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Director of Development

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Oregon Sustainability Center Portland
United States

Title: Director of Development
Works for: Works as an independent contractor for the Oregon University System on behalf of the Oregon Sustainability Center Owners Group (composed of the Oregon University System, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission, Portland Sustainability Institute, Oregon Living Building Initiative of non-profits)
Location: Portland, Oregon
Term: Full-time


The Oregon Sustainability Center (OSC) is the vision of a unique partnership to build the world’s first triple net zero high-rise office building and sustainability nexus at a cost of approximately $90 million (building at $70 million with additional EcoDistrict, research, and public education components at $20 million), including research and commercialization, an exhibition center, conference center, and educational programs. The cost estimates will be refined during schematic design anticipated to start in June and be complete by the end of 2010. The project is supported primarily by funds provided by the Oregon University System (up to $80 million in bonds) and the City of Portland ($5 million in tax increment financing and the land); the OSC needs to raise approximately $10–15 million in public and private sector support to bring the project to full realization. The timeline for the fundraising campaign is approximately three years, from July 2010, when schematic is due to begin, to June 2013, when the building will be completed, the exhibition center opens and research programs have begun.

The OSC’s fundraising effort is organized into four areas: federal/state, corporations, foundations and individuals. Each of these efforts requires specialized outreach, cultivation, and solicitation strategies. The director of development will be responsible for organizing and managing the overall fundraising program with specific responsibility for corporate, foundation, and individual giving, which is estimated to provide about half of the total funds needed.

Description of Duties and Responsibilities:

• Working with the Oregon University System, the OSC board, and private sector Campaign Task Force, the director of development will develop, organize and manage a campaign to meet the approximately $10-15 million fundraising goal.
• Ensure strong coordination and implementation of priority fundraising activities of the OSC board members with a wide variety of professionals representing business, academia, and non-governmental and civic organizations to raise necessary funds for the project.
• Working with the Portland Development Commission, help to develop corporate partnerships that will lead to in-kind support and outright contributions as well as research and development to commercialization opportunities that will benefit both the Oregon economy and corporate partners.
• Organize and manage the fundraising activities of the OSC Campaign Task Force to connect with funder prospects, including companies for direct gift and in-kind donations, foundations and private donors. The OSC Campaign Task Force is a group of business and community leaders who have volunteered their time to support the OSC.
• Pursue outreach with local, regional and national foundations and be prepared to write letters of inquiry and proposals or contract with grant writer, and manage all forms of correspondence leading to foundation support.
• Work with other members of the OSC team to ensure that communication and project collateral accurately and effectively reflect the OSC’s agenda and will serve fundraising needs.
• Imagine, plan and implement events that will engage donors and serve to strengthen the OSC’s brand.
• Be prepared and capable of personally soliciting major gift donors of $10,000 and more.
• Write grant proposals, reports and acknowledgements.
• Develop and maintain accurate reporting systems to track and disseminate fundraising progress.
• Supervise the activities of program coordinator/program manager, contract grant-writer,part-time data/donor manager/prospect researcher, and volunteers.
• Be well-prepared to train and lead others in the use of best practices in fundraising.

Minimum Qualifications:
The successful candidate must hold at least a Bachelor's degree and have a minimum of five years demonstrated experience in fundraising, grant-writing, event management and working with volunteers. Experience with capital campaigns is a plus. The position requires outstanding verbal and written communication skills, presentation and research skills, and proven knowledge of philanthropic best practices. The ability to work on a team, be flexible, maintain confidentiality, exercise good judgment, accept responsibility, and maintain a positive attitude is important.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
To Apply: Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should apply by providing a curriculum vita together with a cover letter and names and contact information for three references electronically at [email protected] or via mail to:
Melissa Provinsal
Oregon Sustainability Center
c/o OEC
222 NW Davis, Suite 309
Portland, OR 97209

Initial deadline for application is May 7, 2010 by 5:00 PM, but the position will be open until filled. No inquiries please.


Oregon Sustainability Center Portland
United States