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Director of Development, Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Company: Catskill Animal Sanctuary
Date Posted: January 25, 2018



Saugerties, New York

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Catskill Animal Sanctuary in the search for a Director of Development.

This creative and innovative person will work with leadership to plan and execute fundraising strategies to elevate and enhance Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s image and position as it moves to the national stage. The Director of Development will participate in shaping the strategic direction of the organization, and will be responsible for the creation and oversight of a comprehensive development plan that includes major gifts, grants, planned giving, on-line and traditional appeals, member cultivation, and partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to cultivate and solicit significant gifts. Additionally, the Director of Development will participate in the development and management of a comprehensive communications plan that promotes the organization’s mission, brand, people, and services in a way that distinguishes it from all others, and will provide leadership and supervision to staff to attain success.

The successful candidate will have a deep personal commitment to veganism, and will be an innovator with outstanding interpersonal skills and a proven track record of driving while flying. The Director of Development will supervise a staff of four—communications manager, communications associate, donor relations manager, and coordinator of the animal sponsorship program—and will engage with the Executive Director/Founder in leveraging her role in advancing the organization’s mission.

Since its inception 15 years ago, Catskill Animal Sanctuary has become one of the world’s leading sanctuaries for farmed animals, having saved over 4,000 animals through direct emergency rescue and exponentially more through groundbreaking programming that supports humans in their journey toward plant-based living. Having transformed 150 acres into a true haven for animals, Catskill is now poised to expand its reach and deepen its impact through new and “refreshed” programs that it hopes will become national models—a mentoring program, a youth leadership program, and a vegan culinary program—and through the construction of an Institute for Compassionate Living from which its programming will operate. In addition, the Sanctuary is implementing ongoing formal evaluation of its programs as a first step in offering a Best Practices model to the Sanctuary movement.

The Development Director will join a remarkable group of people who truly live its mantra of “love spoken here”—a mantra that filters through the entire organization, impacting not only external communications, but its internal culture as well. Moreover, Catskill has an unblemished record of fiscal accountability and transparency (Charity Navigator’s top-ranked farmed animal sanctuary in the nation), numerous healthy income streams, a strong balance sheet and zero debt. This is an opportune moment in its history for a poised, passionate, and visionary fundraising professional to help catapult the Sanctuary to become a national leader for our vital and urgent movement.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required for this position as is a minimum of 5 years of experience in major gift fundraising with a minimum of 2 years in a management role. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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