Job Posting: Development Associate

About Oregon Wild:
Oregon Wild is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect and restore Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy for future generations.

Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild’s victories include safeguarding over 1.7 million acres of Wilderness and 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers through federal legislation, protecting hundreds of thousands of acres of old-growth forests and critical wetland habitat, and the preservation of numerous imperiled species, from coho salmon to gray wolves. Oregon Wild enjoys a national reputation as a pioneering organization that is both highly strategic and effective, with strong policy expertise.

Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
Oregon Wild is committed to building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization and society, and we are actively recruiting and encouraging applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and communities to apply for this position. Important voices have been missing from the environmental movement for far too long, and building a stronger, more just, and more inclusive community starts by creating a more welcoming environment within Oregon and Oregon Wild. Our organization believes that by embracing, respecting, and valuing individuals regardless of their race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or ancestry, we can become a stronger, more effective defender of Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters.

General Position Summary:
The Development Associate supports the core internal systems, technologies, and procedures of the development department. This individual is detail-oriented, keeps the "trains running on time," brings a customer service mindset to their role, and loves talking with Oregon Wild members about their passion for our mission. Most notably, the Development Associate plays a central role in the day-to-day management of the donor database, gift processing, and donor relations. The individual in this position will ensure that donor management is organized, efficient, and evolving with future best practices.

Oregon Wild relies on donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses to provide both the financial resources and the public support necessary to fulfill our conservation mission, and the Development Associate is the backbone of our donation management system.

This position is based in Portland.

Position Responsibilities

Database Management & Gift Processing (70%):

  • Manage database including donation entries, updating donor records, etc.
  • Increase database accuracy through standardization of internal processes, de-duplication of entries, and consistency in data entry
  • Keeps up to date with new service rollouts (and bells and whistles) from database provider EveryAction
  • Generate database reports for all deposits and financial accounting
  • Track membership growth and identify trends through regular reporting
  • Assist with additional development projects and other duties as assigned
  • Processing donation mail and preparing incoming cash receipts log in compliance with internal financial controls
  • Process and track matching gifts, stock transfer info, IRA distributions, etc
  • Track stock of and order development supplies as needed - letterhead, envelopes, etc

Donor Relations (30%)

  • Generate gift acknowledgments for individual, foundation, & corporate donations
  • Generate and mail membership renewal letters on a recurring basis
  • Coordinate creation, distribution, and regular updates of all fundraising-oriented direct-mail and electronic materials
  • Serve as primary point of contact for all membership-related inquiries from supporters
  • Assist with solicitation, thank you, and other follow-up calls to Oregon Wild members
  • Assist with direct mail campaigns as needed and track bulk mailing accounts with USPS
  • Manages merchandise orders, including fulfillment


  • A passion for protecting and restoring Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters
  • Strong computer skills, especially in Excel and Word
  • Familiarity with donor database software (experience with EveryAction is a plus)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a pleasant demeanor with customer service focus for interacting with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to be flexible with assignments/priorities reflecting changing needs of department and to implement and follow-through on tasks with minimal oversight

Pay and Benefits:
This is a half-time (20 hours/week), non-exempt position that offers benefits, including fully paid health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan option, generous vacation, and other paid time off.

The exact scheduling is flexible, but an ideal schedule would be 4 days/week for 5 hours daily. Some evening and weekend hours may be required. The pay range for this position is $18-$22 per hour, depending on experience.

A minimum of a two-year commitment is requested for this position. Future opportunities to continue to grow within the organization may be possible.

How to Apply:
Applications must be sent by e-mail to: Please submit a cover letter and resume consolidated into a single PDF or Word document. Review of completed applications will begin on May 14, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.