TITLE: Development and Communications Director
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
SALARY: $70,000 – $82,000
POSITION TYPE: Full time, Monday through Friday. Some nights/weekends as needed for special events.
LOCATION: Portland, OR

The Portland Parks Foundation is dedicated connecting Portlanders to nature and to each other through the city’s parks, public spaces, and natural areas. We lead, develop partnerships, and raise money to fund new facilities, enhance existing ones, and support programs to put our parks system within reach to all. We are the chief philanthropic partner of Portland Parks & Recreation.

Since our founding in 2001, PPF’s impact has stretched across the entire city. We’ve partnered to build Director Park and Cully Park and renovate Sellwood Park. We’ve worked with donors and friends groups on such projects as restoring the Peninsula Park rose gardens, bringing climbing walls to community centers, and creating interpretive signage for Hoyt Arboretum. And we annually partner with Portland Parks & Recreation to raise money for “Summer Free for All,” broadening access to movies, concerts, and free lunches and swimming lessons for kids in Portland’s parks system.

This year, we will start construction on our most ambitious project to date: the $3.2-million Barbara Walker Footbridge connecting Forest Park’s Wildwood Trail over Burnside. In our next phase of development, PPF plans to raise its public profile through new public/private partnerships and expanded programs.

THE OPPORTUNITY: Portland Parks Foundation seeks a seasoned development and communications professional with a passion for parks and open spaces. Our goal is to stand among the most innovative parks foundations in the country by convening the leaders and raising the money to fulfill the city’s goals of a park within a quarter mile of every home and offering affordable access to recreation programs for every community member. We want to be an effective partner to PP&R while strengthening and broadening the foundation’s own identity as a pioneer of new partnerships, new constituencies, and new parks and programs. The ideal candidate will thrive with a small, but energetic staff and contribute to a creative, collaborative, productive, and fun work environment. The Development and Communications Director (DCD) has the primary responsibility for developing and implementing strategies to raise revenue for both operations and special projects from individuals, businesses, and foundations. The DCD will expand PPF’s base of support across Portland by overseeing internal and external communications to advance the organization’s mission, build loyal constituencies, and support fundraising success. Ideal candidates will be innovative, autonomous, forward-thinking, and have successful track record in fundraising and communications

Health and dental insurance
12 paid holidays; including two floating days
12 vacation days (year 1)
One day per month for personal time off or illness beginning from day of employment (up to 480 hours may accumulated)
Flexible schedule
401(k) plan eligibility after 6 months, including employer contribution and matching opportunity
Casual workplace


  • Work with PPF’s team to develop Portland Parks Foundation’s annual fundraising and communications plan to secure the financial and in-kind support needed to meet budget goals

  • Oversee external communications (website, social media, annual report, advertising, etc.) to raise awareness and to advance the mission of the organization

  • Advance the Foundation’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion through new partnerships, funding sources, and programs

  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director to identify, engage, and solicit key funding partners and support Director’s work with foundation and corporate grants and private/public partnerships

  • Initiate contact with donors, align giving priorities, and successfully make the ask

  • Support the Board of Directors, development committee, and volunteers in developing and stewarding donor relationships

  • Steward donor relationships by ensuring fulfillment of benefits, along with consistent, creative and valued appreciation activities

  • Collaborate on overall strategy, creation, and execution of organizational events

  • Audit, maintain and analyze fundraising data through the DonorPerfect and oversee data entry, gift processing, and report generation


  • Minimum five years managing and growing a successful development and communications program

  • Big picture thinker with experience and aptitude for developing grassroots, major donor, and campaign fundraising

  • Enthusiasm for direct solicitation and the ability to motivate and empower others to participate in fundraising activities

  • Ability to work collaboratively with Portland Parks & Recreation on joint activities, communications and coordination of fundraising activities

  • Excellent written, verbal, and social media communicator with the ability to represent the organization in diverse public settings and facilitate productive internal and external communications

  • Self-starter exhibiting sound judgement and creative problem-solving

  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and achieve ambitious goals in a fast-paced small office

  • Capacity to engage authentically with Portland’s wide-ranging parks communities and constituents and connect the dots between organizational need and donor interests

  • Experience managing contractors, and working respectfully with volunteers

  • Strong knowledge of CRM data systems, email marketing programs like Emma and Mailchimp, and Microsoft and Adobe suite of products. Experience with DonorPerfect preferred

  • Natural collaborator with the innate ability to know when to lead and when to support

  • A shared ambition for making Portland known to its community members and the world as the “city of great parks”

Successful candidates will:

  • Possess an unwavering commitment to the Portland Parks Foundation’s mission

  • Maintain the highest ethical fundraising standard

  • Exhibit commitment to racial, ethnic, cultural and gender equity

  • Enthusiastically embrace working in a collaborative environment

The application deadline is February 15, 2019. Please submit a resume, short cover letter, and answers to the screening questions via email to lara@rosecityphilanthropy.com. Format the subject line as follows: Last name PPF DCD Application. PDF formatted documents are preferred. If you have questions about the position, please contact Lara Miller at the above address. All submissions will be reviewed upon receipt.

Screening Questions: (500 words or less)

  1. What does having “a commitment to diversity” mean to you and how would you demonstrate it as fundraising and communications officer for Portland Parks Foundation?

  2. What role have parks and open spaces played in your life?



Learn more about volunteer opportunities with Portland Parks & Recreation by clicking here:

Training Series

PPF’s 2019 training series will be announced in the coming months. See below for examples of previous trainings offered for Friends and Allied parks groups. If you have questions or ideas about potential topics for future workshops, please contact Jessica Green at 503-445-0994 or jgreen@portlandpf.org.

Portland Parks Foundation 2018 Training Series

Free Training Series for Friends and Allied Groups

This fall and winter, PPF wants to build your capacity to meet your mission, and to foster a thriving and accessible parks systems for a healthy Portland through free educational programs. Beverages and breakfast snacks will be provided. After each program concludes, feel free to stay and network!

Please register to participate by Wednesday, October 31st. Programs will be held in the Portland Parks Foundation Conference Room, 7th floor, 1500 SW 1st Ave 97201.

Contact Jessica Green at 503-445-0994 or jgreen@portlandpf.org with any questions.


Equity 101

This session, facilitated by the Office of Equity and Human Rights, will lay the groundwork for understanding and achieving equity. This session is being held in recognition of Portland Parks and Recreation’s five-year racial equity plan and in response to Friends Groups’ request for greater understanding of how to support the city’s equity commitments.

Participants will learn:

  • History of institutional/systemic racial biases and impacts today

  • How implicit bias supports the status quo and how to reduce bias

  • Why equality doesn’t mean equity

  • How to use equity questions to eliminate disparities and improve outcomes for all


Fundraising 101

Community organizations need resources to grow and succeed. In this workshop, facilitated by Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO), we’ll approach fundraising with the simple question: how can we use our time wisely? We’ll discuss what your organization is already doing to raise money and how to diversify your funding.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify and build the best mix of income for your organization

  • Understanding why donors give and how to boost engagement

  • Identify new strategies to involve and thank your donors and volunteers

Contact Jessica Green at 503-445-0994 or jgreen@portlandpf.org with any questions.

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Recruiting and Sustaining an Engaged Board

In this workshop, WVDO will guide participants on how to build more effective and self-sustaining boards. We encourage you to bring multiple members of your board and/or volunteer corps.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Recruit board members that meet your goals

  • Create and use a board “job description”

  • Develop the next generation of board leadership