Salary: $80,000-$105,000 per year (dependent on experience)

Wolf Haven International’s next Development Director will create and execute the organization’s development strategy to meet its financial goals. Under the guidance of the Executive Director, the Development Director designs, implements, and evaluates development programs and public relations for Wolf Haven’s diverse audiences and partners. This includes board members, current and prospective donors, corporations, granting organizations, foundations, and public groups across the west, particularly in Washington and Montana.

The Development Director provides leadership on all fundraising initiatives including major gifts, planned giving, donor cultivation, and special events, while promoting Wolf Haven’s humane ethics as a GFAS- accredited sanctuary. This work is critical to Wolf Haven’s mission and will help the organization become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable. This is an exciting opportunity to join Wolf Haven’s inspiring and energetic community with great potential for personal and professional growth.


  • Apply knowledge of donor acquisition and retention strategy, major gifts and capital campaigns, direct mail marketing, social media, and grant writing to sustain and increase Wolf Haven’s donor base
  • Cultivate, steward, and secure financial support from diverse individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Develop and oversee timely donor acknowledgement strategy that encompasses best practices for all varying levels and frequencies of giving
  • Coordinate donor solicitation with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and other staff and volunteers as appropriate
  • Plan and oversee Wolf Haven’s fundraising events in collaboration with staff and volunteers
  • Oversee donor database and track fundraising activities in Raiser’s Edge/NXT (including Online Express, Wealth Engine, and Events apps), apply metrics to track progress, and supervise staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Collaborate with Grants Manager on grant proposals and reports
  • Perform administrative duties, analyze and report on development projects, and manage deadlines in accordance with established goals and objectives
  • Occasionally lead organizational meetings and events, and contribute a unique, informed perspective


  • Personal alignment with and passion for Wolf Haven’s mission and values
  • A./B.S. required (M.A. or greater a plus)
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in nonprofit development (CFRE and/or AFP member a plus)
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, communication, and critical thinking skills
  • Adaptable self-starter and team-player able to manage multiple priorities as well as train, motivate, and supervise staff and volunteers
  • Strong emotional intelligence, social and public speaking skills, an ability to empathize and connect with prospective donors, and the capacity to translate these skills into fundraising action
  • Ability to attend and lead special events outside regular business hours and on weekends as necessary
  • Proficiency in relevant computer applications (MS Office, Raiser’s Edge, NXT, Zoom, social media, )
  • Current WA State driver’s license and insurance

This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic and committed team in an important animal conservation and sanctuary environment! In addition to being a full-time, exempt position with an annual base salary of $80,000-$105,000 per year (dependent on experience), benefits include generous paid time off, company-wide holidays, health and supplemental insurance, and contribution to a Simple IRA.

This hybrid-supported position is based in Tenino, Washington at Wolf Haven’s main office and sanctuary. Just a few minutes south of the state capitol in Olympia, this ideal location offers access to a rich variety of social, cultural, and outdoor recreation opportunities in all directions – Olympia’s thriving art and culinary culture is set adjacent to the South Puget Sound with boating, water sports, and great local parks; Seattle is just 1 hour away; and Portland, Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, the Pacific coast, and much more are all less than 2 hours away.

Wolf Haven is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has worked for wolf conservation since 1982 under the mission “to conserve and protect wolves and their habitat.” Accredited by both the American Sanctuary Association (ASA) and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), Wolf Haven has rescued and provided a lifetime home to over 300 animals at our locations in Tenino, Washington and Bridger, Montana. GFAS maintains the highest standards for sanctuaries in the world, and thus Wolf Haven’s wolves receive exceptional care, food, enrichment, and progressive medical treatment.

Wolf Haven is a clear and persistent voice for wolf conservation and coexistence in the wild, and advocates for sustainable solutions that not only protect wolves but also minimize wolf-human conflicts and dangers to livestock. Our conservation efforts extend to the 82 acres of pristine Mima Mound prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at our Washington sanctuary, as we work to preserve and restore native plants, butterflies, birds, and mammals to the prairie.

Because of our staff’s experience, and our longevity as a wolf sanctuary, Wolf Haven has come to be regarded as a leader in humane wolf handling and management. Our education programs about wolves, ecosystems, and the value of all wildlife reach thousands of people each year through guided sanctuary visits as well as online, onsite, and offsite courses and presentations. All of Wolf Haven’s curriculum incorporates STEM, STEAM, and Next Generation Science Standards principles. Wolf Haven also hosts an annual week-long intensive Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization course for wildlife professionals.

Submit cover letter and resume (in MS Word or PDF format) with salary requirements to before April 4, 2023. Please include “Development Director Application: [Last Name, First Name]” in the subject line. No phone calls please. The position is open until filled.

This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions. It does not prescribe or restrict tasks that may be assigned. Wolf Haven International is an at-will and equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, etc. We endeavor to build a workplace environment that is welcoming and inclusive for everyone, including women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and more.