Restore Oregon Development Director

Restore Oregon Development Director 

Posted: 11/2/2016

Location: Portland Metro

Closing Date: 11/30/2016

Industry: Event Planning, Fundraising, Nonprofit

Type: Full Time

Hours: Full time, exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Restore Oregon office – 1130 SW Morrison Street, Suite 318, Portland, OR 97205

Background information: Restore Oregon is a statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1977 and a partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Our mission is to preserve, reuse, and pass forward Oregon’s historic resources to ensure livable, sustainable communities. Information on the breadth of our activities can be found at Our office environment is suited to self- directed, positive, entrepreneurial individuals who are collaborative, adept at multi-tasking, and possess a contagious enthusiasm for saving historic places.

Role: The Development Director’s primary role is to develop and execute a strategy for securing financial and other resources sufficient to support Restore Oregon’s mission and strategic plan. The role is executed in close coordination with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Priority Responsibilities:
• Partner with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to enhance community visibility and establish donor relations.
• Develop, implement, and achieve both short and long-term fund development plans to meet the operating and program needs of Restore Oregon.
• Research and develop strategies and/or campaigns to secure annual gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, and promote planned giving and bequests.
• Identify and oversee development and execution of special events such as the annual Restoration Celebration that are innovative, mission compatible, and provide significant financial return to Restore Oregon.
• Identify and build a base of sponsors and donors (i.e. underwriters, exhibitors) for events.
• Identify grant funding opportunities; write or coordinate grant applications.
• Partner with the Executive Director to define a marketing strategy to build statewide awareness of and support for Restore Oregon’s mission.
• Manage current and prospective donor information and cultivation.

General Responsibilities: include, but are not limited to:
• Cultivate a Development Committee and, with the committee chair, develop agendas for meetings so that the committee can fulfill its responsibilities effectively.
• Develop an annual calendar to cover all crucial development issues in a timely fashion.
• Inform the Executive Director and Board of Directors on the state of the organization’s fund development program and on all important factors influencing it.
• Work with each board member on their individual Friend Raising/Fund Raising Plan to get their best thinking and involvement and stimulate each one to give his/her best.
• Collect, manage, analyze and apply member and donor information in a donor management database.

Knowledge and experience required:
• 3-5 years’ success in Fund Development preferably in a non-profit cultural organization, with demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money, including a demonstrated grasp of:
o The nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering
o Research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, telephone solicitation, direct mail, email, and social media
o Grant and proposal writing
o Special events management
o Development office functions including gift processing, tracking donor history, and reporting.
• Proficiency with computer systems (Microsoft Office), social media, and contact management software (preferably Salesforce) is necessary.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

Physical requirements: work is generally accomplished in an office setting that requires sitting or standing for extended periods, and requires occasional long distance travel by car and overnight trips.

Education & background requirements: 4-year college degree in applicable field; 3-5 years’ experience in non-profit fund development; familiarity with the state of Oregon, its key institutions and granting organizations.

Application Guidelines/Contact:
Forward resume with cover letter to Executive Director, Peggy Moretti, at

$55,000 - $62,000