Director of Development & External Relations- McKamey Animal Center

Saving Animals – Helping People. This is the mission of the Animal Care Trust d/b/a McKamey Animal Center. McKamey Animal Center was founded in 2008. At that time, the County Center, the Humane Educational Society (HES), was overburdened and required to provide care for animals throughout the County, not just Chattanooga. Its resources were stretched thin. An independent group of citizens began a campaign with the City of Chattanooga to build a new shelter. The shelter was built to accommodate City of Chattanooga animals only.

The Center recently completed a three-year strategic plan and the new Director of Development & External Relations position is a strategy of the Action Plan.

Position: Director of Development & External Relations

General Description: The Director of Development & External Relations is a member of the McKamey Animal Center executive team charged with the responsibility of development planning and implementation through cultivating strong stakeholder relationships. This position develops strategies and tactics to effectively increase major gifts, capital gifts, and bequests to the Center. In addition, the director is responsible for the management of McKamey’s annual fund, special events, an upcoming 10-year anniversary and capital campaign, and the day-to-day development office operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Create and implement annual marketing and development plan designed to increase operating revenue by 10 percent in the first year.

• Build and maintain strong partner relationships as well as serve as the face for McKamey by attending community functions including Chamber and other leadership opportunites.

• Manage McKamey’s communication function and staff.

• Manages a portfolio of 75-100 donors in active solicitation cycle.

• Cultivates, solicits, and stewards annual fund, and major gift prospects including planning giving prospects.

• Coordinates appropriate stewardship of all annual and major gifts donors.

• Collaborates with the Executive Director on a personal solicitation plan for leadership-level donors including the McKamey Board of Directors.

• Identifies appropriate foundation prospects and prepares grant proposals as needed.

• Working with the Marketing Coordinator, prepares and oversees the processing of the McKamey annual report and other donor communications.

• Conducts face-to-face solicitations/visits with major gift prospects.

• Documents all activity in the database including Call Reports describing donor visits.

• With the Volunteer Coordinator, plans and runs local and regional cultivation and stewardship events for donors and prospects.

• Supervises gift entry process to ensure accuracy and proper constituent updates.

• Oversees the distribution of gift acknowledgements within the Development Office’s 48-hour turnaround policy.

• Establishes a Development Committee, trains and prepares volunteers for successful solicitations.

General Skills & Experience Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of progressive, demonstrated leadership and success in annual giving programs. CFRE is highly desirable.

• Demonstrated project management skills working specifically with multifaceted projects and diverse constituents.

• Experience in a supervisory position in a non-profit, foundation or government agency.

• Ability to identify appropriate segments of donors and prospects and create cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities that build loyalty and trust.

• Professional demeanor, good judgment, and the ability to work independently, but collaboratively, in goal-oriented team environment.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel.

• High efficiency in constituent, relational databases, preferably Donor Perfect.


• Passionate about McKamey’s mission and values.

• Demonstration of emotional intelligence, ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings.

• Strong social media skills.

• Solid experience managing budgets and preparing financial projections and reports.

• Commitment to professional development and self-improvement.

• Self-starter, self-disciplined with ability to take initiative and follow through.

• Ability to analyze problems, utilize internal or external resources, offer solutions to problems and implement solutions.

• Remain focused in the face of pressure, delivers against timelines, not intimidated by tasks/time limitations.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

• Requires some weekend and evening hours.

• Works in a highly stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts.

• Ability to work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.

• Some (10%) travel required.

Interested applicants can submit a resume and cover letter to Jamie McAloon at