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Date posted: November 23

About the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

The VSO, now in its 44th season, has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington's arts community providing symphonic music of the highest caliber in live performances and through music education in schools, concert halls, and throughout the community.

Full Job Description

The Associate Director of Development will help build the Orchestra’s capacity for the future through the planning and implementation of annual fund campaigns, individual giving, event logistics, and new initiatives.

The Associate Director will provide key support and assistance to the Director of Development. This role will interact with donors, building a pipeline for the VSO’s major giving and planned giving programs. This position requires familiarity with annual giving strategy, current research in fundraising, experience managing donor-related events, excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, and an ability to work collaboratively with a growing team.


  • Direct the VSO annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives
  • Work with partners and vendors to coordinate annual fund communications
  • Steward relationships with prospective donors and current supporters to increase philanthropic support
  • Conduct prospect research to identify new and potential donors
  • Manage donor management/fundraising database and tracking systems
  • Assist the Director of Development in stewarding grant reporting
  • Together with the Director of Development and the VSO staff to manage fundraising events
  • Assist with sponsorship asks related to special events
  • Oversee and manage gift acknowledgement process
  • Availability to attend VSO performances
  • Perform other related duties as requested


  • Must embrace the mission of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills
  • Knowledge of and experience in fundraising techniques
  • Strong desire to build external relationships
  • Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor communications
  • Ability to organize time effectively, establish priorities, meet deadlines, and manage many tasks while maintaining strong attention to details
  • Experience organizing and managing donor-related events
  • Coordination and project management skills, preferably with nonprofit organizations
  • Strongly proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • High competency in database management.
  • 3 years minimum experience in professional fundraising
  • Experience in annual giving is preferred
  • A bachelor’s degree or four years of relevant experience
  • Valid Driver’s license and reliable transportation required


Please send cover letter, resume, names/contact info of three references and salary history to

Please indicate “Associate Director of Development” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed immediately.  Position is open until filled.


Pacific Whale Foundation
Date posted: November 17

Pacific Whale Foundation, a 501(c)(3), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting our oceans and marine wildlife through research, education, and conservation. Now more than ever, the world’s whales, dolphins, sea turtles, coral reefs and other marine organisms need help to thrive in their natural ocean habitat.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s mission is to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, and to inspire environmental stewardship. Our vision is to be the people’s environmental organization for the protection of the world’s whales, dolphins and other marine animals living wild in their natural habitat. We believe that it is essential to involve the public in our mission.

Pacific Whale Foundation has an opening for a Major Gifts Officer (MGO). The MGO is responsible for building strategic partnerships with individuals/corporations/foundations that will extend the impact of Pacific Whale Foundation. This position will analyze and predict a donor’s propensity, capacity, and enthusiasm to give and develop strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts and planned gifts that support the strategic objectives of PWF.  The MGO works collaboratively and cross departmentally to ensure proper due diligence and consistent and transparent relationships with all funders. This position collaborates closely with the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, and Development Manager in the design and execution of a strategic fundraising plan.

The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial style, identify opportunities, manage mutually beneficial relationships, be collaborative in nature, work well within a team, and be comfortable working individually. Exceptional people skills and ability to work with diverse constituencies while maintaining the ability to manage and be sensitive to highly confidential information, while supporting the organization's commitment to Pacific Whale Foundations Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts.

This position will concentrate efforts within a defined region of the U.S., starting with the West Coast (Seattle to Los Angeles).

This is a regular, full-time, salaried, exempt, fully remote position that can work from any state except New York and Florida, with a preference given to West Coast applicants.

Pay starting from $100,000/yr., based upon skills and experience.

All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.



General Responsibilities

  • Lead the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of significant and major philanthropic commitments from individuals, foundations, and corporations to support PWF’s strategic objectives
  • Develop individual donor strategy, timelines, and other logistical obligations to ensure achievement of revenue goals in support of PWF’s priorities
  • Manage a broad-based portfolio to solicit gifts for fundraising priorities; serve as the primary contact for this portfolio, including prospect management, strategy development, personal visits, fundraising proposals, and correspondence
  • Plan and execute U.S. mainland donor events and cultivate prospects/donors in those communities
  • Proactively seek opportunities to generate new proposals based on funding guidelines and interests, and by building and maintaining strong relationships with corporate and private/institutional donors, individual prospects, and contacts
  • Draft donor agreements, following organizational policies and nonprofit best practices and requirements



  • At least 7 years of experience in nonprofit financial development (or similar area) with progressively increasing levels of responsibility
  • Experience creating and overseeing cultivation, solicitation, closing and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in Major Gift and/or Planned Gift fundraising
  • Experience in advanced grant and proposal writing
  • Experience executing gift agreements
  • Experience with prospect development/donor database applications


  • Strong strategic and conceptual thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Excellent verbal/written/interpersonal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to influence others to achieve objectives
  • Advanced negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite


  • Use a donor database to manage donor relationships, record and build donor interests and identify prospects for increased giving potential
  • Build and manage a portfolio of qualified, major donor relationships to raise giving opportunities
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of the strategic plan regarding activities relating to donor solicitations and fundraising efforts
  • Self-motivated and self-directed with proven success in identifying major gift prospects for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual donors
  • Create and directs the ongoing work and responsibility for establishing objectives and priorities aligning to Pacific Whale Foundations strategic plan
  • Demonstrated experience working with high level donors and finds passion in being a part of mission-driven work and is looking to create a bigger impact beyond yourself


