Chief Advancement Officer, Oregon College of Art and Craft

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Job Title:              Chief Advancement Officer

Salary:                  Based on Experience + benefits

Status:                  Full-time exempt

Reports to:           President

Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) has earned a reputation as a leading college of art and craft in the United States.  Known for its exceptional faculty of artists, writers and makers, OCAC is a uniquely small, mentor-based college where students are individually guided to become successful artists and professionals in the fields of creative practice, business, and industry. The College also receives 50,000 visits each year through community programs, lectures, presentations and exhibitions in the Hoffman Gallery and 2,500-3,000 students enrolled annually in youth and adult offerings and special programs.

While enrolled in the full-time Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree programs, students work in small classes with renowned faculty, artists-in-residence, and fellow students to explore innovative, cross-media approaches to making, experiential learning, and conceptual thinking across the full range of the seven specialized studio areas that are the heart of Craft at OCAC. The hands-on, studio-based approach to learning – one in which deep conceptual thinking informs making works with the hand – prepares students to become creative artists, knowledgeable designers, and critical thinkers.

OCAC’s alumni, 82% of whom are employed in the arts, exemplify the vital role artists and makers play in satisfying the global demand for new ways of thinking, making and innovating. Founded in 1907 by Julia Hoffman, today OCAC (pronounced “O-see-A-see”) is a principal center for learning and engaging the Portland ethos of the hand-made, locally sourced and environmentally sound. OCAC is a place where ideas are realized.

Position Summary

The Chief Advancement Officer effectively leads the College in fundraising and external strategies of the College.  Direct reports include the Advancement Officer, Communications Director and Grant Writer. This creative, experienced professional must be able to work closely with the offices of Business and Communications. The Chief Advancement Officer serves as a part of the President’s Cabinet (the Working Group) comprised of the Director of Enrollment Management and Alumni Affairs, Chief Academic Officer/Dean, the Controller and the Director of Admissions in collaborative discussions regarding charting, monitoring and evaluating College-wide strategic directions.


  • Design, manage and oversee implementation of all fundraising strategies, including special events, annual appeal, donor cultivation, campaigns, planned giving, major gifts and capital project gifts in order to raise $1.7M a year.
  • Design and manage the College’s major fundraising event, Art on the Vine, including contracted event management, auction and procurement committees.
  • Lead a $5M capital campaign that is currently in quiet/strategic phase.
  • Assure a welcome and dynamic face of the College to the external public in the vibrant and dynamic promotion of the College’s programs.
  • Maintain communication with local and national philanthropists and foundations to identify new and existing target audiences for support of, and interest in, the College’s programming.
  • Guide cohesive communication strategies for the promotion of OCAC programs and brand awareness in the community.
  • Work with the Communications Office in maintaining a dynamic presence in the press and in social media for OCAC’s programs and events.
  • Cultivate an active Alumni/ae base through working with the Director of Enrollment Management and Alumni Affairs, Director of Admissions and the Dean.
  • Facilitate and manage the work of board committees including but not limited to the Development Committee and Art on the Vine Event Committees.
  • Manage Communications Director, Advancement Officer, grant writer, event management  contractor, and an additional position to be hired.
  • Assume other duties as assigned.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Extensive development and fundraising experience and with strong record of achievement, including proven track record of asking and securing 6-figure gifts.
  • Capital campaign experience necessary
  • Strong record of donor cultivation at all levels of giving.
  • Deep knowledge of organizational structures and strategic planning.
  • Strong marketing skills and an understanding of the critical role of design in marketing and promotion.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Expertise in the creation, managing and tracking of budgets.
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency in databases, particularly Raisers’ Edge; Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and experience with email marketing services and social media.
  • Experience in areas of public programming, including continuing education, preferred.


OCAC offers a comprehensive benefits package including: 100% coverage of medical insurance premiums, 100% coverage of dental insurance premiums, paid vacation and sick leave and a free Employee Assistance Program that can assist with personal problems, crisis counseling, legal consultations and other needs.  Employees are also able to contribute to a 403 B retirement through OCAC.

Application Instructions:

Nonprofit Professionals Now is proud to partner with the Oregon College of Art and Craft to fill this important position with the right fundraising professional. All applicants are asked to submit a resume, cover letter and complete the screening questions for consideration. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Location: Portland, OR
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