ECO is a unique place to work. Every individual is working toward our mission of connecting students to nature. We value our team, and trust one another to get our individual jobs done in working toward a greater good. The nature of our programming allows for some flexibility in work hours and locations - while we enjoy our time together as a team in the office, we recognize that sometimes the most effective work happens elsewhere. We value learning, and provide opportunities for our team to grow professionally through new skills training, conferences, and mentoring. Staff and board respect each other's commitment to organizational success. At ECO, we are all working for the good of the organization and the good of the communities we serve.

Vision for ECO

From our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan: Creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable organization means that our staff, board, volunteers, supporters, and students will be more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and income; and each participant will feel valued for the contribution they make to the organization. Students in ECO programs will include individuals of diverse races and ethnicities. Our day-to-day workplace will include sharing of cultures, food and ideas and coming together of our team. We will have stronger, two-way relationships with our community partners. 

Open Position: Development Director

Hours: 32 hrs/wk (0.75 FTE), primarily occurring Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 pm and occasional evenings and weekends

Schedule: Work days negotiable and flexible so long as Development Director can best execute job responsibilities and as mutually determined with Executive Director

Location: Places of work span the ECO office: 4214 SE 12th Ave Portland, OR (near a MAX line and major bus route) partner sites, meeting locations around town, etc. Work can also be done remotely, as mutually determined with Executive Director

Compensation: $36,500 salary. Salary negotiable.  

Closing Date: Open until filled

Start Date: End of May / Beginning of June. Negotiable.


To Apply: Email Bethany Thomas ( with resume and cover letter (please include pertinent professional and personal experience).


Summary of Position:

The Development Director leads the effort to raise funds for the organization, thereby furthering the mission of Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO) to connect kids to nature. The Development Director creates and implements an annual Development Plan and cultivates and maintains relationships with individual, corporate, and foundation donors. Communications with donors are carried out in cooperation with the Communications Specialist. The Development Director supervises one part-time (15hr/wk) Development Associate. The Development  Director, with support from the Development Associate, understands, utilizes, and maintains the donor database. The Development Director works cooperatively with the Executive Director, Director of Operations, and Grant Writer to move grant writing and projects forward.


ECO is very interested in interviewing diverse candidates for this position.


Essential Functions:   

Fundraising (50%)
• Create, enact, and track a yearly development plan and budget in support of ECO’s strategic goals.
• Lead all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the development program including the supervision of the development staff, outside contractors, and volunteers.

• Experience in project management, ability to: think strategically and tactically to steer a project from start to finish, inclusive of all components and details ranging from budgetary to relational
• Personally cultivate, solicit, steward, and monitor a portfolio of past donors and donor prospects, prioritizing donor stewardship, acquisition, and increased contributions.

• Possess excellent interpersonal and networking skills: ability to speak comfortably, enthusiastically, knowledgeably with donors and potential donors and to establish connections that advance ECO’s mission

• Represent ECO by delivering presentations to businesses, professional groups, religious groups, and other organizations.
• Support and delegate tasks to board members and Executive Director in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of gifts to ECO.
• Support the timely submission of grant proposals, reporting, and the management of foundation relations in conjunction with Executive Director and Director of Operations
• Manage donor events, including annual garden party, as well as other smaller fundraising and cultivation events.
• Communicate closely with the Program Manager and Director of Operations to identify areas of collaboration..

• Identify opportunities within program needs for donor engagement, and assist Program Manager in making opportunities happen, i.e. donor volunteer days,

• Track donor stewardship, prospect research, gift records, philanthropic requests, pledges, and contributions via management of donor database.

• Reconcile fundraising income streams with organization's monthly financial reports

Communications (30%)
• Collaborate with Communications Specialist coordinator to craft and implement an annual, integrated marketing and communications strategy that includes annual reports, press releases, blog posts, newsletters, brochures, event materials, website, and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,Facebook), and other digital marketing platforms.
Leadership and Management (20%)
• Supervise Development Associate, contractors, partners, and volunteers to ensure campaign completion and goals reached.
• Serve as a member of the leadership team with the Executive Director, Director of Operations, Communications Specialist, and Program Manager.
• Development and communication liaison to the board. Present development reports and share findings with the Executive Director and board of directors.
• Serve on board committees as assigned or as necessary.

• Other duties as assigned.


Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrate self-motivation, independence, and a positive attitude

  • Enthusiasm for environmental education and environmental issues

  • Experience writing for fundraising purposes: grant-writing, donor asks, etc.

  • Professional networker, relationship and community builder

  • Ability to arrange transportation to/from work sites