Donor Engagement Officer

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 7/22/2022

Position: Donor Engagement Officer

Department: Resource Team

Reports to: Deputy Director, Donor Engagement

Status: Full-time/Exempt

Level: G

Compensation: $63,000 - $76,759 annually; See Starting Salary Expectations section below.

About Us:

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable homes, and empowers families through successful homeownership. Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global home building movement and top private home builder in the country. By providing affordable housing, home repairs, skilled construction training, financial education, and volunteer opportunities, the organization has transformed millions of lives, helped stabilize communities and fostered economic vitality in the region. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and that starts with a stable and healthy place to call home.

We are intentional about building a healthy and thriving organizational culture and envision a community of staff, partners, volunteers, and donors who are deeply committed to equitable and anti-racist practices in every facet of our organization. We engage in continual learning and seek ways to operationalize equitable practices. Our Equity Statement and Cultural Compact are living, breathing documents that we continually work toward.

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region operates out of two offices (Hillsboro and NE Portland), four brick and mortar stores (Beaverton, Gresham, and Portland), one warehouse (NE Portland), and several construction sites (varies). Please visit our website and social media pages to learn more.

Note to Candidates:

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We recognize that requirements for educational and experience minimums create unnecessary barriers for under-served populations in pursuing employment opportunities in which they may be successful. In considering this alongside our Equity practices, we have removed educational and experience minimum requirements to focus on candidates’ abilities to excel based on the responsibilities of the position. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Position Overview:

The Donor Engagement Officer (DEO) will join a dynamic, ten-person development team in raising critical funds to address the most urgent issue facing our region, the high cost of housing. Reporting to the Deputy Director, Donor Engagement, this is a focused, individual major giving position that is responsible for qualifying, cultivating, and soliciting high-level donors. The successful candidate will have a natural curiosity about people and will enjoy exploring how a donor’s values align with Habitat’s mission. We are seeking a candidate that will bring a warm and personal approach to deepening donor connection to this important work to preserve and grow longstanding support of the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of individual donors with a capacity for $5,000+ gift potential
  • Create individualized cultivation plans for each donor that leads to retaining and upgrading support
  • Work independently and be self-motivated to initiate contacts with donors, conduct donor research, prepare personalized materials, and arrange meeting logistics
  • Collaborate with Development team on budget projections as it relates to portfolio.
  • Work closely with the Deputy Director Donor Engagement, and the high impact philanthropy team on key fundraising initiatives and campaigns
  • Work with Director of Development to craft impactful case statements for support
  • Build and maintain sound processes and systems to increase donor interaction and responsiveness
  • Foster a culture of gratitude that ensures supporters are cultivated and respected
  • Work collaboratively with Resource Development Team to execute the portfolio related components of two signature fundraising events
  • Articulate Habitat’s needs, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications.
  • Track donor activity and cultivation plans in RENXT database and provide accurate and timely reports.
  • Assist in other development team activities as assigned.


Support all Resource Team events through recruitment efforts, administrative support, and other activities, as necessary.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Commitment to the ongoing work required to move Habitat for Humanity Portland Region toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization
  • Minimum 5 years of front-line experience managing an individual donor portfolio.?
  • Proven track record of securing visits with donors, and soliciting, closing, and stewarding major gifts in the $5,000+ range.
  • Commitment to fostering a community-centric approach to storytelling and fundraising that respectfully translates Habitat’s impact while inspiring donors to engage as equal partners in the work
  • Demonstrate a keen sense of curiosity– seeking to understand each donor’s motivation by asking the right questions – and be able to steer conversation.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write and speak clearly and effectively, to listen actively, and to engage, inspire and persuade.
  • Proven success in working cross-departmentally and collaboratively with finance, program, and volunteer departments to achieve goals
  • Demonstrated lifelong learner, with a desire to seek out best practices in the evolving world of fund development
  • Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented and able to balance priorities.
  • Proficiency with office technology and information systems (including Word, Excel, Outlook) and donor databases.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Proficient in Raiser’s Edge software (NXT Preferred)
  • Certified Fundraising Executive Certification (CFRE)
  • Experience soliciting planned gifts.
  • Understanding of the Portland Metro philanthropic community.?
  • Any qualifying combination of education, certification, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.

Work Environment and Physical Demands


  • Fast-paced, open, team-oriented, business casual office This position may be eligible for remote/hybrid work based on responsibilities, performance, and access to essential work-related resources.
  • The employee will routinely use standard office equipment such as computers and phones
  • This position may have occasional local travel



  • 40 hours a week generally Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30, but variable, occasionally evenings and weekends dependent upon appointments and events. Some travel and occasionally working from a build site or company’s location

Starting Salary Expectations:

Minimum $63,000 to wage range midpoint of $76,759. Placement will generally not exceed the midpoint based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. The full wage range is $63,000 to $91,350.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Health insurance (medical, vision, alternative care, prescription)
  • Health reimbursement arrangement (HRA)
  • Dental insurance
  • Generous paid time off
  • 3% matching 403(b) retirement plan
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Short-term & long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • And more!

How to Apply:

Submit the following materials at:

  • Cover letter addressing how your personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this position.
  • Resume
  • Three professional references

Employment is contingent on passing a background check.

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region hires a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all employees can thrive. Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Note: This job description is intended as a guideline only and does not limit in any way the duties or responsibilities of any employee. Nothing herein shall be construed as a contract of employment, expressed or implied. All employment is terminable at will, with or without cause.

Listing Type
Clerical/Administrative | Nonprofit
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer

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