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Philanthropy Director

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POSITION: Philanthropy Director


LOCATION: Northwest Youth Corps Tacoma, Washington Office.  Will require 25% travel to project locations; state offices and to visit donors, travelling within ID, OR, and WA.





Benefit package includes: Personal Leave, Paid Holidays, Medical and Dental Coverage, Disability/Life Insurance, 401k investment plan, Professional Development, and other perks!



Since 1984, Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), a non-profit organization, has given tens of thousands of youth and young adults opportunities to learn, grow, and experience success. Through partnerships with conservation agencies, youth and young adults gain the personal and professional skills needed to carry out a variety of stewardship projects, from which they can earn a stipend, high school credit, and/or an AmeriCorps educational award. More importantly, these young people gain skills needed to become economically and socially self-sufficient, benefit their communities as citizen stewards, and recognize that they can make a positive difference. NYC also operates an accredited charter school, internship program, and the Idaho Conservation Corps (ICC).



The Philanthropy Director has overall responsibility for the design and execution of fundraising activities including major gifts, annual fund, managing donor relationships, maintaining and developing relationships with Foundations, providing support of the Board and Executive Team’s fundraising activities, and all other aligned fundraising efforts. This position ensures the successful achievement of fundraising goals through the active cultivation and management of a prospect portfolio of prospective donors and current and new foundation relationships. The Philanthropy Director is a key member of the Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) Leadership Team and is responsible for the development of a robust and diversified income stream that includes contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations. This position is a highly visible position and will be supervised and evaluated on overall performance and production by the Senior Director for External Affairs.



Department Supervision and collaborations

  • This position reports to the Senior Director, External Affairs.
  • This position works closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors
  • This position is a member of the Leadership Team
  • This position works closely with the Communications Team


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Support

  • Promote continued organizational support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.
  • Seek to remove barriers to participation in NYC programs for underrepresented populations.
  • Reach out to engage and include underrepresented communities and individuals in financially supporting NYC’s mission.


Risk Management Responsibilities

  • Follow all risk management guidelines in office, vehicle and field environments


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build and implement a comprehensive fund development program that will both engage current donors while identifying, researching, cultivating, and soliciting new individual, foundation, and corporation prospects.
  • Develop, implement, execute, and evaluate overall fundraising activity, cultivation, and solicitation strategies for individual donor, foundation and corporate prospects.
  • Provide overall management of NYC annual fundraising efforts in support of prospect development and alignment with the mission while actively managing a personal prospect portfolio of current and potential donors for NYC.
  • Engage and lead board and staff in supporting fundraising efforts
  • Prepare high quality donor correspondence including cultivation materials, direct mail, solicitation letters, grant proposals and reports, project budgets, and acknowledgement letters.
  • Build and maintain a Culture of Philanthropy that engages and supports Board and Staff.
  • Oversee the implementation of the organization’s overall strategic growth of fundraising as guided by the developed plan for optimal growth of fundraising and a Culture of Philanthropy.
  • Prepare reports for major gifts, grants, and other fundraising efforts and outcomes to Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff as appropriate.
  • Ensure appropriate recognition and stewardship of every donor.


Position Qualifications & Certifications

  • Strong knowledge and skill base in effective fundraising techniques and practices, including administration of annual funds, solicitation techniques, grant administration and planned giving programs. 
  • Knowledge of (and commitment to) the Association of Fundraising Professionals code of ethical conduct, National Committee on Planned Giving ethical practices and the Donor Bill of Rights. 
  • Highly developed written and interpersonal communication skills, including strong formal presentation skills.
  • Proven track record of budget management, and achieving revenue targets as an exceptional fundraiser.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple assignments, meet deadlines and to quickly shift priorities.
  • Proven commitment to ensuring the highest standards of donor relationship building and stewardship with impeccable discretion.
  • Proficiency in using spreadsheet, word processing software, including experience with online databases and other software for identifying potential donors and grants.
  • Understanding of (and commitment to) the purpose, mission, and values of NYC.
  • Interest, temperament, enthusiasm, and affinity for fundraising and working with people.
  • Ability to successfully complete NYC driver’s training.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, non-profit management, marketing or related field; 3-5 years of progressive experience in nonprofit development positions with successful practice in fundraising preferred.


Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • In the performance of the job duties, the employee will work in a variety of environments, mostly from an office setting but with occasional donor visits in remote work locations.
  • While performing the duties of this job, with or without reasonable accommodation, the employee is required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or vehicle; reach with hands and arms; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk, hear; and smell.


**This Position Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.**


All job offers are contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check and a record of full COVID-19 vaccination (or an approved medical/religious vaccination exemption).


Terms of Employment

This is a full time, exempt position. Typical hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM  to 5:00 PM. Workload varies seasonally and will occasionally require long days, travel, and/or evening and weekend responsibilities.


To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to Jessica Johnson, Human Resources Officer at with Philanthropy Director in the subject line and document attachments in word or PDF format. Please do not call or visit our offices. Additional program information may be found at


Northwest Youth Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. We believe diversity is a key source of strength for our communities, and we strive to create a safe and empowering environment for participants from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities.  We are deeply invested in the success of youth and young adults of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, economic statuses, or other socio-cultural identifier.

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