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Agape Animal Rescue & Training Center

Development Director

Agape Animal Rescue & Training Center


Job Summary

Exciting job opportunity for a growing not-for-profit animal rescue based in Middle Tennessee. Full time or part time hours available. This position will increase cash flow and develop new fundraising strategies to ensure ongoing and sustainable revenue to support our mission of finding loving homes for the dogs that have been abused, abandoned, surrendered or at risk for shelter euthanasia. You will work closely with Agape Animal Rescue’s Board of Directors to establish financial goals, facilitate multiple fundraising events throughout the year, and cultivate an active and diversified base of donors. If you are a creative, self-motivated, enthusiastic animal lover with a strong background in effective non-profit development and a passion for developing and implementing new fundraising efforts, Agape Animal Rescue & Training Center is where you belong.

Job Responsibilities

  • Create and execute an annual fundraising plan in coordination with appropriate Board committees (annual giving campaign, major gift campaign, donor prospect research plans, etc).
  • Manage large-scale appeals (e.g. direct mail or email campaigns)
  • Solicit major gifts and sponsorships through one-on-one meetings with donors or in conjunctions with other staff or board members in-person, by phone or others means to explain the mission and purpose of the rescue, solicit funds and steward donors.
  • Manage community giving campaigns through direct mail, social media and email.
  • Develop relationships with philanthropic donors and practice excellent donor stewardship for long-term relationships.
  • Manage the planning and execution of special fundraising events, currently including Agape Animal Ball and The Big Payback with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
  • Connect with partners alongside program staff specifically for the Community Canine Coaching Program.
  • Run a grant management program from identification to stewardship.


  • Passion for the organization’s mission.
  • Strategic self-starter. Self-motivated to meet and exceed fundraising goals.
  • Able to establish and maintain collaborative relationships to meet business objectives.
  • Ability to clearly and persuasively communicate, write clearly and informatively; maintain positive relationships with key staff and volunteers.
  • Understand unique needs and relationships with donors and volunteer community, align work with strategic goals, complete administrative tasks, and develop strategies to achieve organizational goals.
  • Follow instructions, take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments, ability to keep confidences when necessary.
  • Balances team and individual responsibilities, exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views, able to build morale and group commitment to goal, supports everyone’s efforts, willingness to negotiate and compromise.

Additional Information


Work from home and flex time available. Paid vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays and birthday plus a monthly mental health support stipend.

How to Apply

Send resume to tanya@agaperescue.urg. Bonus if you share a picture of your dog and brag!


  • Date Posted: January 3, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Animal Welfare
  • Start Date: 01/24/2022
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs per week