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Development Director Job Announcement

Permanent Position 1.0 FTE with full benefits

4/7/16 Update:  We have started interviewing but are still accepting applications

Upstream Public Health is seeking a dynamic and well-organized Development Director to build a robust individual and corporate donor program at a growing non-profit. Upstream Public Health is devoted to improving the health of Oregonians through innovative programs and policies. A generous grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust for General Operating Support will enable us to expand our fundraising capacity and increase our impact in promoting improved public health.

Upstream’s Executive Director, Development Committee, events volunteers, and the Board of Directors will support the Development Director in executing all aspects of the organization’s fundraising programs. Upstream’s Office Coordinator will also be available to track donations and provide other administrative support for the Development Director.

The Development Director (DD) will ensure the financial health and sustainable growth of Upstream by securing resources and long-term support through: 1) annual fund and major gift fundraising and stewardship; 2) new donor acquisition and cultivation; and 3) special events management. The DD will develop a work plan to meet the organization’s 3-year capacity building goals, and will coordinate all activities within this work plan. The DD’s work plan will focus on these main areas of responsibility: 1) building personal relationships with a portfolio of current and potential individual and corporate major donors at the $500+ gift levels; 2) crafting the organization’s mail, email, phone and event communications for donors at all gift levels; 3) recruiting and mobilizing fundraising volunteers, 4) Coordinating and strengthening our annual fund raising event and 5) writing general operating grants as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Personally solicit and steward a portfolio of 50-100 individual donors willing to support Upstream at the $500+ gift level 
  • Coordinate a modest annual fund campaign composed of mail, online and phone communications targeting donors at the $25 to $499 gift levels; this includes strengthening our monthly donor program.
  • Recruit additional community volunteers willing to serve on Upstream’s Development Committee and to assist in securing event attendees, major gifts and corporate sponsorships
  • Coordinate Upstream’s annual fund raising event with a goal of attracting between 10-25 table captains and 200-500 guests
  • Secure at least 20 sponsorships at the $1,000+ gift level for Upstream’s annual fundraising event and School Garden Summit.
  • Produce monthly development reports for the Board of Directors and present this information at bimonthly board meetings
  • Motivate and provide the support necessary for Board members, other volunteers and staff to effectively engage in development activities
  • Responsible for writing general operating and non-technical program grants as assigned.


  • Success in developing and managing meaningful person-to-person relationships
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Excellent coordination and organizing skills
  • Successful track record with fundraising and/or sales
  • Understanding of the nonprofit sector and forces shaping the industry
  • Highly ethical and professional standards
  • Commitment to personal professional development
  • Experience working with CRM and/or donor databases. Experience with CiviCRM is a plus.

The ideal candidate will either have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years fundraising experience or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience in related fields of work. Must have a genuine enthusiasm for health and prevention and, in particular, the mission, goals and values of Upstream Public Health.

Compensation and BenefitsCompensation for this full-time position is between $50,000 and $60,000 DOE. Upstream offers generous benefits including medical, vision and dental insurance, paid vacation and sick leave.

How to applySend resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to: Position is open until filled.

About Upstream Public Health

At Upstream, we believe that smart policies are the best way to create communities that help people lead healthier, fuller lives. We seek out the most innovative broad-based public health solutions that are backed by science and research, move them into the mainstream dialogue, and build momentum for change. Our goal is to address the most pressing health issues and improve people's wellbeing, one policy at a time. For more information, visit our website:

Upstream is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.

Deputy Director Job Announcement

4/7/16 update:  We are still accepting applications for this position, but we are prioritizing hiring the Development Director first.


Position Overview

Upstream is seeking a passionate, experienced, and collaborative Deputy Director to manage overall operations of the organization, including budget tracking, program administration, grant writing and human resources. The position reports to the Executive Director and has internal and external facing responsibilities. This position will oversee staff and will support the Executive Director in organizational and project/program planning, providing leadership, and implementation of an emerging strategic direction. This is a full-time position.


  • Support internal management functions including grant writing and contract administration, project/program management, human resources, work planning, budgeting and governance.
  • Increase organizational resources through grants, contract negotiations, and foundation relations.
  • Develop strategic communications to increase awareness about the organization and its mission among decision-makers, stakeholders and the public.
  • Advocate for policies and programs that benefit the health of Oregonians particularly low-income people and communities of color
  • Partner with the ED on specific internal leadership activities, including fund development, staff support, staff supervision, budget development, administration, organizational planning, and board development Identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities.

About You

  • You are passionate about public health and inspired by Upstream’s work and growth potential.
  • You have experience in at least one of following issues areas: health equity, active transportation, land use policy, or food policy.
  • You are a people-person and have experience implementing performance measurement standards that help grow the organization while managing and supporting multiple autonomous staff and projects.
  • You enjoy a flexible work schedule, are calm under pressure, comfortable with abstractions and appreciate the managed chaos of policy and system changes.
  • You are solution-oriented; excel at setting priorities, enjoy developing and managing budgets, strategic planning and communications.
  • You are resourceful at establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with partners from different backgrounds and walks of life.
  • You understand the social determinants of health and bring an equity perspective to all your work.


  • 5-10 years of experience working in a nonprofit and especially nonprofit management is desired and/or equivalent experience
  • Strong management, organizational, and leadership skills, including the ability to develop, implement, and supervise a wide range of activities, and to support and nurture staff personnel
  • Demonstrated success in securing grants
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to health equity
  • Demonstrated understanding of multi-sector public health policies such as food access, tobacco prevention, dental health and physical activity
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other software.
  • A strong foundation in the theory and practice of public health prevention including applying health determinants and seeking to shift institutional structures
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate positive relationships with partners from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience managing staff and implementing performance measures
  • Experience managing communications strategy for nonprofit organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to support operations of a complex organization

Skills and Training: 

  • Any combination of education, training and experience that confers the following: Outstanding written and oral communication skills including ability to write concisely and talk with different audiences about complex public health concepts
  • Remain focused in the face of pressure; deliver against deadlines, not intimidated by tasks/time limitations
  • Transparent and direct communicator
  • Demonstrated time management skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of applying a social determinants of health focus, a trauma informed approach, and resiliency framework or other approach that provides a health equity perspective
  • A strong foundation in the theory and practice of public health prevention including applying health determinants and seeking to shift institutional structures

Salary and Benefits

Salary is dependent on experience and will be in a range of $55,000 to $60,000 with medical and dental insurance; paid vacation and sick leave.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to The position will be open until filled.