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Love animals? Put your passion for dogs and cats to work at Berkeley Humane!

Current Openings:  

Director of Development & Communications    

Reports to: Executive Director 
Department: Development 
Classification: Exempt 
Location: Berkeley, California


The Director of Development & Communications works closely with the Executive Director to plan and execute corporate, foundation, individual donor and charitable planned giving programs. The Director of Development is responsible for creating and implementing Berkeley Humane’s fund-raising and marketing strategy, creating best practices and driving all development and public relations efforts of the organization including major gifts, special events, major donor cultivation and solicitation, foundation and corporate relations and planned giving.


Member of the organization’s Leadership Team and provides direct supervision to the Manager of Marketing and Individual Giving, Prospect Research & Development Analyst, and contract grant writer.


Development and Fundraising

  • Develops, evaluates, and revises fund-raising 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. Activities include prospecting, researching, communication with departments and staff, and appropriate volunteer committees and Board. 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 Berkeley Humane in wills and bequests. Develops ongoing relationship in local community with individuals in positions to assists gift givers, such as trust officers, estate planners that ensures annual bequest. Designs and cultivates a variety of donor recognition activities and programs, such as luncheons, awards banquets. Coordinates involvement of staff in donor solicitation and recognition activities.
  • Develops fund-raising policies including purpose of endowments, donor recognition, and gift acceptance, all for board approval.
  • Assisted by contract grant writer, researches and writes foundation / grant funding proposals.
  • Helps recruit, support and track volunteer Capital Campaign Committee engagement and progress. Ensures integration of campaign prospects and donors in cultivation and recognition events and activities.
  • Oversees direct mail program.
  • Works closely with department managers to understand program funding needs and create opportunities to attract major donor, corporate and foundation support.
  • Creates monthly fundraising report to the Executive Director 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.

Database Management

  • Responsible for overall management of fundraising database.
  • Manages the maintenance, confidentiality, accuracy and timely entry of database and donor records.
  • Manages timely and accurate preparation of all required departmental reports.

Special Event Management

  • Oversees the management of all Berkeley Humane special events related to fundraising.
  • Evaluates current and future events with staff to maximize resources.

Volunteer and Staff Management

  • Directs and supervises development and marketing staff and volunteers in the performance of their respective responsibilities within the department.
  • Coaches staff by providing regular, ongoing feedback and timely performance evaluations. 
  • 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 a professional fund raising and community relations staff by providing training and motivation in a team climate.
  • Responsible for discipline and performance management of staff in Development Department, including recommendations for hiring and terminations, performance reviews and suggestions for promotions or salary increases. 

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Creates and manages department budget; forecasts annual fundraising income and establishes goals tied to exceeding annual income forecasts and donor growth objectives.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and minimum 3 years of experience in a non-profit environment, including fundraising management or related work experience.

Skills and Requirements:

  • Excellent fund raising techniques.
  • Ability to analyze revenue trends and explain results and make recommendations.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Team motivation skills and the ability to motivate a staff.
  • Ability to work as a team with other departments.
  • Proficiency in computer applications (MS Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and databases).
  • Knowledge of animal protection issues and commitment to the objectives of the organization. 

Physical Demands:

This work is performed in office and shelter surroundings. Typical positions require workers to walk or stand for long periods, lift and carry up to 70 pounds, climb stairs, bend, reach, hold, grasp and turn objects and use fingers to operate computer keyboards. The work requires the ability to speak normally and to use normal or aided vision or hearing.   

Work Environment:

There is a potential of exposure to parasites and infectious diseases that can be carried and transmitted by animals. Workers are subject to animal bites and scratches and constant exposure to animals, animal noises, and animal allergens under conditions with no alternatives available. Work is subject to frequent interruptions. Employee is subject to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Although all efforts are made to adopt out all of the animals we take into our care, some animals will be euthanized for disease, quality of life, or behaviors unsuitable for adoption into our community. 

Exempt Position:  

Minimum of 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. Daily reporting hours and days of week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule. Includes weekend and holiday work.

To Apply:

Please attach a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to 



Put your passion for animals to work at Berkeley Humane!

Founded in 1927, Berkeley Humane is one of the Bay Area's most enduring and respected animal welfare institutions. We provide veterinary care and adoption services for homeless animals in addition to offering low-income programs to our community members to provide basic veterinary care and low-cost spay/neuter clinics

Are you looking for an opportunity to do relief work on your days off or just want to help save more animals? If so, we are seeing RELIEF RVT's to cover staff sick and vacation time throughout the year. Shifts will consist of an eight hour work day, with one hour for lunch (9a-6p). 


The RVT provides technical support and works closely with the veterinarian and hospital staff to ensure a high quality of care for the animals at Berkeley Humane veterinary hospital. You will be responsible for the health of all of the animals in the adoption center and in foster and for providing all necessary treatments directed by staff and veterinarians.

The ideal candidate will also have compassion for animals, concern for their welfare and an appreciation for animals and their unique environment and needs, knowledge of animal behavior and of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic veterinary treatment of dogs and cats, and a willingness to educate fosters, adopters, and staff about preventive health care and animal behavior. You must also have the ability to lift 50 pounds. 


1. Current California Registered Veterinary Technician license.
2. Minimum of 3 years as a Registered Veterinary Technician or Assistant or two years of college coursework with an emphasis on animal-related science or completion of a veterinary technician training program. Qualifying work experience will be considered as an alternative.
3. Excellent customer service.
4. Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft applications.
5. Avimark experience preferred or the ability to become proficient using veterinary software as applicable to clinic operations.


Please submit your resume and cover letter to Please put the days of the week that you are available, including weekends. Your documents must be in Word or PDF format to be considered.


Berkeley Humane is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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