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Career Opportunity: Development Director

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World Affairs Council of Oregon Position Opening

Development Director


The World Affairs Council of Oregon (WorldOregon) seeks an accomplished, dynamic development professional to lead our fundraising initiatives and drive a new era of impact and engagement for the organization.


WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1950,WorldOregon is the oldest nonpartisan, nonprofit international affairs organization in Oregon. WorldOregon has 13 employees, many volunteers, and an annual budget of approximately $1 million. There are four main areas of activity: Public Programs (3-6 public programs per month on global issues and ideas and the International Speakers Series of four world-renowned speakers annually); the Youth and Education Program (K-12 education program for teachers and students and the Young Leaders in Action for local high school leaders); and the International Visitor Program (organizes short-term visits for 500+ emerging leaders—and 35+ international youth leader visitors—from over 100 countries each year). For more information please see our website at


Job Summary

The Development Director will be responsible for WorldOregon’s strategy for individual, foundation, government, and corporate giving, as well as event-based fundraising. They will expand and diversify WorldOregon’s donor base and funding, steward and grow existing relationships, and engage a new generation of supporters to elevate WorldOregon’s impact, visibility, and financial resources. The Development Director will work closely with the WorldOregon President, Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, and program staff to secure funding for current programs and new initiatives, and will strengthen the organization’s overall fundraising capacity.



  • Lead major fundraising initiatives to support WorldOregon’s mission and program goals.

Work with the President, Board of Trustees Finance and Development Committee, Trustees, Advisors, and staff leadership to implement a comprehensive development plan that includes a diverse range of revenue sources, e.g., major gifts, legacy gifts, foundation and government grants, events, and corporate giving, as well as program and mission-related investments.

  • Manage implementation of the development plan, including digital strategy and web-based communications in collaboration with Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Recruit corporate and organizational sponsors, using the International Speakers Series—WorldOregon’s premier public program—as a key asset for sponsorships that include ticket packages.
  • Ensure the success of the annual WorldQuest fundraiser through table sales, sponsor recruitment, and acquisition of major auction items. Work with WorldOregon colleagues including the Membership Manager to ensure logistics are fully addressed and event runs smoothly.
  • Work with the President, Trustees, and Advisors to build high-level individual giving.
  • Work with Membership Manager to recruit new participants, nurture existing relationships, and explore opportunities to enhance the membership experience.
  • Work with Trustees, Advisors and staff to expand corporate and organizational participation through personal meetings, special programs, and individualized donor recognition.
  • Work with Membership Manager and Director of Marketing and Communications to grow WorldOregon membership at all levels, maximizing digital technologies and web-based donor management system.
  • Work with President and Finance and Development Committee to launch a planned giving program.
  • Assist staff to develop proposal ideas, build relationships with foundations, and research new opportunities for grant funding.
  • Assure sound fiscal management of development activities by producing comprehensive income and expense budgets.
  • Produce statistical analyses for the President and Board of Trustees.
  • Work closely with Director of Marketing and Communications to design and implement effective marketing and engagement tools that inspire support, generate gifts, and build awareness of WorldOregon in the community.



The successful candidate will possess a solid fundraising background, familiarity with the local philanthropic community, interest in global issues, and a flexible and adaptive approach. Specifically they should have or be:


  • Five-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization or social enterprise; proven record of development successes.
  • Experience with event-based fund-raising, individual gifts, annual fund drives, proposal writing, corporate sponsorships, and planned giving.
  • Superb communication skills—written, oral, and interpersonal, including with cross-cultural communication.
  • Practical skill and conceptual understanding of digital donor engagement systems (NationBuilder knowledge a plus, CiviCRM, Salesforce, Blackbaud products or similar experience).
  • Technical and conceptual skills with digital reporting, spreadsheets, budgets, and presentations (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Self-starter with ideas, initiative, and energy. Able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexible multi-tasker with a sense of humor and a strong work ethic.
  • Professional demeanor; experience working successfully with diverse constituencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of WorldOregon’s mission and values
  • BA/BS degree; graduate degree a plus


Salary and benefits:

Status:               Salary, 37.5 hours per week

Benefits:           WorldOregon offers a competitive benefits package including medical coverage, life insurance, holidays, sick leave, vacation, simple IRA, and public transportation pass

Salary range:      TBD based upon experience


To apply, please do the following by close of business Wednesday, October 18:

  1. Write a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the Development Director position.
  2. Include a current resume (with salary history preferred).
  3. Include a writing sample (development-related theme preferred) and portfolio of work in this field.
  4. List of three to five references, including a recent supervisor or someone familiar with your work.
  5. Send materials to:


Development Director Search

World Affairs Council of Oregon

1200 SW Park Avenue, Third Floor

Portland, OR 97205

searchatworldoregon [dot] org


No telephone calls, please.


Equal Employment Opportunity

We are committed to providing equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to gender, religion, age, disability, marital status, injured worker status, race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, or any other category protected by law.


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