Development Manager, Partnership & Events

Basic Rights Oregon
Mission Statement: 

Basic Rights Oregon works to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories. Read more about our work at

Position Description: 

Basic Rights Oregon is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. People of color, people with disabilities and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply.<!--break-->POSITION OVERVIEW This position supports the overall goals and objectives of Basic Rights Oregon’s fundraising program by helping to develop and implement a strategy to grow relationships within the business and foundation communities, provide an entry point for new supporters and manage our calendar of events. The Partnership & Events Manager works closely with the Individual Giving Manager, communications and finance teams, fundraising consultants, and with our volunteer base to provide a donor-centered experience for supporters. This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement.  Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) is the state’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, BRO is a progressive, statewide nonprofit organization.  For more information, visit www.basicrights.orgKEY RESPONSIBILITIES Partnerships·         Develop and maintain close working relationships with individual and corporate donors, institutional funders, sponsors, and community partners.·         Maintain a proactive, creative leadership role in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual, foundation, and corporate contributions; cultivate and directly solicit key donors, working with the Co-Director, Board Members, and key volunteers.·         Write and produce donor proposals and reports, and work with the Communications Team to create and maintain stewardship tools: e-newsletters, annual reports, and website donation platforms.·         Project manage all grant writing, prospect research, and reporting to funders. Special Event Series·         Data management of company profiles; tracking and follow-up of gifts and pledges; research to identify new prospects.·         Set appointments with corporate leaders for staff: Executive Director, Development Director and Individual Giving Manager.·         Work with fundraising consultant to manage logistics for annual spring luncheon and fall gala.·         Oversee fundraising plan for annual Bites for Rights event; manage volunteer committee. Regional Events & House Parties·         Recruit volunteer planning committees for events; maintain existing relationships and identify new supporters.·         Support volunteer committees in achieving goals and executing events. Manage planning checklist and timelines with committees.·         Provide necessary materials for planning purposes (mailing list, host committee kits, and day-of-event supplies).·         Work with staff to and volunteers craft run of shows to include current organizational messaging.·         Invite community leaders and elected officials to support the events.·         Recruit event committees that reflect the communities we serve. Other Duties·         Proactive and responsive coordination of third party events.·         Support annual donor appreciation event.·         Coordinate logistics for funder briefings and site visits.·         Administrative responsibilities including, but not limited to: maintaining communication with vendors, volunteers, donors, media and community leaders regarding day-to-day business via phone, email and written correspondence.  


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ·         Established and effective communicator; highly skilled in writing and speaking; the ability to communicate Basic Rights Oregon’s mission and interests to a broad audience; adept at crafting proposals, donor correspondence, and other kinds of materials.·         A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual donors, corporations, and foundations for support.·         A minimum of 2 years of experience in fund development, with experience securing major gifts from individual and institutional donors.·         Staff supervision experience. Experience managing consultants also preferred.·         Knowledge of major gifts, annual funds, corporate and foundation giving, direct mail, planned giving, and special events.·         Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and quickly gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including board and staff members, donors, foundation and civic leaders, volunteers, and community partners.·         Very strong technology skills; must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Excel.  PERSONAL QUALITIES ·         Commitment to Basic Rights Oregon’s mission and programs with knowledge of LGBTQ communities and issues.·         A strategist who is adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following through; highly energetic and able to balance multiple competing priorities.·         Highly entrepreneurial; resourceful, and flexible, with the ability to anticipate and act on events and opportunities.·         A team builder with strong skills in management and leadership; must understand the subtleties of motivating and directing a diverse group of personalities.·         A catalyst with vision who can create excitement and energy around Basic Rights Oregon’s programs and encourage others to support the organization; persuasive, persistent, and determined in the pursuit of the organization's fundraising goals.·         Straightforward and self-possessed; one who shares information readily, listens as well as gives advice and respects the abilities of others.·         Energetic and willing to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of fundraising activities ranging from the day-to-day to the highly creative and visible.·         A sense of humor and the ability to work joyfully in a fast-paced environment.

Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. The annual salary range starts at $44,000 with opportunities for growth. Medical, vision and dental provided. Paid time off includes 10 days annually, plus 10 paid holidays per year.
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Application Instructions: 

Applications should include resume, cover letter and the names and contact information for three references. Please submit applications electronically to jeana [at] by Wednesday, July 15th by Noon.

Country/US Territory: 
United States