Development Assistant

Part-time (32 hours per week). Deadline to apply is September 3

We are looking for a development assistant to support our growing team’s work in planning, developing, and executing all fundraising efforts at Oregon Humanities. This position is essential to the ambitious goals in Oregon Humanities’ 2018–20 strategic plan. Duties include managing donor stewardship and gift acknowledgement, record-keeping, researching grant opportunities, administrative support, and event coordination.

Each year, Oregon Humanities offers hundreds of public conversations and programs across the state, train and support dozens of discussion leaders, and award tens of thousands of dollars in grants to organizations that, like us, believe in the power of people in rooms listening, learning, and struggling together. In our magazine and on our website, we publish essays, photographs, films, and audio recordings that explore the thoughts, perspectives, and experiences of Oregonians, especially those who have been ignored, generalized, or oppressed.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage donor stewardship and gift acknowledgement process
  • Maintain current and accurate records on all donors, prospects, foundations, and other granting agencies
  • Work collaboratively with development staff on calendars, deadlines, and special projects
  • Assist with coordination of special events as needed
  • Research grant opportunities and support the grants and development associate throughout the grant season
  • Support development director with board relations, reporting, and record-keeping
  • Provide administrative support for our development programs as needed, including data entry, record keeping, and processing donations and acknowledgements

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Proven attention to detail
  • Proficiency in electronic mailing programs and database entry
  • Self-directed and independent, but also interested in collaboration and teamwork
  • Dedication to advancing the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion as core features of Oregon Humanities’ work
  • Interest or experience in nonprofit fundraising and/or humanities-based programming

Oregon Humanities’ downtown Portland office is a sunny, open-floor-plan environment. The office is generally open Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with many staff working flexible schedules that best accommodate their professional and personal needs. The development assistant may work occasional weekends and/or evenings.

The development assistant will use standard office equipment, such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets, and may perform some event setup and cleanup. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Oregon Humanities values equity, justice, empathy, and respect as key attributes of vital, flourishing communities. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help us work toward our vision of an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities.

This is a 32-hour-a-week position. If you are interested in applying, by 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 3, 2018, send to the following: a résumé and a cover letter explaining why you're interested in working with Oregon Humanities and how your experience and skills will help us work toward our vision of just communities. Please submit the required items combined as a single document.

No phone calls or email inquiries, please.


The Details

Reports to: Development Director
Work hours: .8 FTE (32 hours per week)
Starting wage range: $17 to $18 per hour ($28,288 to $29,952 per year)
Fringe Benefits: Oregon Humanities offers paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, and makes contributions to employee medical and dental insurance, 403(B) retirement plan, and life-insurance plan.

Oregon Humanities, an independent nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.