Development & Communications Director (Calendra)

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring that nurtures creativity, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our Artists in Residence Program awards US-based and international artists the gift of time and space for their creative practice at our Arts Center near Sisters, OR.

Caldera has a $2.4 million dollar budget, a 14-member board, 15 full-time year-round employees, and a range of seasonal artists and youth workers. Its administrative office is located in Portland, Oregon, and its Arts Center is located outside of Sisters in Central Oregon, between Suttle Lake and Blue Lake.

Position Title: Development & Communications Director

Supervisor: Executive Director

Full time (37.5 hrs/wk), exempt, 9:00a - 5:00p Monday - Friday

Location: Portland office, 1227 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209

Compensation: $70,000 to $80,000 annual. Benefits include: generous paid time off, health, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement savings matching, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance.


Equity & Inclusion

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression. We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.


Position Description

The Development & Communications Director leads Caldera’s resource development, fundraising, and communications work with an inclusive approach to build support for Caldera’s mission. This position directs work to cultivate and sustain a diverse community of supporters, develop compelling communications, and advance strengths-based narratives of Caldera youth and artists. Caldera seeks leader to build on traditional funding methods and to integrate new strategies to secure resources for the organization to thrive.

This position supervises the Development & Communications Associate and the Development & Events Manager, oversees the deliverables of contracted grant writing, and works closely with designers and other contractors. The person in this position travels to Central Oregon approximately 12 to 20 times per year for meetings and events.

Specific Responsibilities:

 Development (40%)

  • Oversee and lead comprehensive fundraising strategy to build a diverse pipeline of annual contributors, major donors, and foundation and corporate partners to raise more than $1 million annually
  • Develop and support implementation of major gift strategy in collaboration with Executive Director and Board, including development, solicitation, and stewardship work with existing and new supporter relationships
  • Oversee individual giving efforts and work collaboratively with Development and Events Manager on annual giving campaigns, pledges, solicitations, and other activities
  • Oversee and develop grant proposals and reports
  • Implement and maintain a data-driven, relationship-centered development approach, working with Development & Communications Associate to leverage Raiser's Edge database system
  • Other duties as assigned

Communications (40%)

  • Lead strategic communications work, including brand development, organizational and program message development and implementation, online and print marketing, media relations, copywriting, copy editing, presentations, and employment outreach
  • Manage critical relationship with Wieden+Kennedy and its Studio for design services, as well as with other partners and vendors
  • Represent Caldera at events and in presentations, effectively communicating mission and values to a wide range of audiences and communities
  • Other duties as assigned

Staff and Department Management (10%)

  • Develop and monitor department budget
  • Supervise and support the professional development of department staff through goals and growth opportunities, gathering resources, and providing ongoing feedback and coaching
  • Develop and manage effective plans and strategies for the future direction of the Development & Communications Team
  • Manage department administration including approval of timesheets, PTO requests, purchases and reimbursements, and contracts

Leadership (10%)

  • Serve as a collaborative member of Caldera Leadership Team and attend board meetings Participate in ongoing organizational racial equity work
  • Support management of board advancement and event committees


Required Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience with the majority of job responsibilities
  • Passion for Caldera's mission, cultural and environmental justice, and racial equity
  • A willingness to engage in ongoing racial equity work
  • Ability to lead a collaborative team and support professional development of staff
  • Ability to travel within the Portland Metro area weekly and to Central Oregon approximately 12 to 20 times annually
  • Ability to pass background and driving check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with or in advertising, design, strategic communication, social marketing, or online communication
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge
  • Demonstrated experience with community fundraising models

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, highlighting experience and competencies that meet the required and preferred qualifications. You are welcome to include anything else you feel it is pertinent for us to know.


Please send materials to [email protected]. Candidate review will begin October 30 at 5:00 pm, position is open until filled. No calls, please.



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