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To apply for this position, email us at Be sure to attach your cover letter & resume.


This position will, in collaboration with senior leadership, create and implement a development plan, as well as manage fundraising and special events.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Fundraising
    • Establish annual development goals and regularly report progress to senior leadership and Board of Directors.
    • In collaboration with senior leadership, prepare and implement a Development Plan that includes annual appeals, special events, major and monthly donor development, and planned giving.
    • Work with Executive Director to cultivate major donors and track communications and pledges.
    • Coordinate annual appeals.
    • Develop and implement monthly, planned giving, third-party fundraiser, and donor recognition programs.
    • Be the point person for e-Tapestry and work with communications team to ensure donor database is updated and current.
    • Ensure all donors are adequately thanked and recognized.
  • Event Planning
    • Manage all aspects of annual fundraising and other special fundraising events, including event budget, logistics, registration, sponsors/procurement, volunteers, promotional materials, on-site logistics, and event fundraising plan.
  • Grants
    • Research, initiate contact with, and prepare grant proposals to foundations.
    • Supervise grants team (1 – 2 people) and ensure grants summary reports are current and accurate.
  • Promotion
    • Collaborate with communications team to promote the work of the organizations to the general public and, specifically, donors.
  • Other development-related duties as assigned.

General Responsibilities

  • Follow the protocol, policies, and procedures of the department and agency.
  • Complete and submit reports as needed.
  • Maintain confidentiality of client information and comply with HIPAA guidelines.
  • Provide culturally responsive services that are equitable, respectful, and relevant to people from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Attend meetings and trainings as required.

Education / Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in development, with a track record of success.
  • Experience soliciting major gifts.
  • Proven experience as an event planner.
  • Experience making effective presentations before groups.
  • Computer savvy, proficient in MS Office.
  • Familiar with donor management software, experience with e-Tapestry a plus.

Skills and Abilities

  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • A strategic thinker who can respond quickly to changing circumstances and take advantage of emerging opportunities.
  • High energy and self-motivated, with a sense of urgency.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation abilities.
  • Able to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives with minimum supervision.
  • A team player with leadership skills.
  • Have effective and flexible communications skills.
  • Able to build and maintain rapport with adults and youth from diverse backgrounds and personalities.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Able to follow a pre-determined work schedule.
  • Safe driving record; current vehicle insurance; able to use personal vehicle for NWFS business.

Working Conditions

  • This position can be hybrid, if desired, with at least one day in the office in SE Portland plus time at off-site donor meetings.
  • May be required to occasionally work flexible or non-standard work hours, including weekends. 
  • May be required to occasionally travel out-of-town.
  • May need to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time. 
  • May need to bend, climb, reach, and lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds.
  • Employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, subject to accommodation; those needing an accommodation should contact Human Resources.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

Northwest Family Services, through our mission, practices and the services we offer, are committed to the belief that all people deserve dignity and respect. As we serve our communities, we will continue to work together to listen, to learn, and to act to overcome historic values and structures that have led to discrimination and inequities.

We are committed to creating a culture of belonging, where all staff are valued and given opportunity to grow and succeed equitably. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, primary language, ethnic background or socioeconomic status. NWFS pursues policies, strategies, and programs which promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in our daily work. We seek staff who share our vision and commitment to our communities.


To apply for this position, email us at Be sure to attach your cover letter & resume.