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Director of Philanthropy - High Desert Museum

31 Jul 2019 12:53 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

Director of Philanthropy
Salaried, regular full-time exempt - $75,000-$80,000 annually
Reports To: Executive Director
Supervises: Assistant and Associate Director of Philanthropy and Member Relations Manager

The High Desert Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

Job Summary – Director of Philanthropy

The Director of Philanthropy creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, annual fund, planned giving, corporate donations, grant solicitation, capital campaigns, special events, membership and in-kind resources in collaboration with the Associate Director, Executive Director, and Board of Trustees.

This key position is one of four department directors reporting to the Executive Director, each of whom uses their extensive
experience to provide strategic and practical leadership to the Museum.

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for leading the Museum’s advancement program and managing the Development department. The Director of Philanthropy will also be responsible for developing and maintaining active and productive relationships with board members, donors, and


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Communications, Nonprofit Management or related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years professional, non-profit fundraising experience including having previously led a development department
  • Proven experience in designing and managing major capital and endowment campaigns
  • Demonstrated major gifts experience with a successful track record of securing six to eight figure gifts
  • Ability to interface directly and frequently with donors, board members, volunteers and other constituents at all levels and the to build and maintain productive working relationships with them
  • Adept at creating and implementing strategic fundraising plans
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate and work strategically as a leader and as part of the Museum team
  • Ability to work well in a small, entrepreneurial team environment
  • Experience working in an arts/cultural setting strongly preferred
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability
  • Foundation relationship and grant writing experience
  • Must possess excellent project management skills, strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate commitment to Museum’s mission and to department funding goals
  • Ability to develop and manage procedures and systems based on best practices
  • Must demonstrate organization, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to respond to unanticipated situations and shift priorities while remaining poised and calm under pressure
  • High ethics, integrity and sound professional judgment
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with tact and discretion
  • Proficient in MS Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint, Blackbaud software or equivalent donor database and event management software
  • Tolerance for dynamic work environment as museum continues to grow and management roles evolve and shift
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification preferred

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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