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OrganizationService Dogs of Virginia
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineFebruary 26, 2024
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Rangestarting at $80,000.00


Service Dogs of Virginia is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises, trains, and places service dogs with individuals with disabilities who live in Virginia and is fully accredited by Assistance Dogs International. SDV began in 2000 and has placed over 150 assistance and facility dogs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We do not charge our clients for their dog and the support we receive from individuals, foundations, businesses, and the community is critical to helping us realize our mission. SDV receives no support from the government and service dogs are not covered by medical insurance.

We are seeking a skilled full-time Director of Development to ensure we have the financial resources needed to fulfill our mission. Working closely with the Executive Director and Board, the Director of Development oversees all aspects of fundraising to grow a sustainable philanthropic revenue base. In addition to supporting an annual budget of $1MM, SDV plans to conduct a capital campaign in the coming years. The salary is $80,000 but negotiable depending on experience.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Peggy Law, P. O. Box 408, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or No phone calls, please.

Job Duties

Director of Development
• Responsible for achieving fundraising goals, which are set in collaboration with the Board President and Executive Director.
o Identify and cultivate individual, community, and corporate donors.
o Research, write, and submit grants and ensure timely grant reporting as required.
o Plan and implement all fundraising campaigns and prospect/donor communications (e.g., quarterly Top Donor Letter, e-blasts, printed materials, event invitations).
o Work with board members, board committees and volunteers to increase and diversify fundraising.
o Ensure donors are thanked in a timely and appropriate manner.
• Seek and manage public outreach including speaking engagements throughout the state.
• Establish and maintain positive working relationships with all constituents.
• Work with staff to ensure annual events such as the August Open House and annual Graduation ceremony are planned, publicized, and executed effectively.
• Partner with the Office Administrator to assure the website, Facebook page, and Instagram accounts are representing the organization appropriately and accurately.
• Attend all Board meetings and provide reports including but not limited to SDV financial status, development priorities, initiatives, events, and campaigns.

Skills Required

Applicants for the position of Director of Development should have a college degree, experience in fundraising or an analogous field, working knowledge of Bloomerang (database), Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Facebook, and Instagram and experience working on a Capital Campaign.

Work Schedule

M-F 9:30-5pm

Additional Info

Our work environment is casual, full of dogs and people who enjoy working together. We are collaborative and support one another.

Applicant must be comfortable working on-site in an office space with one to four dogs and a facility with up to 10 or more dogs. Working from home a few days a week is possible. The Executive Director may add additional responsibilities as needed.