Director of Development & Communications

Do you believe that everyone deserves respect, compassion and understanding? Do you believe that no one should be homeless and that everyone should have access to healthy nutritious food as well as the chance to graduate from high school? Do you believe that everyone has a voice in public policy, regardless of the size of their bank account?

If you do, then you belong at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

As EMO’s Director of Development and Communications, you will serve as a catalyst and motivator for all organizational development and communication activities. You will join a dedicated team committed to walking with the most vulnerable in our community. Apply now and begin your journey with us.

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to; or mail to EMO, 0245 SW Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239; or fax to (503) 223-7007. Position closes on April 19, 2020.

PURPOSE: To manage the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) development and communication programs and ensure the meeting of the annual development goals as determined by the Board of Directors.

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the President and his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO: EMO President.

DIRECT REPORTS:  All members of the Development Staff.

LOCATION: EMO’s main office and other sites as needed.

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt. Full time.

BENEFITS: Salary range begins at $65,000. All regular employees (does not include on-call or temporary) are eligible for vacation, holidays, sick leave, 401(k) retirement plan, employee assistance program and employee trainings. Employees in exempt positions or non-exempt positions that are 20 hours per week or more, also receive medical insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.


  1. Serve as a catalyst and motivator for all organizational development and communication activities.
  2. Provide staff leadership to EMO Development Committee and Presidents’ Circle.
  3. Develop and implement annual organization-wide development and communications plan.
  4. Work closely with President and Board of Directors to oversee core donor cultivation and solicitation. Research, cultivate and secure major gifts from all donor sources.
  5. Coordinate all fund appeals, special events and direct mail appeals.
  6. Coordinate and assist in the production of all publications, materials for presentations, news releases, public service announcements and articles for the media.
  7. Assist in the coordination of website design and content.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO, and maintain an understanding of the services provided by the programs and projects of EMO.

KNOWLEDGE: Bachelor’s degree required; Experience in volunteer leadership development and management of volunteers; Comprehensive background in fundraising for nonprofit organizations; Minimum of five years demonstrated experience managing comprehensive development programs with experience in annual giving programs, corporate and foundation solicitations, grant research and writing, direct mail programs, capital campaigns, and planned giving programs; Familiarity with human service programs and government funding sources; Experience with religious institutional giving including congregations and denominational organizations; Familiarity with Microsoft Office tools and applications; Must possess valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and evidence of insurability.

SKILLS: Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to listen to and affirm people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances; especially to treat all individuals with respect and dignity; Self-starter able to work with minimum supervision.

EFFORT: Demonstrated ability to develop and implement both short and long range plans; Demonstrated ability to handle multiple, simultaneous tasks.

RESPONSIBILITY: Demonstrated ability to work independently while maintaining a close relationship with supervisors and with the broader organization; Demonstrated ability to supervise multiple employees, manage multiple projects and meet necessary deadlines.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Ability to work in a respectful manner with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, culture and sexual orientation; High tolerance for ambiguity and change.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.