Apr 28, 2023

Development Manager

$45,000 - $60,000 yearly
  • Northwest Outward Bound School
  • Hybrid (Portland, OR, USA)
Full-Time Fundraising/Development

Job Description

The Development Manager is a key part of the organization's Development department, focusing on building financial capacity to sustain growth. The Development Manager handles a variety of projects and tasks related to institutional and individual giving. Much of the day's work is spent on the cultivation and management of current and prospective donors, grant proposal preparation and reports, fundraising event planning, maintaining fundraising profiles on the development software, and pursuing additional fundraising opportunities for NWOBS. This is an integral role in many non‐profit and educational groups that depend on fundraising as a revenue source.

Primary responsibilities are to plan, support, and coordinate fundraising initiatives with the NWOBS Development Team, maintain the donor database, communicate with prospective and current donors, and provide fundraising support for the Development Director and Executive Director.

This position is based in the Portland Metro area and will work remotely from a home office with the opportunity to work in our Old Town office when desired. Participation in in-person team meetings and gatherings will take place in the Portland area. 

Hiring Organization

Northwest Outward Bound School


  • Minimum 4 years of experience in a fundraising related position strongly preferred. Previous experience in nonprofit organizations strongly preferred. A Bachelor’s degree (not required) in a related field can replace 1 year of required experience.
  • Strong understanding of donor relationships, cultivation, and support, as well as the importance of how it relates to donor database maintenance.
  • Personal and professional values consistent with NWOBS mission, values, and principles.
  • Previous experience in preparing and successfully garnering grant funding preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Attention to detail, and ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.
  • Previous training and/or experience in equity, inclusion, and diversity work, ideally pertaining to education settings.
  • Commitment to giving and receiving both positive and constructive feedback.
  • Understanding and knowledge of new trends and technologies in development activities.
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar CRM platform.
  • Proficiency in G-Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with or understanding of Outward Bound is a plus.

Industry/Service Area

Education, Recreation/Sports, Youth Development


Mid-Senior level


  • This is a full-time, year-round, salaried position.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience within Northwest Outward Bound School’s Development Manager annual range of $45,000 - $60,000.
  • Full-time benefits-eligible position; benefits package includes comprehensive medical, vision, and dental insurance. Employees accrue 15 days of paid time off, 12 days of paid sick time, and 13 paid holidays in the first year.
  • Free and discounted Employee Assistance Plan services, including 24/7 Crisis line, up to 5 counseling sessions per occurrence valued at $1,000 per case, well-being coaching, and screened referrals for childcare, eldercare, legal, and financial services.
  • Professional development opportunities, including $250/year toward external training, as well as in-house training on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, Mental Health First Aid, Community resiliency Model, Sexual Misconduct Prevention, and other role-specific training.
  • All positions qualify to participate in our gear discount program and course tuition discounts.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references in PDF format to hiring@nwoutwardbound.org. In your cover letter, please describe what motivates and excites you about this position and how it connects with your longer-term goals. We recognize that many transferable skills from other experiences may be relevant, and we encourage applicants to highlight those in the cover letter and resume. We are committed to reflecting the diverse communities with whom we work and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ identifying folks, and women to apply. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

We encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2023 and the position will remain open until filled. No emails or phone calls, please. We appreciate all responses, but due to the high volume of resumes received, we can only contact applicants whose qualifications best match the position requirements.

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 full 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.

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