POSITION: Director of Development

REPORTS TO:  Chief Executive Officer

SUPERVISES:  Manager of Development and Membership Services

Location: Portland, OR

Type:  Full-time/Exempt

Salary: $75 -80,000 (depending on experience)

Benefits:  Pittock Mansion Society offers an excellent benefits package including 100% employer-paid employee medical, vision, and dental insurance, PTO, a retirement plan with a company match of up to 3%, and an Employee Assistance Program.


To Apply:  Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to Please include “Director of Development” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Qualified candidates must complete a background check prior to hiring.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.




Pittock Mansion is a 1914 historic house museum and one of Portland’s top tourist destinations. Pittock Mansion Society, a private nonprofit organization, collaborates with the City of Portland, Parks, and Recreation, to operate the Mansion. The premises include the Mansion, the Gate Lodge, and the Garage with beautiful gardens adjacent to the Pittock Viewpoint. Our mission at Pittock Mansion Society is to inspire understanding and stewardship of Portland history through the Mansion, its collections, and programs.


The organization under new leadership is at an exciting juncture of strategic growth and reimagination having laid out a new vision Pittock 2.0 which aims to make the museum a relevant history institution, a dynamic destination, and a key community partner.




The Director of Development is a member of Pittock Mansion’s senior management team. They work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the other team members, bringing their ability, knowledge, and experience of museum fundraising to sustain and increase contributed revenue to advance PM’s mission.  Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Development manages the Development Department and the Manager of Development and Membership Services, researching, recommending, and successfully implement fundraising strategies and achieving financial goals tailored to the specific context and opportunities of Pittock Mansion and the Pittock 2.0 vision. The Development Director serves as the staff liaison to the Development Committee.


Organize, maintain, and ensure the accessibility of Development Department written procedures, electronic management system, electronic and paper donor records, calendars, solicitation and acknowledgment letters, grant records, planned giving records, and all other relevant tools and materials.

As head of the Development Department, propose and manage the department’s annual budget and supervise, train, and motivate the Development and Membership Services Manager as a key staff member and associate, may supervise, train, and motivate volunteers and interns as appropriate.

Build and share knowledge of local, regional, and national individual, business, foundation, and government agencies giving prospects with the CEO and management team, coordinating donor interests with institutional needs.

Propose and implement a comprehensive development framework/plan with specific, annually increasing financial goals that effectively utilize staff, Board, and volunteer resources to maximize results in the following areas:

  • Membership: Grow PM’s membership base through lively, inviting communications, point of sales, and other strategies.
  • Major gifts: Support the CEO and Board members, and participate in the major gifts cycle: identify prospects, cultivate, and educate prospects, ask for major gifts, thank and recognize donors, and engage donors with PM.
  • Corporate and business support: Work with the CEO and Development staff and others to identify corporate and business giving priorities and solicit corporate support through a new and sustainable model.
  • Foundation and government agency grants: Identify and optimize foundation and government grant opportunities, maintain a grants calendar, assist staff with project planning and budgeting, Take the lead in writing compelling grant narratives, compile clear, accurate financial information and exhibits, communicate with grantmakers as necessary, and meet reporting deadlines.
  • Special events: Selectively and strategically, may use special events to cultivate, engage and recognize donors and raise funds. Project in advance and deliver an agreed-upon ROI that includes staff time.
  • Other duties:
  • Staff and effectively guide and utilize the time, talents, and contacts of the Board Development Committee.
  • Understand and articulate PM’s case for support and train others to articulate it both internally and externally.
  • Regularly and effectively communicate the status, opportunities, strategies, and ROI (return on investment) of PM’s fundraising program.
  • Together with the other senior managers, consistently promote a unified, positive, and rewarding work culture for staff and volunteers.
  • Represent PM in the community through membership in AFP or other appropriate organizations as approved by the CEO, and as requested, public speaking to various constituent groups.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Five or more years of demonstrated ability to successfully raise funds from individual donors, businesses, foundations, government agencies, and special events, preferably in a museum or related setting.
  • Solid understanding of development ethics, strategies, philanthropy, major gifts, legacy gifts, foundation and government grants, and corporate giving.
  • Proven, persuasive communication skills; excellent abilities in speaking, reading, writing, editing, and funder research.
  • Ability to research and collaborate with museum colleagues to develop successful funding proposals.
  • Demonstrated initiative, discipline, patience, and ability to perform under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent time management skills, attention to detail, follow-through, and the ability to work independently.
  • Excellent computer skills, including research, word processing, database management, and communications tools.
  • Experience and facility with one or more fund development software programs.
  • Able to work weekends, holidays, and special events as necessary.
  • Able to sit, stand, climb stairs, walk the museum grounds.
  • The ability to stay abreast of new industry developments, trends, and best practices.
  • Highly organized, with the ability to multi-task and switch priorities in an articulate manner.
  • Ability to listen and synthesize ideas from various stakeholders.
  • Ability to consistently produce high-quality deliverables in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work well with directions as well as autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Possess multi-cultural appreciation and respect for diversity, equity, access, and inclusion and demonstrate an ability to work with a diverse group of co-workers and constituents.
  • Other duties as needed.


Physical Activities/ Other Conditions

  • Ability to work in a shared / open space office environment.
  • Workstations may not be in a climate-controlled environment.
  • Wearing personal protective equipment (e.g., face covering, gloves) may be required.
  • Light to medium work that includes moving objects up to thirty pounds.

Pittock Mansion Society is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. Everyone has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits discrimination practices.