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New Avenues for Youth

About New Avenues for Youth:

New Avenues is an innovative, entrepreneurial, progressive organization focused on preventing and intervening on youth homelessness. New Avenues mission is to work in partnership with the Portland area community to provide youth experiencing homeless, foster-care, and other risks with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.

Our Commitment to Equity:

New Avenues imagines a community where all young people experience health, wellbeing, and a self-determined home. We understand that racism, poverty, and experiences of oppression lead to social injustice and housing instability for youth. Due to current and historical exploitation and racism, youth of color are disproportionally impacted. In order to advance equity at New Avenues and fulfill our mission, we must address how privilege has shaped our organizational culture, policies, and practices. New Avenues’ believes equity is an ongoing commitment without closure; in taking risks, we will learn from our mistakes. We will listen to and learn from young people’s lived experiences. We will seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to simplify or silence hard truths. We make these commitments because we believe in social justice and the inherent human dignity of each individual.

The Position:

New Avenues is seeking a creative and thoughtful leader to join our Executive team as the Director of Development and Communications. The Director of Development & Communications oversees a multi-disciplinary team, providing the leadership, and strategic and tactical direction to achieve New Avenues’ fund and resource development goals.

Key Qualities:

The successful candidate will be a creative, dynamic, visionary who can excite and engage diverse stakeholders, build authentic and genuine relationships, offer both leadership and management skills, and have a proven record of effective communication and fundraising success.

Responsibilities Include:

Lead the fund development and communications team and implement all strategic philanthropic initiatives for New Avenues for Youth which include major gift solicitation, public and private grant procurement, directing three major special events, direct all capital campaigns, planned giving, corporate and business partnerships.
Direct agency marketing and communications efforts including annual appeals, newsletters, reports, media and communications strategies, website and social media campaigns.
Grow and support a portfolio of strategic partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders that include local, regional and national level foundations and corporate funders, major donors and business partners.
Manage, recruit, facilitate, and lead members of the New Avenues for Youth 30-member Board of Directors and act as the primary liaison for the agency 20 member Ambassador Board.
Supervising and directing multi-disciplinary team including, Grants Manager, Volunteer & Development Associate, Communications & Development Associate, Development Officer, and Database & Administrative Specialist
Overseeing day to day donor tracking and fundraising database administration
Participating on Senior Executive Team, providing leadership and guidance to overall agency operations

Education and General Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in related field and at least 5- 8 years of development experience in a non-profit organization.
Excellent writing skills required, particularly as they relate to grant writing.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, manage multi-task projects and promote the agency to a wide variety of donors, volunteers, staff and board members.
Ability to set goals, develop plans, measure progress

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers Executive level compensation commensurate with experience and demonstrated success.  New Avenues for Youth offers a competitive benefits package. To apply, visit our website at to submit your cover letter and resume.  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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