The Chief Development Officer (CDO)
reports to Placer SPCA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), serves on
the senior leadership team, and is the lead fundraiser for the
organization, a private, independent nonprofit which serves the
animal welfare needs throughout Placer County, CA. Working
out of the Roseville Adoption and Education Center, the primary
work of the CDO is to nurture, sustain, and grow major and planned
gifts while also overseeing the department’s efforts toward a
robust annual giving program, corporate investments, and grants.
Through prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, closing
gifts, and stewardship, the CDO leads the department in continually
deepening relationships with new and existing donors, foundations,
and referring advisors. In addition, the CDO will collaborate with
campaign consultants to lead the implementation of the current
capital campaign. The CDO works closely with the CEO, Board of
Directors, staff, and volunteers to lead them in fund development
activities that support the organization’s annual operating budget
and capital campaign.
- Lead Placer SPCA’s efforts to develop and execute a
comprehensive fundraising strategy, determine donor cultivation
priorities, and expand the donor base to support the organization’s
mission and anticipate new opportunities for revenue growth.
- Meet or exceed development and fundraising goals via individual
performance and that of direct reports.
- Provide department leadership, including hiring, training,
supervising, motivating, evaluating, and managing the performance
of assigned staff.
- Actively manage a portfolio of donors soliciting major gifts
($1,000 and greater) from individuals, businesses, and foundations
and working to move existing donors to higher levels of
- Partner with the CEO and Board Members, serving as a resource
and actively engaging them in critical fundraising activities to
build the donor pipeline, steward donors, and secure gifts.
- Manage and enhance planned giving, establishing relationships
and working with CPAs, financial advisors, and institutions to
provide donors with information on giving options.
- Oversee research, preparation, and submittal of grant
opportunities congruent with Placer SPCA’s needs and
- Build community awareness of Placer SPCA, developing and
implementing strategies to engage the community and donors through
special events, program updates, targeted touchpoints, and
- Oversee all operational aspects of fundraising and donor
relations including reporting, stewardship, database management,
and financial accounting in partnership with the Chief Executive
- Participate in preparing materials for donors and prospects
including proposals, solicitations, mailings, newsletters,
stewardship reports, and other materials as needed.
- Stay up to date on current trends and issues in
- Maintain accountability and ensure compliance with all relevant
regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising
- Embrace and model a culture of philanthropy to connect all
Placer SPCA employees to the fulfillment of the organization’s
mission and goals.
The CDO will be an enthusiastic fund
development strategist and frontline fundraiser who has a genuine
commitment to animal welfare, a passion for the mission of Placer
SPCA, and is eager to develop and motivate donors, prospects,
staff, and volunteers to achieve fund development goals. In
addition, they will possess the following experience, skills, and
Work Location &
- Demonstrated fundraising experience with a proven record of
success managing a portfolio of donors and raising major gifts
($1000 and above).
- An established background in originating and coordinating
successful individual, corporate, grant, and planned giving
fundraising strategies, including a commitment to the full donor
- Knowledge of and experience in planned giving. Understanding of
complex charitable gifts such as deferred giving, charitable
remainder trusts, gift annuities, wills, and bequests, is
- Ability to work with and help involve present and former board
members and volunteers in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting
- Demonstrated skills to communicate in an engaging manner with
diverse external and internal audiences through written, oral, and
- Able to understand, synthesize, and analyze technical data and
reports to make recommendations, establish priorities, and set
- A motivated, independent, self-starter with proven leadership
skills to build and coach a high performing development team
focused on meeting goals and providing a high level of service to
- Innovative, creative, and adaptable when working with donors,
staff, and other stakeholders.
- Highly organized and decisive in managing competing priorities,
anticipating needs, and responding to unanticipated events while
continuing to meet deadlines.
- Possess a high level of integrity, shows discretion, and
ability to maintain confidentiality when dealing with sensitive
- Strong understanding of relationships within the local
communities served by Placer SPCA and/or the ability to develop new
- Enjoys connecting in the community and is passionate about
introducing Placer SPCA to new audiences.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; background
in fundraising software and/or other CRM.
- Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships
across the organization.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with professional
training in fundraising, marketing, and/or public relations.
- Valid California driver’s license with good driver history and
proof of insurance.
This is a full time position that
works out of the Placer SPCA office in Roseville, CA. Given the
nature of the work, evening and weekend work is required to attend
Board of Director, donor, and community meetings and events. Work
is primarily in-person, with the flexibility to occasionally work
The salary range is $110,000 -
$125,000 plus benefits including generous medical, dental, and
vision coverage; paid vacation, sick, and holiday time; long-term
disability; life insurance; and employer matching retirement plan.
In addition, the CDO will regularly enjoy the great satisfaction of
witnessing how their efforts make a difference in the lives of
companion animals and the people who love them.
application procedure &
Please submit your resume and a cover
letter (we are excited to hear why you feel this position is an
excellent fit for you!) to Andrea Weiss, Search
530-756-8219. Applicant screening will be ongoing and will continue
until the position is filled.
For nearly 50 years, the Placer SPCA
has played a vital role in Placer County by reuniting lost pets
with their owners, enabling struggling families and individuals to
keep their pets when times are tough, and matching homeless pets
with those searching for a companion. What was created in 1973
through the compassion of a group of volunteers has become a
best-practice model for animal care and welfare in our community.
Today, the Placer SPCA is supported by more than 700 volunteers who
donate over 50,000 hours annually.
Placer SPCA is the largest and most
comprehensive nonprofit animal welfare provider in Placer County,
helping thousands of families and animals through its educational
programs, spay and neuter services, medical care, and by connecting
pets with their forever homes. Key initiatives include animal
adoptions, the Guardian Angel Program to cover medical expenses for
sick and injured animals, the Pet Food Pantry, the SOS Program to
keep companion animals and their families together, SNAP
(spay/neuter assistance program), low cost vaccine and microchip
clinics, and behavior training resources.
As Placer County has grown, so has the
demand for Placer SPCA’s services. In 2018, with the opening of a
new, best in animal welfare practices Adoption and Education
Center, the organization completed Phase I of a long-term plan for
creating a holistic, comprehensive, and compassionate model for
animal care and welfare. Now, based on the resounding success of
the “Imagine the Pawsibilities” campaign and the incredible
facility it enabled, Placer SPCA is launching Phase II of its
long-term campus plan: a fully equipped Veterinary and Foster Care
Center, which will offer expanded veterinary services for animals
in the care of Placer SPCA, as well as wellness care for pets
belonging to community members.
Please visit our website for
additional details on our programs and impact: placerspca.org
Placer SPCA is an Equal Opportunity