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Development Director
Chehalem Cultural Center

Newberg, OR

The Chehalem Cultural Center seeks a focused, professional, and ambitious full-time Development Director responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies for a major capital campaign while meeting operational and programmatic objectives for the organization. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills, be comfortable soliciting both financial and in-kind donations, and be an experienced grant writer.


  • Work in concert with the Executive Director and Capital Campaign Committee to develop and implement a strategic plan for a capital campaign
  • Organization of capital campaign including prospect tracking, task assignment, and timelines
  • Moves management: Researching and identifying new and existing prospective donors, while maintaining a database of current and former donors
  • Assist in developing materials to support the capital campaign including but not limited to: campaign packets for potential donors, writing of campaign case statements, campaign correspondence including solicitation proposals, and meeting requests
  • Work closely with Operations Manager to oversee acknowledgement of all gifts and pledges, preparation of pledge payment reminders, and pledge agreements
  • In coordination with the Executive Director, cultivate effective partnerships with all constituents who can support the organization’s mission and goals
  • Represent the Cultural Center to community, civic, local and regional partners, relevant arts and cultural networks, and business groups
  • Aid the Board of Directors in the recruiting and onboarding of new directors
  • Assume a leadership role in the planning and execution of an annual fundraising gala, donor appreciation events, and related fundraising activities
  • Assist Executive Director and program staff in the development, writing, submission and reporting of grants
  • Oversee all development activities including, but not limited to: direct mailing solicitations, special appeals, and sponsorship recruitment
  • Attend committee meetings, meetings with donors, and other civic and internal meetings as requested. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Minimum of five years in development and non-profit fundraising or equivalent experience
  • Experience with capital campaigns and major donor programs with proven and demonstrated record in securing major gifts
  • Understanding of donor needs with the ability to anticipate, respond, meet and/or exceed their expectations within organizational parameters
  • Outstanding grant writing experience with foundations, government entities and corporate solicitations/sponsorships
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication abilities
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented, creative, strategic, excellent time management, and ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Collaborative spirit with ability to foster and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally
  • Outstanding computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and internet search engines, excellent research skills
  • CFRE (Certified Fund-Raising Executive) designation an asset, but not required 


$63,000 annually with full health benefits, paid vacation and sick leave

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should email the following application materials to with the subject “Development Director”: 

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that delineates your experience with capital campaigns, major donor cultivation, and grant writing
  • Three references with email and phone numbers 

Application Deadline

January 15, 2018

Anticipated Start Date

February 15, 2018 

About Chehalem Cultural Center

Located in Newberg, Oregon the Chehalem Cultural Center celebrates the arts, community, education, and heritage. It houses two visual art galleries, a state-of-the-arts ceramic studio, three multipurpose art studio classrooms, recording studio and four music practice rooms, meeting rooms, a small theatre space, and a large 5,200 square foot grand ballroom appropriate for public and private events. The Chehalem Cultural Center is an interdisciplinary and multicultural center that strives to represent the diversity of our greater community.  It features rotating exhibitions, presents a variety of performing arts, festivals, and heritage events with a mission to inspire and enrich lives by connecting community and culture. The organization is embarking on major capital campaign to support the final phase of the building’s restoration, including a professional 250-seat theater, a kitchen and culinary arts center, a dance and movement studio, a conference center, and a renovated front lobby. 

For more information about Chehalem Cultural Center, please go to:

Address: 415 E Sheridan

Deadline: 01-15-2018

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