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The Routt County Humane Society (RCHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, providing humane education, promoting spaying and neutering as a means of decreasing the number of unwanted pets, and encouraging respect for the dignity and worth of all animals.

RCHS was founded in 1985 and in May 2015 took over management and operations of the animal shelter from the City of Steamboat Springs, transforming it into a full-service adoption center. Other RCHS programs include assistance for pets from low income families, community spay/neuter programs, education, and feral cat trap/neuter/release as well as a variety of other volunteer programs.

Current Openings

Donor Relations Manager

Job Title: Donor Relations Manager

Department: Administration

Classification: Non-Exempt/Part-Time

Pay: $38.46 per hour

Job Relationship: Reports to Executive Director


Routt County Humane Society, located in Steamboat Springs, CO, seeks a Donor Relations Manager to join our team. The Donor Relations Manager will build on existing advancement efforts and proactively support the Executive Director and other team members in the management of prospect and donor relationships, implementing engagement stewardship, cultivation, and recognition activities that generate short and long-term results while deepening and diversifying the RCHS funding base. The Donor Relations Manager will also implement and manage all aspects of a $5 to $10 million dollar capital campaign, including all solicitation phases of the campaign, event planning, cultivation, and campaign publications/communications.

The Donor Relations Manager is responsible for campaign strategy, including establishing solicitation priorities, managing prospects lists, developing, and executing targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for a range of projects. Additionally, the Donor Relations Manager will prepare and provide support to staff, board members and volunteers for solicitation, and planning and managing cultivation events.


  • Work with the Executive Director to review the feasibility study, develop campaign strategy, and set campaign sub-goals.
  • Cultivate and steward donors, directly soliciting gifts, managing donor information, engaging with current and prospective donors with thoughtful research, timely stewardship, and customized acknowledgements.
  • Follow up and present to groups on behalf of Routt County Humane Society; communicate regularly with Campaign team and Committee to ensure completion of action items.
  • Manage acknowledgement of all contributions and coordinating special recognition at various levels of giving, emphasizing relationship building.
  • Write campaign correspondence including solicitation proposals, meeting requests, and meeting follow-ups; maintain master campaign calendar to maximize cultivation events and keep capital campaign on track.
  • Enter gifts and pledges into the database and acknowledge all campaign gifts and pledges including preparing pledge payment reminders and pledge agreements; follow up with pledge commitments and past dues.
  • Assist in the development of the strategic plan to diversify, strengthen, and increase the funding base and develop new sources of funding.
  • Create, coordinate, and steward fundraising events as part of the overall fundraising effort; provide monthly development reports regarding goals, initiatives and progress on the Capital Campaign and General Fund Development.
  • Coordinate the work of the Campaign Committee, setting meeting agendas, running meetings, distributing the minutes and action items of meetings, manage and participate fully in the efforts of the Committee.
  • Create briefing materials and presentation materials in advance of meetings, solicitations, and events.
  • Provide the primary organizational support and tracking to keep donor contacts connected, engaged, and involved.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma. CVT license preferred but not required.
  • 1-2 years’ experience as a veterinary technician.
  • Computer proficiency with a solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • General knowledge of zoonotic diseases and infectious disease control required.
  • General knowledge of medical terminology required.
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations while handling multiple tasks.
  • Self-motivated to achieve results and maintain high standards.
  • Must be reliable, organized, and adaptable to changes within the Clinic and RCHS.
  • Knowledge of animal behavior.
  • Ability to maintain high standard of patient care.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with other managers and staff members in order to accomplish daily tasks as well as strategic plans.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • A valid driver’s license and ability to gain coverage through our motor vehicle insurance is required


To be successful, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, Communications, or related field.
  • Three to five years of fundraising experience with proven experience managing a capital campaign and fundraising programs (preferred in a non-profit setting), including face-to-face solicitations.
  • Successful ability to personally identify, cultivate and solicit individual donors, corporations, and foundations.
  • Networking skills, strategic planning skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing people and budgets, excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of best practices in non-profit fundraising.
  • Proficiency in database management, Excel, Power Point, Word, and other computer skills; proficiency in Bloomerang preferred.
  • Experience managing and/or supporting annual giving campaigns, solicitations and stewardship, donor recognition, donor databases, and special events.
  • Knowledge of volunteer programs and best practices.


  • Exceptional people skills required, including ability to effectively connect with donors, community supporters and team members.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently.
  • Professional with excellent judgment who performs well within a fast-paced organization with many priorities.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and public speaking; must be able to communicate professionally, effectively, and diplomatically; particularly in articulating organizational alignment with donor interests.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills; excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to develop and enhance strong communication standards and workflows while working to disseminate donor-focused content across multiple mediums, including social media, newsletters, and more
  • Independent thinking with openness and excitement for new ideas; passion for a collegial team environment.
  • Must be able to establish, monitor and meet timelines.
  • Must have a valid Colorado Driver’s license.
  • Must work well under pressure with demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage competing timelines.

Work Environment and Hours:

Part-time: 20 hours per week.  Position will include local travel and some evenings and events.

This job description is not intended to be exhaustive of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. Duties, responsibilities, or qualifications may change at any time, with or without notice.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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