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Open Positions

Director of Development
Grant Writer/Manager
Graphic Design Freelancers
Project Coordinator, Feasibility Assessment

Grant Writer / Manager

Location:
Portland, Oregon
Anticipated Start Date:
02-15-2015
Application Deadline:
12-20-2014
Reports To:
Director of Development
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Attn: Grant Writer / Manager

Summary:

Ecotrust seeks an experienced and creative grant writer/manager to join an existing Development team that supports all programs and projects throughout the organization. This position provides an opportunity to contribute directly to Ecotrust’s mission through close collaboration with a broad range of staff to support active and planned work.

Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives that will add richness to our evolving organization and networks.

Ecotrust’s Grant Writer/Manager will be responsible for preparing and submitting highly competitive funding proposals in conjunction with the program staff and their goals, and with other members of the development team. The Grant Writer/Manager will assist in the grant fulfillment process. In addition, this position will contribute to broader efforts of Ecotrust’s Development and Communications teams, including assisting with other fundraising projects and supporting the creation of cohesive, integrative, and compelling communications that support our fundraising efforts organization-wide.

Responsibilities:

  • Compile, write, and edit grant applications exhibiting strong expository writing skills, a keen attention to detail, and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
  • Develop individual grant proposals tailored to each grant-making organization’s preferences and following the grant-maker’s guidelines exactly.
  • Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of Ecotrust’s mission, projects, and programs, and research grant-making organizations to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs.
  • Assist in maintaining records in the development database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Coordinate with the Grant Manager and the Development Coordinator to manage the calendar of grant deadlines, to ensure that reports and applications are submitted on time and accurately, and communicate grant deadlines and requirements to responsible staff.
  • Work with the finance team as needed in the proposal preparation and reporting process to ensure accurate financial reporting and budgeting.
  • Provide stewardship materials for communicating with current donors, including regular written updates to corporate and foundation donors and acknowledgement letters, as requested.
  • Assist the Director of Development and Communications staff as needed, to include providing material for reports, newsletters, and emails and ensuring that all proposals, reports, and appeals are integrated with the look, feel, and format of Ecotrust.
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as assigned.
  • Assist other support staff as assigned, including covering reception, scheduling, and maintaining the development calendar.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Exceptional written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly understand complicated subject areas, glean the critical elements, and the ability to communicate those elements to others.
  • Keen attention to detail in the entire funding process and strong editing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that allow strong working partnerships with program leads and Development and Communication team members.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work successfully under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to write “on deadline” and work with the project managers to ensure internal deadlines are met.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Strong contributor in team environments.
  • An understanding of Ecotrust’s mission and exposure to the “natural model of development” or related models.

Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Ecotrust.
  • Minimum three years experience proposal writing required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, public relations, communications, or a closely related field is preferred.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Demonstrated expert skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, & Outlook.
  • Experience working in Raiser’s Edge or similar database and an excellent knowledge of database management.
  • Excellent understanding of environmental and conservation issues.
  • Good team player, flexible work style, and excellent interpersonal skills.

How To Apply:

Please follow these directions closely. Complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available as a PDF or Word DOC at left) and forward with a cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume to: with Grant Writer in the subject line by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above.

Additional Information:

The position is full-time. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; excellent benefits package including retirement plan match, medical and dental insurance, flexible spending account; life insurance and disability coverage provided.

Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve our mission. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.

Director of Development

Location:
Portland, Oregon
Anticipated Start Date:
02-18-2015
Application Deadline:
01-09-2015
Reports To:
VP, Engagement
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Attn: Director of Development

Summary:

Ecotrust seeks a passionate, adventurous, and accomplished development professional to lead our fundraising initiatives and drive a new era of impact and engagement for the organization.

Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental wellbeing. The organization is comprised of a diverse and evolving mix of programmatic initiatives and for-purpose enterprises designed to build transformative change in systems essential to our wellbeing, including: food and farms, forestry, fisheries, climate and energy, and the built environment. To date, we have leveraged $30 million in gifts to more than $1 billion in capital at work for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California.

Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives that will add richness to our evolving organization and networks.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Vice President of Engagement, the Director of Development serves a critical leadership role for Ecotrust. In partnership with the Leadership Team and Board Chair, this position is responsible for fundraising and development activities and is a driver of an integrated engagement strategy along with Ecotrust’s Communications and Events teams. The successful candidate will possess a solid fundraising background, an understanding of the changing landscape of philanthropy, and a flexible and adaptive approach.

