Job Title: Donor Relations Coordinator
Reports To: Director of Development
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Full-time
The Sacramento SPCA is a vibrant, well-established and respected non-profit animal welfare organization. Through our nationally-ranked high-volume spay and neuter clinic (we are ranked as one of the top 10 clinics in the country!), successful adoption program, behavior and training programs and more, the Sacramento SPCA is giving more than shelter and saving animals one life at a time.
The Sacramento SPCA is searching for a highly organized, results-driven professional to play a key role on our dynamic and growing Development team. The Donor Relations Coordinator will work collaboratively with team members to create digital and direct mail appeals that reach current and prospective donors across multiple platforms. This position will also support the Director of Development and the Development Coordinator in generating funding through grants, including funder identification, writing proposals, and stewardship.
Essential Job Functions:
- Manage the direct mail program (approximately 20-25 pieces/year), and assist with electronic solicitations (approximately 12 appeals/year) including, but not limited to:
- Drafting appeal concepts and content in partnership with the Development Director and the Marketing & Communications team;
- Advising on list segmentation, acquisition targets, and using the database to identify and track segments;
- Vendor management and correspondence; and
- Creating and managing a direct mail and digital donor solicitation calendar in coordination with the Marketing & Communications team.
- Responsible for conducting full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage major grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources at the $5,000 award level and above including, but not limited to:
- Working with Development Coordinator in research and evaluating prospective funders;
- Communicate with the operations team to develop metrics that are useful to the program as well as interesting to funders; and
- Provide stewardship to current and prospective funders including regular written updates.
- Provide support and assistance for annual fundraising and cultivation events, as well as all donor recognition activities.
- Update constituent records in Raisers Edge donor database to maintain the integrity of the database.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Proven ability to articulate the story of an organization, its mission and its effectiveness. Adept at crafting compelling and high-quality solicitation letters, funding requests, and donor correspondence.
- Highly organized with a drive to succeed and a willingness to learn.
- Must be a flexible, collaborative, skilled problem-solver and reliable self-starter, with excellent attention to detail.
- Strong knowledge of donor database systems such as Raiser’s Edge and experience with online fundraising platforms preferred but not required.
- Excellent customer service skills, and comfortable with interacting with donors.
- Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and keep secure the private personal and financial information of our donors, volunteers, vendors and fellow staff members.
- Demonstrated computer proficiency including Microsoft Office products, such as Excel and Microsoft Word.
- Have a valid California Drivers license and clear driving record for one year prior to employment in order to operate SSPCA vehicles.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Business Management or related field preferred, or combination of equivalent education and experience.
- Two or more years of experience in the non-profit sector.
- Proven track record in successful fundraising and proposal writing.
- Any allergic condition that would be aggravated from exposure or through contact with animals or chemicals used to sanitize facilities, vehicles or equipment may be a disqualification.
- Must sit, stand, walk, bend and stoop frequently to perform duties. Have the ability to perform some strenuous physical activity, including lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 40 pounds alone for short distances.
- Due to the importance of the interface with donors, members and department staff, regular departmental working hours and days are required. Exceptions require Director approval.
- Must be available and willing to work such weekends, holidays, overtime, and attend mandatory training and meetings as the employer determines necessary or desirable to meet its business needs
- By nature of the industry, there may be occasional exposure to dead, injured, sick, unruly, vicious, and/or dangerous animals in addition to exposure to parasites and to infectious diseases.
Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees but are not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Either employer or employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time with or without notice and with or without cause.