Colorado Nonprofit Association

Vice President of Philanthropy

Dumb Friends League is seeking a dynamic and innovative Vice President of Philanthropy to drive our mission forward through strategic leadership of our comprehensive development program. This key role involves setting and articulating fundraising strategies, overseeing donor prospect identification and cultivation, and fostering a culture of philanthropy throughout our organization. The Vice President will empower and lead the development team, ensuring excellence in all development activities.  

If you are passionate about making a difference and have the expertise and leadership skills to contribute to our mission, we invite you to apply for the Vice President of Philanthropy position at Dumb Friends League. Together, we can create a brighter future for animals in our community.

Purpose of Position:  The Vice President of Philanthropy is instrumental in driving the Dumb Friend’s League’s mission forward by providing innovative and strategic leadership for a comprehensive development program. The Vice President sets and articulates all fundraising strategies; oversees the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donor prospects; oversees all development activities; fosters a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization; and empowers the development team to excel.

The Vice President will actively collaborate with the President and CEO as well as members of the Board, executive leadership team, development team, and the League’s donor family. Successful candidates will have measurable experience in fundraising, demonstrated leadership in a strategic role, and expertise that complements the strengths of the President and CEO. The Vice President will be expected to build on the tremendous success of an already-robust development operation.


People Care

People are the key to fulfilling our mission. Making internal and external patrons and their needs a primary focus is expected in all situations. This position interacts with and collaborates with employees at all levels of the organization. Communication occurs through face to face, telephone, and electronic interactions and may also include contact with the general public and League business partners. Communication and contact must be clear, understandable, cooperative, professional, and respectful in all circumstances. Employees are expected to actively support a positive team environment, directly address conflict, and appropriately express concerns.


Competencies are work behaviors and expectations necessary for successful job performance. They encompass knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes, and actions. Additional definitions for competencies may be obtained from Human Resources

Organizational Key Competencies

Leadership Key Competencies

Position Key Competencies

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility


Work Conditions and Physical Requirements

Performs work primarily in an office setting. Potentially prolonged periods of sitting and repetitive motion. May work in an area with high noise level.  Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches.  Exposure to cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal dander, and feces. Occasional lifting with reasonable accommodation 

Compensation: Starting at $160,000 – $190,000 annually (starting pay commensurate with market, experience, and equity)

Position Qualifications 


Ideal Experience