Position: Development and Engagement Officer
Location: Portland, OR
Work year: Year-Round, Full Time, Exempt
Responsible to: Executive Director
Who We Are
The Opal Creek watershed is 35,000 acres of protected rainforest, part of the last remaining low-elevation old-growth forest left in the Pacific Northwest. Soaring trees dripping with moss, crystal-clear streams, and a diversity of old-growth-dependent species make Opal Creek a unique gem in Oregon’s crown. At its center is the historic off-grid mining town of Jawbone Flats, our base of operations since the Opal Creek Wilderness was created in 1996.
At Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, all of our work is based around one simple idea: people will protect what they care about, and they will care about what they know. Through our outdoor school, summer camps, and workshop programs, we bring kids and adults face-to-face with the outdoor places that make Oregon great—pristine mountain streams, uncut vistas, and old-growth forests.
Who You Are
· You are enticed by Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center’s mission, and the opportunity to connect donors and funders to that mission.
· You are a fundraising professional with a passion for values-based work.
· You are a people person. You are relationship focused and enjoy building partnerships and networks.
· You have a positive, upbeat personality with the ability to be persistent.
· You listen. You meet people where they are. You are aware and understanding of the moods, behaviors, and motives of yourself and others.
· You are goal oriented and outcome driven.
· You thrive in a collaborative environment, yet work well autonomously and are self-motivated.
Role Impact and Responsibility
As the Development and Engagement Officer, you will strategically lead all aspects of our fundraising and communication efforts. You are a department of one, directly shaping the development strategy of the organization. This year, Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is celebrating our 30th anniversary, and you can be a catalyst to achieving our vision for the next 30 years. Responsibilities of the position are listed below:
Donor Stewardship and Cultivation (50%)
· Member cultivation and stewardship: grow member base, set and reach targets annually
· Create and execute a major donor work plan including donor research, profiles, cultivation, requests for support and stewardship
· Cultivate and grow corporate sponsorship
· Coordinate fundraising efforts of Executive Director, Board of Directors, staff and volunteers
Grant Writing (25%)
· Manage proposal creation in concert with stated goals of Executive Director and Board of Directors
· Build upon past grant successes and deepen engagement with funders
· Research and engage with new foundations and corporations to match our ongoing needs
· Provide strategy for integrated communications across all relevant platforms (email list serve, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIN, Twitter) to drive engagement levels
Requirements of Position
· Proven track record of securing substantial financial support for a mission-driven organization
· Minimum of five years’ experience in non-profit development and donor relations
· Knowledge of diverse fundraising strategies and their implementation
· Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required
· Experience with grant writing and reporting
· Strong organizational skills.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills, effective public speaker
· Skilled database administration, experience with Donor Perfect preferred
· Previous capital campaign experience preferred
· Strong network in the Pacific Northwest preferred
· Full-time salaried position of 40 hours a week, with flex time work arrangements also considered
· Starting salary range of $50,000-$65,000
· Health insurance – medical, vision, dental – with Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center covering 80% of the premium
· 17 days of PTO for each of the first three years of employment plus 8 paid holidays
To apply, please send a resume/CV and cover letter, and copy of a successful grant proposal to Katie Ryan, Executive Director, at gro.keerclaponull@nayrk. Applications will be accepted until May 31st with a desired start date of July 1 or earlier.
Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
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