Girls on the Run Greater Oregon - Development Director

Subsidiaries · Portland, Oregon
Department Subsidiaries
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $68,000 - $73,000 annually

Job Title: Development Director 

Location: Portland, OR  

Reports To: Executive Director  

FLSA Status: Full Time, Exempt 

Organizational Summary:  

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. GOTR is a physical activity-based positive youth development program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. 


Girls on the Run believes that all girls and communities should have access to our programs. We warmly welcome the participation of any child who identifies as “girl”, non-binary, or gender expansive in our programs. We strive to eliminate barriers to participation, to create programming that engages all communities, to be intentional about staff and volunteer diversity and to promote a culture of inclusion across the organization.     

Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach life skills through interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run volunteer coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing healthy relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.We use movement to inspire and motivate, encourage holistic health, and build confidence through accomplishment. The season concludes with a celebratory 5K event. Completing a 5K imparts a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. 

Having merged the Girls on the Run of Portland Metro, Willamette Valley and Central Oregon councils in January 2022, Girls on the Run of Greater Oregon will engage more than 400 volunteers and serve more than 1,200 girls in 3rd through 8th grade this coming school year in the Portland area, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis and Bend. We are embarking on a strategic path to grow our impact each year while maintaining our commitment to program quality, accessibility, and inclusion. This position plays a key role in supporting this expansion.   

Position Summary 

The Development Director will report directly to the Executive Director and collaborate across a seven-person staff. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for and commitment to supporting the social, emotional and physical health of youth. The Development Director will create and implement an annual development plan for GOTRGO to support its short and long-term philanthropic objectives. 


This position is an integral member of our growing organization and is best suited for candidates who are strong at developing personal relationships, highly organized and motivated. Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with our mission, core values and programs, as described on our website  


The primary responsibility of the Development Director will be to lead the organization’s individual giving strategy. This will include:   

  • Developing and implementing strategies to identify, cultivate and steward donors to increase and diversify philanthropic revenue sources. 
  • Managing a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, and actively soliciting donations. 
  • Engaging the Executive Director in cultivating donors and prospects.  
  • Collaborating with the Executive Director and Development Committee to continue and strengthen the Board of Director’s engagement in fundraising. 
  • Collaborating with Regional Advisory Committee to develop and pursue strategies for engaging donors in communities beyond Portland.  
  • Collaborating with volunteer leadership to host fundraising events, including our Evening of Empowerment house party.  
  • Utilizing Pinwheel CRM software to ensure accurate donor records.  
  • Creating and implementing donor gratitude campaigns 


The Development Director will also be responsible for the organization’s sponsorship program. This will include: 

  • Developing sponsorship packages that engage sponsors with GOTRGO’s mission and audiences. 
  • Managing a portfolio of sponsors and prospects, and actively soliciting donations. 
  • Collaborating with the Engagement Coordinator to meet and fulfill sponsorship obligations. 
  • Providing guidance for the Engagement Coordinator in implementing the Adopt-a-Team program for small businesses.  
  • Drafting sponsor recaps to secure sponsor retention.  
  • Engaging with GOTR Headquarters protocols for national partnerships. 


General Responsibilities: 

  • Actively participating in weekly staff meeting, coming prepared and engaging in collective problem-solving. 
  • Attending Girls on the Run International trainings. 
  • Demonstrating a commitment to using the opportunities of this position to make Girls on the Run Greater Oregon a more Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable and Accessible organization.  
  • Providing development reports for monthly board meetings and participating in board committees where appropriate. 
  • Supporting the planning and execution of the Girls on the Run 5K in the fall and spring as needed.  
  • Supporting the mission by carrying out site visits during the Girls on the Run season.  

Qualities and Qualifications 

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated fundraising experience including direct donor solicitation 
  • Bachelors degree or comparable work experience 
  • Passion for the Girls on the Run mission and the ability to effectively communicate issues surrounding empowerment, self-esteem, body image and whole-person health 
  • Understanding of and commitment to community centric fundraising 
  • Can-do attitude, with the ability to maintain high-quality work while managing multiple projects 
  • Outstanding communication skills with a range of audiences 
  • Availability on nights and weekends (as needed) for GOTR events, funding opportunities and committee engagements 
  • Proficient in Microsoft suite and adept at learning new systems 
  • Access to reliable transportation 
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred but not required 
  • Experience with Girls on the Run or other similar youth programs preferred 
  • Familiarity with the Oregon business and philanthropic communities a plus 


Compensation and Benefits:  

This is an exempt, full time position offering a compensation range of $68,000 - $73,000 annually depending on experience. Girls on the Run Greater Oregon offers a generous PTO plan, a benefits package including company subsidized medical and dental, vision coverage, life insurance and paid medical leave as well as a 401k plan with employer match.  

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  • Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $68,000 - $73,000 annually