Chief Advancement Officer
Job Details
Bellevue - Bellevue, WA
Full Time
Nonprofit - Social Services

Seattle Humane is seeking a Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) who will be directly responsible for successfully leading and implementing our integrated resource development strategy by generating new relationships and maintaining existing relationships to build the organization's visibility, impact, and financial resources. This individual will be responsible for raising funds to support Seattle Humane’s mission, increase our life-saving capacity, as well as lead and evolve our brand. 

The CAO will oversee all aspects of Seattle Humane’s resource development/fundraising strategies and initiatives as well as all marketing and communication efforts. These responsibilities include maintaining and enhancing current successful programming and creating new fundraising streams and initiatives. This position increases awareness and understanding of Seattle Humane’s mission, vision and community outreach through an integrated communication and fundraising strategy.


Fund Development


  • With the CEO, Board of Directors, and development team, raise operating funds (typically $8-10 million annually, 80% of the operating budget) to allow Seattle Humane to achieve its mission, vision and goals.
  • Lead and manage all resource development activities, including the Major and Planned Giving Program, Individual Giving Program, Grants Program, as well as Special Events and Corporate Relations Program.
  • Cultivate and sustain positive, productive relationships with existing and prospective donors, foundations, community leaders, volunteers and businesses.
  • Collaborate with the CEO to develop goals for Seattle Humane’s resource development and marketing initiatives, and direct the implementation of long- and short-term plans to meet those goals.
  • Spearhead the planning and execution of all fundraising events, including the organization’s largest fundraiser, Tuxes & Tails.
  • Direct and grow Seattle Humane’s animal adoption function, while also helping develop and define opportunities for Seattle Humane to lead and innovate in the sheltering community, such as its Community Medicine Outreach initiative launching in FY21.  
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program by providing and presenting data to Seattle Humane’s Board of Directors and senior leaders.
  • Recruit, develop, and mentor the development team.
  • Supervise the Development Director and Major and Planned Giving Director who oversee separate teams.
  • Stay current on trends and professional innovations in the fund development field to help position Seattle Humane to be in the forefront of the sector.
  • Fulfill other duties and special projects as assigned by the CEO


  • Oversee and develop top-level messaging and branding strategies for the organization.
  • Oversee the development and design of all marketing materials, advertisements, campaign themes, and videos to adhere to Seattle Humane’s brand and strategic goals.
  • Manage Seattle Humane’s online presence, including the organization's website, social media pages, and monthly newsletters.
  • Oversee Seattle Humane’s public relations efforts and relationships with the media and the community.
  • Recruit, develop, and mentor the marketing team.
  • Supervise the Marketing Director.
  • Position Seattle Humane through innovative and forward-thinking communication strategies.



  • High energy and passion for Seattle Humane’s mission and values is essential.
  • 10-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in a development and/or communications function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources and complex communication strategies).
  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree and/or CFRE preferred.
  • Tangible experience in cultivating and expanding existing donor relationships over time.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Flexible and adaptable style.
  • A leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising and communication initiatives.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Seattle Humane.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement an annual strategic development plan.
  • Ability to translate strategic goals and plans into marketing messages as well as create marketing plans that promote these goals.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • A professional and resourceful style demonstrating the ability to take initiative as well as to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.




  • Participates in Seattle Humane’s Senior Leadership Team and takes an active part in organizational decision making and management.
  • Works with the Board of Directors on various tasks/ projects as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned such as (but not limited to) errands, meeting or event preparation.


  • Daily verbal and written communications with co-workers and volunteers through meetings, telephone, memos, mail or e-mail.
  • Weekly or monthly communication with outside vendors by telephone, e-mail or personal contact.
  • Heavy communication with the public, donors, Board members, Seattle Humane clients and the media by telephone, fax, mail or e-mail.


  • High degree of independent judgment required.
  • Must be creative and able to solve problems; think strategically while maintaining good attention to detail; manage multiple tasks and determine priorities; supervise employees and volunteers; and meet specified budget goals.
  • Must be a good project manager, able to work with a variety of personalities, and remain focused on the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Must be able to represent Seattle Humane in a professional manner and respond to unexpected questions, comments or requests internally and externally.




  • Valid Washington State driver’s license with good driving record.


  • Must be able to analyze problems and determine the best solutions, and communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Must possess good attention to detail, be able to concentrate and produce accurate work despite frequent interruptions.
  • Needs to be sensitive to other opinions and perspectives and have a demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time; to lift and carry at least 30 pounds with or without accommodation; to kneel, crouch, bend and reach.



  • General office environment including continuous use of computer, printer, copy machine, fax machine, multi-line telephone, video-conferencing system
  • May have limited animal handling, which presents the potential of animal bites, exposure to zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transmitted from vertebrate animals to people), animal dander and noise.
  • Full-time exempt position willing to work some evening and/or weekend hours as requested.