Job Details

Environmental Resource Officer

The Oregon Community Foundation, Portland, Bend or Eugene, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 02/02/2019



Since 1973 The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has pursued a mission to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. We work with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing across Oregon. We have 89 staff and headquarters in Portland, with regional offices in Bend, Eugene, Salem, and Medford, Oregon.

OCF believes that vibrant communities, a healthy natural environment, and a strong economy go hand in hand. OCF supports collaborative efforts that reach agreement among a variety of stakeholders to improve all of these attributes, as they are essential to our quality of life. If this statement made by our Board of Directors excites you, and you are looking for an opportunity to implement a new environmental project that will allow for opportunities to travel and work with our partnering Foundations, please read on!


The Environmental Resource Officer is a three-year, grant-funded position created to serve as the Foundation’s statewide resource on issues related to the environment and natural resources. The Officer will work with donors with a variety of perspectives and environmental interests to achieve their charitable goals and manage grantmaking activities in alignment with the Foundation’s environmental value statement. The Environmental Resource Officer will oversee implementation of the “The Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative” project – a new partnership between Oregon Community Foundation, the Seattle Foundation, the Idaho Community Foundation, Land Trust Alliance, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

A. The Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative Project Percentage of Time: 50%
The primary role of this position will be to ensure compliance with the Initiative Partners’ MOU and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant Agreement, an innovative new partnership and model focused on protecting climate resilient building capacity for land trusts. Tasks will include:
• Building a program to meet the plans and goals identified in the grant proposal.
• Communicating project objectives with existing OCF donors
• Educating, communicating with and soliciting new donors to the project
• Working with partner foundations to develop internal and external communication strategies to increase engagement of partners and donors.
• Coordination with partner foundations and the Land Trust Alliance to promote the project and ensure collaboration and outreach, including convening donors across Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
• Consult with The Nature Conservancy and Land Trust Alliance experts on outreach and educational topics.

B. Other OCF Grantmaking: Percentage of Time: 50%
This position will also serve as an OCF-wide resource to donors regarding issues and nonprofits related to Oregon’s natural resources and the environment. While the donor-focused work will be the primary focus of this part of the position, the Officer may support other Foundation-wide environmentally-related grantmaking activities. Responsibilities include:

• Assist OCF donors with research and site visits regarding environmental topics and nonprofits.
• Develop and manage statewide educational events for donors and staff using a variety of approaches, such as collective giving groups, webinars, convenings, research and site visits; facilitate robust group meetings on a variety of topics related to the environment and natural resources.
• Support statewide discretionary grantmaking efforts related to environmental funding: (1) respond to nonprofit inquiries; (2) assess grant applications, including conducting site visits with current and prospective grantees. May also include supporting volunteer grant evaluators.
• Develop, foster and strengthen relationships with grantees.
• Support implementation of statewide strategies identified by the board of directors.
• Increase national and regional funding partnership opportunities for OCF.
• As needed, act as a public representative for OCF’s environmental work.

Required Education, Training, Experience and Skills:

• 7 years’ experience working with land trusts, climate science, natural resources.
• Masters’ degree in related environmental field, or bachelor’s degree with additional work experience in lieu of Masters.
• Strong knowledge of environmental issues and nonprofits throughout the Pacific Northwest.
• Experience with grantmaking, fundraising and strong interest in philanthropy.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills with a high degree of emotional intelligence. Able to develop and maintain effective relationships, and work collaboratively with others to achieve positive outcomes.
• Experience developing and managing programs and leading interactive workshops, ability to negotiate complex group dynamics to achieve mutually agreeable outcomes.
• Strong analytical skills including the knowledge and ability to think critically, solve problems, conduct research, analyze program options, evaluate nonprofit organizations’ strengths and weaknesses, including financials.
• Knowledge of MS Windows, Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Internet, experience working in a networked environment with an integrated database.
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to present to individuals and large groups, ability to articulate OCF’s mission and discuss philanthropic projects in detail.
• Experience coordinating teams of people working at every level of the community and within an organization; experience leading or working with groups of volunteers.
• Cultural agility skills necessary to work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and communities.
• Organized, able to manage multiple projects and adhere to timelines.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Ability to work outside regular business hours (Most work in this category will likely be for events that will be coordinated by the successful candidate.).


Travel is required 50% of the time throughout Oregon, and occasionally to Washington and Idaho. Overnight stay is required in most cases. Other attendance at conferences as needed.

Compensation and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position is $75,000, depending on experience. OCF offers an excellent benefit package with generous paid time off, choice of medical and dental plans, vision, outstanding 401k retirement plan, cell phone stipend, commuter and healthcare savings accounts, employer paid disability and life. Our employees have access to an Employee Assistance Plan, paid volunteer leave, and professional development opportunities.

To Apply:

The Oregon Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We strive to build a diverse workforce to promote effective work in partnership with all communities and population groups in Oregon. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants.

We are accepting resumes until the position is filled. To apply, provide a cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of this position and include your resume.

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