The Director of Development will work with the VP of Engagement and the CFO to design and implement the strategy and infrastructure needed to achieve Ecotrust’s financial goals. S/he will be responsible for developing key alliances and relationships, solicitation of major gifts, foundation giving, government grants, corporate partnerships, and special events. The Director of Development is responsible for managing an established team of development professionals at Ecotrust.

S/he will expand and diversify Ecotrust’s donor base and funding pipeline, steward existing relationships, and engage a new generation of supporters to elevate Ecotrust’s impact, visibility, and financial resources. The Director of Development will work closely with the Leadership Team and program staff to secure funding for identified programmatic priorities and new initiatives, and will systematically and effectively strengthen the organization’s overall fundraising capacity.

Responsibilities:

In partnership with the VP of Engagement and the Leadership Team, lead major fundraising initiatives to support Ecotrust’s mission, long-term goals, fiscal health, and special projects.

  • Actively work with the VP of Engagement to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy that includes a diverse range of revenue sources including major gifts, legacy gifts, foundation and government grants, and corporate giving, as well as program and mission-related investments (MRIs and PRIs).
  • Work closely with programmatic leads across diverse work areas as well as development staff to identify prospects, develop proposals, and secure funding.
  • Track current trends in the philanthropic sector and specific implications and opportunities for Ecotrust.
  • Lead, mentor, and manage the team responsible for development and execution of all proposals, annual appeals, individual and legacy giving, management of the fundraising pipeline, and effective lead generation and relationship cultivation.
  • Execute hands-on fundraising and business development responsibilities.
  • Assure sound fiscal operation of development function including timely, accurate, and comprehensive income and expense budget creation, reporting, monitoring, and implementation; ensure accountability and compliance standards for all donors and funding sources.
  • Work closely with the communications and events teams to design and implement effective engagement strategies that inspire support, generate gifts, and build awareness for the Ecotrust brand.
  • Oversee development and maintenance of appropriate systems for individual donor engagement and cultivation, grant management, lead generation, gift processing and recognition, and strategic engagement through events.
  • Establish and maintain both a deep and broad knowledge of Ecotrust programmatic work and build fluency across programmatic initiatives.
  • Manage and monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analyses to senior leadership team and board of directors.

Qualifications:

  • 5-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization or social enterprise; demonstrated success in a development function; building and maintaining relationships with diverse donor sources.
  • Demonstrated track record of individual donor identification, cultivation, and long-term stewardship.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; demonstrated ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors.
  • Successful experience leading a team, with a track record of effective management and talent development.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of Ecotrust’s mission and values.
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies.

How To Apply:

Please follow these directions closely. Complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available at top as a PDF or Word DOC) and forward with a cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume to:  with this position’s title in the subject line by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above.

Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve our mission. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.

 

Graphic Design Freelancers

Location:
Portland, Oregon
Anticipated Start Date:
01-15-2015
Application Deadline:
01-01-2015
Reports To:
Communications team
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Attn: Graphic Design Freelancers

Summary:

Ecotrust is seeking to build a strong community of freelance designers to support the Design Director and communications team. We are looking for designers at various points in their careers and practices for print design, digital design, web design, illustration work, installations, signage, etc.

The work is very diverse — it includes managing the visual aspects and integrity of the Ecotrust brand as well as supporting program-specific, organization-wide, and client-based design and communication needs.

We view our freelance designers as valuable members of the communications team, which not only supports the internal communications needs at Ecotrust, but seeks to inspire others around the world to create a more resilient future. Through creative, low-cost, and measurable strategies, Ecotrust’s communications team works to share the organization’s stories with a goal towards inspiring impactful change for the benefit of people and the places they live.

