Donor Engagement Officer, PAWS With A Cause®

Job Title

Donor Engagement Officer


PAWS With A Cause®

About the Position

Position Summary – The Donor Engagement Officer will cultivate relationships with mid-level donors stewarding them to their highest, best gift. This position will lead the identification, development and stewardship of strategic partnerships with local, state, and national businesses and corporations. The Donor Engagement Officer will also be responsible for donor-centered events including PAWS To Celebrate and PAWS Together.

 Advancement Department:

 OUTCOME: Have a strong, sustainable fund development and communications/public relations effort that meets the current and future needs of Paws With A Cause®.

Build, support, and maintain a strong annual fund effort that meets the on-going needs of the organization while creating a cultivation and loyalty strategy that moves donors to their best, highest gift.

Support donors to make their best, highest gift including capital, major, special, and planned gifts to ensure long-term organizational sustainability.

Build PAWS® identity and reputation locally and regionally through consistent brand, communications, and PR efforts to identify, cultivate, and engage prospective donors, volunteers, and community partners.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to work in a rapidly changing environment. Frequent telephone and computer use. Use of manual dexterity required for writing and computer use. Sitting for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Allocation of Time

Walking/Moving – 50%

Driving – 15%

Computer – 75%

Talking/hearing – 80%

Sitting – 50%

Working Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

      1. Animal-related environment with as many as (100) dogs residing on-site at any given time.

      2. Dress code consists of a professional appearance required at all times.

Hours of Work

Full-time salaried exempt position working 40-50 hours per week (base hours of 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday). Some occasional night and weekend work may be required to accomplish the essential job functions of this position. Any hours worked in excess of 50 hours in the same work week with prior approval from your supervisor will be eligible for compensatory time.                                            

Job Duties

Essential Job Functions:

  • Must adhere to and emulate the PAWS’ Core Values in all that you do; must conduct yourself as an ambassador of PAWS displaying a proper cultural fit within the organization
  • Engage, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of approximately 350-750 mid-level donors (ie:$500-$2000) stewarding to higher levels of annual giving
  • Work with programs and communications departments to secure appropriate project information, including budgets, to create proposals that will be utilized in donor asks
  • Plan and organize donor-centered events including but not limited to PAWS To Celebrate and PAWS Together
  • Identify business and corporate partnership opportunities developing effective cultivation strategies to secure these financial relationships including sponsorships for events
  • Coordinate effective programs for donor recognition, involvement, and stewardship
  • Along with Annual Fund Manager, serve as liaison to the Community Engagement Committee, working to develop strategies to facilitate personal solicitation of prospects by committee members.  

Other Duties:

  • Prepare for and participate in CEO visits to potential and current corporate and business partners
  • Remain current with fundraising trends and the local and national nonprofit community
  • Support other team members with events, tours, mailings, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned


Project Management                             




Written and Verbal Communication skills

Emotional Intelligence

Computer Skills

 Reasoning Ability and Judgment Skills

 Customer Service

 Supervisory Responsibilities – This position has no supervisory responsibilities.



Attention to detail

Flexibility and customer-service focus

Analytical and critical thinking skills

nterpersonal and professional communication skills both verbal and written

Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

Proficiency with Microsoft Office software products

Possess a high level of emotional intelligence

CFRE a plus

 Education and/or Experience                                              

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from an accredited college or university preferred degree in nonprofit management or comparable continuing education in fundraising and/or nonprofit management; Minimum of 3-5 years of fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector. Experience managing corporate and business partnerships preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a current driver’s license, and the points must not exceed the allotted amount to be covered under PAWS vehicle insurance. Must have reliable transportation.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please go to

Please contact PAWS Development Director, Colette Beighley, at for further questions regarding this position. Thank you!

About the Organization

Organization Overview – Paws With A Cause® is a national organization headquartered just outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. PAWS® raises and trains Assistance Dogs for clients with disabilities. Each dog’s training program is customized to accommodate the unique needs of individuals with various types of disabilities.

Mission Statement – Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.

Core Values – All employees must adhere to PAWS® Core Values: Dedication, Proactive, Ambitious, Optimistic, Adaptable, and Innovative.

Culture – Demonstrates leadership by living the ideal PAWS culture across the organization, placing organizational needs, strategic goals and priorities first; establish credibility; acting with integrity; showing commitment; inspiring, motivating and guiding team to achieve PAWS objectives and goals.

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