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Deputy Director

CT Votes for Animals
$45,000 - $60,000 a year - Full-time



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  • Health insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave

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Job Description: Deputy Director


Do you care deeply about animals? Would you like to use that passion to make life better for animals in Connecticut? The State’s leading organization dedicated to improving the lives of Connecticut’s animals by achieving legislative changes in the CT General Assembly is looking for a Deputy Director to join our growing team. Connecticut Votes for Animals (CVA) is a statewide grassroots organization working to change policy by mobilizing animal supporters in legislative districts throughout the state.

Essential Functions

The newly created Deputy Director position is a senior leadership role responsible for program operations for education programs, fundraising, and other outreach activities. The Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director (ED).

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated passion and compassion for animals, a strong track record of successful fundraising experience, an interest in electoral politics and public policy, and a high level of initiative, professionalism, and attention to detail. They must be comfortable representing CVA to donors, legislators and other elected officials, the public, media, and coalition partners. This is not a lobbying position. The position requires the ability to juggle fundraising responsibilities, programmatic obligations, external and internal communications, and administrative duties.

Core Responsibilities:

Development and Fundraising

The Deputy Director will lead CVA’s fundraising efforts working in collaboration with the ED, Board of Directors (Board), and other staff. Demonstrated proficiency in our donor database, EveryAction, is required. (Candidates who can demonstrate strength in learning and managing other fundraising programs may be considered.) The Deputy Director will identify both private and public sources of funding, write, secure, and manage grants, and ensure fulfillment of funding requirements. The Deputy Director will also take the lead in creating appeals and annual reports as well as cultivate and solicit major gifts. The Deputy Director establishes database policies and procedures, and masters optimal utilization for analysis, reporting and fundraising functions. This includes ensuring that staff is entering data timely, accurately, completely and consistently. As part of the fundraising function, the Deputy Director should also expect to make public appearances and present the vision and work done by the organization to outside groups.

Program Development, Coordination, and Staff Support

The Deputy Director will be responsible for the development of CVA’s education programs. Educating the public is central to CVA’s advocacy for animals statewide. The education programs will include periodic webinars during the legislative session, educational workshops, and programs on new topics to enhance legislative initiatives. Such programs are meant to also prompt investigation of new topics, initiate forums for problem solving, and gain a better understanding of actions needed to protect animals.

Advocacy, Outreach and Communications

The Deputy Director will be responsible for developing effective grass roots strategies that will broaden our supporter base, enhance supporter participation, and strengthen our influence statewide. The Deputy will work with the Communications/Outreach Coordinator to implement grass roots participation. In carrying out their role, the Deputy will represent CVA externally at conferences, professional associations, fundraising events and other public and private venues. The Deputy Director will participate in relevant coalitions and assist with partnerships across animal advocacy concerns. The Deputy Director will work with other staff in developing communications content as needed.

Other duties as determined by the ED

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the vision and mission of CVA
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in CT politics or advocacy. This is not a lobbying position however preference is given to applicants with a working knowledge of the Connecticut General Assembly or state agencies
  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising best practices and demonstrated ability to meet goals
  • High competence using EveryAction (or demonstrable ability to rapidly master Every Action)
  • Strong problem solver
  • Experience in project and operations management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Experience working in a 501c(3) and/or 501c(4) organization

Job Details:

Full time 40 hours per week; fully remote but based in Connecticut. Local travel and some evening/weekend hours will be required.

Salary range: $45,000 - $60,000 with benefits, commensurate with experience

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

CVA is an equal opportunity employer committed to working toward a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive animal advocacy movement, and seeks to hire staff and contractors that reflect the diverse communities and perspectives that make up Connecticut. We are a growing organization that offers a vast array of experience with opportunity for advancement and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $45,000.00 - $60,000.00 per year


  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Application Question(s):

  • Must live in Connecticut
  • List your political and/or experience developing grassroots outreach programs


  • Fundraising: 1 year (Required)
  • grassroots. political or public policy: 2 years (Required)

Work Location: Remote