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Development Director

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The Architectural Heritage Center (AHC) in Portland, OR is a 501c3 organization dedicated to advancing knowledge and appreciation of Portland’s history and architecture in order to protect and preserve the significant architecture and cultural heritage that make Portland unique. The AHC’s mission and work show the value of preservation and its relevancy to important, timely issues such as affordability, sustainability, and diversity at a critical time in the city’s evolution. The AHC operates a vibrant educational center, exhibition gallery, library/archives, and offices in a restored historic building in Portland that the organization owns and maintains. In addition, the AHC’s work extends actively into the community through direct advocacy, an extensive menu of walking tours throughout the city, and productive partnerships with other institutions.

The Development Director is responsible for leading the AHC’s development strategies and fundraising efforts to generate increased public support for and engagement in the mission of the AHC. The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to achieve annual revenue goals, cultivate current and new donors, and grow new sources of support in order to ensure the AHC’s long-term financial stability.

The Development Director will be part of an institution founded on an impressive and interesting 30-year history. He/she joins the organization at an exciting, pivotal time with some new staff and board members aboard and the mission of the AHC never more urgent in the city of Portland. The Development Director will build on the AHC’s core strengths and assets in order to initiate and lead changes in systems, programs, and relationships to achieve fund development and institutional goals. The Development Director will work closely with a dedicated, seven-person staff in the program areas of education, museum collections, advocacy, and communications. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director.

The AHC is owned and operated by the Bosco-Milligan Foundation, a 501c3 organization.



Design, implement, and lead effective strategies: (A) for annual fundraising campaign(s) for operations; (B) to support project-specific campaigns; and (C) to increase the endowment.

Maximize income and support from all potential funding sources, including individuals, corporations, foundations, government and community sources; and identify and activate new, sustainable, and diverse sources of revenue and support over time.

Manage and implement fund development activities, including: (A) direct mail fundraising; (B) foundation and government grant applications; (C) special events; (D) solicitation of corporate support and potential significant donors and members; (E) planned giving; (F) donor retention.

Assume strategic leadership of annual fundraising benefit and volunteer benefit committee.

Assist the Executive Director and Board in setting realistic and measurable short-term and long-term fundraising goals. Participate in long-range and strategic planning for the organization and collaborate with other staff on projects.

Initiate and identify new methods and innovative ideas to help achieve fundraising objectives.

Provide important support to the Board of Directors.

Work collaboratively with Executive Director, Board, and staff to encourage a culture of philanthropy.

Monitor and evaluate fundraising programs through appropriate tracking measures to goals, accurate reporting, and analysis. Leverage fund development database system to its fullest capacity for development of effective fundraising strategies.

Collaborate with communications and outreach staff in order to tell the unique story of the AHC and increase public understanding of the impact of the AHC’s work in the community.

Help grow development support staff and/or volunteers and oversee support staff.

Other duties and responsibilities as requested and assigned.


Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required (advanced degree desirable).

3-5 years of fundraising experience, preferably at a non-profit, including individual major gifts, legacy gifts, foundation grants, and corporate giving.

Understanding and enthusiasm for fundraising and demonstrated experience in effective fundraising.

A strong interest in the AHC’s mission and areas of focus, including, but not limited to, history, architecture, preservation, cities and urban development, adaptive reuse/renovation, arts, crafts, and material culture.

Familiarity with the Portland and/or Oregon fundraising environment, especially in arts and culture, or ability to learn a new environment quickly.

Experience with special events management.

Successful experience being part of a leadership team and strong management skills.

Excellent oral and written communications and presentation skills; excellent interpersonal skills; strong professional presence.

Attention to detail and thoughtfulness in execution of quality work.

Adaptability and comfort working with a small staff in a collaborative environment; a willingness to execute all levels of work; experience in a small and/or non-profit organization a plus.

Proficiency with CRM systems, such as Neon.

Occasional staffing of evening and weekend programs and events.


Full time (40 hours/week), exempt; benefits include medical and paid time off.

Salary range: $55-60,000


To apply

Email cover letter and resume to Stephanie Whitlock, Executive Director, at with “Development Director” in the subject line by April 19, 2018. No phone calls, please.


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