Chief Development Officer

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Chief Development Officer
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Farm Sanctuary

Chief Development Officer

New York, New York (strongly preferred, other locations selectively considered)

Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. Today, Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. The organization has rescued thousands of animals and cared for them at its sanctuaries in New York and California. At Farm Sanctuary, these animals are considered friends, not food. Farm Sanctuary educates millions of people about the animals’ plight and the effects of factory farming on our health and environment. Farm Sanctuary advocates for laws and policies to prevent suffering and promote compassion, and it reaches out to legislators and businesses to bring about institutional reforms.

In an ideal world, there would be no need for Farm Sanctuary as it exists today. There would be no factory farms or stockyards. Cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and sheep would be free to roam in their pastures, sleep in the sun, scratch at the earth, and enjoy life. Animals in today’s industrialized farms are treated like commodities. They are crowded into warehouses, confined so tightly that they cannot easily walk or even turn around. They are de-beaked, de-toed, and their tails are docked without anesthetic. Their bones break because their bodies have been manipulated to grow so fast that they can’t support their own weight. Factory farm animals are denied fresh air, sun, wholesome food, room to move, and the freedom to exhibit their natural behaviors. This rampant abuse of millions of animals every day is largely invisible to the public. Farm Sanctuary has a vision of a world where vegan eating is fun and easy and where people are aware of the cruelties of factory farming.

Farm Sanctuary remains committed to ending cruelty to farm animals and promoting compassionate vegan living through rescue, education, and advocacy efforts.

Born of a decidedly grassroots effort, Farm Sanctuary’s development program has grown organically while facilitating organizational growth. Yet, as Farm Sanctuary’s operational needs continue to increase and the sustainability of sanctuaries remain a costly endeavor, the development program must continue to evolve, replete with the strategic leadership, professionalism, infrastructure, and industry best practices commensurate with a best-in-class organization. The newly appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Farm Sanctuary is prioritizing enhancement of the development program, while also emphasizing the strategic integration of complementary communications functions for increased impact.

Farm Sanctuary seeks candidates for the role of Chief Development Officer (CDO). Reporting to the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the senior leadership team, the CDO provides leadership and direction for all development programs. This entrepreneurial leader will establish a sustainable, comprehensive, major-gifts-focused development program to support and further Farm Sanctuary’s mission. The CDO oversees a 17-member Development team, including staff based in offices in New York and California, as well as several remote staff.

Required qualifications and experience:

- Dedication to the mission and goals of Farm Sanctuary. Candidates for this position should be motivated by the ethical underpinnings of the animal rights movement.

- Bachelor’s degree; professional fundraising certification preferred.

- Minimum of 10 years of development experience in roles of progressive professional responsibility, with a working knowledge of all areas within development, including major gifts, foundation and corporate relations, annual giving, prospect research, and operations, preferably within a national-scale nonprofit organization or other environment of similar complexity. Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a nonprofit setting that prioritizes new donor discovery and engagement. A record of success in a campaign environment is highly preferred.

- Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of senior-level development management experience, including creating and managing a budget.

- Must be steeped in modern philanthropy best practices and able to effectively integrate functions.

- Particular strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives.

- Demonstrated ability to strategically move individuals and institutions across the spectrum of prospect development. A history of securing six and seven-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies for grooming the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors.

- Proven ability to develop, balance, and coordinate donor bases on a national scale.

- Demonstrated ability in working with marketing and communications in support of achieving philanthropic goals.

- Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating board or other volunteer leaders, and a sophisticated understanding of their role in building an effective philanthropic network.

- The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about development strategies and processes. Knowledge of fundraising information sources and familiarity with research techniques for prospect research.

Farm Sanctuary has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:

Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.

Managing Director

Founder and Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy

Diversified Search

The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174| 212.542.2587





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