Director of Development, Puppies Behind Bars

Puppies Behind Bars is seeking a Director of Development. The director will report to our Executive Vice President and will work closely with our Database Manager, as well as our President.

Duties include overseeing all aspects of development work, including researching, developing and writing grant proposals, preparing interim and final reports for funders, engaging with individual donors and foundations, gift acknowledgement, assisting with event planning, filing state registrations and employee giving campaign applications, preparing internal reports, and organizing and maintaining pertinent files and support materials. The Director of Development will help Puppies Behind Bars develop new sources of funding, strengthen relations with donors, streamline development processes, and promote the organization’s mission to the public.

Candidates should possess excellent writing and verbal communication skills, good people skills and time management skills, and be comfortable with public speaking. Familiarity with social media and online fundraising strategies is desirable. Experience using SalesForce or other fundraising database platforms would be advantageous. Applicants should have a minimum of five years development experience, but comparable experience from other fields that would enhance a candidate’s ability to meet the varied needs of the position and the organization will be given weight.

Over time, the Director of Development will build relationships with both new and current donors and sponsors, and will have a major role in grant stewardship.

Please submit your resume with cover letter to Eric Barsness at

The position is full-time at our mid-Manhattan office. Starting salary range: $90,000 to $115,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include a generous vacation allowance, an optional health insurance plan (50% of premiums covered), and optional I.R.A. with match. Puppies Behind Bars is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, socio-economic background, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

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Puppies Behind Bars is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, tax I.D. #13-3969389, and donations are tax-exempt to the extent allowed by law.

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