Company Overview: Dogs for Better Lives’ mission is to professionally train dogs to help people and enhance lives while maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs rescued or bred and all people served. Dogs for Better Lives trains and places Assistance Dogs with clients throughout the United States and is supported by a nationwide donor base. Recognized nationally as a premier nonprofit organization, Dogs for Better Lives has been acknowledged by several prestigious organizations including: Oregon Business’ 2017 “Oregon Top 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For,” top-rated (by donors) organization with GreatNonprofits (2017), and has a four-star rating with Charity Navigator.
With more than 30 employees on one site in Central Point, Dogs for Better Lives and its staff enjoy nearly 200 days of sunshine annually in southern Oregon, making it a destination for outdoor and quality of life enthusiasts of all kinds. Located in the Rogue Valley, employees enjoy close proximity to Medford International Airport, accessibility to major hospitals, hiking trails, golf courses, and ski areas with full availability of all amenities of a big city without the congestion.
Job Summary: The Donor Stewardship and Outreach Lead plays a key role in stewarding and securing new prospective donors and funders, in support of DBL’s key programs and project needs. This position also supports the marketing of DBL’s programmatic focus areas, including: Hearing, Autism, and Program Assistance Dogs. This individual works in synergy with key staff within Development and Training departments, to ensure that messaging and marketing are on target, appropriately tracked, and making an impactful difference.
Direct DBL’s general donor campaign targeting those for $500-999 level, moving them to $1,000+ donors.
Create 150 donor portfolio while applying moves management in processing an annual plan in stewarding and tracking these individuals, while advancing on an annual fundraising goal.
Stewards and maintains relationships with corporate and foundation leads, who share an interest in philanthropic support and community engagement.
Create Peer-to-Peer platform, engaging younger donor audiences to volunteer, donate, and become active participants in DBL’S important work.
Helps to facilitate donor-focused events that provide venue for sharing about DBL’s programs, needs, and accomplishments.
Collaborates and deploys community outreach events that help with sharing DBL mission and program messaging.
Follow-up with prospective community partners with mailings, phone calls, and in-person meetings, addressing DBL mission, strategic focus, collaboration opportunities, and introduction to prospective clients.
Works with various stakeholders to develop local/regional community partnerships that benefit DBL work regionally and nationally.
Prepares articles for the organizations various print and online newsletter publications (e.g. Canine Listener, Impact Report, Investor Report, social media content)
Minimum of two years nonprofit development experience.
Minimum of two years marketing and outreach experience.
Minimum of two years event management and organization experience.
Project management and strategy development.
Excellent writing and editing skills.
Social media engagement and measurement.
Media outreach and engagement.
Generate creative, innovative ideas.
Four-year college degree.
Enjoys building and maintaining positive relationships with staff, donors and volunteers.
Exceptional attention to detail, deadlines and re-balancing of priorities.
Self-starter with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
Excellent organizational skills.
Maintain high level of integrity, confidentiality, ethical standards - assumes personal responsibility for scope of position.
Shares in the passion of Dogs for Better Lives’ mission.
Note: This is a job description, not an employment contract. This job description does not state or imply these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by management.
If interested in applying, please email Jon Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org with the job title in the subject line and attach your resume and cover letter.
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT DOGS FOR BETTER LIVES DIRECTLY. If we have interest in talking with you, we will contact you.
Dogs for Better Lives is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Additional Salary Information: compensation commensurate with experience
About Dogs for Better Lives
Dogs for Better Lives (DBL), formerly Dogs for the Deaf, is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit located in southern Oregon’s beautiful Rogue Valley. Established in 1977, the organization uses mostly rescued dogs for its programs and trains them to become Assistance Dogs. Hearing Dogs, Program Assistance Dogs, and most recently Autism Assistance Dogs are provided to clients. DBL places Assistance Dogs throughout the United States and is supported by a nationwide donor base. The Autism Assistance Dog program is currently placing in just Oregon and SW Washington.