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Development Director

Company: South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue
Date Posted: April 2, 2017

South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue, located in Homestead, Florida, is celebrating its 25th year anniversary and is seeking an experienced Development Director who is a strong front-line fundraiser. Experience specific to horses is not a must, but a passion for abused animals is essential. 

The Development Director is responsible for creating and implementing a development plan for major gifts, foundation, corporate and individual fundraising. The right candidate for this position will have experience securing major gifts, developing and maintaining donor relationships and overseeing major fundraising events. 

The ideal candidate will be someone who rolls up his/her sleeve and is directly responsible for fundraising, not simply creating development plans. Must be willing to make the ask and be a closer. The position requires someone who can work independently, but who also works well with a variety of personalities. A sense of humor is preferred and professional integrity is essential.




1) Personnel

  • Oversee hiring, supervising and evaluating, all business operations staff; 
  • coordinate between Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers for fundraising efforts; and 
  • foster and maintain positive working environment


2) Budgeting

  • Work with Board of Directors and CPA to prepare annual operating budget;
  • work with CPA to monitor finances, analyze development data and present financial reports to Board of Directors; and,
  • participate and assist Legal Task Force with contract negotiations for County MOU


3) Public Relations

  • Represent the organization as a spokesperson; and,
  • seek out and maintain community contacts with government officials, civic groups and media


2)  Overall Fundraising

  • Develop and execute robust fundraising plans;
  • direct and participate in all fundraising activities, including identifying new funding opportunities,
prospecting major donors, developing a pipeline of potential funders;
  • oversee current fundraising programs and develop new programs;
  • work closely with the Communications Director on direct mail newsletters, foundation, corporate, planned, event and other major gift and campaign efforts; and,
  • oversee all aspects of the donor database (DONOR PERFECT);


2)  Major Donors

  • Ensure the success of Major Gift fundraising development efforts by cultivating current donors, establishing bequests, identifying new prospects, and arranging donor visits;
  • directly solicit and close charitable gifts;
  • engage with long-term donors and ensure they receive timely reports, communications and new requests for funding; and,
  • create donor opportunities, such as meetings, educational events, and site visits


3)  Foundation Giving

  • Create and submit timely foundation proposals for general and restricted giving;
  •  conduct research of funding opportunities; and,
  • maintain tracking and reporting in conjunction with funder's criteria


4)  Corporate Giving

  • Create and manage corporate relationships, and develop new partnerships; and,
  • create strategies and giving opportunities to match prospects' interests including matching funds programs.


5)  Events

  • Work with Board of Directors and staff to plan and implement annual fundraising events;
  • plan and implement additional events for donor cultivation


6)  Management

  • Track, report, and assess performance against goals throughout the year;
  • deliver fundraising results on an ongoing basis through regular communication with staff and Board of Directors
  • supervise Administrative Assistant;
  • assist in identifying board prospects to build the Board of Directors
  • support Board Members in their fundraising roles and responsibilities


7)  Goal

  • To raise between $500,000 - $600,000 per year



  • Minimum 3-5 years of professional, nonprofit development experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of SFSPCA
  • Proven ability to raise an annual budget on par with ours
  • Skilled in creating powerful written and oral communications
  • Strong critical thinking, research, and analytical skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Able to initiate and manage development projects with minimal direction
  • Proficient with various software: Google Suite, Donor Perfect, Microsoft Excel


Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience


Please send resume and cover letter to Kathleen Monahan: