Fundraising Campaign Specialist

We Animals Media (WAM) brings visibility to hidden animals through compelling photo and videojournalism. As the world’s leading animal photojournalism agency, we advocate for animals through photojournalism. Our global investigations and stories expose our complex relationships with animals, create ethical and cultural shifts in society, and empower human capacity for compassion and change.

Our growing network of award-winning photographers and videographers extends worldwide, capturing images from a broad and diverse spectrum of animal industries. Together, we have created the world’s most comprehensive collection of animal photojournalism. This globally accessible resource is free to anyone working to inspire compassion, conversation, and change.

For more information on how We Animals Media plans to expand its impact in the years ahead, please explore the We Animals Media 2024-2025 Strategic Plan.

About the Role

Broadly, the Fundraising Campaign Specialist will focus on new donor appeals and acquisition. We see this role as managing the first stop along a donor’s giving journey. The Fundraising Campaign Specialist will speak with the We Animals voice, attracting new supporters worldwide to help our cause.

We Animals’ long-term viability relies heavily on developing and implementing a successful fundraising strategy that allows for predictable, steady financial support. However, donations do more than sustain our operations. In supporting our work, we understand that donors align themselves with our efforts to end animal suffering. Their compassionate choice deserves encouragement and recognition!

We are looking for a Fundraising Campaign Specialist to join our team. This role will oversee the growth and stewardship of our individual donor base, working closely with our Founder & President, and Communications team to develop digital campaigns that increase our monthly and one-time donations to support our animal photojournalism. The Fundraising Campaign Specialist will create our annual digital fundraising plans, set quarterly targets, co-manage our fundraising platforms, and interact with our current and potential donor base. We are looking for a strong writer who can articulate why donors and funders should support We Animals and galvanize them to do so! Depending on the candidate’s experience and skills, grant research and writing may also be part of this role’s scope. The ideal candidate will also be a data-driven self-starter excited to fund WAM’s mission to bring visibility to hidden animals.

The Fundraising team consists of a Donor Engagement Specialist and a Fundraising Campaign Specialist, who report to the Managing Director. While these are distinct roles with separate responsibilities, some tasks are shared, and they are expected to work closely together on strategy, implementation, and reporting to ensure the department’s overall success. With this in mind, we expect the Donor Engagement Specialist and Campaign Specialist to collaborate and provide capacity support on specific projects and general administrative coverage as needed.

Job Details

Type of employment: Permanent, full-time (40 hours per week)
Reports to: Managing Director
Location: Remote, based in Canada (legally eligible to work in Canada)
Annual Salary: 73,000.00 (set)
Start date: August 2024
Application deadline: 6pm EST, July 1, 2024

Zelda is a hen who was rescued by Pear Tree Farm. She was picked on by the other hens and now seeks attention and comfort from people. Here she is having a cuddle and you can see her feathers starting to come back. Pear Tree Farm Animal Sanctuary, Wells, Somerset, United Kingdom, 2021. James Gibson / We Animals Media
Zelda is a hen who was rescued by Pear Tree Farm. United Kingdom, 2021. James Gibson / We Animals Media

As an ideal candidate for this role, you are:

  • Excited about WAM’s mission. You believe that documenting animal stories is critical and an essential component of positive change, and can easily convince others of that, too.
  • Good with words. Your writing is clear, engaging, authentic, and tuned to its audience.
  • A friendly and timely communicator. You enjoy speaking with donors, both current and potential. People like communicating with you and you do so in a timely and organized manner.
  • Detail-oriented. Detailed record keeping is your jam.
  • Data-driven. You’re motivated to know what works and why and are keen to test new ideas.
  • A self-starter. You will bring ideas and suggestions to the table and proactively ask for information (versus waiting for instructions or information to come to you). You’re also happy to receive specific instructions on how to implement something.
  • Creative and collaborative. You believe working with others helps bring ideas to the next level.
  • Good with receiving feedback and direction. Sometimes a lot, sometimes a little!
A young pig gazes into the camera from inside a dark, dirty open-air concrete pen on a large industrial farm. Sub-Saharan Africa, 2022. Jo-Anne McArthur / Sibanye Trust / We Animals Media
A young pig gazes into the camera from inside a dark, dirty open-air concrete pen on a large industrial farm. Sub-Saharan Africa, 2022. Jo-Anne McArthur / Sibanye Trust / We Animals Media

Responsibilities

Appeals/Campaign Creation and Management (60-70%)

  • Manage the implementation of the fundraising strategy with a focus on new-donor acquisition through ongoing and one-time initiatives, including lead generation campaigns, monthly donor drives, annual giving campaigns, peer-to-peer giving, and “reactive” appeals
  • Craft written appeals and content for We Animals’ fundraising efforts, working closely with the President & Founder to capture the We Animals voice and tone
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to draft and refine fundraising communications, outreach, and appeals to ensure consistency in branding and coordination in the outreach calendar
  • Employ digital fundraising and marketing strategies to ensure effective segmentation, messaging, and reach (for example, using A/B testing to weigh the effectiveness of a variable)
    Utilize external marketing tools and platforms to extend our fundraising reach
  • Work closely with the Donor Engagement Specialist and Communications team to ensure We Animals’ fundraising information is up-to-date on the organization’s website and all donation platforms
  • Respond to campaign-related inquiries

Grant Writing (5-15%)

  • Work with the Managing Director (MD) to research and identify potential grant opportunities and craft successful grant applications. (If we successfully secure a grant, the MD will manage the necessary reporting.) The weight of this in the role’s portfolio will depend on the candidate’s skills and experience.

