APA Adoption Center Employment Opportunities


Accountable: President/Executive Director

Job Summary: The Development Manager is a key member of the organization’s leadership team and works with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Development Committee, and organizational leadership to formulate, coordinate and implement all aspects of resource development and communications/marketing for the APA Adoption Center. The Development Manager will supervise members of the Development Team and will provide leadership on all fundraising initiatives, including major gifts, planned giving, special events, corporate engagement, , donor cultivation, and stewardship. In addition, the Development Manager will provide leadership and direction regarding the branding, marketing and communication strategies of the organization.


  • Plans, directs, implements and evaluates a well-coordinated and comprehensive development plan designed to cultivate and steward individual, corporate and foundation donors and is consistent with organization’s strategic plan
  • Work with Executive Director, Board of Directors, Development Committee to plan and implement fundraising initiatives focusing on major donors and high level giving
  • Direct and participate in research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and ensure that the time of the Executive Director is used effectively on fundraising
  • Develop and implement a fundraising and outreach program that makes effective use of the Executive Director and Board of Directors, including scheduling, preparing for, and sometimes attending meetings with potential funders
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator, Executive Director, and appropriate Development staff to inspire volunteers to become donors
  • Retain current donors and expand donor base to fuel the expansion of the organization, in line with the strategic plan
  • Recruit volunteer leaders and committee members to assist in implementing development plan
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate and steward relations with existing and prospective major gift donors
  • Oversee the planning, development and execution of all mail and email appeal campaigns, annual report, and donor stewardship communications (e.g., outcome reports, success stories, etc.)
  • Provide regular reports to Executive Director, Board and Development Committee which measures progress towards achieving goals and outcomes of Development Plan
  • Oversee communications and marketing efforts to ensure branding and messaging is consistent and aligned with strategic objectives
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Operations on budget planning, needs, and implementation of fundraising strategy to meet those needs
  • Personally and with the assistance of the Development team, maintain donor database, comprehensive donor profiles, contact documentation, meeting notes, proposals and background information
  • Manage and ensure accuracy of fundraising systems, database and reporting. This includes development and completion of department reports for board meetings, generating financial reports to analyze fundraising strategies and coordinating with Accountant to ensure accurate accounting
  • Oversee production and timeliness of all fundraising materials, including appeals, acknowledgement letters and reporting
  • Lead and mentor Development Team members and oversee day-to-day Development operations to ensure timelines, objectives and outcomes are met or exceeded


  • Commitment to excellence and a passion for the APA’s mission and work
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Experience in fundraising with demonstrated track record of success in raising major gifts and writing complex proposals/messaging for various audiences
  • Experience that includes implementation of special events, corporate/foundation giving, donor cultivation and recognition, donor records management and acknowledgement of gifts
  • Ability to inspire, train, motivate, challenge and supervise staff
  • Confident when speaking in public with a strong ability to communicate ideas verbally and in writing

Application Information:

Full-time position requiring some evening and weekend hours on occasion with competitive salary and benefits. Qualified candidates may submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements via email to assistant@apamo.org or by mail to APA Adoption Center, 1705 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63144.

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Accountable: Adoptions Supervisor/ Director of Operations

Supervises: No One

Job Summary: Facilitate animal adoptions in accordance with APA policies and procedures. Assist other departments as requested in handling animals and adoptions. Work in admitting room assisting clients with relinquishing owned or stray animals. Develop an understanding of APA policies and procedures in keeping with AVMA and AHA recommendations. Additional duties as requested.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist, educate and counsel prospective adopters, while adhering to APA policies and procedures
  • Answer multi-line phone system and direct calls to appropriate department
  • Assist with adopter-to-animal and animal-to-animal visits
  • Dock support and handling of donated items
  • Respond to intercom assistance requests
  • Assist clients wishing to surrender pets to the APA
  • Loading and unloading of “in kind” donated items
  • Maintain cleanliness of front desk and adjacent areas
  • Counsel clients seeking euthanasia of a pet
  • Additional duties as requested

Position Requirements:         

  • High school diploma or equivalent & moderate computer literacy
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • 3 years experience in customer service preferred
  • Ability to adapt to new situations
  • Ability to communicate with other staff and clients
  • Some care and handling of domestic animals of various types preferred
  • Ability to work in high-stress and emotional situations
  • Ability to represent the Animal Protective Association in a professional manner

How to Apply:

 Submit a cover letter, resume and professional references to operations@apamo.org.

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