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Development Director

Closing Date: Open until filled.

Salary Range: $ 102,160 To 112,375 Annually

Are you passionate about championing the rights of tribal communities and safeguarding the environment? The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) is searching for a dedicated Development Director to spearhead our fundraising endeavors and foster invaluable donor relationships.

This critical role involves developing and implementing fundraising strategies, cultivating donor relationships, managing grant applications, and ensuring the financial sustainability of the organization’s programs and initiatives. The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director to achieve fundraising goals and advance the mission of the organization. The position involves regular interaction with high-level tribal, federal, state, and NGO policymakers; requires local, regional, national, and international visibility; and serves as the voice of CRITFC to build relationships and raise awareness around tribal priorities.

CRITFC offers competitive compensation and an exceptional benefits package, including medical, dental, 401(k), 12 days of vacation (to start), 13 paid holidays, and paid sick time. We provide professional development opportunities, promote from within, and have a Native hiring preference as part of our commitment to our people. As a result, you will find a work environment that supports and inspires our shared goals of protecting the natural world and the tribal cultural connection to it.

This position is hybrid-eligible based out of the Portland Office.



Fundraising Strategy and Planning:

  • Develop and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies to support the organization’s financial needs and long-term sustainability.
  • Collaborate with the leadership team to set fundraising goals, timelines, and benchmarks.
  • Identify new fundraising opportunities and innovative approaches to attract diverse sources of funding.


Donor Cultivation and Relationship Management:

  • Identify and cultivate relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and other potential funding sources.
  • Create personalized engagement plans to steward current funding and expand the funding base.
  • Regularly communicate with funders through various channels to provide updates on the organization’s impact and progress.


Grant Management:

  • Research, identify, and pursue grant opportunities from governmental agencies, foundations, and other funding bodies.
  • Prepare and submit grant proposals, ensuring compliance with all grant requirements and deadlines.
  • Maintain accurate records of grants, proposals, reports, and correspondence.


Fundraising Campaigns:

  • Plan, coordinate, and execute fundraising campaigns, initiatives, and events to raise awareness, engage supporters and raise funds.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, government affairs, and communications teams to develop materials and messages for fundraising campaigns.


Budgeting and Financial Oversight:

  • Work with the finance team to develop fundraising budgets and monitor income projections.
  • Track and analyze fundraising data to assess the effectiveness of different strategies and make data-driven decisions.


Commission Engagement:

  • Collaborate with the Commission to leverage their networks and expertise in fundraising efforts.
  • Provide regular reports and updates to the Commission on fundraising progress and strategies.


Compliance and Reporting:

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and ethical standards related to fundraising and donor management.
  • Prepare regular reports on fundraising activities and outcomes.
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Application Procedure

Online applications are preferred, however if circumstances prevent an applicant from completing an online application or require help with an electronic application, email for assistance.

Hiring preference:
CRITFC implements a tribal preference policy and encourages citizens and descendants of our member tribes (Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama) and other federally recognized tribes to apply.

CRITFC is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, people of color, those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.

CRITFC will consider non-citizen applicants who are authorized to work in the U.S. If not authorized to work in the U.S., CRITFC will provide reasonable support and accommodations to the candidate in obtaining U.S. work authorization. With the exception of certain employer required costs, CRITFC will not pay for costs related to applicant’s legal representation, filings for work authorization or immigration, or other costs related to obtaining work authorization.

*Please note: the term “Commission” as used in this description refers to CRITFC’s governing body. CRITFC is a tribal organization that is wholly owned and governed by the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. As a tribal organization, CRITFC is subject to a unique blend of policies and laws.