Vice President of Development (DFL)

Dumb Friends League
Denver, CO
Vice President

A national model of animal welfare is seeking a Vice President of Development to build fundraising models that supports a community-based approach to ending pet homelessness and suffering.

For over 100 years, the Dumb Friends League has been working to end pet homelessness and animal suffering by providing a strong and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. As the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the region, the Dumb Friends League cares for more than 20,000 homeless pets and horses each year at its four facilities and is a national model in animal welfare.

The leaders, staff, and volunteers at the Dumb Friends League are devoted to a community-based approach to ending pet homelessness and suffering through a wide range of programs that provide humane care, resources and education to the public about compassion for animals. These programs’ success depends on partnerships among the Dumb Friends League’s many stakeholders and on the development of sustainable funding models.

The Vice President of Development is responsible for leading the strategic growth and operation of a mature, multi-faceted fundraising program, as well as an energetic team ready to achieve even higher financial results. Reporting to the President and CEO and working collaboratively with the VP leadership team, the VP of Development serves as a key leadership team member, an active participant in strategic decision-making, and the director of all fundraising and development activity, including major donor relationships, foundation support, annual giving, and planned giving . In addition, this Vice President will guide special events programs and lead an exceptional team of development professionals.

Specific qualifications include:

  • 10-plus years of professional experience and progressive growth in a nonprofit organization.
  • Demonstrated success in a development function, including managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources and cultivating major gifts and planned gifts .
  • Prior role in an animal welfare organization is not necessary; what is necessary is a passion for the mission of Dumb Friends League and the tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time.
  • Record of effectively using a consensus and collaboration-based leadership style to meet and exceed organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize and mobilize the potential of a diverse staff.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree or equivalent in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Health and Welfare, or related area is preferred.
  • Successful candidate must pass a background check.