Chief Philanthropy Officer

Detailed Information

Application Deadline: Until Filled

Position Title: Chief Philanthropy Officer

Position Description:
The Chief Philanthropy Officer plans, develops, implements, and leads all fundraising activities for the Potter League for Animals ensuring adequate funding for operational, program, and special project activities. They engage staff and volunteers to foster a culture of philanthropy within the Potter League. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will lead and support overarching organizational strategies and goals.

Department/Location: Development | Middletown, RI

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Starting Salary: $75,000+ annually based on tenure, skills, and abilities.

FLSA: Exempt

Work Hours: Full-time, Monday –Friday. Daytime hours with evening and weekends as necessary.



  • Works with the CEO and Board of Directors to set and meet annual fundraising goals.
  • Ensures the maintenance of appropriate systems and databases for donor management, research and cultivation, gift processing, and donor recognition.
  • Oversees and enhances ongoing donor cultivation. Researches and identifies donor prospects and devises in-depth strategies to cultivate prospective donors, existing donors, foundations, and major donors.  Provides guidance and consultation to the Board of Directors, CEO, and Chief Mission Officer to support the success of their stewardship and fundraising efforts.
  • Meet regularly with program leaders to understand current and future programmatic plans and needs.
  • Research opportunities for grants write grants to private and family foundations follows up on grant reporting and new opportunities.
  • Oversees direct response fundraising including direct mail, email marketing, donor acquisition, sustainer acquisition, and major donor communication.
  • Encourages donors to participate in the League’s planned giving program and leads stewardship efforts for current members of the planned giving society.
  • Establishes performance measures and monitors results. Regularly informs the CEO, Development Committee, and Board of Directors of progress toward established goals and objectives and provides comprehensive recommendations.
  • Hires, supervises, evaluates, directs, and guides the performance of the Development Team members.
  • Ensures that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the Potter League’s values, mission, vision, and plans. Maintains accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
  • Creates and adheres to an annual budget for the Development Department. Is responsible for the achievement of the department goals and financial objectives.
  • Demonstrates initiative and a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management while working enthusiastically and cooperatively with all departments and key management staff to assure that the goals of each department are met.
  • Participates as a member of the Senior Leadership Team to lead and support overarching organizational strategies and goals.
  • Other duties as requested.


Success Factors:

  • Genuinely enjoys people and instinctively shows kindness and compassion to others.
  • Dynamic and outgoing with a sense of humor.
  • Finds social events energizing and refreshing.
  • Confident and self-assured, is proud of their individuality and embraces that of others.
  • Driven, self-motivated, self-directed, and eager to achieve goals.
  • Outstanding project management skills and can plan weeks, months, and years ahead.
  • Can write professionally, creatively, and in a variety of styles to appeal to any audience.


Employment Disclaimer:

This job description is not a contract – management reserves the right to change its contents at any time. This organization complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.  This organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


How to Apply:
Please send a letter of interest to Todd Cramer, Chief Mission Officer at