Are you an inspiring and strategic fundraising, marketing, and
community engagement leader ready for an amazing next
Want to work alongside and lead dedicated delightful teams of
professionals and volunteers?
And does a puppy kiss, a rumbling purr, or the touch of soft
warm fur melt your heart?
Think everyone ought to have access to that happy healing
If so, great news! The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
in Walnut Creek now seeks its Chief Advancement Officer
As Chief Advancement Officer, you’ll lead a talented
fundraising, marketing, communications, and community engagement
team. As a member of the C-Team, you’ll co-create and implement
ambitious achievable plans to ramp up recognition and revenue at
ARF locally, regionally and nationally.
With ARF now rebranding to anchor our community identity and
burst onto the national scene, this is an especially thrilling time
to join the team. Learn more here and apply today!
The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) seeks a Chief Advancement
Officer (CAO) to lead the organization’s integrated fundraising,
marketing, communications, and community outreach operations. The
CAO designs and implements strategy for institutional and
individual major gifts fundraising, corporate partnership,
foundation giving, event production, direct response and brand
marketing, communications, and outreach activities at ARF. The CAO
is responsible for the Advancement team’s coordinated efforts to
achieve and exceed the organization’s revenue, recognition, and
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
- As a member of ARF’s C-Team, lead through collaboration,
ideation, action, and example to advance ARF’s programs, policies,
culture, and operations.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive Advancement strategy to
sustain and grow ARF’s revenue, recognition, and community
- Collaborate with team members and work groups across the
- Grow individual, corporate, and foundation giving to achieve or
exceed revenue objectives, e.g., dollars raised, average gift size,
growth in database and active donor counts, diversity of revenue
- Develop and manage the annual Advancement budget and work plan;
monitor and report progress and performance.
- Develop robust major giving programs and personally assist in
the identification, cultivation and/or solicitation of five to
seven figure gifts.
- Oversee the planning, implementation, and performance of direct
response and brand marketing campaigns.
- Oversee the design for and implementation of internal and
external community engagement initiatives, with particular focus on
building a thriving volunteer corps and age-appropriate youth
- Ensure the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of
- Ensure the strong management of ARF’s donor database and
prompt, accurate acknowledgment, and recognition of
- Oversee public outreach activities, including advertising and
media campaigns, engagement and event strategies, and ARF’s website
and other digital activities.
- Ensure donor management systems are optimized and underlying
donor cultivation strategies are supported through effective
technology and best practices.
- Engage the CEO, board members, and staff in Advancement
activities as appropriate.
- Ensure ARF operates on the forward edge of philanthropic trends
and best practices.
- Make public presentations and appeals to prospective
- Represent ARF in the media and at local, regional, and national
events as appropriate.
- Participate in strategic planning and implementation
- Provide ongoing Advancement reporting and analysis to the
C-team and ARF’s Board as required.
- Maintain, assess, and update Advancement policies and
Leadership and Management
- Model a leadership style that is open, supportive, accountable,
and encouraging to staff, engaging with team members as respected
- Directly manage, mentor, and optimize the performance of the
Director of Development, Director of Marketing and Communications,
and Director of Community Engagement; indirectly manage, mentor and
optimize the performance of the Advancement team as a whole to
achieve ARF’s goals.
- Recruit for open Advancement team positions, crafting a
collaborative dynamic and complementary skills, styles, and
- Set the vision for the Advancement team, with clear priorities,
objectives, and measurable goals.
- Provide professional development for the Advancement team,
continuously mentoring individual members toward greater
- Cultivate esprit de corps and a healthy working environment
within the Advancement team and across the organization.
- Advance team and organizational culture that rewards
positivity, collaboration, leadership, excellence, accountability,
- 7+ years of leadership experience in nonprofit fundraising
and/or marketing and communications, in progressively more
- Proven success designing and implementing long-range strategy
and annual tactics to achieve or exceed revenue and recognition
- Strong strategic thinking and leadership skills; ability to
develop and monitor work plans and budgets.
- Experience simultaneously managing multiple projects with
- Experience overseeing large-scale digital and print
acquisition, fundraising, and awareness efforts.
- Demonstrated ability to acquire, cultivate, solicit, steward
and elevate major donors.
- Demonstrated success securing six figure gifts for a $10+
million nonprofit organization, both individually and as part of a
team of fundraisers.
- Demonstrated experience monitoring Advancement activities,
progress, and performance in self, team members, and multiple
- Expertise developing and/or deploying data to inform
Advancement strategy and tactics.
- Experience designing, structuring, closing, and stewarding,
complex, multi-year funding agreements; knowledge of major
foundations and government funders preferred.
- Superior communications skills, written and verbal.
- Demonstrated commitment to working among and serving alongside
a diverse community.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; CFRE
- Pre-employment background check screening required.
Exempt position requires a minimum of 40 hours per week. Daily
reporting hours and days of the week may vary according to the
needs of the Division. Weekend and evening work may be
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical and environmental demands described below are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
FINGER DEXTERITY: Requires typing on
TALKING: Ability to speak on phone and
face to face.
HEARING: Able to hear average or normal
conversations and receive ordinary information.
REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Frequent and regular
movements using the wrists, hands, and fingers.
AVERAGE VISUAL ABILITIES: Average,
ordinary, visual acuity necessary to view computer screens and
PHYSICAL STRENGTH: NOT APPLICABLE.
COMMUNICATION AND COGNITIVE REQUIREMENTS
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply principles
of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of
intellectual and practical problems. Ability to
MATHEMATICS ABILITY: Ability to perform basic
math skills, use decimals to compute ratios and percentages,
and to draw and interpret graphs.
LANGUAGE ABILITY: Fluency in
English. Demonstrated excellence in writing and editing.
SALARY: $212,000 to $245,000
BENEFITS: Medical, dental, life, long-term
disability, and 403(b) retirement plan with employer
contribution. Holiday, vacation, and sick time. Group rate pet
insurance and fitness membership.