Donor Development Officer

Guide Dogs for the Blind
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 7, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Let your power to persuade guide you here.

 At Guide Dogs for the Blind, we create exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. With a network of instructors, puppy trainers, donors, and volunteers, we prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired throughout the U.S. and Canada. We are looking for a Donor Development Officer to join us at our San Rafael, CA location, with the possibility of remote or hybrid work.

What you’ll love:

  • We are a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization supported entirely by private donations, so your expertise will be valued and recognized
  • You’ll enjoy being part of our enthusiastic team of Development experts as you brainstorm and discover new ways to attract donors
  • You’ll feel personal pride in supporting our mission that means so much to so many
  • This role offers autonomy and room for your ideas, bolstered by the support of experts and specialists behind you
  • You can bring your dog to work!


What you’ll do:

  • Manage a prioritized portfolio of newly acquired and active mid-level donors with a primary focus on retention and upgrade strategies and tactics through ongoing cultivation and stewardship
  • Maximize the donor experience through developing and implementing engagement efforts
  • Oversee the midlevel Friend’s Society and major giving Leadership Circle groups and maintain strong relationships with ongoing donors through welcome letters, pledge reminders, donor walls, and other deliverables
  • Advocate for the best interests of the organization, donors, staff, and volunteers through philanthropic efforts and serving as a GDB ambassador
  • Record and analyze donor information using Salesforce to ensure effective engagement and a positive donor experience


The qualifications you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 5+ years of experience in nonprofit, cross-functional development
  • Strong relationship-building skills and organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently, collaborate with team members, and resolve complex problems
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing various office-based applications, Salesforce experience preferred 

Highlights of your rewards:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with discretionary employer match
  • Life insurance and AD&D (100% employer-paid)
  • Flexible Spending Account for medical and dependent care expenses
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Dog and cat food discounts
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Tuition reimbursement


Guide Dogs for the Blind

At Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), we believe that everyone deserves to move through the world safely and confidently – to live the life they want to live. As the largest guide dog school in North America, we have graduated more than 16,000 guide dog teams from across the U.S. and Canada since our founding in 1942. GDB not only improves mobility for our clients, we further inclusion. Join our team of more than 300 employees and share your passion for our mission.

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At Guide Dogs for the Blind, we respect, value, and appreciate all differences. We welcome all qualified candidates irrespective of your race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Individuals with disabilities, especially those who are blind or visually impaired, are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability and need assistance and/or accommodation with applying for a job, please feel free to contact our Human Resources department.

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