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Healthy Democracy Fund Seeks Development Director

The Healthy Democracy Fund (HDF) seeks a dynamic and inspired Development Director to strategically advance this young organization. The emphasis of this position will be to sustain the organization’s growth as it builds upon its success with the landmark Citizens’ Initiative Review, and develops innovative new program areas around improving the health of our political discourse, and public engagement processes.

The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director to develop HDF’s fundraising goals and strategies. The Development Director is responsible for planning, supervising and executing our major gifts program and leading all of our fundraising strategies. The Development Director will supervise the development activities of our Administrative and Outreach Coordinators, and provide leadership to the staff and Board of Directors to achieve our annual and long-range fundraising goals.

The ideal candidate for this position will meet the requisite qualifications and also possess the desire and drive to fully establish an innovative and exciting non-profit organization with an already impressive track record. The right candidate for this position will need to be flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced political environment in order to excel.

About the Healthy Democracy Fund

The Healthy Democracy Fund (HDF), established in 2009, grew out of the effort to develop Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR). The CIR, the flagship project of our sister organization, Healthy Democracy Oregon, is a public process for engaging randomly selected, demographically balanced panels of voters in fairly, and effectively evaluating measures on the statewide ballot. The Healthy Democracy Fund partnered on the legislatively sanctioned pilot of the CIR during the 2010 election cycle, and a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation evaluated the pilot. Based on the evaluation and high level of public support, CIR was widely heralded as a major success.

Healthy Democracy Oregon worked to help pass legislation in during the 2011 Legislative which made the CIR a permanent part of Oregon’s democratic process. This ‘first-in-the-nation’ policy is a true innovation for the field of deliberative democracy and good governance, and is known both nationally and internationally by advocates for deliberative democracy.

The Healthy Democracy Fund is currently engaging key supporters and state leaders in developing its strategic plan for 2012-2013, and developing program areas which will include:

  • Supporting the Citizens Initiative Review
  • Developing a public engagement tool based on the CIR methodology to engage the public in an evaluation of tough public policy trade-offs.
  • Collaborating on efforts to develop methods of meaningful online public engagement around public policy and electoral discourse.
  • Public education around the issues of political discourse and opportunities for public engagement.
  • HDF currently consists of a four-person staff with offices in Portland and Eugene. The current staff led the effort to establish the CIR and have a broad base of experience in citizen deliberation, election reform, and grassroots advocacy.

For additional information about the Citizens’ Initiative Review please see Healthy Democracy Oregon’s website at www.healthydemocracy.org.

For more information about Healthy Democracy Fund, visit www.healthydemocracyfund.org.


• Develop, with the Executive Director, an annual work plan that will include specific fund raising goals and numerical targets for proposals, appeals and campaigns
• Increase our major gifts support by increasing the major donor pool gifts and increasing existing gifts. This includes:
– Identifying and qualifying major donor prospects
– Meeting face-to-face with major donor prospects to build relationships and solicit donations
– Develop an Annual Giving Campaign with board member solicitors

• Effectively engage the Board of Directors, committee members, and other volunteers in the fundraising process
• Manage staff to coordinate fundraising activities
• Grant writing
• Work with other staff to help develop messages and materials related to program activities that advance the HDF’s development goals.
• Serve as a public spokesperson for the organization
• Depending on the candidate’s interest and experience, this position may involve managing some aspects of the organizations communications and public relations duties


• Successful track record of identifying, cultivating, and face-to-face solicitation of individual major donors.
• Successful track record of securing foundation and grant funding
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience producing successful donor communication and marketing materials.
• Ability to work with Board members and a diverse constituency of donors including corporate and foundation executives and leaders from private and public sectors.
• Event planning experience and meeting revenue targets through events.
• Demonstrated ability to generate appointments, make the ask, and close a solicitation; exercise appropriate judgment and discretion in interactions
• Exceptional initiative, vision, and ambition to take a leadership role with an exciting organization.
• Nonprofit management and political advocacy experience a big plus.

Compensation: $44K – $62K DOE. This is a full time position, however, well qualified candidates desiring to work less than full time (between .75 and 1 FTE) will also be considered. HDF also provides a generous PTO, Holiday, and Flex-Time policies.

Location: Eugene or Portland, Oregon.

Start Date: Open until filled.

To Apply: Email applications only. Do not call. Send electronic copies of a cover letter describing you interest and qualifications for this position, a resume, a writing sample, and the contact information for three references to: info@healthydem.org.

Deadline: Position will remain open until filled.

Note: Applicants will be emailed to verify that their application was received. Please do not call to check on your application status. The Search Committee will respond to applicants of interest directly.

The Healthy Democracy Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We carefully consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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