Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $52,000
Maximum: $60,000
Details: DOE



Start Date


Application Deadline



611 SW Kingston Ave
United States


The Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer position is a unique opportunity for an experienced development professional to be part of one of the region’s most visible and impactful cultural nonprofits and one of the world’s leading Japanese cultural centers. This mid-management position provides an exciting opportunity to hone skills and see gratifying results as part of a close-knit team of fundraising professionals, including the Garden’s visionary CEO, Steve Bloom. It is responsible for all grant writing and reporting, as well as written and in-person corporate sponsorship solicitations. This position is great for an experienced and dynamic fundraiser with exceptional writing and verbal skills and a passion for building and stewarding relationships. This opportunity comes at a particularly exciting time at the Garden as we prepare to launch a variety of new international initiatives, leveraging the opportunities provided by our recently opened $37-million facility. The Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer reports to the Chief Development Officer.

Primary Duties 

Grant Writing and Reporting:

• Composing proposals for private and corporate foundations as well as government agencies

• Researching and prospecting new grant opportunities

• Tracking and meeting annual revenue targets for funding

• Working with program coordinators to develop compelling cases for funding

• Developing project budgets in collaboration with senior staff

• Completing and submitting interim and final reports on grants

• Maintaining a grant calendar, effectively communicating and managing deadlines 

Developing and Maintaining Corporate Relationships:

• Oversee stewardship, prospecting, and expansion of portfolio of regional, national, and international corporate partners

• Creating and presenting corporate sponsorship proposals

• Soliciting and tracking in-kind contributions from corporate donors

• Meeting annual targets for cash and in-kind contributions from these sources

• Collaborating with corporate contacts to create new and creative modes of partnership

• Working cross-departmentally to plan events involving corporate partners

General Development Department Responsibilities:

• Utilizing and maximizing potential of Raiser’s Edge CRM database

• Maintaining complete and organized internal files on donors, prospects, and grants

• Assisting with the planning of and attending special events at the Garden and offsite

• Other duties as assigned

Other Responsibilities  

• Familiarize oneself with the organization and the Employee Handbook

• Educate self to have knowledge and confidence to give Garden tours

• Get to know fellow staff members, developing trust, establishing credibility, encouraging teamwork, and creating an atmosphere of open, honest, two-way communication 

• Maintain a high level of professionalism in manner and appearance

• Adhere to Garden Dress Code


• Minimum 4 years’ fundraising experience, with a proven record of successful fundraising results

• Impeccable writing skills, with experience creating compelling and persuasive proposals

• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

• Exemplary organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities

• Experience with program budgeting and an understanding of financial statements

• Either a knowledge of, or strong interest in, learning about Japanese arts and culture

• Experience in the development department of a public garden, museum, cultural center, or performing arts organization is preferred, but not required

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office and donor databases (Raiser’s Edge experience preferred) 

• Driver’s license, with clean DMV record

Special Requirements

• Must be comfortable working in an open office environment

• Must be able to work from a desk for the duration of the workday

• Must be able to navigate all areas of the Garden for guest tours and various events

• Must be able to remain in a stationary position for up to 3 hours at events and receptions

• Some evening and weekend work required


• $52,000 to $60,000 per annum, DOE

• This is a full-time, salaried position with 40+ hours per week. Shifts are typically 8 hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, with a 30 minute break for lunch.


  • Health, dental, and vision insurance (premium 100% covered for employees)
  • 401k plan (4% employer match after 1 year of service)
  • Paid vacation, sick, and holiday time
  • Incentives for alternative transportation for your commute to work
  • Access to the Garden for you, your family, and your friends
  • Reciprocal access to other area attractions, such as the Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Zoo

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to, with “Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer” in the subject line. Please no phone calls or hand delivered applications. Applicants are also encouraged to submit up to two writing samples (1-3 pages each) that relate to corporate or foundation proposals. Writing samples will be required before the scheduling of live interviews. Candidates who advance to the final stage of the interview process will be required to submit three professional references. Please submit application materials by Tuesday, August 14, 2018, with early submission encouraged. 

All submitted applications will be held in strict confidence.