Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) is a not-for-profit animal shelter located in Bethel, CT. We are a regional leader in re-homing dogs and cats.
Major Objective Responsible for planning, managing, and executing small scale fundraising community events and for overseeing the “Meet & Greet” Volunteer Committee with the goal to generate revenue and keep DAWS top of mind as a regional leader in re-homing dogs and cats.
The successful candidate will be able to establish relationships with community business leaders and residents in order to foster partnerships that will lead to revenue generation and awareness of DAWS mission and vision.
- Execute and manage small-scale fundraisers, donation drives, and community events with a focus on revenue generation to attain defined goals; responsible for meeting monthly, quarterly, and annual goals as established by The Board of Directors.
- Plan and execute annual Bake Sale and Tag Sale to reach defined revenue goals; manage all aspects of event planning; lead and coordinate volunteer participation.
- Coordinate and manage in-kind and monetary donations by identifying partner businesses/corporations where donation drives can be executed and/or donation boxes can be placed.
- Assist and oversee the “Meet and Greet” Volunteer Committee whose role is to promote awareness of the mission and vision of DAWS and highlight our adoptable animals. This Committee will manage all aspects of event planning including execution of necessary paperwork, securing, coordinating, and overseeing volunteer participation, ensuring marketing and event supplies are delivered to the venue, attending events, and interacting with the community.
- Foster, build, and maintain strong relationships with community leaders, organizations, businesses, etc. to help drive partnerships that lead to in-kind, monetary, and promotional support.
- Cultivate relationships with local schools.
- Support the Development Director to strategize methods to retain existing supporters and assess markets to establish new support resources; identify additional opportunities within the community to drive awareness of DAWS and stimulate support/donations.
- Field and manage inquiries (phone and email) from parties interested in DAWS’ participation in awareness events and educational presentations (Meet and Greet events, etc)
- Field and manage inquiries (phone and email) regarding general questions/requests from the community; liaise with appropriate Board, staff, and volunteer chairpersons to assure inquiries are addressed appropriately.
- Draft and mail correspondences to community members and supporters, including Thank You letters and as follow-up to participation in local community events.
- Previous experience in successful fundraising and community event coordination.
- Demonstrated experience in project management with the ability to coordinate and execute projects from idea generation to implementation.
- Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills; exceptional in developing and fostering relationships with local business leaders and community members to drive fundraising, donations, sponsorships, and event support.
- Must be a team player with a positive and professional attitude; ability to quickly build and maintain relationships with DAWS staff and volunteers; ability to work independently, but also collaboratively, in a diverse staff and volunteer non-profit environment
- Self-motivated with a high degree of initiative, flexibility, and creativity; ability to execute defined responsibilities with limited supervision in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
- Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evening and weekends.
- Computer proficiency.
- Must love animals and be comfortable interacting dogs and cats.
- Familiarity with Danbury, Bethel and surrounding communities; Local resident preferred.
- Valid driver’s license required.
Percent of Time Spent on Assigned Responsibilities
- 50% Fundraising, relationship development, and community event planning
- 15% Owning, coordinating, executing Annual Bake Sale and Tag Sale
- 15% Large-scale fundraising support
- 15% Administrative tasks including fielding inquiries and drafting correspondences
- 5% Oversee the “Meet and Greet” Volunteer Committee
Reporting Structure: Reports to the Development Director
Job Status: Full Time – 35 hours / week
Compensation: $27,300 Annual Salary
Paid Time Off: 15 days
Application Instructions: Submit cover letter, resume, and salary history/requirements to:
Attn: Chris Rohland
President, DAWS Board of Directors
Applications without salary history/requirements will not be considered.
If chosen to interview for this positions, applicant will be required to provide examples of successful fundraising and community outreach events.
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