Posted: 11/08/2021

Chief Philanthropy Officer
Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
Santa Barbara Humane provides shelter, care, and support to all dogs and cats of Santa Barbara County. We are seeking a dynamic Chief Philanthropy Office (CPO) to lead the Philanthropy and Outreach Department. The CPO will have an exceptional ability to lead and manage a growing team internally while serving as an inspirational storyteller to share SBH’s ambitious mission and vision externally. As CPO, you will be responsible for overall marketing and development leadership of the organization, including managing P&O staff, vendor relations, and your own portfolio of donors.
As Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO), you’ll have the opportunity to build on more than 130 years of impact and propel the organization into its next transformational chapter.  SBH stands ready to position its organization as essential to the promotion of compassionate care for animals and supportive programs for their owners in order to transform the way animals in Santa Barbara County live and thrive.
Applicants should demonstrate a knowledge of and concern for issues of animal welfare including socially conscience philosophies and an understanding of these details impacts the experiences of animals and families in need.
Founded in 1887 Santa Barbara Humane is one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in the west. A merger in 2020 made it the largest in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara Humane’s primary focus is on safety net programs. These vital programs provide support to pets for families in need. Without these services, some pets could be surrendered to animal shelters or unnecessarily go without treatment or resources. From community to community, areas of focus for safety net programs vary, ranging from pet food banks to financial assistance for veterinary bills and behavior training. Donor funds ensure these services remain. Your role as CPO is continuing the Donor Centric philosophies in a successful development and marketing strategy to reengage the community, introduce new fundraising initiatives both for individuals and businesses and generate engaging marketing campaigns all while leading a dynamic and talented team.
The CPO reports to the CEO and has overall fiduciary and managerial responsibility for the organization’s development and marketing activities. SBH has an annual budget of approximately $5 million and sufficient assets, funding and revenue to support operations and planned growth. The CPO will work directly and in collaboration with SBH’s Executive team, including its CEO, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Veterinary Officer, contract Chief Financial Officer and the CEO’s Executive Assistant.
SBH’s next CPO will assume leadership of a highly productive team with significant institutional knowledge, a track record of success and impact, and who share a commitment to equity, inclusion and belonging as a core value in their work.
Areas of Responsibility
Organizational Leadership and Strategy

  • Serve as an innovative and visionary voice for SBH
  • Lead the organization’s fundraising strategy, working in partnership with the P&O team, committee, board and vendor partners
  • As part of senior leadership team, participate on assigned committees, work collaboratively with other departments, and contribute to the development, refinement, and implementation of SBH’s long-term strategic priorities
  • Participate in Board meetings as assigned and serve as staff resource for the Board’s Fundraising & Public Relations Committee
  • Directly supervise Development and Outreach staff, including hiring, training, and evaluating performance. Contribute to continued growth of organization through team development
  • Actively integrate and assign volunteers by providing a welcoming work environment; practicing mentorship, training, and advancement opportunities, and offering feedback on volunteer performance
  • Balance a collaborative, relational spirit with business acumen and discipline to ensure sustainability and increased impact for the organization
Fundraising and Revenue Generation
  • Develop, implement and maintain strategies in fundraising channels including but not limited to: annual giving, planned giving, bequests, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorships, grant and foundation requests, special events, and major gift solicitation.
  • Monitor departmental annual goals and budget, provide analysis and reporting on the overall performance of fundraising against goals and strategic plan
  • Diversify funding sources in partnership with Board Members and senior leaders
  • Cultivate and inspire a culture of innovation and creativity that results in new, fundable ideas and initiatives.
  • Create and strengthen new and existing partnerships with key funding organizations, corporate partners and individual donors
  • Serve as community liaison and media spokesperson as assigned
  • Assure the organization’s financial viability and integrity to sustain its mission and achieve its vision by responsibly stewarding financial and other resources
Commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Create a culture of learning and respect that improves the organization’s ability to address challenges around issues of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, disability, age and more
  • Foster an inclusive and engaged workplace by demonstrating transparency, empathy and respect; support a culture of authenticity and self-care
  • Coach and facilitate the team in support of a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment
There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:
  • A proven track record and passion for successfully leading, managing, and growing development efforts with a zest for cultivating new donors and the ability to generate new revenue streams
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging best practices and continuous learning
  • Thrives in a highly relational and collaborative environment; the integrity, wisdom, persistence, and humor necessary to address the practicalities of a growing, dynamic, organization
  • Excellent strategic, analytical, and problem-solving skills with the ability to overcome challenges and develop thoughtful and creative solutions
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills with ability to convey messages across diverse audiences, create engaging collateral content, grant proposals, and other marketing and development materials
  • Ability to compel others to action as a key storyteller of our impact, priorities for growth and ongoing contributions to the communities and families we serve
  • Expertise in media buying, television and radio production and oversight
  • Experience creating budgets and forecasting revenue
  • Capital campaign experience through all steps of the process
  • Strong understanding of data utilization and management, as well as the effective
    use of fundraising technology and data for strategic operations and decision making
  • Experience supervising and managing a diverse and geographically distributed
    team with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, delegate responsibility, and
    inspire, engage, and motivate staff
  • Proficient in Slack, Asana, DonorPerfect, Google Suite, Microsoft Office, GiveCloud or other similar programs.

Job Status: Full-Time