Responsibilities:

  • Support Design Director and communications team with various design needs on a project basis.
  • Work within appropriate brand guidelines — Ecotrust’s or our client’s.
  • Follow Ecotrust’s file management policies to maintain clarity and organization.
  • Post all work to the server at the end of your work day. Check for the proper links, fonts etc. Other people will need to open your files.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrable experience in the design field as a working professional and a proven track record of accomplishments
  • Excellent work samples from professional and personal projects
  • Must display strong conceptual skills and practice design as a tool for approaching problems, discovering opportunities, and asking questions
  • Excited about and engaged with visual culture
  • Passionate about Ecotrust’s work
  • Solid grasp of typography
  • A working knowledge of digital interaction design (web, mobile, app etc.)
  • Able to work well independently and in a support role
  • Great communications skills and flexible work style
  • Competent with the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Ability to work on and offsite as needed
  • Ability to realistically estimate time and budget needs for a project and reliably hit both milestones and deadlines

How To Apply:

Please complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available as a PDF or Word DOC above) and forward with work samples (a link to your online portfolio is fine) cover letter, and resume to: with the title “Graphic Design Freelancers” in the subject line by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above.

Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve our mission. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.

Project Coordinator, Feasibility Assessment

Location:
Portland, Oregon
Anticipated Start Date:
02-15-2014
Application Deadline:
12-31-2014
Reports To:
Special Projects and Development Manager
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Attn: Project Coordinator, Feasibility Assessment

Summary:

Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates more resilient communities, ecosystems, and economies on the West Coast of North America where we are headquartered and around the world. Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives that will add richness to our evolving organization and networks.

Ecotrust fully recognizes and respects the sovereignty of American Indian Tribes, First Nations, Alaskan Natives, and Hawaiian Natives, and we are honored to have been working with indigenous communities from California to Alaska since our founding in 1991. Ecotrust is committed to supporting a growing network of Native political, cultural, economic, and environmental leaders; increasing education opportunities for native youth; and fostering the emergence of a renewed Native economy by brokering resources and tools for repatriating traditional lands, for sovereign food systems, for social enterprises, and for co-management for more productive terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Position Description

In partnership with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), Ecotrust is working to conduct a one-year feasibility assessment that will:

  1. gather information about the economic development needs of Tribes and Native American communities in the Pacific Northwest, and
  2. explore one possible solution to these needs in the form of a model that would match early-career Native American professionals with organizations where they could learn and put into practice skills that are relevant to the needs of their communities.

The Project Coordinator will play a major role on the project team by providing key coordination and project support to Ecotrust and ATNI project staff. The individual will work closely with the Special Projects Manager to conduct all research activities for the feasibility assessment, as well as outreach to regional indigenous leaders and potential host organizations.

Responsibilities:

  • Landscape analysis. Includes review of existing leadership development programs and apprenticeship or practical learning models, as well as identification of potential partners and host agencies.
  • Qualitative research. Includes participation in designing and conducting research interviews, data analysis and synthesis, presentation of findings, and project documentation.
  • Program design and vetting. Includes working with Special Projects Manager and project team to apply research findings to a draft program design of the NAESI, soliciting feedback from partners and stakeholders, and refining the program design in an iterative manner.
  • Project evaluation. Includes ongoing process evaluation and comprehensive outcomes evaluation to be presented to project partners and funders upon completion of the feasibility assessment.
  • Project communication. Includes communication with community members, partners, government and tribal agencies, and other organizations.
  • Position is based in Portland, OR. (Moving expenses are not covered.)

Qualifications:

  • Very strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail and administrative ability.
  • Proficient with computer, internet, Web research and Microsoft Office programs.
  • Training and/or direct experience in research — especially qualitative interviewing and analysis.
  • A demonstrated interest in building resilient Tribal and First Nations economies, communities and ecosystems.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of applied experience.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to Ecotrust’s mission, work and passion for the principles that are at the heart of our mission.

Preferred But Not Required:

  • Experience working for or with a Tribal government, Tribal non-profit, or Native led organization.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest based Tribes — working understanding of governments, cultures, customs, and histories.
  • Knowledge of economic development organizations and relevant non-profits in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with communities of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge of apprenticeship-based leadership models.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of time. International travel is possible (Canada).
  • Ability to learn and understand Ecotrust business methods and practices.

How To Apply:

Please complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available as a PDF or Word DOC at left) and forward with a cover letter and CV or resume to: with “Project Coordinator, Feasibility Assessment” in the subject line of the email by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above. Your cover letter should clearly explain how your skills, experience, and interests fit this position.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, temporary position for one year. Ecotrust offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits package includes retirement plan match, medical and dental insurance, and flexible spending account. Life insurance and disability coverage provided.

Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve our mission. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.