OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • 17-Jun-2022 to Until Filled (PST)
  • Development
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $56,637 per year
  • Salary
  • Regular - Full-Time

Eligible for health benefits, 403b retirement, vacation, sick, personal days, and holiday PTO.

The Gift Officer is an integral part of the individual giving team by overseeing a mid-level donor portfolio of approximately 75-100 donors and prospects. They also assist the Development team in the planning of OMSI's annual Gala event and other fundraising events, as well as supporting proposal creation, donor communications, and participating in community events that advance OMSI's strategic initiatives.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Manages portfolio of current and prospective donors:
    • Prepares solicitation strategies and plans for meetings with individual, corporate, and foundation donors and prospects (~75-100 donors, ranging from $1k - $10k);
    • Uses a moves management approach to motivate donors and prospects to make annual and special project gifts to OMSI;
    • Works collaboratively across the museum to identify funding opportunities and coordinate mutually beneficial partnerships for events, exhibits, and programs;
    • Conducts regular prospect research, such as reviewing annual reports, utilizing OMSI's Salesforce CRM, and staying up to date on the Portland philanthropic landscape;
    • Participates in networking events to identify and steward potential donor opportunities.
  • Internal Stakeholder Collaboration:
    • Participates in the planning of OMSI's Gala, and other donor cultivation events, alongside the Development team;
    • Participates in the implementation of consistent donor messaging across all OMSI communication channels, and participates in the creation of an array of written and in-person communication for donors - Gala, Annual Appeal, Annual Report, proposals, collateral, and one-sheets;
    • Thoughtfully and efficiently gathers internal buy-in on narratives, budgets, and attachments, before proposal submissions;
    • Present funding trends/motivation in conversations with program staff to help guide resource development;
    • Monitors and coordinates post-award grants to ensure budgeting and administrative policies, procedures, and awarding organization requirements are followed.

Working Conditions

  • This position is regular full-time scheduled for 40 hours/week:
    • This position may occasionally require working on some weekends, holidays, and/or evenings;
    • This position requires occasional travel within and outside the Portland Metro area;
    • Requires working onsite at the museum location.
  • Physical Demands: 75% sitting, 20% standing, 5% lifting/carrying/pushing up to 20 lbs;
    • You must be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 or qualify for an accommodation under the ADA for medical or religious reasons;
  • Vision Demands include:
    • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches of less)
  • Environmental Demands include:
    • None
  • Noise Levels include:
    • Moderate (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic)

Secondary Job Responsibilities

Provides additional support to the Development team. Secondary responsibilities include-but are not limited to-the following:

  • Attends OMSI events and provides on-site assistance at events as necessary.
  • Provides support in the end of year appeal and annual report as necessary;
  • Participates in department strategy setting.



  • Business Practices:
    • Ability to be resourceful, proactive, and adaptable in a professional work environment;
    • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills;
    • Ability to meet goals while balancing often overlapping and time-sensitive deadlines;
    • Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy;
    • Demonstrated ability to pivot between individual and team work;
    • Ability to model and support a positive team dynamic with paid and unpaid staff;
    • Ability to adhere to confidentiality, protocol, and community agreements;
    • Exercises sound judgment while upholding high integrity and ethical standards;
    • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and communication skills that adhere to confidentiality, protocol, and community agreements.

  • Development Expertise:
    • Working knowledge and understanding of the philanthropic community;
    • Professional communication and presentation skills, both written and oral for a public audience and for formal proposals/reports;
    • Ability to work with a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and/or database system;
    • Proficient with Google Suite and Microsoft Office, and the ability to effectively utilize spreadsheets and databases;
    • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques surrounding a prospect management/moves management program in a complex development operation.


  • Developed knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles;
  • Ability in setting long-term, strategic, departmental fundraising plans;
  • Proficient or native fluency in a second language (non-English);
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or another database program.

Education & Work Experience


  • 1 year experience with fundraising, securing gifts, and/or closing sales leads;
  • Examples of effective and people-focused communication skills, with an emphasis communicating an organization's message and goals with various stakeholders;
  • Experience communicating with a range of audiences, with an emphasis on working with and commanding the respect of board members, senior staff, and/or other high level organizational staff;
  • Examples of successful project coordination/project management;
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and talents in professional work environments.


  • Associate's degree;
  • Experience working in prospect research and/or donor relations and stewardship experience;
  • Experience working with a fundraising team;
  • Experience working with volunteers;
  • Experience working with board members.

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications


  • Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background checks and reference checks.


  • Valid Driver's License.
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