OMNI Human Resource Management

Director of Development

Job ID
Great Plains SPCA
Job Location(s)
US-KS-Merriam | US-KS-Merriam
Position Category



Great Plains SPCA is searching for a Director of Development to join the team. Great Plains is located in Merriam, KS and is one of the largest shelters in the Kansas City metro area. We provided quality shelter care for over 4,000 animals yearly.  We provide daily care, medical care, and enrichment for our shelter animals. We provide foster and forever home placements, pet behavior training services, and HERO Community Outreach.


The Director of Development will be responsible for growing our financial strength through current and future donations focusing on major gifts and planned giving that enable us to achieve both our short term and long term revenue goals.


This position will be considered remote with occasional meetings and visits to the Merriam, KS location. The ideal candidate will be local to the Greater Kansas City area or willing to relocate to the area.


  • Establish and support current and prospective donors to achieve their philanthropic goals to Great Plains SPCA through research, solicitation, engagement, gift closure and stewardship of donors.
  • Develop and implement a robust planned giving strategy to enable donors to ensure their funds are left to a mission they trust and support.
  • Maintain and develop ongoing relationships with existing donors.
  • Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including our donor database and wealth screening tools.
  • Work with the development department to align efforts and set goals.
  • Communicate fundraising goals throughout the organization and equip team members to reach them.
  • Work in conjunction with the CEO in identifying and prioritizing new initiatives, needs and opportunities that could benefit from development efforts including ways to incentivize program support.


  • Competencies – Drive for Results, Integrity, Flexibility, Resilience and Creating Vision and Purpose
  • Demonstrated results in soliciting and closing major program gifts with capability to advance gift strategies through effective relationship building.
  • Solid experience creating and leading planned giving programs.
  • Must be organized, creative, pro-active, detail oriented with strong ability to prioritize with superior time management and troubleshooting skills in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong software skills in creating original documents, reports, mobile communications and electronic messaging.
  • Must be comfortable working in an animal shelter around cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals on a daily basis.
  • Some travel required.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of related/relevant development experience.
  • 3+ years proven track record in major program gifts and planned giving.
  • Experience in animal shelter and/or nonprofit organizations a plus.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and fundraising database management a must. 

Work Environment:

  • Must be comfortable working around all types of pets including dogs,cats etc.
  • Physical requirements are those present in normal office environment conditions. Employee is required to sit at a desk and work at computer for long periods of time.
  • Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs.
  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, dangerous and fractious animals, and high noise levels.
  • Work schedule and hours may vary; evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Schedule Mon – Fri, nights and weekends possible depending on events.


GPSPCA offers a competitive benefits package including: Health, dental and vision insurance,  generous PTO, disability benefits, life insurance, discounts on veterinary care and retail store items, plus an energizing workplace where employee engagement is key. 


OMNI and our clients are Equal Opportunity Employers and seek diversity in candidates for employment. EEO Employer W/M/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.


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