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Director of Development

Audubon Society of Portland

Portland ,  Oregon


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 managed by a contractor, and engages more than 150 volunteers in providing site operations and procuring donations. 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.


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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.

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