Job Opportunity: Development Director, Pittock Mansion

14 Jul 2017 10:53 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

Title: Development Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Direct Reports: 0.6 FTE (new position to be hired by the DD)

Location: Portland, OR
Salary: $63,000-$68,000

Type: Full-time/exempt

Mission Statement: To inspire understanding and stewardship of Portland history through Pittock Mansion, its collections, and programs.

In 1964, Pittock Mansion, one of Oregon’s most important historic homes, was going to be torn down and replaced by a subdivision. When Portlanders got wind of the plan they launched a grassroots campaign to save Pittock Mansion, and they succeeded. Repairs took 15 months and on June 4, 1965, a restored Pittock Mansion opened to the public. Having recently completed a public survey that informed improvements to the experience of visiting, we have become one of Portland’s premiere sights for residents and tourists alike. In recent years, we’ve gone from welcoming 72,000 visitors to over 110,000 visitors.

With 90% of revenue coming from admissions and the museum store, we are ready to take the leap from a membership program with hundreds of donors to a multi-faceted development program. If you are a builder with experience designing and executing successful annual fund campaigns, major donor programs, membership programs, grant strategies, and corporate sponsorship programs, we are eager to meet you. Bonus points if you have experience with planned giving and optimizing donor software. This is an exciting time of growth and evolution for Pittock Mansion, and a unique opportunity to start and grow a development department at a well-resourced organization.


The Development Director will:

  • Model a culture of collaboration, abundance, and gratitude with internal and external partners and supporters.

  • Create, implement, and institutionalize a major donor program, corporate sponsorship program, planned giving program, and foundation grant strategy to strengthen and diversify organizational funding.

  • Refine and grow membership and annual giving programs.

  • Manage Corporate Membership program including occasional after-hours events.

  • Evaluate program effectiveness and revise and adapt for continual improvements.  

  • Coach, encourage, and support Development Committee, Board of Directors, key staff, and volunteers in fundraising activities.

  • Engage board and staff by orchestrating cultivation, stewardship, and requests for support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors.

  • Supervise a .6 FTE Development Associate.

  • Collaborate with marketing on the design and production of fundraising materials and communications.

  • Liaise with the Development Committee and Board of Directors reporting on development activities and progress.

  • Create innovative fundraising campaigns;

  • Create and manage the Development Department revenue and expense budget.

  • Maximize efficiency of fundraising and constituent relationship management software.


  • A passion for history, culture, and preservation.

  • Five years of high-level nonprofit development experience.

  • BA, CFRE, or commensurate experience.

  • Exceptional organizational and managerial skills in an evolving environment.

  • Demonstrated success managing and motivating staff and volunteers, fostering a positive work environment, and modeling best practices.

  • A record of asking for and securing stretch gifts.

  • A persuasive story teller, both written and oral.

  • Ability to understand interdepartmental connectedness and foster a collaborative work environment.

  • Consistent ability to take ideas from vision to implementation.

  • CRM and fundraising software expertise.

  • Able to work weekends, holidays, and special events as necessary

Pittock Mansion offers an excellent benefits package including Health, Dental, PTO, EAP and retirement plan.

Qualified candidate must complete background check prior to offer of employment.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references (including a reference from someone you have supervised if available) to with Development Director in the subject line. Thank you for taking the time to explore possibilities with us!


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