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Work with Us: Development Director Position Open


Job Title: Development Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Work Schedule: Full time, exempt

Based in: Portland, Oregon



Forest Park Conservancy protects and fosters the ecological health of Forest Park, maintains and enhances the park's extensive trails network, and inspires community appreciation and stewardship as a gift for future generations. Each year, we work with 1,500 volunteers to maintain trails, remove invasive species, and plant native trees and shrubs. Forest Park Conservancy is leading a 20-year campaign to restore 15,000 acres of public and private lands to ensure the long-term health of Forest Park.


The Development Director at the Forest Park Conservancy is a high-performing professional responsible for managing FPC’s individual giving program, corporate sponsorships, foundation, and government grants to meet our annual budget of $700,000. This person works with 6 other full time staff members to ensure Forest Park is restored and protected for future generations.

This position serves as a senior manager at the Conservancy, working in close collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to lead a FPC’s development program. The Development Director works collaboratively, maintains a positive, professional demeanor, and is willing to share in duties other than those listed in this position description when necessary to further the mission and well-being of the organization.

In the coming years, FPC seeks to increase support from major donors, bequests, and corporate sponsors.


In partnership with the Executive Director and the Development/Communications Committee, update and implement the Conservancy’s development plan. This includes using a variety of strategies to reach corporate, individual, government, and foundation sources.Manage development strategies including direct mail, one-on-one major donor outreach, special events, sponsorships and grant proposal writing to seek both annual and planned gifts. Build and maintain strong, ongoing relationships with current and prospective key donors, corporate representatives and foundation officers.

Individual Donors

  • Increase numbers of new donors and ensure renewed support from existing donors
  • Strengthen relationships with major donors
  • Work with the Communications Manager on print appeals
  • Increase number of donors designating FPC for planned gifts
  • Work with the Office Manager to manage database (FPC uses Raiser’s Edge 7, web hosted)

Special Events

  • Organize annual major donor dinner
  • Organize annual year end party
  • Identify and lead potential signature event for FPC
  • Lead FPC’s All Trails Challenge walk-a-thon

Business Support

  • Maintain strong relationships with current business donors
  • Identify and cultivate support from new businesses
  • With the Communications Manager, develop materials relevant to corporate funders

Grant Writing

  • Write and/or review grant proposals
  • Work with Office Manager and Executive Director to manage grant allocations, reports and application deadlines


At least five years’ experience and demonstrated success working in nonprofit fundraising or a related field, ideally managing a multifaceted development program including individual donors, corporate sponsors and government and foundation grants

Work collaboratively in an office setting

Possess excellent oral and written communications and presentation skills and leadership presence.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from board, staff and the general public regarding the activities of the Conservancy.

Proficient in Word, Excel, and fundraising CRMs.

Valid driver’s license and access to vehicle.


CFRE certification

Competency in Adobe Suite and html

Competency with Raiser’s Edge 


Salary: $70,000 - $80,000

Benefits: Generous vacation, sick leave plus health insurance and retirement benefit.



Email your resume, cover letter and three references to jobs@forestparkconservancy.org with “Development Director” in the subject line.

Rolling application process, first reading of applications is November 27, 2018.

The Forest Park Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection of candidates for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, military service, family medical history, legal source of income, gender identity, political affiliation, or family leave obligations.




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