Contact: Steve Mullins - Recruiter for Pacific Whale Foundation

808-856-8302 or


Mercy Corps
Date posted: November 16

Location San Francisco Bay Area
Position Status Full Time
Salary Level $135K commensurate with experience
Current Team Member Open

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

The mission of the Resource Development (RD) department is to advance the organization’s strategic goals and support our worldwide team by raising flexible funds, profile and influence. The RD team encompasses several dozen dynamic professionals who possess a wide range of skills. We are gift officers, direct response fundraisers, web developers, marketers and media relations strategists. We are database managers, digital specialists, creative designers, storytellers and teachers. Most of all, we are passionate about Mercy Corps’ mission and believe a better world is possible.

General Position Summary

The primary focus of the Director of Development (DoD) is to build personal relationships with donors and prospects who have the capacity to make gifts of $100k+, with the overarching aim of meeting or exceeding unrestricted revenue goals. The position will have a significant focus on new business development (bringing in new donors to Mercy Corps) and will require dedicated efforts in networking and building new leads. They must also be comfortable discussing legacy giving with donors. The DoD must be adept in articulating a compelling case for unrestricted mission-focused support as well as restricted support for strategic priorities. 

The DoD is expected to collaborate with field and program staff, with the dual aim of deepening their own understanding of Mercy Corps’ distinctive approach to humanitarian aid and development and bringing these colleagues together with donors and prospects. The position calls for a high level of social acumen and the ability to move comfortably within the realm of high net worth individuals.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision
  • Develop ongoing regional strategies for Mercy Corps continued growth in private philanthropy in the Bay Area. This includes collaborating with the corporate team, and the foundations team to help make Mercy Corps one of the preeminent INGOs for Bay Area philanthropists.
  • Develop and enhance personal relationships with a select group of major donors with the goal of maintaining and increasing annual unrestricted support at the $100K+ level, generating leadership gifts ($250K+) for programmatic priorities and generating bequest commitments.
  • Secure $1million in new business revenue by the end of year two
  • Identify and engage with high net worth individuals within Mercy Corps’ donor file who have not yet made a major gift, with the aim of securing new major gifts.
  • Conduct outreach to high net worth individuals outside the Mercy Corps donor file, who may not yet be familiar with Mercy Corps.
  • Work closely with the Foundations team to identify, cultivate and solicit individual philanthropist engaged in Big Bet Philanthropy.
  • In Partnership with the Director of Advised Funds, engage in the HIP team’s donor-advised fund/wealth manager strategy and set targets for engaging wealth advisors and their clients.
  • Meet with legacy society members and prospective members.
  • Set annual goals and develop personalized cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for assigned donors.
  • Assist in the development of strategies to heighten the profile of Mercy Corps among target constituencies, such as events, briefings or other activities 
Program Management
  • Develop working relationships with program staff in order to identify funding opportunities and to access programmatic information that can be used to steward donors.
  • Stay abreast of key issues and trends in the international aid and development community and communicate these to donors and prospects.
  • Lead periodic overseas trips for key major donors and prospects as part of a well thought out and planned cultivation and solicitation strategy.
  • Maintain current tracking of all donor activity and revenue projection by inputting contact reports into donor database.
  • Lead on development of virtual program visits and donor engagement events for prospect/donor portfolio.
Influence & Representation
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with groups engaging HNWI and their philanthropic decision-making.
  • Identify opportunities to represent Mercy Corps on various panels and events
Organizational Learning 
  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to program participants
  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
    to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To:
Vice President, High Impact Philanthropy
Works Directly With:
All members of the HIP team, Corporate and Foundation team and the Chief Development Officer. 

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience operating within a high-level major gifts fundraising team, including at least five years of direct frontline fundraising; or equivalent experience in business development with a social impact oriented company; or a deep knowledge of Mercy Corps’ mission and operations as an outcome of having worked within Mercy Corps’ programs in the field for three or more years.
  • Strategic and forward thinking, with the ability to develop and lead a major gifts strategy
  • Ambitious and proactive community builder with strong network of Bay Area contacts that can be leveraged to identify and engage high net worth individuals
  • Strong experience in collaboration and ability to work with people with diverse opinions to develop program proposals and other donor impact opportunities
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and process.
  • Diligent, highly organized and results focused.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral, including public speaking
  • Outstanding people skills – empathetic and humble, as well as persuasive and confident
  • Must be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with a team.
  • Demonstrated success in proposal preparation, and solicitation of donors (or equivalent experience with private sector clients and/or investors), or transferable skills from program work in an INGO setting.
  • A valid driver’s license, ability and willingness to travel as required.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area.Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.  Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.
Ongoing Learning
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination based on race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.As a safeguarding measure, Mercy Corps screens all potential US-Based employees. This is done following the conclusion of recruitment and prior to assuming full employment.Our screening process is designed to be transparent and completed in partnership with new Team Members. You will have the opportunity to disclose any prior convictions at the conclusion of the recruitment process before the check is initiated. We ask that you do not disclose any prior convictions in your application materials or during the recruitment process.