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Associate Director of Development, Portland

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Portland, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Development

Department: University Advancement
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $55,300 - $68,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA07-Fiscal Year 2018-2019
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
June 14, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:

• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly.

• A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

• Three professional references.

Department Summary
University Advancement is responsible for strategically positioning the UO with its various constituents and securing resources to further its aims. The division consists of approximately 200 employees primarily working out of Eugene, with offices in Portland and Bend. Departments within University Advancement include UO Alumni Association, Development, International and Principal Gifts, Advancement Operations, Federal Affairs, and State and Community Affairs.

Development in University Advancement is a comprehensive fundraising department supporting the entire university campus with an overall mission to sustain and enhance excellence at the University of Oregon. Our fundraisers partner with donors, alumni, and friends to launch new ideas, fund programs of excellence, and support the access and achievement for current and future students.

Position Summary
The Associate Director of Development works as part of Development to promote university fundraising priorities and image to alumni, parents, and friends of the University. The Associate Director of Development is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and new prospects. This position will concentrate on gifts in both high level “leadership annual giving” ($2,500 - $24,999) and non-major gift ($25,000 - $99,999) ranges. Occasional work in the major gift ($100k+) range is possible depending upon donor interest and capacity.

This position is field-oriented, requiring frequent travel and direct contact with donors and donor prospects. The Associate Director of Development works collaboratively with colleagues in Development, and across the University to identify new prospects and strategically cultivate alumni, parents, and friends. This position will be responsible for meeting fundraising goals as they relate to the strategic needs of the University, program areas of excellence, and new initiatives that impact multiple areas of campus. Performance, as measured against these goals, will be evaluated annually.

Reporting directly to the Director of Development, this position is part of the Portland Regional development program. The Associate Director solicits gifts to support the priorities of the university and contributes to donor pipeline strategies and development. Travel within Oregon as well as to cities in other states up to 75% of the time is an essential expectation of this position. This position is funded by University Advancement.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree OR five years of equivalent professional experience.
• Two years of professional or volunteer experience in development or fundraising OR three years’ experience in a closely related field such as corporate sales.

Professional Competencies
• Ability to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors and prospects and build relationships with key constituents connected with the university. Ability to initiate gift planning conversations and build relationships with volunteers.
• Ability to develop strategies for reaching and engaging with prospects and regularly use Advance donor database and other tools to find and update donor information.
• Ability to establish collaborative working relationships with fundraising colleagues and support staff and maintain professionalism when working with others.
• Ability to make a persuasive verbal and written case for supporting key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospective donors to specific university needs; ability to maintain core campus relationships and familiarity with industry best practices in major giving.
• Ability to navigate mid-level giving focused on establishing and progressing relationships with donors and prospects at all levels, integrating the successes of other units into one’s own program and pipeline; knowledgeable about annual giving and alumni association solicitation and engagement efforts.
• Ability to match pipeline strength, donor interests, and philanthropic priorities in strategic planning; ability to articulate how one’s individual initiatives and goals fit into programmatic direction and use the unit business plan to address questions about direction and priorities.
• Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
• Ability to travel.

Preferred Qualifications
• If work experience is in a non-development field, preference will be given to those with relevant experience in a development field.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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