Job Details

Development Director

1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 10/13/2018

Position: Development Director
Status: Permanent, exempt, 1.0 FTE, 37.5 hours per week
Hours: Primarily weekdays, some evenings, weekends, and holidays required
Compensation: Salary range: $80,000 - $95,000 DOE. Medical plan. Dental plan. Vision plan. Retirement plan. Paid holidays. Generous paid vacation & sabbatical plan.
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Portland, OR

Help shape Oregon’s future!
Founded in 1974 by Governor Tom McCall, 1000 Friends was created as a watchdog organization to protect Oregon’s land use system. Now, 45 years later, we are responsible for the protection of the 61.3 million acres of our state’s spectacular natural areas, rivers, lakes and streams, and our thriving working lands that contain some of the most, productive lands in the world. Additionally, within 800,000 acres within the Urban Growth Boundaries within our 241 cities and towns, we work to increase housing and transportation options, and investments in parks and natural areas to maintain livability for a rapidly increasing population statewide. Join our team today!

Our Mission
Working with Oregonians to enhance our quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural areas.
Our Vision
The ultimate outcome sought by 1000 Friends is an Oregon in which all people share in the economic and ecological benefits of great communities and healthy working landscapes.
Our Values
We believe in the uniqueness of Oregon and a livable state for all Oregonians.
A state that sustains with fruitful working lands and breathtaking iconic places.
A state that thrives because of great communities that welcome all.
A state we call home.

Our Investments in Our Team
1000 Friends of Oregon offers competitive compensation, 403(b)k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible/family friendly work schedules, generous paid vacation and sabbatical plan, and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires achievement and personal development.

Position Description
The Development Director leads a comprehensive, top-in-class development program that secures significant philanthropic resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support 1000 Friends of Oregon’s priorities. They must be a proven strong and inspiring leader, a successful major and principal gifts fundraiser with skill in designing and executing complex donor strategies, and experienced in program management. The Development Director oversees all major gifts functions, which include managing multi-year fundraising campaigns, planned giving, major- and principal-gift fundraising, donor prospecting and research, and stewardship. The Development Director recruits, develops, and inspires a staff of high-performing philanthropy professionals, works closely with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and other volunteer leaders, and builds a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.
The Development Director must be motivated to learn and able to work in collaboration with policy and conservation experts, philanthropy staff, donors and volunteers across a statewide organization to integrate philanthropy with sophisticated land use and policy initiatives. The Development Director is a member of the organization’s management team, responsible for bringing donor perspective to organizational decisions, and plays a leadership role in building the organization’s success with a strategic focus on protecting Oregon’s thriving working lands, great communities, and iconic places.

Essential Functions
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director will continue to build and lead a comprehensive major and planned gifts program. The Director will build on existing fundraising activities to create and implement strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of a portfolio of major gift prospects, including individual, foundation and corporate donors. The Director will be responsible for cultivating a solid working relationship with our Board of Directors, demonstrated by the Board's continued involvement in fundraising efforts. In addition to working with the Board and Executive Director, the Development Director will meaningfully engage a range of constituents in the organization’s work.
The Director of Development is charged with:
• Accountable for fundraising goal of $1.5 - $2 million per year in outright private gifts and pledges.
• Responsible for designing and implementing a long-term endowment and legal defense fund growth campaign.
• Serve as lead major and planned giving officer, carrying a practical portfolio of priority donors.
• Continue to formalize and provide ongoing management of major and planned gift program.
• Develop the business partnership program and work with Executive Director to acquire, cultivate, solicit and steward corporate donors.
• Directly supervise the Director of Membership & Member Services and oversee the fundraising work of the Executive Director, the Executive Coordinator & Board Liaison, two Development Associates, and the Marketing & Communications Strategist.
• Serve as the primary staff lead to the Fundraising Strategy Committee of the Board of Directors and assist all Board membership in their efforts to ensure financial stability for the organization.
• In conjunction with the Executive Director and Fundraising Strategy Committee, develop and administer budget and fundraising objectives.
• Leading all fundraising strategies for the organization, including general membership and major donor acquisition, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; corporate partnerships; special events including a signature fundraising gala; foundation grant requests; and planned giving.
• Manage strategic initiatives through collaboration with stakeholders in order to significantly grow membership, revenue and capacity of the organization at large.
• Plan and execute a 4-to-5 year endowment campaign and all other philanthropy related activities associated with the 50th Anniversary of 1000 Friends of Oregon (2024) and Senate Bill 100 (2023).
• Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally charged information.
• Statewide travel up to 30% of time, occasional evening and weekend obligations year-round.

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years related experience, or equivalent combination, including experience working at a senior level.
• Experience asking for and closing major and planned gifts.
• Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations.
• Experience in planning, developing, and administering budgets.
• Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary team.
• Effective leadership, training and management skills.
• Experience using and overseeing the use of a large donor database (Salesforce NPSP preferred).
• Excellent communication and writing skills via presentations, conversations, and documents.
• Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts giving, planned giving, and solicitation.
• Familiarity with best practices across all other aspects of nonprofit development and fundraising.
• Understanding of best practices in non-profit management.
• Proficiency with primary applications in both G Suite and Microsoft Office Suite.
• Exceptionally organized and attentive to detail while also always able to see the big picture.

Desired Qualifications
• Demonstrated experience in managing capital campaigns.
• Bachelor’s Degree and 10+ years related experience, or equivalent combination, including experience working at a senior level.
• Knowledge of advanced gift planning concepts.
• Experience with iWave or other wealth assessment tools.
• Working knowledge of nonprofit financial best practices, including bookkeeping, audits, and monthly reconciliations.

How to Apply
To apply submit a resume, a minimum of 4 references, and a cover letter describing why you are the ideal candidate for the position (2 page max). Provide these materials as a single PDF document and email them to with Development Director in the subject. Position open until filled.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of 1000 Friends of Oregon’s background screening process.

1000 Friends of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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