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Foundations and Corporate Officer, U.S.

Location: New York City           

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has an ambitious strategy to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended – and we are seeking talented and passionate individuals to join our team and help us reach this goal. WSPA is the world’s largest international animal welfare organization, and continues to grow. Across our 15 international offices, we are developing programs and launching campaigns that will improve the lives of millions of animals worldwide.

In the U.S., we have opened a new office in New York City, and joining our team is an exciting opportunity to be involved on the ground floor of a stellar team of nonprofit professionals with the backing of an established world-class global organization. The Foundations & Corporate Officer will strengthen and build WSPA’s fundraising program. WSPA has been growing at a rate of 10% per year for the past ten years, and has an ambitious agenda for continued growth in the years to come. As part of a global organization, the Foundations & Corporate Officer will work collaboratively with WSPA fundraisers in other country offices, as well as with the International fundraising team in London.


Reporting to the Director of Development; U.S., the Foundations & Corporate Officer will play a key role in a development department charged with raising over $6,000,000 annually. The Foundations & Corporate Officer is responsible for researching and cultivating foundations and corporations to secure partnerships and donations.


  • Develop and manage relationships with prospective and existing foundations in all aspects of the grant cycle including: identifying, qualifying, and initiating contact; working with program staff to develop appropriate proposals; and developing strategies to build and strengthen foundation relationships.
  • Develop and implement strategies to influence funders, philanthropic affinity groups and other key influentials to direct more resources towards WSPA.
  • Collect information about current and potential foundations through meetings with current allies and other research.
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director, Director of Development and Program staff to prepare for foundation meetings, participate in those meetings, and take the lead where appropriate.
  • Manage a system and database to collect and manage foundation information. 
  • Work collaboratively with other development staff.
  • Produce materials including, but not limited to, correspondence, grant proposals, PowerPoint presentations, and reports.
  • Follow up on all outstanding proposals and determine next steps.
  • Remain current on funding trends and preferences of funders.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 - 5 years of successful fundraising experience, preferably working with foundations and corporations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Web-based research skills, and experience with fundraising database systems.
  • Strong written, interpersonal, and communications skills.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills; demonstrated ability to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize effectively.
  • Creative and resourceful; entrepreneurial spirit and ability to work in a collaborative, productive manner with diverse constituencies.
  • Demonstrated track record of achieving defined revenue goals
  • Proactive, flexible and team-oriented


For more than 30 years, WSPA has brought relief and protection to millions of animals across the world. Today, working in more than 50 countries, WSPA continues to collaborate with local communities, NGOs and governments to change animals’ lives for the better. WSPA also acts for animals at a global level, using the organization’s United Nations consultative status to give animals a voice. If you have the qualifications for this particular role, and share WSPA’s passion for animal welfare, please let us know of your interest by applying.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter including salary requirements, and your resume, to For consideration, the reference code HR25-FCO must be in the subject line. Applications without salary requirements may not be considered. No phone calls, please. Position will remain open until filled. WSPA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.Position will remain open until filled. WSPA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.


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