy skills

This is a tremendous opportunity to guide HSCC through its next phase of growth and to expand its organizational leadership role on humane issues locally, regionally, and nationally.

Humane Society of Chittenden County


South Burlington, VT
05403 USA


Non Profit

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