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Director of Advancement / Caldera

  • Portland, Oregon
  • TypePaid
  • TermFull time
  • CategoryDevelopment
  • Post DateFeb 09, 2018
  • DeadlineMar 12, 2018

Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of youth through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs. We serve creative, spirited, curious, and diverse Oregon youth and artists from both urban and rural underserved communities with limited access to educational and economic resource opportunities. Our Youth Program is focused on creative youth development, providing students long-term mentoring beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood.

Caldera has a $2.4 million dollar budget, a 15-member board, 13 full-time year-round employees, 3 part-time year-round employees, and a range of seasonally contracted artists and mentors (~50). Its administrative office is located in Portland, Oregon, and its Arts Center is located outside of Sisters in Central Oregon, between Suttle Lake and Blue Lake.

Position Description

The Director of Advancement will lead Caldera’s communications, development, and fundraising efforts. This position will work closely with the Board, Executive Director and Leadership Team to accomplish Caldera’s strategic goal of creating long-term financial stability while fulfilling annual revenue goals, cultivating its family of donors and supporters and developing compelling institutional and programmatic communication that inspires action and participation.

Critical to this position is an understanding of the differences, nuances, and interplay of and between brand and donor communication. Also critical is experience developing and implementing multi-year advancement, fundraising, and communication strategies that garner results- revenue, visibility, and engagement. Organizational objectives on which this position will focus are building our community of supporters by being in relationship with our current individual donors through a range of activities and getting to know their needs, characteristics, and what excites them about Caldera; refining and maintaining major gift outreach; renewing multi-year corporate contributions and building new, sustainable corporate relationships; cultivating and securing multi-year local, regional, and national foundation grants; utilizing donor data and database system to its fullest capacity; building the scaffolding for reaching new individual donors; articulating Caldera’s impact in clearer ways; and assessing and refining current event strategies, structures, and frequency. This position must also employ a strategic and inclusive approach that advances racial equity and a strengths-based narrative of Caldera youth.

Position Title: Director of Advancement
Supervisor: Executive Director
Full time (~37.5 hrs), exempt
Compensation: Salaried position DOE ($70,000 to $85,000).
Benefits include: paid time off, health, dental, vision, 403(b) matching, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance.
Application: Please send resume and cover letter to by Monday, March 12, 9 am.

Specific Responsibilities


  • Lead our Development and Communication Team- Annual Giving Manager, Grants and Communication Manager, Central Oregon Director, and Executive Director
  • Develop and supervise advancement staff (Annual Giving Manager, Grants and Communication Manager, contracted data support)--setting and overseeing goals and performance, developing personal growth opportunities, gathering resources needed and providing ongoing feedback about employee’s performance, as necessary Develop and monitor development and communication budgets
  • Refine and maintain staffing structure for institutional and program communication using existing capacity and expertise
  • Serve as a member of the Caldera Leadership Team and attend board meetings


  • Maximize existing family of donors and supporters; and identify and activate new, sustainable, and diverse sources of revenue and support over time
  • Work collaboratively with Executive Director, Leadership Team, Board and its committees (Advancement Committee as well as advisory and event committees in Portland and Central Oregon), advancement staff, program staff and administration, elders, volunteers, and community members to raise resources and encourage a culture of philanthropy
  • Oversee and lead comprehensive fundraising strategy, including identification and cultivation of prospective donors, and solicitation, stewardship of donors
  • Lead work to directly raise more than $1,000,000 annually in individual, foundation, corporate, public, and event-related revenue
  • Lead and manage development, fundraising, and visibility events in Portland, Central Oregon, and other relevant locations as needed
  • Develop and implement a major gift strategy, including development, solicitation, and stewardship work with existing and new relationships
  • Oversee annual giving efforts and work collaboratively with Annual Giving Manager on annual and individual giving campaigns, pledges, solicitations, and other activities
  • Oversee grant writing and work collaboratively with Grants and Communication Manager on foundation and government relations, grant writing, as well as timely grant submission and reporting
  • Implement and maintain a data-driven development approach, including understanding and leveraging Raiser’s Edge database system, and overseeing data entry and reporting (LYBUNT, SYBUNT, etc.), as well as supervising contracted support


  • Lead and manage strategic communications work, including brand development, message development and implementation (for programs and donors), marketing, media relations, copywriting, copy editing, and presentations, etc.
  • Manage critical relationship with Wieden + Kennedy and its design studio as well as with other partners and vendors
  • Lead and manage comprehensive marketing and communications strategy, including all online and print messaging and design, website and social media, public/press relations, internal communication, and human resources/employment outreach
  • Represent Caldera in the community, effectively communicating organizational mission, policy, practices, and values to a wide range of constituencies and to the community at large
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications/Characteristics

  • Passionate advocate for creative youth development, mentoring, arts and culture, and Caldera’s mission
  • A willingness to engage in ongoing equity, diversity and inclusion work
  • 5 - 10 Years experience in fundraising, including individual major gifts, legacy gifts, foundation grants, and corporate giving
  • 5 - 10 Years experience in marketing, including online, print, events and public/press relations;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Successful experience leading a collaborative team, with management skills to bring out the best in staff and advocate for their professional development
  • Ability to travel to around the Portland Metro area and to Central Oregon (approximately 12 to 20 times annually)
  • Ability to build on Caldera’s strengths and help lead changes in structures, methods, and relationships required to achieve goals.

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience working with or in advertising, design, strategic communication, social marketing, online communication agency, or consultancy

Equity & Inclusion

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression. We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to by Monday, March 12, 9 am.

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