Director of Development, Audubon Society of Portland

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Job Title:                    Director of Development

Department:              Development & Membership

Reports to:                 Executive Director

Classification:            Exempt, Full-time      

Compensation:          $75,000 to $85,000, DOE plus health and retirement benefits

About the Audubon Society of Portland

The Audubon Society of Portland has been a leading voice and force for Oregon conservation for over a century. Through conservation advocacy, environmental education, our wildlife rehabilitation center, and other programs, we promote the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife, and their habitat. We are located on a 150-acre wildlife sanctuary in Forest Park, just minutes from downtown Portland. We are an independent nonprofit with more than 15,000 members and 450 regular volunteers, and are the largest independent chapter of the National Audubon Society. Additional background regarding our extensive education, advocacy, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat programs can be found at

The Opportunity

Audubon Society of Portland seeks a Director of Development to manage a proven and diverse array of fundraising programs, applying steady leadership to untapped opportunities with major donors, foundations, and membership.

The Director of Development is head of a six-member team comprised of a donor relations manager, membership manager, development coordinator, and two seasonal contract staff. Additional administrative support is anticipated within the next six months. The position serves on Portland Audubon’s leadership team, and serves as staff liaison to the board’s active Development & Membership Committee.

The development program is noteworthy for its record of sustained and manageable growth, substantial community involvement, and identified growth potential. Our annual Birdathon event is the largest in the Western United States, engaging 300 participants receiving pledges from more than 2,000 people.  Our annual Wild Arts Festival is chaired by a volunteer with contractor support, and engages more than 250 volunteers with operations and donation procurement.  Our first donor relations position was added in 2015 to cultivate additional leadership level donors from our membership. Total department revenue exceeds $1 million annually, providing roughly 30 percent of Portland Audubon’s $3.4 million annual budget.

The Director of Development creates and implements a comprehensive development plan including traditional and more innovative strategies involving participation by hundreds of volunteers from the Portland Audubon community. Key components include goals, strategies, and timetables for membership, year-end appeal, major and capital gifts, planned giving, matching gifts, as well as corporate and foundation grants. Tactics include a complementary focus on prospecting and building long-term relationships with members, donors, and philanthropic community leaders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

●       Develop and implement annual and long-term development plans to meet fundraising goals and additional development objectives. These include leadership giving, membership, year-end appeals, foundation and corporate grants, special events (Birdathon and Wild Arts Festival), and planned giving.

●       Provide daily oversight and support to the development team, including annual goal-setting, regular performance reviews, and professional development opportunities.

●       Work with team to create annual budget and oversee its management, including expenses and revenue forecasts, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Director of Finance & Operations.

●       Work collaboratively with the Donor Relations Manager in the creation of prospect research and cultivation initiatives, and efforts to secure major gifts, planned gifts and leadership gifts.

●       Within the next 5 years, conduct short-term campaigns (less than $500k) for moderate  capital investments.

●       Oversee management of gift processing and donor acknowledgement, the donor database (Raiser’s Edge), and financial reporting. Manage accompanying information systems.

●       Meet regularly with the Executive Director regarding program goals and initiatives, and Executive Director’s role in supporting programs and cultivating gifts.

●       Serve as staff liaison to the board’s actively engaged Development and Membership Committee. Report to the Board of Directors at semi-monthly meetings.

●       Work collaboratively with the Communications Manager to position development opportunities in print and electronic media.

●       Clearly articulate and promote a strong case for philanthropy. Build opportunities to create and sustain a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.

●       Participate in Portland Audubon events and activities, and foster pride and enthusiasm for fundraising efforts.


Preferred Qualifications

●       A proven track record of fundraising success, particularly through expansion of a development program, securing major gifts, successful management of campaigns, and engagement of a community of motivated volunteers.

●       A minimum of 7 years of increasing responsibility in philanthropy.

●       Proven managerial skills, including 5 years of experience managing development staff.

●       Working knowledge of development best practices, trends, tools and technology, including donor databases, e-mail and online campaigns, and donor research.

●       Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, business administration, or related field, or equivalent experience.

●       Demonstrated commitment to environmental conservation and the importance of connecting people from all walks of life with nature.

●       Experience working toward racial equity, diversity, and an inclusive culture within an organization.

●       Tact and discretion, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence.


Special Considerations and Restrictions

Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional after-hours and weekends, as needed to attend events and board meetings. We also recognize the importance of work-life balance for health and happiness. Requires a current driver’s license and personal vehicle for attending off-site meetings (mileage reimbursed).


This job is being recruited through our partner, WVDO's Nonprofit Professionals Now Search Firm. To apply for this position, please attach a resume, cover letter and complete the screening questions.

Application Deadline:  April 3, 2017

Audubon Society of Portland does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, national origin, political affiliation or mental or physical handicap. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Location: Portland, OR
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