WHO WE ARE
The Humane League is an international farm animal advocacy group. THL fosters a high-energy culture of teamwork and mission-driven problem solving, and we have earned recognition as Top Charity from Animal Charity Evaluators for all of their rating periods. Over the past few years, The Humane League has positioned itself for growth. We have a current staff size of 80+ dispersed across the country and internationally. The Humane League is seeking an experienced major gifts professional who enjoys building lasting relationships with individuals, and who is dedicated to our mission to end the abuse of animals raised for food.
The Senior Donor Relations Officer will report to the Director of Donor Relations, and will work closely with the President, Senior Director of Development, and other Donor Relations team members to cultivate, solicit, and steward our most generous supporters. This role is integral to the success of The Humane League’s expanding Development program, and will be critical to helping a high-impact organization achieve sustainable growth.
You are a great candidate for this role if you are an experienced relationship-builder and philanthropic strategist, passionate about The Humane League’s mission, have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment, and be able to prioritize and manage multiple projects efficiently.
This is a full-time, remote position. Candidates must reside in either the Pacific or Mountain time zones, preference is given to candidates who reside in San Francisco or Los Angeles. We are only able to consider applicants who possess United States work authorization.
- Develop and execute cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of high-net worth individuals in the Western United States to secure major gifts
- Collaborate with Development and Leadership staff to support Executive-level major gifts fundraising
- Support the development and execution of fundraising and cultivation events including in-person events, happy hours, conferences, and virtual town halls
- Solicit and lead committees of donor volunteers to host private house parties in collaboration with the Fundraising Events Coordinator
- Collaborate with Development staff to qualify and upgrade major giving prospects from annual fund and mid-level programs
- Stay current on The Humane League’s programs and theory of change to effectively articulate our mission and represent our work to the public
- Travel regularly to meet with donors in the Western United States, attend conferences, events, and two strategy retreats per year
- Conduct research and briefings on donors and prospects
- Work with program staff to draft tailored donor correspondence, proposals, impact reports, and other communications
- Maintain detailed donor files in the donor database
- Maintain an understanding of related philanthropic opportunities including but not limited to legacy giving, foundational giving, leadership giving, and peer-to-peer giving
- Related activities that fall within the scope of responsibilities or as assigned by your manager
- Experience with relational databases (e.g. EveryAction), spreadsheets, Google Docs, Asana, and Slack
- Background or demonstrated interest in farmed animal welfare
- Experience in project management, including establishing project scope, timelines, and execution
- Experience planning and executing intimate fundraising events, especially house parties
- Experience developing and writing donor proposals
- Experience with planned giving
- Experience with foundations
- Experience working with an organization’s leadership team to develop and execute coordinated strategies
- Familiarity with a remote working environment
- Four or more years of directly applicable professional experience in major gifts fundraising
Track record of soliciting and securing five- to seven-figure gifts
- Demonstrated ability to develop and execute strategies and overcome obstacles to achieve goals
- Strong ability to communicate persuasively verbally, in presentations, and in writing
- Outstanding organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize activities, and be flexible in adjusting expectations as new developments occur
- Strong capacity to take initiative, work independently, and follow through to execute on project ideas
- Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work
- Exceptional listening and interpersonal skills, including curiosity, empathy, and diplomacy
- Ability to maintain composure, flexibility, and levity under tight deadlines
- Willingness to take direction and embrace a collaborative spirit
- Ability to travel up to 50% of the time to support relationships and events as required
- Availability to work night and weekend hours as needed
- Starting annual salary is $56,000, with additional consideration for cost of living for candidates residing in preferred locations.
Employees enjoy full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan, working from home, flexible holiday and vacation time, room for advancement, and the supportive environment at The Humane League! The Humane League is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with laws and in furtherance of our commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.
About The Humane League
The Humane League is an international nonprofit ending the abuse of animals raised for food. We work to reform the way farm animals are treated while also inspiring people to make more compassionate food choices. Our strategy includes hard-hitting corporate campaigns and wide-ranging outreach and education programs, supported by an extensive network of organizations, activists and supporters around the world.
In the US, we have on-the-ground organizers in major cities across the country. These grassroots staff build and strengthen local communities of changemakers that support our work and spread our message, amplifying our ability to create meaningful change for farm animals.
Our Campus Organizer program trains next-generation activists at colleges and universities across the US and in Canada. The year-long program helps young people learn the skills they need to advocate successfully for animals.
Internationally, we have offices in Mexico, the UK and Japan, where we are engaged in region-specific initiatives that are creating positive results.
Our reach extends globally with the Open Wing Alliance. Through grants and training, we work in partnership with organizations on every continent with the singular goal of ending cages for laying hens.
We bring a pragmatic, objective approach in evaluating and testing our methods to determine what creates the most impact. That’s the purpose of Humane League Labs, where we engage in direct testing to improve our vegan advocacy and education efforts.
Animals don’t have to suffer. Get involved to create the change
The Humane League is a 501(c)3 and Certified Best In America by the Independent Charities of America, a designation reserved for the top 5% of non-profits nationwide based on the ICA's rigorous standards of financial efficiency. For five consecutive rating periods, The Humane League has been rated as one of the top animal charities in the world by Animal Charity Evaluators.