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Director of Development (Position Filled)

Date Posted: May 24, 2024
Application Deadline: Position open until filled; application reviews will begin by June 3
Position Status: Full-time; exempt
Compensation: $70,000–$75,000, plus Gold plan health benefits, transportation benefits, PTO, work/life balance, and professional development opportunities
Reports to: Executive Director

Position Summary

Be a part of a dynamic and innovative team committed to providing abundantly accessible arts education to over 50,000 students around Oregon and SW Washington. The Development Director leads, plans and implements the fundraising strategy of the region’s most comprehensive arts education non-profit organization.

The Development Director is responsible for broadening, deepening, and strengthening Arts for Learning Northwest’s support base to maximize the organization’s service to the community – including by securing approximately $1.2 million in annual contributed revenue from individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources. Among other duties, the Development Director will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors and business sponsors; manage fundraising events; oversee the organization’s public outreach and communications; conduct the annual giving campaign; oversee communications; supervise a team of 3; support the organization’s equity policy by researching and investing in equitable fundraising practices, and collaborate closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

This position is hybrid with the expectation to be in the office 2–3 days a week.

Key Responsibilities

  • Successfully implement an annual fundraising plan to secure approximately $1.2 million
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and sponsors
  • Build and monitor departmental budgets
  • Oversee the creation and support the execution of the institutional giving strategy
  • Supervise development staff
  • Engage, support, and coordinate with the Board of Directors on development efforts
  • Produce fundraising and friend-raising events, including the annual Impact Brunch and SH/FT
  • Oversee and support Fun for the Arts, ALNW’s school-based fundraising program
  • Conduct annual online and direct mail giving campaigns
  • Oversee public-facing communications and outreach 
  • Manage development systems, databases, software, and tools
  • Manage and procure contract, vendor, and volunteer support as needed
  • Support the board of directors in the process of onboarding new members
  • Collaborate with the Equity Committee to develop equitable and values-based  fundraising strategies
  • Collaborate with programs and operations staff on cross-departmental initiatives and projects

Additional Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with ALNW colleagues to ensure all programs and organizational relationships align with our organizational values and equity commitment
  • Support the work of ALNW colleagues in other programs and departments as needed
  • Participate in the “supervisors team” to support each other in best practices for equitable and trauma-informed supervision
  • Participate in the “directors team” to plan and oversee organizational projects, timelines, staff professional development, budgeting oversight, and day-to-day logistics
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience, Skills, and Abilities Desired

  • A minimum of three years of development experience with a proven track record of consistently reaching fundraising goals through a variety of activities
  • Knowledge of Oregon and SW Washington philanthropic communities
  • Confidence in soliciting gifts, making appeals, and asking for help
  • Strategic outlook
  • Belief in the value of arts education, equity, and community service
  • Comfort interacting with many different types of people and groups
  • Ability to enthusiastically collaborate with teams of diverse stakeholders and partners
  • High professional and ethical standards
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist work within professional practices
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Equitable and effective management style
  • Personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor
  • Proficiency with Salesforce or similar CRM platform


Submit cover letter and resume to the Executive Director at [email protected].

Please use your cover letter to answer the following questions:

  1. What is your experience in nonprofit development or related fields that makes you a suitable candidate for this role?
  2. What is the area of this job where you will shine? What is the area where you will need additional support or skill-building?
  3. What interests you most about Arts for Learning NW's mission and how do you envision contributing to it in this role?

Three references will be requested if candidates are invited to interview.

ALNW is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and does not discriminate in employment based on race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender expression, color, military service, age, sexual orientation, religion, physical and mental ability, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.


About the Organization

Established in 1958, Arts for Learning NW (ALNW, formerly Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington) has become the region’s most comprehensive arts-in-education non-profit organization, serving kids, teens, and families in partnership with artists, educators, and other community partners. ALNW provides teaching artist residencies, workshops, and performances across a dazzling variety of art forms for young people in formal and community PK-12 educational settings. We also offer training and support for artists to be more effective educators, give classroom teachers the tools to integrate the arts into their teaching practice, and bring fundraising support to schools for their art needs. Central to this service is ALNW’s fantastic roster of independent, professional teaching artists who share their creativity and talent with young people with ALNW’s support.

ALNW is an independently run affiliate of the Young Audiences Network, the nation’s largest network of arts-in-education organizations. Consisting of 29 affiliate organizations spanning the United States, the network is a dynamic platform for collaboration and exchanging of ideas and knowledge in the arts education field.

ALNW’s work culture is mission-driven, collaborative, and creative. The staff is based primarily in the Portland Metro area, with personnel serving Central Oregon based in that region. 

On March 1, 2023, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington officially became Arts for Learning Northwest, a name which better represents our current programming and commitment to equitable arts education. 

You can find more information in our Annual Report.

Equity Commitment

ALNW has an organizational commitment to equity. We are working to become an anti-racist organization that fully reflects the diversity of our community. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, especially people whose experiences and perspectives are underrepresented in the arts, education, and non-profit fields.


Submit cover letter and resume to the Executive Director at [email protected].

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