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Director of Development

Portland, OR 97205
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Classification: Full-Time, Year Round

Reports to: President, CEO

Compensation: $66,934-$87,006 annual salary

Our Commitment to Equity

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.

Camp Fire Columbia strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Organization Overview:

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive program starts with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the schoolyear, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. Our programs directly serve over 4,000 kids ages 5- 18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region. Camp Fire Columbia helps serve an additional 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects. For more information, please visit: http://campfirecolumbia.org/

Position Overview:

Camp Fire Columbia is looking for a Director of Development who is motivated by our mission and has a proven track record of fundraising success. It is an exciting time for someone who is energized by growth and program development. 2024 will mark Camp Namanu's centennial celebration and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to highlight and champion this magical place. We hope over the next 3-5 years to launch a capital campaign, grow development revenue from ~500K to 1.5 million, and deepen our use of community centric fundraising as our primary orientation to development. The Director of Development has the primary responsibility for developing and implementing strategies to raise revenue from individuals, businesses, government and foundations.

This position serves on the Camp Fire Columbia management team, is involved with direct solicitation, as well as motivates and manages staff of three (2.2 FTE) to reach fundraising goals. The ideal candidate thrives in a dynamic, community centric environment and contributes to a collaborative, productive and fun work environment. Extensive knowledge and practice with Blackbaud Raiser's Edge is required.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. This role will come in contact with students, campers, visitors, vendors and employees. Each of these persons may have visible and invisible qualities that makes that person unique. This includes race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other identities. This role requires sustaining an inclusive and equitable learning and working environments by having respectful and considerate behavior, thoughtful and constructive speech to all
  2. Develop and execute the Camp Fire Columbia annual fundraising and communications/marketing plan
  3. Secure financial and in-kind support to meet budget goals
  4. Create and implement strategy to build a diverse pipeline of annual contributors, major donors and corporate partners
  5. Collaboratively build organizational budget
  6. Provide analysis and report on fundraising progress for the CEO, Board, and Program Directors
  7. Initiate contact with donors, align giving priorities, and successfully solicit gifts in the 1K-25K range
  8. Steward donor relationships by ensuring fulfillment of benefits, along with consistent, creative and valued appreciation activities
  9. Conduct outreach and devise campaigns to build a diversified base of financial support
  10. Oversee strategy and execution of special events including the established Spark and the under development Sparkfinder event
  11. Work with the CEO to identify, engage, and solicit key funding partners
  12. Support and involve the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers in developing and stewarding donor relationships
  13. Leverage the Camp Fire brand with integrity and creativity
  14. Collaboratively participate on organization's management team
  15. Manage development staff (currently 2.2 FTE): Development Manager, Grants Manager, & Director of Outreach & Engagement
  16. Maintain and analyze fundraising data through Blackbaud Raiser's Edge; oversee data entry, gift processing, and report generation

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of equity and inclusion; skills in promoting inclusion and cultural responsiveness
  • Minimum 7 years progressive experience managing a successful development program
  • Solid record of achieving revenue goals and building a pipeline of financially beneficial relationships?
  • Enthusiasm for direct solicitation and skill in the coordination of strategic solicitation
  • Ability to work independently and manage a team, prioritize workload, and meet established deadlines in fast-paced situations
  • Self-starter exhibiting sound, independent judgement and creative problem-solving
  • Excellent written and verbal communicator with the ability to represent the organization in diverse public settings and facilitate productive internal and external communications
  • Knowledge and affinity for youth-related programs and the NW Oregon/SW Washington community preferred
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 pounds
  • Ability to sit/stand for prolonged periods of time
  • Work full-time (40 hours per week) with some evenings and weekends required

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises the Development Manager and Grants Manager and may serve as a task supervisor on some projects for the Director of Outreach and Engagement and the Communications Manager. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Relational Skills:

  • Open to receiving feedback and making on-going program adjustments.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manages time and stress levels, and proactively solve problems.
  • Culturally responsive with a passion for developing youth to achieve their full potential.
  • Ability to lead and motivate others.
  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team.
  • High level of professionalism, creativity, energy, organization, self-motivation, empathy, and patience.
  • Be a positive role model for youth and adults at all times.
  • Maintain integrity by following through on responsibility and by accepting and abiding by decisions regarding program and policy in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a positive attitude.


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience: Minimum 7 years' experience in progressively complex development positions and demonstrable track record meeting fundraising goals while centering principals of equity and focus on community engagement. There are no minimum education requirements for this position.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

A valid insurable Driver's License is required.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently move up to 30 pounds. Required by detect distance and peripheral depth perception. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to detect sound and communicate with others in a group setting or one on one setting. The employee is frequently required to be stationary and get low to the ground to detect and/or move items. The employee is occasionally required to ascend or balance and detect flavors and scents.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather). The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate depending on the activity/day.

Our Commitment:

Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.

Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.


Posted: 2021-05-24 Expires: 2021-06-24

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