Chief Development Officer, Albertina Kerr Centers

Portland, OR

Position Title: Chief Development Officer

Exempt Status: Exempt

Department: Development

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Location:  Albertina Kerr headquarters in Portland, OR

Salary:  $165,000-$175,000/year plus benefits


Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has been caring for Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens. Over the decades, our services have evolved to meet the community’s needs. While these needs have changed, the values of our expert caregivers remain constant: compassion, commitment, collaboration, and advocacy.

Kerr is committed to evolving the norms around how we care for children, teens and adults with unique mental health and developmental needs. Kerr strives to deliver the highest quality services to all the people we serve and support a thriving, effective, and sustainable workforce of caring individuals dedicated to serving Oregon’s most vulnerable.

Today, Kerr empowers people experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), mental health challenges, and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential. We provide comprehensive crisis and preventive mental health care for children and teens, as well as a full range of services for children and adults experiencing an I/DD.


The Chief Development Officer is responsible for leading the Albertina Kerr Centers' Foundation in raising philanthropic support to advance the mission of Albertina Kerr Centers.  This includes responsibility for fund development, management of the development department and its services to the organization.

Currently, the Chief Development Officer has 3 direct reports and a team of 9 staff, with several vacancies awaiting the CDO.  The CDO is a member of the Executive Leadership team and actively engages in strategic planning and organizational decision making.



  • Personally responsible for identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of donors, concentrating primarily on gifts of $50,000 or more.
  • Increases and maintains total fundraising volume at 10% or more of annual operating budget.
  • Creates a compelling case for support and donor funding opportunities to provide for the short- and long-term needs of the agency.
  • Ensures event planning and implementation effectively communicate the purposes of the organization and meets revenue projections.
  • Ensures proper donor and volunteer stewardship, recognition, and appreciation programs.
  • Responsible for systems in prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Creates a pipeline and strategic fundraising plan for potential funders.
  • Oversees management portfolio system for the frontline fundraising team with regular prospect strategy meetings, ongoing portfolio assignments and metrics.
  • Establishes and manages regular prospect meetings with community leaders and Kerr leadership as appropriate.
  • Participates in industry and professional groups, continuing education and similar professional development activities.
  • Publicly represents the agency within designated authority.


  • Creates an inspirational working environment that is rewarding to Development staff and event volunteers.
  • Understands and provides resources for staff to meet metrics.
  • Performs staff evaluations and provides performance feedback in a positive manner.
  • Demonstrates passion for the mission of Albertina Kerr.
  • Manages department budgets, policies and guidelines in an ethical and business-minded manner.
  • Develops and maintains effective communications and working relationships with all Kerr personnel, event volunteers, stakeholders, vendors and others.

Culture of Philanthropy

  • Supports the culture of philanthropy within Albertina Kerr.
  • Works with CEO to ensure fundraising strategy is aligned with the agency’s mission, strategy and goals.
  • Engages in donor-centered and community-centric fundraising principles.
  • Motivates donors and colleagues to maximize giving.
  • Acts as liaison to the Board of Trustees. Liaisons board for Board Recruitment and Engagement Committee (BREC). Recruits and orients new Board members.
  • Actively participates in the leadership team of the agency to achieve its mission in accordance with its values.

Other and related duties as necessary or assigned.


  • At least ten years’ management experience in Development.  CFRE preferred.
  • A demonstrated history of effectiveness in leading the Development function.
  • Effective critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Effective public speaking skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills with the ability to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to be entrepreneurial in nature: self-starter; action- and results-oriented.
  • Possess independent and mature judgment.
  • Ability to organize time effectively, establish priorities, meet deadlines, and manage a large number of tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word, Outlook and donor databases.
  • Sufficient physical dexterity to retrieve, manipulate, insert documents into or retrieve documents from files stored in standard filing cabinets, with or without reasonable accommodation.


Nonprofit Professionals Now is pleased to be working with Albertina Kerr on this key leadership position.

We are excited to engage with applicants and explore the opportunities at Albertina  Kerr!   

Application Deadline:   September 26, 2022