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(Added 1/5/2018)

Humane Society of the United States
Planned Giving, Special Gifts Associate

(Added 1/5/2018)

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Planned Giving, Special Gifts Associate for the Planned Giving department. The main responsibility of this position is to manage the department’s direct marketing, email and social media programs that provide bequests and gift annuity promotions to annual supporters of 5k or less.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating the marketing of all planned giving programs and events for the organization and its affiliates including mail, email and social media campaigns;
  • Creating annual mail plans and facilitating the production elements such as artwork, design, copy review, postage, and invoice coordination with vendor;
  • Organizing meetings with the internal stakeholders and with the leadership team to develop coordinated marketing strategies to ensure coordinated messaging;
  • Providing support for the team with monthly and quarterly marketing performance reports;
  • Assisting team directors as needed and with other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • A minimum of 2 or more years’ experience in marketing or a fundraising department required;
  • Must have strong organizational skills along with ability to multitask;
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to interact with staff at all levels;
  • Must have strong writing and editing skills;
  • Experience with databases required and knowledge of ROI or Blackbaud CRM is a plus;
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office required including knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and, Adobe Acrobat;
  • Must have ability to meet deadlines and work successfully in a team environment.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is based in Gaithersburg, MD.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability, marital or parental status, or protected veteran status. EOE.

(Added 12/21/2017)

Planned Giving Officer

(Added 12/21/2017)

Position Objectives:

  • To promote the inclusion of PETA in estate plans, and to develop and implement successful fundraising strategies to determine and realize the fundraising goals of PETA planned giving members

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Identify, solicit, and secure planned giving opportunities with PETA members
  • Respond to requests from PETA members and the general public about planned gifts and real property gifts
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships through correspondence, visits, and other forms of professional contact with PETA members who have made PETA the beneficiary of a planned gift, including members of PETA's Augustus Club
  • Maintain a current knowledge and a clear understanding of PETA's campaigns and activities as well as animal rights issues in general
  • Develop and implement successful fundraising strategies
  • Discern and document pertinent information in order to enhance and develop PETA member profiles
  • Prepare and present written and verbal reports
  • Stay current on planned-giving techniques and changes that affect charitable giving
  • Represent PETA in a professional capacity, including at fundraising and various other animal-advocacy events and forums
  • Maintain strict confidentiality at all times
  • Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor


  • Degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Three years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or financial planning
  • Proven ability to maintain professional working relationships with members and supporters
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and use discretion in confidential matters
  • Exceptional persuasive and explanatory written and verbal communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of animal rights issues and PETA campaigns
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid U.S. driver's license, a minimum of three years of driving experience, and a satisfactory driving record
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.
  • Ability to represent PETA's philosophy and professionally advocate PETA's positions on issues
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Please apply online:

(Added 12/18/2017)

Best Friends Animal Society
Estate Administrator

(Added 12/18/2017)

Join Best Friends Animal Society, the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.

We are seeking a dedicated, energetic and passionate Estate Administrator to support the work of Best Friends Animal Society. The ideal candidate is the functional lead for all estate administration for Best Friends Animal Society and directs the administration and receipt of funds from all terminated estate gifts.

The Estate Administrator is the functional lead for all estate administration for Best Friends Animal Society and directs the administration and receipt of funds from all terminated estate gifts. Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage all aspects of matured bequests, beneficiary designated gifts and trust distribution to encourage accurate and prompt distribution of testamentary gifts.
  • Communicate with trustees, personal representatives and attorneys on estate and probate matters.
  • Review inventories, accountings, US Estate Tax Returns, fiduciary income tax returns etc. for errors and issues.
  • Supervise sales of devised real estate.
  • Ensure correct allocation of all proceeds consistent with donor's Will/Trust, FASB rules and internal policies.
  • Oversee the acknowledgement of bequests and devises.
  • Oversee the collection, tracking and reporting on statistical data related to estates.

When Best Friends began in 1984, some 17 million animals died every year in America’s shelters, simply for not having homes. Today, that number is down to about 2 million. That’s incredible progress, but it also means that more than 5,500 wonderful dogs and cats are still losing their lives every day. For 30 years, Best Friends has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs all across the country that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes.

Key Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, pre-law, liberal arts or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years related work experience or an equivalent combination.
  • Accounting or financial experience required.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in estate and trust administration, estate planning, estate litigation and planned giving.
  • Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.

Join Best Friends and turn your career into a labor of love. The benefits package is one of the best! Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Child Care reimbursement, Pet Sitting reimbursement, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, PTO, Paid Holidays, Employee Assistance Program, 401K, Staff Discounts, Best Friends Wellness Center, and Flex Work Policy. Further, we also have some very unique perks, such as discounted veterinary care and the opportunity to bring pets to work. Our onsite cafeteria serves healthy vegetarian food.

How to Apply:
For a complete job description and to apply, please visit our website at

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

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