ARF (Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons)

Director of Development

To Apply

ARF has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Debbie Farrell, Senior Director, Leadership & Development
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168


Please put the words “ARF DOD in the subject line of your emailed application (resume and cover letter).

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) was established as a ‘no-kill’ shelter in 1974 by people concerned about the health and welfare of stray and abandoned animals on the East End of Long Island. Guided by the core values of compassion, integrity and dedication, ARF grew from a small-town shelter to a regional force and continues to rescue cats and dogs, providing quality care and offering sanctuary until loving, permanent homes can be found. ARF also provides mobile adoptions, spay/ neuter services for unowned, community cats, behavior training for pets, and humane education for school children for our community.

ARF’s revenue is approximately $4 million annually – of this, two-thirds comes from contributions and 5% from a significant investment fund. ARF raises additional funds through a number of signature events throughout the year, including their Bow Wow Meow Ball and Stroll to the Sea Dog Walk. A Thrift and Treasure Shop is also an integral part of fundraising efforts. Recognizing that ARF needs to build capacity, both financially and structurally, it has been in a quiet phase of a $15M capital campaign to build a training facility on the ARF campus that will double as temporary housing while the original kennels and catteries are renovated.

Roles and Responsibilities
To facilitate the success of the public phase of this campaign, ARF is seeking a Director of Development (DOD) to implement the vision of ARF’s Executive Director/CEO (ED/CEO) and Board for a strategic case for support and a fundraising plan. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic professional with excellent relationship skills to act as a peer and thought-partner to the ED/CEO. S/he will work with the ED/CEO to create and manage a multi-faceted fundraising strategy that includes campaign gifts and recognition, individual and major giving, foundations, corporations, planned giving, digital fundraising and event support.

The DOD connects ARF’s community of adopters, donors, volunteers, and staff to its mission in meaningful ways throughout the year. The DOD will also help to build out ARF’s development operations infrastructure to support demands for the organization’s growing philanthropy program and support the ED/CEO with his fundraising activities.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • With the ED/CEO, lead, develop and implement fundraising strategies to increase the breadth and depth of individual, foundation and corporate support
  • Manage, revise, and evaluate strategies for successful events, annual giving, and planned giving
  • Assist the ED/CEO and Board members with cultivation of major gifts.
  • Maintain and deepen donor relationships through regular communication, stewardship, and solicitation
  • Grow and broaden major, private support as well as a pipeline of small and mid-level donors
  • Oversee implementation of all annual fundraising events
  • Enhance and manage digital visibility, social media and community awareness to significantly augment fundraising for maximum return and efficiency
  • With the ED/CEO, lead the development team to improve ARF’s fundraising infrastructure – data management, gift processing, office procedures and event management – to ensure the staff, systems, processes and activities meet ongoing development needs
  • Manage and supervise a small staff including a Development Associate, and a Development Assistant for data management; work with consultants, contractors, and board members in a collaborative and effective manner


  • Bachelor’s degree; minimum of five years fundraising experience or a related field (finance, business development, sales, higher education, public health, social work, etc.).
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to form strategic relationships both internally and externally, including with a highly committed and active Board
  • Entrepreneurial, dedicated, and a self-starter
  • Creative and well-developed writing skills; articulate and persuasive verbal communicator with a high level of comfort speaking in public
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff, fostering collegiality and a positive work culture
  • Demonstrated success in working with a committed volunteer pool, as well as facilitating collaboration and cooperation among diverse groups
  • Flexible with ability to multitask as well as anticipate and solve problems as they arise
  • Superior organizational skills with proven ability to focus, prioritize and implement
  • Proficiency in Office suite, digital media platforms, and donor management software
  • Commitment to the mission of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc.
  • Willing to live and work in the Hamptons at least 4 days per week; ability to attend events and meetings during evening hours and on the weekends
  • Must love dogs and cats!

For more information, visit: https://www.arfhamptons.org

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168