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Director of Philanthropic Partnerships

Department:          Fund Development


Reports to:             Executive Director

Location:                Work from home and/or at the Donate Life Northwest Offices in downtown Portland

Direct Report:       1 FTE Development Coordinator

Status:                    Full-time, exempt $78,000 - $82,000 per year plus full benefits

Application Deadline: 8/19/2022



Nationally recognized for groundbreaking innovation and some of the highest donor registration rates in the country, Donate Life Northwest has been improving health and saving lives in Oregon and SW Washington through the promotion of organ, eye, and tissue donation since 1975. With a budget of one million, a staff of nine, and hundreds of active volunteers, our vibrant Donate Life Northwest community includes donor families carrying loved ones’ legacies; living donors sharing the joy of giving; those waiting with hope for transplant; grateful recipients; organ, eye, and tissue banks, transplant centers, and other organization partners; and more than 2.9 million registered donors.


We take pride in these tremendous successes but work with a sense of urgency to accelerate programs and bring hope to thousands in need of transplants who face a shortage of donors. Work-life balance and mutual support are essential to maintaining the energy and focus needed for our dynamic work.


Volunteers and staff are valued for individual strengths in our community-building organization, and we share a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and health equity. That commitment guides our work to overcome barriers to donation and honors the powerful ways that gifts of life, sight, and health can connect communities and transcend divisions of race, faith, ethnicity, language, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, and physical or mental ability.


Job Purpose Summary:

The Director of Philanthropic Partnerships is a member of the leadership team which includes the Executive Director, Operations Director, and Director of Education and Outreach. Using the organization’s evolving equity lens, the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships plans and oversees all fund development activities and provides strategic leadership.

This senior-level staff member will evaluate the fundraising program and create a fundraising plan and strategy that engages staff and volunteers in its execution. To date, fundraising sources include individuals, foundations, government grants, corporations, and bequests. Fundraising activities include events, annual appeals, planned giving, grant writing and reporting, and individual donor plans.

The director performs all duties in alignment with the mission and organizational values.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Engage the board, volunteers, and staff in the fundraising process and promote a collaborative culture that values all gifts of time, talent, and resources.
  • Assess the effectiveness of development activities, tools, and infrastructure and adjust as necessary.
  • Actively engage as a member of the Donate Life Northwest community, participating in events and activities outside of fundraising.
  • Prepare and monitor the annual fundraising plan and financial projections in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan and mutually agreed upon fundraising goals.
  • With demonstrated understanding of supporter relationship management, oversee acknowledgment process and engage in personally thanking, cultivating, making direct asks of, and stewarding contributors, volunteer fundraisers, and prospects.
  • Work with staff and board to expand and diversify the organization’s contributor base to fund new and ongoing initiatives.
  • Train, lead, and supervise development staff.
  • Manage and collaborate grant processes; conduct research and outreach, prepare proposals and reports to corporate and private foundations.
  • Oversee recording, reporting, and analyzing of donors, gifts, campaigns, and events details using CiviCRM database.
  • Contribute to strategies, planning, content creation, and coordination of digital and print marketing and communications.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Empathetic and effective communicator, adept at working with and honoring our diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Cultural competency and experience working with diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated contributions to inclusive, collaborative team achievement.
  • Three years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or other highly relational sales environments.
  • Successful track record in developing, executing, and meeting fundraising goals.
  • Experience with major gift fundraising, planned giving experience or aptitude.
  • Experience with grant writing and/or grant management and reporting.
  • Systems thinker who is able to translate organizational goals into a cogent fundraising plan.
  • Tangible experience expanding and cultivating contributor relationships over time.
  • Previous work experience establishing and managing relationships and partnerships.
  • Experience or aptitude for facilitating the growth of the development associate.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, editing skills; a deep appreciation for the value of a handwritten note, a personal call, and genuine, direct, informal communication.
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare fundraising reports; mathematical skills to plan, track, and forecast as needed.
  • A communication and management style that exhibits the values and culture of Donate Life Northwest, with the ability to work independently and as a member of the team.
  • Technology skills: experience, knowledge and proficiency with CRM databases, Microsoft Office Suite, Canva.
  • Exceptional organizational, time-management, prioritization and coordination skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy, guided and informed by strong analytic abilities.
  • Successful project management experience, planning and implementing complex and overlapping timelines.

Other Qualifications

  • Available to work and/or participate in DLNW functions on weekends and evenings on an occasional basis.
  • Love of tacos a plus.

In order to protect our employees and our community, all Donate Life Northwest staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have an approved medical or religious exception. New hires will need to be fully vaccinated (or obtain an approved exception) prior to starting work, and need to provide proof of vaccination (or approved exception) within 10 days of starting work.


Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Donate Life Northwest staff continue to primarily work remotely during the pandemic, but we have plans to return to a hybrid work model – a mix of in-office and remote work. Work is generally performed within a typical office environment (either in our downtown Portland office, or from home with provided equipment) with travel to off-site meetings and events, including evening and weekend events. Consideration will be given to candidates who live within or are willing to relocate to our service area in Oregon and Southern Washington.


Some local and regional travel is required. The candidate must possess a reliable form of transportation to be able to attend meetings and events throughout the organization’s territory (Oregon and several counties in southern Washington).


To apply, please submit your resumé and a cover letter describing your interest in Donate Life Northwest’s mission and how your professional experience has prepared you for this position via a Word or PDF attachment to by 5:00pm Pacific Time Friday, August 19th, 2022.


Please format the subject line of your email with your last name followed by the organization name and the position. Example: Chung Donate Life Director of Philanthropic Partnerships. Title your documents with your last name and the document type. Example: ChungResume.pdf and ChungCoverLetter.pdf.


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