Development Director

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is seeking candidates for the position of Development Director. This position is being reposted due to insufficient diversity within the candidate pool and will remain open until filled.

Date Reposted: August 11, 2021
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Position Status: Full-time; exempt
Compensation: $55,000–$65,000, plus health benefits, transportation benefits, PTO, and professional development opportunities
Reports to: Executive Director

Position Summary

The Development Director leads, plans and implements the fundraising strategy of the region’s most comprehensive and dynamic arts education non-profit organization.

Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington is in a fantastic financial position, following the year-long pandemic and global shutdown. Young Audiences is excited for the future and a dynamic Development Director will be key as the organization positions itself for growth in central Oregon, expands its program offerings to include the pre-Kindergarten population and helps us develop and execute a new strategic and branding initiative.

The Development Director is responsible for broadening, deepening and strengthening Young Audiences’ base of support in order to maximize the organization’s service to the community – including by securing approximately $1.2 million in annual contributed revenue from individual, corporate, foundation and government sources. Among other duties, the Development Director will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major donors and business sponsors; manage fundraising events; conduct the annual giving campaign; supervise a team of 3; support the organization’s equity policy by researching and investing in anti-racist fundraising practices, and collaborate closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Strategic Goal

Plans and implements all development initiatives necessary to secure organizational sustainability and supports programmatic opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

Including but not limited to:

  • Create and successfully implement an annual fundraising plan to secure approximately $1.2 million
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors and sponsors
  • Identify, contact, and offer educational materials for planned giving prospects
  • Build and monitor departmental budgets
  • Oversee the creation and support the execution of the institutional giving strategy
  • Supervise development staff
  • Engage, support, and coordinate with Board of Directors on development efforts
  • Produce fundraising events, including annual gala
  • Oversee and support the execution of the Run for the Arts fundraising program
  • Conduct annual online, telephone, direct mail giving campaigns
  • Manage development systems, database, software and tools
  • Manage and procure contract, vendor and volunteer support as needed
  • Support the board of directors in the process of nominating and onboarding new members
  • Collaborate with the Equity Committee to develop anti-racist fundraising strategies
  • Collaborate with Programs and Operations staff
  • Represent Young Audiences in community
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Experience, Skills and Abilities Desired

  • A minimum of three years of development experience with a proven track record of consistently reaching fundraising goals through a variety of activities
  • Confidence in soliciting gifts, making appeals and asking for help
  • Strategic outlook
  • Belief in the value of arts education, equity and community service
  • Comfort interacting with many different types of people and groups
  • Ability to enthusiastically collaborate with teams of diverse stakeholders and partners
  • High professional and ethical standards
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist work within professional practices
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Equitable and effective management style
  • Personal enthusiasm, optimism and a sense of humor
  • Proficiency with Salesforce or similar CRM platform


Submit cover letter and resume to Executive Director Lauren Jost at [email protected].

YAOW is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and does not discriminate in employment based on race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender expression, color, military service, age, sexual orientation, religion, physical and mental ability, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.

About the Organization

Established in 1958, Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington (YAOW) has become the region’s most comprehensive arts-in-education non-profit organization, serving kids, teens, and families in partnership with artists, educators, and other community partners. YAOW provides teaching artist residencies, workshops, and performances across a dazzling variety of art forms for young people in formal and community PK-12 educational settings. We also offer training and support for artists to be more effective educators, give classroom teachers the tools to integrate the arts into their teaching practice, and bring fundraising support to schools for their art needs. Central to this service is YAOW’s fantastic roster of independent, professional teaching artists who share their creativity and talent with young people with YAOW’s support.

YAOW is an independently run affiliate of the Young Audiences Network, the nation’s largest network of arts-in-education organizations. Consisting of 29 affiliate organizations spanning the United States, the network is a dynamic platform for collaboration and exchanging of ideas and knowledge in the arts education field.

YAOW’s work culture is mission-driven, collaborative, and creative. The staff is based primarily in the Portland Metro area, with personnel serving Central Oregon based in that region. Given the pandemic, the team is currently working remotely, though YAOW has retained its offices in downtown Portland.

Please find more information, here, in our Annual Report.

Equity Commitment

YAOW has an organizational commitment to equity. We are working to become an anti-racist organization that fully reflects the diversity of our community. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, especially people whose experiences and perspectives are underrepresented in the arts, education, and non-profit fields.


Submit cover letter and resume to Executive Director Lauren Jost at [email protected].

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