Oregon Humane Society

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Chief Advancement Officer

About the Oregon Humane Society

Founded in 1868, Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest’s oldest and largest animal welfare organization with one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. We are working toward our vision of a world where all animals are treated with compassion, kindness, and respect. With campuses in Portland and Salem, OHS is an Oregon-based nonprofit that relies on donor support for its adoption, education, medical, and humane law enforcement programs.

Visit oregonhumane.org to learn about how we are creating a more humane society.

The Team

The Chief Advancement Officer will serve as a part of the Executive Team to help ensure organizational alignment with OHS’ strategic objectives and priorities. The team identifies the changes needed to drive the organization’s strategic direction and manages internal and external relationships to achieve this goal.


Serving as an integral member of the Executive Team, the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is responsible for developing an overarching strategic advancement plan that moves the organization forward through a comprehensive approach including planned giving, fundraising, constituent relationships, marketing and communication, humane education, and other functions. Under the leadership of the CAO, the broader advancement team, will apply a holistic and coordinated approach to achieving team and organizational outcomes.

The CAO is a dynamic, ambitious, and collaborative leader who will lead and inspire teams of professionals that are responsible for growing and engaging OHS’ audience and revenue, by continuing to build and enhance a consistent, inspiring brand identity that raises the profile, relevance, and value of OHS locally and nationally.

Essential Responsibilities


  • Consistently strives to exceed expectations; demonstrates flexibility, resilience, and the ability to maintain positive relationships and composure, even under difficult circumstances.
  • Maintains high ethical standards, including exhibiting behaviors and actions that embrace and align to our organization and customer service values, while treating all people with respect and dignity.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of your individual personal strengths and development needs, modeling appreciative inquiry and openness to feedback; builds a culture of feedback and learning.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development.
  • Establish and monitor the performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments of their direct reports.


  • Manage, support, and provide coaching feedback to team members, and create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence within their own team and embrace their role and responsibilities in advancing shared goals and priorities. 
  • Provide leadership to the Vice Presidents ensuring they have the resources and tools to implement key strategic activities, including coordination with other teams implementing complementary activities. 
  • Role model inclusive leadership, creating an environment where diverse viewpoints are welcomed and actively engaged.
  • Lead and develop a high-performing team of professionals who are committed to OHS’ mission; ensure that all staff are properly coached, directed, and that clearly defined measurements of performance and rewards are utilized to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness.


  • Collaborate with the Executive Team to create, communicate, plan, implement and monitor OHS’s Strategic Plan.
  • Utilizes data and insights to identify, understand and articulate the key inputs and metrics that tell the story of the organization/team strategy and its progress.
  • Builds appropriate feedback loops to measure if we are meeting key milestones and if the impact planned is being felt across the organization.
  • Create opportunities for constituent feedback to inform future activities and strategies.


  • Communicate effectively to executive and other stakeholder groups to ensure they are informed and able to actively engage.
  • Liaise with and maintain productive relationships with all stakeholders, including other departments, and donors; build mutually rewarding professional relationships inside OHS at all levels.
  • Leverage our best practices externally and grow OHS’ reputation as a leader in the animal welfare space.


  • Participate as a member of the Executive Team to provide a united, visible, and strong leadership presence across the organization.
  • Collaborate closely with the President and CEO, Vice Presidents that lead our Planned Giving, Development and Community Engagement teams and OHS’ Board of Directors as it pertains to engagement, solicitation and the activities of the Development Committee of the Board.
  • Further develop a cohesive, integrated and results-orientated Advancement Team, which operates under a unified vision to meet programmatic and philanthropic needs.
  • Evaluate donor experience and design, implement, and continually improve an advancement model based on researched best practices and available data. Lead the team to success in taking its innovations to market in a timely and scalable way.
  • Guide relationship-based development practices to create an exceptional donor experience.
  • Responsible for portfolio of major donors.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of OHS’ donor segmentation models used to inform fundraising plans. Ensuring that prospective donors are measured against those models with the goal of building a well-balanced donor portfolio and roadmap that drives giving and donation growth.
  • Establish strategy for messaging and communication efforts reflecting our brand strategy and positioning in all channels (website, social media, collateral, and campaigns) and drive improved results with donors, partners, and communities.
  • Increase brand awareness and organizational appreciation through media campaigns, events, and engagement opportunities.
  • Drive new growth opportunities. Identify, prioritize, develop, and launch new products, services and business models that elevate the donor experience.
  • Lead the development of strategies that will markedly increase support of OHS’ mission through corporate and foundation support, fundraising, events, planned giving, grants, major gifts and digital giving programs.
  • Champion a culture of philanthropy at OHS.
  • Ensure our approach and methodologies follow the code of ethical principals and standards for professional fundraisers.
  • Ensure our internal systems (Salesforce) is consistently and accurately used to provide a comprehensive view of existing and potential donors. Use the data to inform strategies. Ensure information about needs, interests, and expectations of these individuals and organizations is used to enrich relationships.
  • Also manages contracts for services within the realm of marketing and development.
  • Create, integrate, and adapt technological platforms and strategies to improve internal efficiencies and donor experiences.
  • Network with and provide mentorship to other animal welfare agencies and non-profits requesting assistance.
  • Perform other duties as necessary or assigned.


