[APRA-NW] job announcement

Christine Mildner chrismildner at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 21 09:02:51 PDT 2006

I am passing this along for Faith Danforth, who says they have a great team at the foundation.




The Library Foundation, Inc., founded in 1995, raises and manages
funds for Multnomah County Library, the urban library system with
the highest circulation in the nation. Multnomah County Library is
the oldest public library system west of the Mississippi, with 515
employees and an annual operating budget of $50.9 million. The
Foundation is a seven-person office with revenues last year of $4.1
million. It is a fast-paced, entrepreneurial development
organization with a strong commitment to fundraising, relationship-
building, and serving the needs of the community through the Library.

Currently, The Library Foundation is half-way through a campaign
designed to raise the bar on annual contributions and serve as the
launch of a sustainable major gifts campaign.


The Development Associate maintains strong relationships with donors through cultivation and solicitation contacts and is responsible for executing the Foundation's donor renewal telephone campaign. This individual provides project management support for individual and corporate fundraising. The Development Associate also provides
administrative support as needed for development projects and

Key responsibilities include the following (not in priority order):
--Maintain strong relationships with donors through cultivation and
acknowledgement phone calls.
--Secure annual funding through a telephone renewal campaign with
responsibility for a set goal.
--Project management that supports individual and corporate
--Participate in creating and executing fundraising strategy with
Foundation staff and Library staff.
--Assist the Director of Major Gifts with donor relations.
--Assist with donor events.
--Assist with other foundation projects as assigned.

A minimum of one year of development experience, in a comparable
organization, is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate must have
excellent oral and written communication skills and be highly
organized. Previous experience raising funds by telephone a plus.
Bachelor's Degree required.

The ideal candidate needs to be a relationship- focused person, good
at establishing connection, listening closely, and talking about the
Library with passion and enthusiasm. This person will be able to
clearly articulate the difference our Library makes in our community
to a variety of audiences. Excellent judgment in interpersonal
interactions and the ability to manage confidential information are
required. He or she will "close the deal" successfully with donors
on the telephone.

The Development Associate should be able to communicate in writing
with an outstanding level of skill. The ideal candidate will bring
a marketing mindset to corporate fundraising. He or she will have
the ability to establish effective communications and working
relationships with Library staff, Foundation staff, donors and

He or she will be a highly skilled project organizer, able to take a
project from its inception, shape it appropriately, create
timelines, and manage the project to completion. A willingness to
own a project fully, request help as needed, and think independently
yet collaboratively are key components of success in this position.
The ideal candidate will be highly organized and will enjoy working
in a constantly changing, fast-paced environment. He or she will
follow through on details with precision and timeliness, and will be
able to oversee multiple projects simultaneously.

The selected candidate will possess a genuine interest and passion
for what The Library Foundation does and must be committed to the
mission of the organization.

Competitive salary and benefits.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume be mail or
email to the following: The Library Foundation, Re: Development
Associate, 522 SW 5th Ave, #1103, Portland, OR 97204 or to
faithd at libraryfound ation.org.

Chris Mildner
chrismildner at yahoo.com

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." (Marcus Aurelius, 121-180 AD)

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