Strategy and Planning (15%)

  • Co-develop fundraising strategy in collaboration with the Donor Engagement Specialist, MD, and President & Founder
  • Set annual Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the fundraising department, working with the MD, Founder & President, and Donor Engagement Specialist
  • Working with the Donor Engagement Specialist, articulate and document the We Animals’ donor journey map, including audience personas, key touchpoints/engagement initiatives, and integration with our digital giving platforms
  • Analyze data from multiple sources, including Mailchimp, GoogleAds, Kindful, We Animals’ donor survey, and research to make informed improvements for fundraising initiatives

Finances and Reporting (5%)

  • Co-manage the annual fundraising budgets, including forecasting and reporting variances against targets
  • Provide monthly reports and analyses of fundraising data against annual financial targets and KPIs to inform decision-making
  • Monitor and track the progress and performance of the fundraising campaigns and projects

Platforms and Data Management (5%)

  • Research and implement best practices for We Animals’ digital giving platforms
  • Co-manage digital fundraising platforms, including our donor database and gift processing workflow, ensuring all information and preferences are up-to-date
  • Implement and maintain a CRM system to track donors (shared responsibility with multiple team members)

Other

  • Occasionally represent WAM at industry conferences

Qualifications

  • A minimum of four years of experience in fundraising for a nonprofit organization, with experience in digital fundraising and campaign management
  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills (particular focus on crafting authentic fundraising appeals/values-based marketing)
  • Strong attention to detail and strong follow-through
  • Proven ability to analyze data and use results to adjust tactics
  • Experience creating effective email campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear and mission-aligned copy
  • Experience corresponding directly with donors; ability to write friendly emails that demonstrate WAM’s values of integrity and generosity
  • Experience working with an email marketing platform (we use MailChimp)
  • Experience managing a donor management database (we currently use Kindful) to maintain donor records, manage touchpoints, create reports, and analyze donor data
  • Experience with effective grant research and writing
  • Digital literacy: ability to learn new digital tools quickly
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work remotely
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working in your role independently and in collaboration with the Communications team
  • Ability to travel once or twice per year for conferences and team retreats
  • Passionate about WAM’s mission
  • Share vegan values
A newly castrated piglet and a cat at a factory farm. Italy, 2015. Jo-Anne McArthur / Essere Animali / We Animals Media
A newly castrated piglet and a cat at a factory farm. Italy, 2015. Jo-Anne McArthur / Essere Animali / We Animals Media
Rescued arctic fox Maciek takes a bite of his first-ever pear at a Polish animal sanctuary after being saved from the fur industry by the animal advocacy organization Open Cages (Otwarte Klatki). Maciek was discovered on a fox fur farm in Karski, Poland, with an irreparable open fracture on his left hind paw, resulting in the amputation of his injured limb and adaptation to life on three legs using his bent tail as a balancing aid. Maciek now resides at the sanctuary in a shared enclosure with vixen Franka, a fellow rescued fox. Psu Braty Animal Sanctuary, Poland, 2020. Andrew Skowron / We Animals Media
Rescued arctic fox Maciek takes a bite of his first-ever pear at Psu Braty Animal Sanctuary after being saved from the fur industry. Poland, 2020. Andrew Skowron / We Animals Media

Benefits

Perks of working with us:

  • Flexible hours
  • Remote work
  • Time off: three weeks paid vacation, extended holiday closure period, 12 stat holidays/days of recognition, two personal days, 10 paid sick days/year
  • Benefits package and remote work stipend
  • Paid training opportunities and professional development allowance
  • A friendly, funny, talented and caring team

More about us

We are a federally incorporated non-profit based in Toronto, Canada. We are a small, fully remote team distributed across different time zones. We offer a flexible working schedule and professional development opportunities and operate with plenty of autonomy in our roles to support varied needs and working styles.

How to apply

If you’d like to apply for this position, please complete this form and upload your resume by 6 pm, July 1, 2024.

Note: if you meet most, but not all, requirements and still think you would be a great fit for the role, we encourage you to apply and let us know how we could support you. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. We value diversity and believe that work on behalf of animals benefits greatly from collaborating with people from all backgrounds and identities.

Interview process:
Subject to minor adjustments.

  • Application form
  • Test task (~3 hours)
  • Interview 1 (1.5 hours)
  • Interview 2 (1.5 hours)
  • Reference check
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