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York County SPCA

Director of Philanthropy


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York County SPCA has experienced incredible growth since 2019 – nearly doubling the operating budget under the leadership of a new executive director. The York County SPCA has also become one of the most successful, progressive, and respected animal resource organizations in the northeast.

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing the annual fundraising plan in support of YCSPCA’s mission and strategic plan. This position provides both strategic expertise and operational support in all areas of development,
including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, direct mail and digital marketing, grants, and fundraising events. They develop dynamic fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship strategies to deepen donor relationships and expand the base of support to ensure the long-term sustainability and growth of the organization. The Director of Philanthropy leads and manages the development team, building and developing a talented staff to support both strategic fundraising goals and the operational needs.

As part of our new three-year strategic plan, the YCSPCA has added the role of Philanthropic Advisor which reports to the Director of
Philanthropy. Together, they will develop and support a best-in-class major gifts program to encompass identification, cultivation,
solicitation, recognition, and stewardship of individual, corporate, and foundation funders.

York County SPCA’s Director of Philanthropy oversees all areas of the Development Department which results in fiscal stability and programmatic enhancement that advances the YCSPCA’s strategic priorities. The Director of Philanthropy will spearhead development efforts to achieve annual fundraising goals through the solicitation of gifts, grants, and sponsorships from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for ensuring the formation and management of meaningful and sincere relationships between the York County SPCA and our donors. The Director of Philanthropy manages a portfolio of relationships with existing supporters and helps forge new relationships to build the YCSPCA’s visibility, impact, and funding pipeline. The Director of Philanthropy ensures that the organization’s current technology infrastructure is being maintained and utilized to its fullest potential to consistently and efficiently acknowledge current supporters and cultivate prospective donors. The Director of Philanthropy researches and designs various fundraising strategies to meet the organization’s operational budgetary needs.

- Oversees the Development Department and manages the Fundraising Coordinator and Philanthropic Advisor to ensure administrative and strategic duties are being adequately performed to meet departmental and organizational fundraising goals.
- Responsible for creating and implementing an annual development plan with strategies to grow a sustainable base of individual and corporate donors.
- In collaboration with the Philanthropic Advisor and Executive Director, designs major gift giving strategies and oversees the solicitation of major gifts.
- In collaboration with the Philanthropic Advisor, the Director of Philanthropy will oversee the York County SPCA’s new sponsorship menu opportunity that is aimed at raising over $200,000 of new recurring revenue through naming opportunities and corporate engagement and promotion.
- Develops and manages identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for individual, corporate, and foundation charitable giving.
- The YCSPCA is moving away from relying on fundraising events as a cornerstone revenue generating activity. Instead, we aim to steward existing and prospective donors to meet operational needs. With that said, the Director of Philanthropy will be responsible for providing high-level leadership and oversight, and in collaboration with the Communications Director, will be responsible for developing a 12-month calendar of fundraising events that are fun, on brand, and easier to manage by various support staff like the Fundraising Coordinator, the Communications Department, and Operations Team. This person ensures all events are adequately staffed and
professionally executed.
- In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Director of Philanthropy will help oversee a $7-$12 million dollar capital campaign project to expand the York County SPCA’s administration and veterinary facilities, and potentially add a new animal control department and a high volume spay/neuter clinic.
- Coordinates with the Communications team on the creation of print and digital media to promote fundraising events and opportunities.
- Identifies qualifying grant opportunities and applies for grants in conjunction with the Philanthropic Advisor and Finance Director.
- Serves as a staff liaison to the YCSPCA Board of Director’s Fundraising Committee.
- Creates and implements strategies to increase online donations and the monthly giving program – Constant Companions.
- Manages donor CRM (Bloomerang) for accurate record keeping and reporting.
- Generates campaign, designation, donor giving history, and finance reports, as requested by the leadership team.
- Stays up to date on the latest fundraising trends and resources; uses technology systems to grow fundraising and donation revenue more efficiently.

- The typical work week is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- This position will require a degree of weekend and evening work.
- Flexibility and willingness to adjust normal working hours to accommodate the needs of the job. The York County SPCA will provide a flexible work schedule to compensate for evening and weekend work to ensure a healthy work/life balance.
- Capacity to work in a standard office environment, with the possibility of working near and with animals.
- Willingness and ability to travel in a personal vehicle around the York County area.

Salary & Benefits
- $100,000 - $140,000 (depending on qualifications) annually.
- Comprehensive benefits including health, dental, and vision (employee responsible for $30/pay period).
- Retirement plan with up to a 3% match annually.
- Short-term disability and life insurance are offered as company paid benefits.
- Paid time off (176 hours plus six holidays and two floating holidays).
- Continuing education allowance as determined by the Executive Director.
- Relocation stipend up to a maximum of $5,000.

Minimum Requirements:

The Ideal Candidate:
- Is an experienced, compassionate, and collaborative fundraiser with a commitment to the mission of the York County SPCA.
- Has demonstrated success in raising philanthropic support.
- Understands and embraces a philosophy of building strong relationships with donors, volunteers, and staff.
- Has experience raising funds for a capital campaign.
- Has exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, strong personal integrity, and an ability to build effective relationships with a variety of personalities and demographics among donors, volunteers, trustees, and employees.
- Demonstrated track record of multitasking with positive results.
- Has excellent organizational skills and is detail-oriented; adapts well to change.
- Works efficiently without supervision.
- Enjoys being creative.
- Has strong oral and written communication skills and a thorough understanding of the York County SPCA’s programs and services.
- Has demonstrated success in creating and promoting a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace environment.
- Upholds the mission of YCSPCA throughout their work.

- Five or more years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, sales, marketing, and/or communications.
- Excellent writer, analytical thinker, and communicator capable of distilling information into a compelling case for the support of the York County SPCA.
- Experience with wealth screening tools and donor cultivation techniques.
- Understanding of how marketing, communications, and public relations can further fundraising and donor development efforts.
- Adept at social media and online marketing.
- Strong knowledge and experience with the entire Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).

- Experience developing and managing a diverse fundraising program.
- A track record of securing major gifts from identification through cultivation and solicitation.
- A bachelor’s degree in related fields such as communications, sales, or business.
- Obtained a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.

How to Apply:

Candidates should submit, in confidence, a resume and cover letter. All communications, nominations, applications, and inquiries concerning this search should be directed to Rich Anderson at For a full position prospectus, visit

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