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Development Director

Pets Lifeline
Sonoma, California
Up to $90,000 a year + benefits
Closing date
Feb 23, 2023

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Focus Areas
Job Function
Development / Fundraising
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
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POSITION TITLE: Development Director


POSITION CLASSIFICATION: Full Time – 40 hours week

STATUS: Exempt; At-Will Employee

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Development Director is a member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for developing, managing, and administering Pets Lifeline’s fund development and public relations  plan. With the support of the President & CEO and the Board of Directors, the Development Director will implement a multi-level Resource Development plan that will include major donor, corporate and business, foundation, endowment, special event, and direct mail efforts. The Development Director is responsible for strengthening and diversifying Pets Lifeline’s funding and will be supported by the Resource Development Committee. With the support of the CEO, the Development Director will lead the team responsible for the mission of Pets Lifeline; to protect and improve the lives of cats and dogs in need in Sonoma Valley through sheltering and adoption, humane education, and community programs.


The Development Director should have the following skills and experience:

  • Previous and current experience in fundraising and development. (Suggested 5 years in a nonprofit sector or a combination of education and experience)
  • The ability to work cooperatively with different personalities and individuals of diverse racial/economic/cultural backgrounds.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills; experienced public speaker, English language, grammar, composition, spelling and punctuation, business correspondence formats, telephone etiquette, filing principles.
  • Experience providing direct supervision to staff members.  Demonstrated skills in motivating, directing and developing a team.
  • Flexibility ability to meet Board and volunteer schedules.
  • Confidentiality specifically of donor records and clients served.
  • Self-directed can work with minimal supervision.
  • Working knowledge of computers, word processing and database management.
  • Willingness to use own mode of transportation in job capacity; possession of or eligibility for valid California operator’s (driver’s) license; and
  • Commitment to Pets Lifeline’s mission and program goals and completion of selected Pets Lifeline and related training classes as identified by the CEO.


Fundraising Activities – The Development Director will lead the team responsible for raising the funds necessary for Pets Lifeline to conduct its mission.

  • Identify, cultivate, pursue, and retain major donor and contributor support.
  • Assist the CEO and Board to maintain strong relationships with current foundation, major and individual givers.
  • In collaboration with the Board and CEO, establish Key Performance Indicators and processes for budget projections; prepare and manage annual budget for the Development department.
  • Strategize and implement efforts to secure new and untapped resources.
  • Draft annual and special appeals to build individual giving base.
  • Assist with the growth of the long-term investment fund. Assist Resource Development Committee to produce the annual special events.
  • Receive, acknowledge, and track all donor contributions, pledges, in-kind donations, and other payment 
  • Maintain updated mailing lists, donor lists and donor profiles. Analyze fundraising data and prepare reports as needed using Salesforce nonprofit software.
  • Oversee the design and production of the organization’s communications relative to donor appreciation and recognition.
  • Support Resource Development Committee: attend meetings and take minutes. Research and write grant proposals.
  • Assist in the development, production, and dissemination of support materials for fund raising activities.

Public Relations Activities –The Development Director will lead the team responsible for raising awareness of the role Pets Lifeline plays in serving its community.

  • Oversee the design, implementation, and management of a campaign to establish Pets Lifeline’s brand recognition.
  • Oversee the design, implementation and management of Pets Lifeline’s visibility, media, and marketing campaigns for the purpose of fund development and Pets Lifeline volunteer recruitment.
  • Oversee the design and production of Pets Lifeline’s eNewsletter, blog and website.
  • Assist with program evaluation and production of the annual report.

Perform any other duties as assigned by the CEO.


Lifting & moving:  Ability to lift a minimum of 30 lbs.

Vision:  Required to read and produce written documents, pull reports from the computer. Use of automobile is occasionally required.

Hearing:  Required to hear telephone and office equipment, communicate with staff and public by telephone and in person. Required to hear sounds that may affect driving.

Speaking:  Required to enunciate and relay information in person and via telephone.

Agility & dexterity: Physical dexterity to write, input and retrieve data from computer and operate office equipment daily (computer, fax, calculator, telephone, copy machine). Ability to operate a motor vehicle as required.

Mental: Ability to read, produce, comprehend, and analyze data daily.


Pets Lifeline will not discriminate against any employee on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other basis made illegal by the laws of the United States or of the State of California.

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