About the Opportunity:
Pride Foundation seeks an experienced fundraising professional to lead our regional community engagement efforts. Working closely with the CEO and Director of Community Engagement, the Regional Director of Community Engagement develops and implements strategies to maintain and increase revenue from individual donors, special events, and corporate partnerships in the parts of the region in which we work outside of Western Washington (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Eastern Washington)
This role is new to Pride Foundation, though many of the responsibilities were held previously by staff in other roles. Our intention in creating this targeted position is to grow our presence and fundraising efforts across the region that we serve, focusing outside of the Western Washington area where our efforts are already quite extensive. This is a pivotal position for a dynamic and collaborative individual who has a passion for creatively mobilizing resources for social justice. Our preference is for this position to be based in Portland, Oregon. The Regional Director of Community Engagement reports to the CEO.
About Pride Foundation
Pride Foundation fuels transformational movements to advance equity and justice for LGBTQ+ people in all communities across the Northwest. We envision a world in which all LGBTQ+ people live safely and openly as our whole selves in the communities we call home.
Founded in 1985, we are the only LGBTQ+ community foundation in the Northwest, and have invested more than $72 million in nonprofit organizations, local leaders, and student scholars through our grants, scholarships, and initiatives.
Pride Foundation has a $4 million operating budget with 17 full-time employees. Our headquarters is located in Seattle, WA, and we have 5 staff members located outside of Western Washington, with one person located in each of the states in which we work (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Eastern Washington). Pride Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors with 19 members from across the five-state region with diverse professional and personal backgrounds.
The Regional Director of Community Engagement (RDCE) will work closely with the Director of Community Engagement and CEO based in Seattle to develop the overall organizational donor engagement and fundraising strategies. In particular, the RDCE will create strategy, provide guidance, and direct support for regional fundraising efforts outside of Western Washington, working with the 5 Regional Philanthropy Officers to expand and deepen our individual and corporate donor base in each state. This position will have a particular focus in Portland, Oregon where we are in our third year of hosting an annual gala and have a large donor and prospective donor base.
Resource Development Strategy and Operations:
- Develop and execute annual fundraising plan with an explicit equity lens in collaboration with Director of Community Engagement to support organization’s revenue goals that highlight donor retention, acquisition, and cultivation through community events, house parties, donor cultivation events, direct mail solicitation, planned giving, giving days, and workplace giving.
- Lead stewardship, solicitation, and prospecting of a diverse portfolio of individual and corporate donors, fundholders, and community partners, particularly in Portland, OR but also throughout the region in partnership with Regional staff.
- Support the CEO and regional members of our Board of Directors in their portfolio management, solicitation, and prospecting.
- Maintain a proactive, creative leadership role in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual and corporate contributions.
- Provide support for all development activities, including donor communications and briefings, event production, communications and development collateral drafting, and other operations.
- Serve as a member of Pride Foundation’s management team.
- Participate as a member of the Board’s Resource Development Committee in their efforts to assist in securing necessary financial resources for the organization.
Oregon Gala Event:
- Design and manage all aspects of annual gala in Oregon, with support from the CEO, Community Engagement Team, Regional Philanthropy Officer in Oregon, and Board of Directors.
- Identify and recruit Gala Host Committee.
- Identify and secure corporate sponsors and table hosts.
- Cultivate guests and expand attendance list, with a focus on increasing high-capacity donors at the event.
Regional Fundraising Strategy and Support:
- Support our five Regional Philanthropy Officers by providing input and guidance for state-specific strategies to expand fundraising efforts, donor base, presence, and racial equity work across the region.
- Support Regional Philanthropy Officers in identifying and recruiting prospective donors and corporate sponsors, and cultivating and deepening relationships with current donors, including through expanding capacity by maintaining a small portfolio of donors in each state.
- Provide support to regional fundraising efforts including events and other opportunities as they arise.
- Commit to taking initiative to expand understanding of racial equity principles and practice and incorporate throughout work at Pride Foundation.
- Contribute to developing a culture of philanthropy at Pride Foundation.
- Participate in shaping the organizational culture at Pride Foundation to be mission-focused, equitable, inclusive, and engaged.
- Maintain a visible community profile as is appropriate for deepening Pride Foundation’s presence and impact.
Skills and Experience
Ideal candidates will have these skills and competencies:
- Pride Foundation is committed to building a racially just, equitable, and inclusive environment through all levels of the organization. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated understanding and experience working on issues related to racial, LGTBQ+, gender, economic, and reproductive justice, and working in communities comprised of diverse people.
- At least 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising with a proven track record of achieving revenue targets, success soliciting and managing all levels of giving, and donor event management and execution experience.
- Strong track record producing large-scale event production and management.
Ideal candidates will have these characteristics:
- Demonstrated commitment to Pride Foundation’s mission and racial justice.
- Exceptional strategic thinking and creative skills to apply to our unique model and circumstances.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate and work as part of a team.
- Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple deadlines and priorities.
- Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
- Passion, a strong work ethic, self-motivated drive, and love of fundraising.
- A commitment to providing quality stewardship to all Pride Foundation constituents, and the ability to develop a positive working relationship with staff, volunteers, board members, donors, and community supporters.
- Flexibility to work some evenings, weekends, and occasionally travel.
- Experience working with LGBTQ+ communities and issues in the Northwest.
- Consideration will be given for all locations within the 5-state region we work in, though we will give preference to candidates based in Portland, Oregon.
Salary and Benefits
Pride Foundation determines its staff salaries using the Washington Nonprofit Wage & Benefit Annual Survey. Each salary is based on the average of similar positions in organizations of comparable size and are competitive for the field. For this position, the salary range is $82,000-$89,000, depending on experience.
Excellent employer-paid benefits: medical (includes coverage of gender-confirming health services and procedures), dental, and vision coverage along with disability insurance, employer retirement account contribution, and option for employee to invest in an individual retirement account.
Pride Foundation is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive work environment and to building a team that reflects the rich diversity of our community. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities who are underrepresented in the field of philanthropy are encouraged to apply.
Send letter of interest and resume to: Katie Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Regional Director of Community Engagement” in the subject line of your email.
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by Friday, June 7th for early consideration. You are welcome to submit an application after the deadline, as the position will remain open until filled so that we can be sure to find the best candidate for this critical role on our team. However, late applications will only be moved forward on a case-by-case basis. The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found, as the position is available immediately.
Please email Katie Carter if you have specific questions about this position.