Chief Financial & Development Officer

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Position Title: Chief Financial & Development Officer

Division: Financial & Development

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Reports To: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Work Hours: Typically 40-hours: Monday – Friday, however this position has varying working days and hours depending on scheduling presentations and events.


The CFDO provides leadership, creates overall strategy, and manages the implementation of initiatives designed to build long-term financial stability. The CFDO is responsible for significant growth in all aspects of Halifax Humane Society’s fundraising including donor cultivation and solicitation, annual, major and planned gifts; special campaigns; foundation and corporate relations; and special events.

Essential Duties and Functions

  • Provide vision and guidance to the Society’s leadership on strategies to increase and strengthen the organization’s funding base.
  • Develops, evaluates, and revises fundraising strategies. Responsible for program planning and evaluation, encompassing all fund-raising programs that the organization sponsors, and reviews and revises them for efficiency and profitability.
  • Raises operating revenue for the organization, including new and established campaigns. Oversees activities include prospecting, researching, communication HHS departments and staff, appropriate committees. Prospects include renewal donors, corporations, foundations and individuals.
  • Cultivates and solicits charitable contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Personally participates in major gift activities requiring direct contact with donors. Oversees major gift process, to include follow up reporting with volunteers, ensuring calls are being made.
  • Plans and implements ongoing program to cultivate planned gifts including recognition programs for donors who have remembered the society in wills and bequests. Develops ongoing relationship in local community with individuals in positions to assist gift givers, such as trust officers, estate planners that ensure annual bequests.
  • Designs and cultivates a variety of donor recognition activities and programs, such as luncheons, awards banquets. Coordinates involvement of staff (including CEO and Board members) in donor solicitation and recognition activities.
  • Develops fund-raising policies including purpose of endowments, donor recognition, and gift acceptance, all for board approval.
  • Researches and writes foundation/grant funding proposals.
  • Oversees direct mail program including data selects for direct mail, newsletter, event invitations, etc.
  • Work closely with department heads to understand program-funding needs and create opportunities to attract major donor, corporate and foundation support.
  • Report monthly fundraising report to the COO for inclusion in the Executive Report.
  • Provides an annual comprehensive analysis of department and fund raising programs. Provides analysis and evaluation for individual programs on an “as needed” basis.
  • Responsible for overall management of fundraising database.
  • Manages the maintenance, confidentiality, accuracy, and timely entry of database and donor records.
  • Oversees the management of all HHS special events staff and projects related to fundraising.
  • Evaluate current and future events with staff to maximize resources.
  • Develops annual goals for department staff that include timelines, procedures and accountabilities to be accomplished in meeting future plans and objectives.
  • Provides guidance, direction and resolutions for departmental problems or staff issues.
  • Maintains professionalism of staff by providing training and motivation on a team climate.
  • Responsible for discipline and performance management of staff in the Development Department, including recommendations for hiring and terminations, performance reviews and suggestions for promotions or salary increases.
  • Manages timely and accurate preparation of selects and all required departmental reports.
  • Maintains control of budgets including preparing financial and/or statistical reports as needed.
  • Serves on special committees at the request of the CEO and/or Board of Directors. Special projects may or may not be limited to projects related to Development and could include special training projects and events such as all-staff meetings.
  • Ensure quality people care is provided to patrons, visitors, staff and volunteers at the Humane Society. Assists staff in situations requiring immediate problem solving. Takes control for situations that could be potentially damaging to the professional image of HHS.
  • Willing and cooperatively performs other duties as assigned by proper authority, that may not be in specific job description.
  • Is flexible with scheduling and is available when away from the facility as needed to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Arrive to work on time and work the entire shift.

Required Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • BS in Accounting, Finance, Non-Profit Leadership, or other related fields
  • 10+ years in progressively responsible leadership roles
  • Other combinations of education and work experience may be acceptable.
  • Course concentration in finance, public relations, communications, fundraising techniques, hospitality or related fields.
  • Must possess a valid and unrestricted Florida driver’s license with a clean DMV record for the past 3 years.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience in grant writing, development and public relations.
  • Demonstrated success in managing a diverse team of professionals and volunteer fundraisers, skilled in managing varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration and cooperation among diverse groups.
  • A proven track record of meeting and exceeding fundraising goals.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate the Society’s mission and needs to diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure funding from foundations and corporations, including proposal development, research, and adherence to deadlines.
  • Successful experience in launching and managing fundraising campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to make-the-ask and cultivate long-term donor relationships.
  • Experience with event planning, including managing event consultants, securing sponsorships, solicitation of donations, and working with volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability for strategic analyses, and experience designing, implementing and directing multiple complex projects, setting deadlines, and ensuring program accountability and compliance.
  • Experience developing revenue and expense projections and successfully administering departmental budgets.
  • Solid experience as a member of an executive team and working with executives, board members, management and associate staff.
  • Sound judgment and ability to exercise complete discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Extreme flexibility and adaptability, a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate broad responsibilities and shifting priorities.
  • Computer skills in a Windows environment preferred including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Mental Demands

Must have the ability to multi-task, prioritize and handle high levels of stress. The position requires excellent organizational skills, as well as a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. Must be dependable and have proven ability to meet deadlines. Self-starter with ability to work independently and follow detailed instructions without need of constant support.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to frequently reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Job Type: Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Willingness to travel:

  • 25% (Preferred)

Work Location: One location