Job Description: Development Manager

Job Description: Development Manager
Sunrise above Crown Point, seen from the Portland Women's Forum viewpoint. (photographer: Theresa Peterson)

Hours: 40 hours per week
Location: Portland, OR
Status: Exempt
Supervisor: Director of Philanthropy

Deadline for Application: Sept. 16, 2018

Summary of Position

Working with staff, board members and volunteers the Development Manager is responsible for ensuring that the fundraising objectives laid out in the Friends Development Plan are met. This position also supervises a Membership Coordinator and a Development Assistant. The position requires knowledge in running an effective membership program, cultivating and nurturing major donors and overseeing a donor database. The Development Manager also coordinates foundation proposals and reports, corporate solicitations and organizes fundraising events. This position requires the ability to hike, some travel, and occasional evening and weekend hours.

Core Responsibilities

  • Implements Fundraising Activities: With the oversight of the Director of Philanthropy, the manager implements the strategic plan’s fundraising objectives and the strategies laid out in the development plan. 
  • Budgeting: Monitors progress towards income goals and fundraising expenses for the annual budget.
  • Database and Records Management: Supervises and coordinates activities of staff engaged in maintaining member database and paper records of contributors and grants. Maintains security and quality controls. Manages vendor activities and relationships.
  • Membership Solicitation & Retention: Establishes short and long-range goals for these income sources and enlists support from staff, board members and volunteers to achieve goals. Works with the Membership Coordinator to develop and implement methods of procuring new members, renewing and upgrading existing members and donors, and reactivating lapsed members and donors. Works with program staff to integrate membership efforts into conservation and outreach programs.
  • Individual Giving/Donor Support: Oversees efforts to maintain and build donor support. Works with Director of Philanthropy, Executive Director, Board, and volunteers to develop giving strategies. Creates support materials with the intent to retain or upgrade gifts. Cultivates donors individually through personal correspondence and face-to-face meetings.
  • Event Planning: Manages various events supporting the organization’s efforts including but not limited to: annual meeting, summer picnic, major donor, new member, and planned giving events along with bus tours and personalized hikes.
  • Foundations: Works with Grant Writer and Executive Director to maximize opportunities for funding, building relationships with foundations and managing deadlines.
  • Supports Overall Organizational Fundraising Efforts: Works with Director of Philanthropy, Executive Director, and key volunteers to support the cultivation of capital gifts, increase planned gifts and individual board members in their efforts to raise funds for the organization.


  • Proven track record of effective fundraising for a mid-sized or large nonprofit
  • Thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding base and demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Proven management capabilities with staff and volunteers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and maintain new funding
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain sense of humor
  • Understanding and appreciation of land use laws and natural resource issues a plus


  • Four-year college degree or equivalent work history

Compensation: $48,000 - $50,000 annually. Staff appreciate our compelling mission as well as generous vacation, holiday and personal time off, generous health insurance coverage (98% of individual and 50% coverage for spouse and dependents), short and long-term disability insurance and an employer-contributed retirement plan. The organization conducts day-long quarterly outings for staff to Gorge sites to learn, enjoy and recharge.

Application Guidelines/Contact

Nonprofit Professionals Now is proud to be working with Friends of the Columbia Gorge for this key position.  To apply please go to
All applicants are asked to submit a resume, cover letter, and complete the screening questions for consideration for this exciting position!

Friends of the Columbia Gorge is an equal opportunity employer.
Women, people of color, people with disabilities & LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.