Title: Capital Campaign Officer/Major Gift Officer
Organization: Northwest Outward Bound School
Reports to: Development Director
Location: Portland, OR; hybrid in-state
Status: Exempt, Full-Time
Salary: $75,000--$83,000/year plus benefits
The Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS) changes lives through challenge and discovery. Our students test their strengths, challenge their fears, and discover that they are capable of far more than they ever thought possible. They learn how to bring out the best in themselves every single day and to apply that back to their homes. By bringing their Outward Bound experiences back to their families, schools and communities, our students are the leaders who will help create the peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world we all yearn to have.
NWOBS was founded in 1965 and facilitates wilderness-based programs in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and serves urban youth, schools, and partner organizations in the Portland metropolitan area. As an Outward Bound school, we are committed to the core values of compassion, integrity, excellence, equity, inclusion, and diversity. NWOBS strives to achieve the following outcomes: building character, developing leadership skills, and creating an ethic of personal, social, and environmental responsibility.
Our administrative team consists of 20 dedicated and supportive leaders spread over three locations, a virtual administrative hub in Portland and base camps in Central Oregon and Northern Washington. We also employ phenomenal instructors steeped in youth development, social and emotional learning, technical outdoor skills, and expert facilitation.
NWOBS seeks a Capital Campaign Officer/Major Gift Officer, for a newly-created, full-time position responsible for helping to implement and complete a $10+ million capital campaign. This effort will result in the upgrades of our two base camps, and the planning of an additional facility in Portland to benefit our Public Schools Program and other programming in the Portland area. The Capital Campaign Officer/Major Gift Officer will work closely with the Development Director, Executive Director, Capital Campaign Committee, and the Board of Directors in carrying out a broad-based fundraising plan bringing together individuals, corporations, and foundations to support this initiative.
The successful candidate and critical team member will be expected to have past training and experience in equity, inclusion, and diversity work. This position is based in the Portland, OR region and will work remotely from a home office as well from our office in Old Town Portland as frequently as desired. Participation in in-person team meetings and gatherings in Portland will occur, as needed, and will follow CDC masking and physical distancing protocols.
Compliance with our current COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is required for all NWOBS employees.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities
Capital Campaign Strategy and Planning
- Help lead the strategy development and planning of the campaign, working collaboratively with the Executive Director, Development Director, contracted capital campaign consulting firm, and Capital Campaign Committee
Capital Campaign Management
- Oversee the comprehensive capital campaign
- Manage campaign prospect lists, including research and tracking
- Recruit, train, and manage campaign volunteers
- Schedule and lead capital campaign meetings
- Manage the campaign budget
- Prepare monthly and quarterly campaign reports for the Executive Director, Development Director, and the Capital Campaign Committee
Cultivation and Solicitation
- Develop and execute targeted cultivation plans for campaign prospects lists
- Refine and execute solicitation strategies for campaign prospects lists
- Work with the Executive Director, Development Director, and members of the Committee and Board, to cultivate prospects including individual donors, corporations, and foundations
- Prepare and provide support to staff, board, and volunteers for solicitations
- Lead and participate in solicitations, solo or with volunteers and staff
- Manage personal portfolio of individuals and corporate prospects
- Actively develop relationships with corporate donors and co-lead solicitation of potential corporate supporters and donors in support of NWOBS capital campaign
- Implement donor acknowledgement and recognition, as appropriate
- Engage in research and writing of successful grant proposals to support campaign execution
- Partner with staff and consultants engaged in garnering support from state, federal and municipal sources of support for the capital campaign
Capital Campaign Communications and Events
- Plan and implement cultivation, solicitation and recognition events
- Collaborate with our staff to develop capital campaign print, web, and social media communications materials
Key Performance Indicators
- Number of donors contacted
- Number of gifts solicited and received
- Total funds raised
- Percentage of lapsed donors re-engaged
- Number of new donors engaged
- Percentage of ongoing donors engaged
- Donor engagement support provided to full Development Team via weekly Team check-ins
- Minimum of 5 years experience working in non-profit organizations, with at least 3 years in roles involving direct active solicitation of individual donors, grants, corporate support, and/or government funding including state, federal, and municipal sources
- Proven ability to develop relationships with individuals and corporations that result in direct philanthropic investment is required; experience in closing gifts of $10,000+ preferred
- Demonstrated success in managing complex projects; experience on a capital campaign preferred
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Effective communicator, both written and verbal
- Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow-through, and commitment
- Personal and professional values consistent with NWOBS mission, values and principles
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently
- Commitment to giving and receiving both positive and constructive feedback
- Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment; flexible, adaptable, and open to change
- Experience with or understanding of Outward Bound is a plus
- Experience with Salesforce and/or Mailchimp is a plus
This position reports to the Development Director, and engages with the Development Manager, Alumni Engagement Coordinator, and others as a team member, as well as the Senior Leadership Team, NWOBS’ contracted Capital Campaign consultant, and volunteer Capital Campaign Committee.
- This is a full-time, year-round, salaried position.
- Salary is commensurate with experience within Northwest Outward Bound School’s annual range of $75,000 - $83,000.
- Full-time benefits-eligible position; benefits package includes comprehensive medical, vision, and dental insurance, 15 days of paid time off and 10 paid holidays in the first year.
- All positions qualify to participate in our gear discount program and course tuition discounts.
NWOBS is working with Nonprofit Professionals Now (NPN) to recruit for this key position. To apply, please review the full job description and submit a resume and cover letter for consideration.
All applications will be reviewed.
Application Deadline: October 13, 2022
NWOBS recognizes that there are barriers precluding people with marginalized identities (e.g., black, indigenous, and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, genderqueer, trans, people from low income communities, rural communities, people with disabilities, and more) from being able to access transformative and inclusive educational experiences. These barriers also prevent people from accessing and having inclusive and culturally relevant experiences in the outdoors. NWOBS believes it has the responsibility, as an educational institution, to dismantle these barriers so that it can fulfill its mission of changing the lives of all who desire a quality outdoor education experience, and not just the lives of those with the privilege of being able to access NWOBS today. As such, NWOBS aspires to be more reflective of and relevant to the communities in the Pacific Northwest, both within its staff and leadership body as well as its student body.
NWOBS is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of NWOBS to provide equal employment opportunity in accordance with applicable law to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental or physical disability, source of income, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law, in all personnel actions.