The Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) has a unique mission in Texas, advocating year-round for the protection of animals through legislation and effectuating change for hundreds of thousands of animals for over 40 years. Currently operating as a 501(c)4 nonprofit and political voice for animals across the state, THLN organizes around the Texas State Legislative sessions, creating priority legislation, the passing of which receives the bulk of lobbying and funding resources. Supporters and followers are kept up to date on bills affecting animal welfare and empowered to engage local legislators on behalf of THLN.
Director of Development Position
After decades of strong, professional volunteer leadership, THLN hired Executive Director, Laura Donahue in 2016 to lead the organization and now seeks its first full-time Director of Development. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development will develop, manage, and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan that includes individual giving, major donor cultivation, peer-to-peer fundraising opportunities, and online campaigns. With a broad network of volunteers across the state, the Director of Development will engage and empower fundraising and awareness by the local chapters in support of the organization’s mission. The Director of Development should be a passionate advocate with strong communication and organizational skills and a drive to build relationships that benefit the growth of THLN.
Develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan that matches the organization’s annual revenue goals. This includes but is not limited to:
- securing new donors and sustaining current donors
- managing annual fundraising campaigns as well as special fundraising programs (i.e. “Capitol Campaign”)
- supporting fundraising action plans of the Executive Director and Board of Directors
- Under the leadership of the Executive Director, serve as the key fundraiser for the organization by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and prospects.
- Use best-practice standards to communicate with donors in a timely and professional manner including gift receipts, thank you notes, and general donor communications.
- Ensure effective recordkeeping using the NationBuilder database.
- Oversee the fundraising portion of the budget (including events) as it relates to revenue and expenses.
- Prepare detailed monthly reports on fundraising goals for the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
- Execute fundraising events by serving as the lead point-person for the coordination and management of logistics, vendor/venue relations, and volunteers, as well as setting the program agenda and fundraising goals.
- Partner with the Executive Director and communications team to design comprehensive communications strategies to support our mission and vision and grow the capacity of the organization (including, but not limited to direct mail and online solicitations).
- Facilitate the fundraising efforts of the board of directors, chapter presidents, and volunteers by providing training, education, and support to meet organizational goals and objectives.
- Support external, third-party fundraising efforts (e.g. supporter house parties, benefit events, vendor generated support).
- Assist chapter presidents in connecting with volunteers for support roles that grow grassroots infrastructures and strengthen chapter involvement in the organization’s mission.
- Perform other duties as assigned by Executive Director.
Successful candidates will possess the following education and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent experience required
- Minimum of 3 years experience with a broad range of general development skills; experience with volunteer engagement a plus
- Proven accomplishments building, cultivating, and stewarding relationships that result in revenue generation
- Strong communication skills – written and verbal – in order to share the vision for THLN with passion and authenticity
Successful candidates will also demonstrate the following key personal characteristics:
- Passion for and commitment to the mission and vision of Texas Humane Legislation Network
- Ability to set expectations, establish priorities, and manage projects independently
- Must be a self-starter while also being collaborative and an amazing team player!
- Demonstrated ability to assert initiative and manage multiple assignments and deadlines
- Enthusiasm for networking, volunteer engagement, and donor cultivation
Some state-wide travel will be expected. Qualified candidate could live in one of the major chapter locations: Houston, Austin, and Dallas.
Victory Search Group has the privilege of leading the recruitment of the Director of Development for the Texas Humane Legislation Network. Victory Search Group is a senior level retained executive search firm serving a select group of clients, including nonprofit and educational organizations, from five offices across the United States. Highly collaborative and focused on customer service, Victory Search Group prizes our partnership with clients and their trust in our judgment, integrity and responsiveness for over 15 years.
Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, with THLN referenced in the subject line.