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Cotati, California, United States (remote)
26 days ago
Cotati, California, United States
26 days ago
Job Type
Min Experience
7-10 Years


Who We Are:
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. The Animal Legal Defense Fund accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to hold animal abusers accountable, supporting tough animal protection laws and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the expanding field of animal law.
Role Description: 
The Development Director will supervise a team of remote development professionals working collaboratively to meet ALDF’s fundraising goals. These include developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan to meet the organization’s annual budget of $17.5 million, and working to increase revenue over time through major gifts, foundation and corporate grants, planned giving, and direct marketing. The Development Director will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer to ensure that the organization’s fundraising goals and strategies further ALDF’s core mission and values. 
How You Will Make a Difference: 
Development Operations 
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer to develop and execute a strategic plan to meet organizational fundraising goals. 
  • Cultivate cross departmental collaboration to support ALDF’s strategic fundraising plan. 
  • Serve as a strategy partner for the Senior Executive Team. 
  • Ensure ALDF’s fundraising efforts align with the highest standard of fundraising ethics and guiding principles. 
  • Provide leadership that supports and inspires the Development team by thoughtfully and strategically managing direct reports’ resources, priorities, and time. 
  • Maintain an interest in and connection with technology or strategies to enhance and support the team and fundraising objectives. 
  • Maintain an in-depth understanding of ALDF’s work to communicate our impact to potential funders
Major & Planned Giving 
  • Facilitate the implementation of major and planned giving strategy by:
            Leading efforts to identify and cultivate major and legacy donor giving candidates 
            Creating stewardship plans; 
            and creating strategies for solicitation.
  • Collaborate across departments to support donor stewardship and fundraising initiatives through events, campaigns, and communications materials. 
Foundation & Corporate Giving
  • Facilitate the foundation and corporate giving strategy implementation by leading efforts to research, identify, and solicit mission-aligned funding opportunities. 
  • Collaborate across departments to facilitate planning, writing, designing, and evaluating grant-funded opportunities. 
Direct Marketing & Online Giving 
  • Facilitate the direct marketing strategy by generating effective efforts to create, package, and schedule online and direct mail fundraising efforts and donor acquisition activities. 
  • Manage relationships with direct marketing vendors. 
  • Collaborate across departments to develop and execute effective donor communications and marketing materials.  


We Are Looking for Candidates With:
  • 7+ years of development experience in nonprofit fundraising, with a proven track record of success in major gifts, foundation and corporate giving, and special events. Direct marketing experience preferred. 
  • Experience creating and implementing a strategic plan and budget.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write compelling donor communications and marketing materials. 
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with experience managing a team of fundraising professionals. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, Board members, and organizational partners. 
  • Experience with fundraising software and donor databases.
  • A strong understanding of, experience with, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion principles. 
  • An understanding and demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
  • The ability to exercise good judgment.
  • Commitment to working with integrity.
  • The ability to travel periodically for staff meetings and retreats (estimated 1-3 trips annually).
We Offer Competitive Compensation with Excellent Benefits, Including:
  • A starting annual salary of $158,398 for most geographic locations.
­     For candidates located within 25 miles of Washington D.C., Cotati, CA, and Los Angeles, the starting pay is $166,735.
­     For candidates located within 25 miles of New York City and San Francisco, the starting pay is $175,072.
  • To ensure annual salary equity, we do not negotiate salary outside of the published starting rates. Rates are determined by role, using set geographical factors. 
  • Comprehensive health care, dental, life, and vision benefits (100% employer paid); Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Dependent Care Account (DCA) also are available.
  • Generous paid time-off provisions:
          192 hours of PTO 
          17 paid holidays
            1-month paid sabbatical after 5 years of continuous employment
  • 401k plan with a 5% employer contribution after one year of employment.
  • Alternative work schedules (at manager’s discretion).
  • Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is a core value for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Additional information:  
This is a U.S. based position. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing an employment environment which is welcoming of persons from diverse backgrounds and free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, and in which all legal rights of our employees are recognized and protected. ALDF conducts all internal and external operations, programs, and employment-related decision making (including hiring decisions) without regard to actual or perceived race, ancestry, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, political affiliation, disability or medical condition (including physical, intellectual, or psychiatric), sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, age, or other protected category, and in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws.
Consistent with the organization’s mission, our offices and events are free of animal products and byproducts.
The application deadline for this position is April 15, 2024. 
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to apply early as we may make a decision before the deadline closes. 
Job ID: 72818169

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