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Director of Fund Development 


Children First for Oregon (CFFO) is a statewide, nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower communities to advocate for kids so all children in Oregon can thrive. Since 1991, CFFO has worked across the state to galvanize community support for children and inform decision makers about the solutions kids need. CFFO convenes and engages communities through four program areas: legislative solutions, foster youth advocacy, child abuse prevention and research and data. Learn more at


The Director of Fund Development leads and coordinates the fundraising initiatives of Children First for Oregon. The Director also serves as a member of the Executive Team, contributing to the strategic planning and implementation of coordinated actions that heighten the reputation, outreach, and fund development of Children First For Oregon. Primary outputs of this department include grant proposals and reporting; donor and partner relationship cultivation and stewardship; special event execution; and external relations. The Director will serve in other capacities as needed.


Job Duties


  • The overall grant writing, research, reporting and stewardship of funders
    • Tracks real-time fundraising progress toward budget goals.
    • Ensures clear, organized records on grants, reports, research, and donor communications.
    • Strategizes donor cultivation and relationship management with Executive Team .


  • The overall management of fund-raising events
    • Oversees sponsorship mailings and Chair solicitation letters
    • Leads the acquisition of sponsorships through follow up calls, meetings
    • Oversees the PR, social media, website and other forms of outreach for the event


  • The overall management individual donor cultivation
    • Prepare organization for enhanced individual donor cultivation and stewardship, including managing donor stewardship,  the donor database, and communications with donors
    • Prepare annual fundraising plan with Executive Team and present to board members and staff
    • Create a culture of Philanthropy at Children First and engage board and staff in ongoing fundraising activities
    • Utilize moves management best practices
    • Capture all moves, including meetings, calls and emails, follow up, and assignment of future activities in SalesForce
    • Lead and manage annual giving activities, including mailed and email appeals  


  • Integration with organization
    • Overall reconciliation and coordination of grant and individual donor finances
    • Work with program heads for streamlining and integrating communication and development functions into program work
      • Storytelling
      • Joint grant writing when applicable 
      • Shared cultivation and stewardship of donors when applicable
      • Ensure all staff members are able to communicate about CFFO’s mission and work


  • Individual and Organizational Fundraising
    • Work with Executive Director, Deputy Director, and staff to make individualized fundraising approaches to individuals and organizations
    • Work to engage and integrate Board members in the development goals of the organization


Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics

CFFO seeks a development professional with a strong track record and proven abilities in development and/or communications.  Preferred qualifications include:


  • A Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of related experience in development and/or communications with nonprofits. 
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Team orientation, with proven ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with staff and external parties.
  • Experience in donor and/or partnership relationship management.
  • Understanding of both the philanthropic and political landscape. 
  • Interest in the mission and work of CFFO, and ability to communicate this interest. 
  • Ability to translate complex subjects into engaging donor communications material.
  • Ability to switch from ‘big picture’ to minute detail regularly.
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks and manage long- and short-term assignments simultaneously, in a fluid and fast-paced work environment.
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, donor management software and web research techniques. 
  • Enjoys being part of a small team and pitching in as required.
  • Flexibility and poise in working with a diverse range of individuals and organizations, including foundations, public agencies, corporate leaders, community development organizations, high net worth individuals, and neighborhood residents.
  • Experience supporting diversity, equity and inclusion within group culture, practices and policies.
  • Valld driver’s license.


Children First for Oregon is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is an equal opportunity employer. CFFO values a diverse and culturally competent workplace. We seek applicants with differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.


To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to with Director of Fund Development Application in the subject line.


This is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. CFFO offers competitive compensation plans and benefits.


Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.