Are you passionate about quality of life for shelter dogs and those that love them? 

Dogs Playing for Life is frequently hiring canine handlers that travel to our advanced behavior center and mentor shelters across the country. For canine handlers and other available career opportunities, please see below.

If no jobs are posted, please feel free to send your resume to Emily at emily@dpfl.org.

Job Title: Director of Development

FLSA Status: Full-time employee, exempt

Reports to: Chief Innovation Officer

Date last reviewed: December 3, 2019

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Chief Innovation Officer, the Director of Development oversees all activities related to philanthropic giving for operating, capital and planned giving funds. In partnership with the Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Executive Officer and other key volunteers and staff, the Director of Development provides leadership, management and coordination for the fundraising campaigns and outreach efforts.

The Director of Development manages all aspects of the fund development program and secures funds in a wide variety of ways, including but not limited to: identifying prospective supporters, building and cultivating relationships, making direct requests to individuals, major gifts, and annual fund campaigns and implementing special events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Culture of Philanthropy: In partnership with Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and Board of Directors, ensure all plans, strategies, activities and fundraising programs support and are delivered through a culture of philanthropy lens. Guide all staff and volunteers including the Board to embrace and engage in their unique roles in fund development.

  • Development Plan: Create a donor-centered Development Plan that reflects the values and goals of Dogs Playing for Life, focuses on strengthening relationships with donors, and includes strategic planning around annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, and endowment.
  • Annual Fund and Underwriting
  • Donor Relationships
  • Major Gifts: Create individual donor/prospect cultivation plans and cultivate and solicit major gifts. This includes working with the Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Executive Officer and members of the Board of Directors.
  • Grants: In partnership with appropriate program staff, write grant applications and manage and report on grant funding, and ensure funders are stewarded and recognized appropriately.
  • Special Fundraising Events: Implement and manage special fundraising events to raise charitable funds while establishing, building, strengthening and stewarding relationships with donors and/or prospects.
  • Planned Giving: Research and cultivate donors for estate planning purposes, including bequests, charitable remainder trusts, annuities, legacy campaign, and other planned giving tools.
  • Other Funding Sources: Solicit in-kind gifts, matching gifts, and other funding sources.
  • Remain current with all aspects of philanthropy, ensure Dogs Playing for Life’s fundraising is conducted with the highest ethical and legal standards, comply with the Association of Fundraising Professionals code of ethics, and maintain confidentiality of all donor records.
  • Perform other related duties as requested


Salary range is $55,000-$60,000 and benefits include Paid Time Off and Health Insurance Expense Reimbursement Arrangement.

Job Qualifications

  • Education and Experience:
    • At the discretion of the CEO
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Must embrace the mission of Dogs Playing for Life
    • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques
    • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and volunteers
    • Be a “self-starter” and goal-driven
    • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and animals, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability.
    • Strong public speaking skills and ability to engage crowds to both educate and rally support.
    • Must hold a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.

Working Conditions:

  • Frequent travel by airplane and car.
  • Office and animal shelter environment.
  • Potential exposure to high noise levels, potentially aggressive animals and zoonotic diseases.
  • Exposure to all weather conditions.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.
  • Frequent use of computer and telephone.
  • Engagement with executive-level clientele

 To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Emily@dpfl.org.

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