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Capital Campaign Officer

Northwest Outward Bound School
Northwest Outward Bound School
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Remote; Portland, OR, USA
65,000 – 75,000 USD per year
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Position Summary

Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS) seeks a Capital Campaign Officer, a newly created, full-time position responsible for helping to implement and complete a $10+ million capital campaign. This effort will result in the upgrades of our two base camps, and the planning of an additional facility in Portland to benefit our Public Schools Program and other programming in the Portland area. The Capital Campaign Officer will work closely with the Development Director, Executive Director, Capital Campaign Committee, and the Board of Directors in carrying out a broad-based fundraising plan bringing together individuals, corporations, and foundations to support this initiative.

The successful candidate will be expected to have past training and experience in equity, inclusion, and diversity work. This position is based in the Portland, OR region and will work remotely from a home office and from our office in Old Town Portland as frequently as desired. In-person team meetings and gatherings in Portland will occur, as needed, and will follow CDC protocols. Compliance with our current COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is required for all NWOBS employees.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

Capital Campaign Strategy and Planning

  • Help lead the strategy development and planning of the campaign, working collaboratively with the Executive Director, Development Director, and Capital Campaign Steering Committee

Capital Campaign Management

  • Implement and manage the Capital Campaign
  • Develop and manage campaign prospect lists, including research and tracking
  • Recruit, train, and manage campaign volunteers
  • Schedule and support capital campaign meetings
  • Manage the campaign budget

Cultivation and Solicitation

  • Develop and execute targeted cultivation plans
  • Work with the Executive Director, Development Director, and members of the Committee and Board, to cultivate prospects including individual donors, corporations, and foundations
  • Refine and execute solicitation strategies
  • Prepare and provide support to staff, board, and volunteers for solicitations
  • Lead and participate in solicitations
  • Implement donor acknowledgement and recognition, as appropriate
  • Engage in research and writing of successful grant proposals to support campaign execution
  • Actively develop relationships with corporate donors and co-lead solicitation of potential corporate supporters and donors in support of NWOBS capital campaign
  • Partner with staff and consultants engaged in garnering support from state, federal and municipal sources of support for the capital campaign

Capital Campaign Reporting

  • Prepare monthly and quarterly reports for the Executive Director, Development Director, and the Capital Campaign Steering Committee

Capital Campaign Communications and Events

  • Plan and implement cultivation and recognition events
  • Collaborate with our staff to develop capital campaign print, web, and social media communications materials

Key Performance Indicators

  • Capital Campaign strategy developed and shared with team and Capital Campaign Committee
  • Number of donors contacted
  • Number of gifts received
  • Total funds raised
  • Percentage of lapsed donors re-engaged
  • Number of new donors engaged
  • Percentage of ongoing donors engaged
  • Types of donor engagement support provided to full Development Team

Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of 5+ years’ experience working in non-profit organizations, at least 3 years in roles involving direct solicitation of individual donors, grants, corporate support, and government funding including state, federal, and municipal sources
  • Proven ability to develop relationships with individuals that result in philanthropic investment; experience in closing gifts of $10,000+ preferred
  • Personal and professional values consistent with NWOBS mission, values, and principles
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow-through, and commitment
  • Able to work collaboratively and independently
  • Commitment to giving and receiving both positive and constructive feedback
  • Demonstrated success in managing complex projects
  • Effective communicator, both written and verbal
  • Able to work effectively in a dynamic environment. Flexible, adaptable, and open to change
  • Experience with or understanding of Outward Bound is a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce and/or Mailchimp is a plus


  • This position reports to the Development Director, and engages with the Development Manager, Alumni Engagement Coordinator, as well as the Senior Leadership Team and Capital Campaign Committee.


  • This is a full-time, year-round, salaried position.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience within Northwest Outward Bound School’s annual range of $65,000 - $75,000.
  • Full-time benefits-eligible position; benefits package includes comprehensive medical, vision, and dental insurance, 15 days of paid time off and 10 paid holidays in the first year.
  • All positions qualify to participate in our gear discount program and course tuition discounts.

To Apply

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 on July 15, 2022. The position will remain open until filled with a desired, but negotiable, start date of August 15, 2022.

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 fulfill 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 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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