Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for directing Charleston Animal Society’s annual, planned, major and capital campaigns, as well as long term endowment and planned giving to support the annual funding of operations to achieve the mission. This position works closely with senior level management, the Board of Directors, and the development team, to establish funding relationships and secure resources that support Charleston Animal Society’s mission and long term strategic goals. The ideal candidate is a visionary leader with demonstrated experience building successful fundraising programs and managing high performing teams. A skillful manager of people who effectively delegates and empowers others. A person of integrity, loyalty, and a capacity for hard work, perseverance, and resiliency. Additionally, this position will oversee all marketing and communication and external relationships.
Evaluate all current development, marketing, and communication activities, modify or realign any that are not optimally productive, and introduce a number of high impact new initiatives.
Hold responsibility for the key areas of grant administration, major gifts, individual and family donations, corporations, planned giving, campaigns and capital projects, endowments and fundraising events in addition to all marketing and communications.
Along with Charleston Animal Society team and board, research, identify, cultivate, solicit and steward philanthropic prospects. Keeping these donors and prospects informed on a regular basis of Charleston Animal Society’s work and the impact of their contributions.
Manage the development and marketing team to achieve their goals and strategies by establishing clear objectives, providing necessary resources and coaching, and holding individuals and teams accountable. Meeting regularly with each team member to establish specific job responsibilities, evaluate job performance, and set objectives for achieving outcomes.
Oversee all community relations, including public relations, marketing activities, branding, publications, website and social media platforms.
Oversee and approve content and production of all organization’s publications (digital and print) with a strong marketing and public relations impact.
Work with key members of the development team, committees and volunteers, plans and executes events focused on fundraising goal/ratios, increasing awareness of the general and philanthropic community, cultivation of prospects and donors, and increased support for programs and services.
Create strong purposeful relationships with appropriate members of the Board and other key volunteers and ensure that they are engaged with Charleston Animal Society at levels that will match their capacity.
Oversee and manage all aspects of the retail operations for Charleston Animal Society including in-shelter/online retail and the resale store location with specific emphasis on Net Operating Income (NOI) and revenue goals while increasing efficiencies.
Provide internal and external leadership for Charleston Animal Society major gifts and development programs with the ability to plan, set goals, prioritize, and follow through to completion.
Strong financial competence in budgeting and revenue/NOI goal setting.
In collaboration with Charleston Animal Society team and Board, conceptualize a plan, both strategic and tactical, to significantly expand Charleston Animal Society’s income growth.
Identify new areas of opportunity to develop and grow Charleston Animal Society’s donor base.
Represents the organization as one of its principle spokespersons. Seeks out and develops community contacts with government officials, agencies, civic groups, veterinary organizations and the media.
Attends workshops, conferences, and seminars, maintaining memberships in professional organizations and networking with other fundraising professionals.
Ensures that the organization operates within legal and regulatory requirements.
Experience raising funds in the nonprofit and/or animal welfare sector preferred.
Demonstrated success in leading fundraising and/or business development teams with a proven track record in major gifts or business development.
Demonstrated success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding principal gifts from individuals, companies, and institutions.
A strong track record of successfully working with an enthusiastic and committed leadership team.
Must possess exemplary writing abilities and dynamic presentation skills.
Experience in successfully planning and executing fundraising campaigns and capital projects.
Strong project management and organizational skills a must.
An ability to clearly articulate Charleston Animal Society’s mission, the work it does and the unique opportunities Charleston Animal Society presents for philanthropists.
Flexibility and the demonstrated ability to thrive in a constantly changing environment, juggling numerous projects and satisfying numerous constituencies simultaneously.
Enthusiasm, ability to take risks, and the courage to speak and act on convictions. The willingness to make difficult and bold decisions with little information.
Ability to manage complex and highly confidential information with utmost discretion.
A high degree of personal organization and self-management.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long term relationships.
Excellent social and interpersonal skills, able to operate with diplomacy, tact and empathy.
A strategic thinker with a strong work ethic and excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
A general understanding of policy and strategy trends affecting sheltering and animal welfare.
Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university.
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), preferred. American Marketing Association Professional Certified Marketer (PCM), preferred.
5+ years of proven and successful development experience with an emphasis on major gifts including the cultivations and building of relationships with individuals, foundations, corporations, groups and other major funding sources.
Knowledge of advanced MS office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Raiser’s Edge, Wealth Engine and other donor database knowledge a plus.
Valid driver’s license required and must have excellent driving record.
Occasional travel throughout Charleston County, the State and Nation.
Physical requirements include, but are not limited to, walking, standing and moving of equipment and animals (ability to lift 50 pounds).
Primary schedule may include weekdays and/or weekends, including evenings, as appropriate.
Working area: Charleston Animal Society and venues for meetings throughout Charleston County and beyond.
Additional Salary Information: Exempt; Full-time, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Full Benefit Package.
About Charleston Animal Society
Charleston Animal Society is South Carolina’s largest animal rescue. Every day we combat cruelty by using innovative, scientifically-based strategies including a large-scale spay/neuter program, a free roaming cat initiative, educational outreach programs that teach our children to be humanitarians and a food bank for pets. We also work with police, prosecutors and lawmakers to make sure animal cruelty laws are enforced and made stronger.