The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs have a unique employment opportunity for a Philanthropy Officer, Major Gifts and Planned Giving, at our campus in Smithtown, NY. Our organizations are distinctive in the assistance dog industry providing both guide and multiple types of service dogs. 

Under the supervision of the Chief Growth Officer, the Philanthropy Officer, Major Gifts and Planned Giving will be responsible for creating and executing a marketing and stewardship plan for our planned giving society (The Heritage Society).   They will also be responsible for managing a donor portfolio and growing the number of donors in The Heritage Society.  

Bachelor’s degree from accredited college (preferably in Fundraising, Nonprofit Management, Communications, Marketing, or other related field).  
Knowledge of planned giving vehicles
3+ years successful experience in planned giving and major gifts fundraising.
Strong computer skills needed to utilize research tools and implement donor cultivation plans. Experience working with CRM databases necessary.
Possess superior communication skills (oral, written, and listening).
Position is highly sensitive and requires impeccable personal and professional integrity and discretion.


Physical Demands: 
The employee is required to:
stand, walk, push, pull, reach overhead and bend to the floor
drive and/or travel
lift 25 pounds and exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally.

Visual Acuity:
Near acuity and accommodation are required for ability to see and read text and copy of written materials for publishing and to read computer screen.  

Hearing Ability:
Ability to interact with staff and public in an informal or formal way during events or public speaking.

Work Environment: 
Employee is exposed to office, kennel and residence environment.  This includes animal hair and dander as well as cleaning and antibacterial cleaning solutions.

How to Apply:
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to  and add “Philanthropy Officer” in the subject line.