Supervises the Vice President, Community Engagement, Vice President, Development and Vice President, Planned Giving.


Reports Directly To: President & Chief Executive Officer

Often Engages Directly With: President & CEO, other members of the Executive Team, leaders across the organization and members of the Board of Directors.

Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills

We are interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We welcome applicants who bring a diversity of identity, culture, experience, perspective and thought. We encourage you to apply, even if you do not believe you meet every one of the qualifications described. You are also encouraged to address how your professional and lived experience, scholarship, mentorship and/or service will contribute to the Oregon Humane Society.

  • A passion for the Mission of Oregon Humane Society.
  • 10 years of leadership experience, staff management and capacity building of staff.
  • Minimum 10 years of work experience demonstrating competency in planned giving, comprehensive development programs, community relations and communications/marketing. Knowledge of fundraising including development planning, annual giving and major gift cultivation and solicitation. Knowledge of communications planning, social media, and public relations.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain a professional demeanor during all interactions with the public, partner agencies, external vendors, board members, donors, staff, and volunteers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the President & CEO, Executive Team, Board of Directors, staff, community groups, and other related agencies and do so while working under pressure, meeting multiple and often competing deadlines.
  • A proven record of successful fundraising with high-capacity individuals. Demonstrated success closing major gifts.
  • Highly experienced in digital fundraising, with a forward-thinking, digitally savvy mindset.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic development plans.
  • Experience with major capital campaigns.
  • Experienced in legislative and/or political campaigns.
  • Executive leadership skills, including negotiation, problem-solving, decision making, and delegation.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, direct, plan, budget, and coordinate.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills – able to communicate with a diverse population in a consistently informative, respectful, and professional manner.

Work Environment Conditions & Physical Requirements

This position interacts and collaborates will all levels of the organization, including OHS staff, executive team members, board members, donors, general-public, external vendors, volunteers, and supporters. Contact and communication is carried out through face-to-face, telephone and digital interactions. Excellent customer service skills are essential to success. Communication must be clear, understandable, professional, and respectful in all circumstances.


  • Work is performed in an office and medical center/animal shelter environment.
  • Substantial amount of time will be spent in the community with donors and potential donors.
  • Travel to and work at two campuses required.
  • Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Animal contact and related injuries may occur.
  • Noise exposure varies and sometimes includes uncontrolled barking and other animal vocalizations.
  • Pace of work is active and demanding, requiring a high degree of multitasking and ability to adapt to changing priorities while managing concurrent projects/tasks to completion.
  • The business office resides in the Oregon Humane Society campus, which is open to the public. Contact with emotional people may occur.


  • Occasional moving items above shoulder level.
  • Occasional use of hands and arms at or above shoulder level.
  • Prolonged standing, sitting and/or stooping may occur.
  • Occasional climbing and bending.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for prolonged periods.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and address and overcome complex challenges and barriers. We strive for a culture of integrity, respect, and compassion where every member of our community contributes their perspectives and authentic selves and where everyone reaches their potential as individuals and teams. We recognize that striving for diversity, equity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening, and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Oregon Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group.

Application Instructions

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Oregon Humane Society and the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

To apply for this position, please email your application to Debbie Zurow at [email protected].

All inquiries will be held in confidence.

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