Engagement Coordinator

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Title: Engagement Coordinator

Reports to: Director of Development

Location: Open to applicants in Oregon; options available to work at Children’s Institute offices in downtown Portland (hybrid)

Job Classification: Exempt, 1 FTE (40 hours per week)

Salary: $67,000, based on Children’s Institute compensation plan

Closing: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2024

To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to jobs.dev@childinst.org with “Engagement Coordinator” in the subject line.

Persons of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Please contact Director of People & Culture, Whitney Wong, at whitney@childinst.org with any accommodation requests.
At Children’s Institute (CI), our mission is to shift systems toward justice for families so that all children in Oregon, prenatal to grade five, have access to opportunity. We advocate for and secure public investments in early childhood programs and services, and work directly with school communities to improve the learning experience for children.

We are keenly focused on children who experience barriers to opportunity due to race, poverty, disability, language, and geographic location. And we strive to connect research, lived experience, and community voice as we work to ensure that more children succeed in kindergarten, meet third grade benchmarks, and thrive in their early childhood experiences.

CI prioritizes an integrated, team-based work approach and a flexible, collegial work environment grounded in our values of honor, equity, learning, connectedness, and innovation.

The Engagement Coordinator will demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to advancing racial and economic justice. In collaboration with team members, they will promote an inclusive work culture.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the director of development, the engagement coordinator is involved in all key functions of development operations, which significantly contribute to the mission and vision of Children’s Institute.

The Engagement Coordinator spearheads development event planning and the strategies to expand individual and corporate donors as Children’s Institute continues to grow and expand its reach. The Engagement Coordinator is entrepreneurial, with a strong background in nonprofit fundraising, and thrives on overseeing and coordinating a range of development responsibilities.

CI currently has a 25-person staff with a budget of $4.6 million and growing. The organization is 85 percent grant-funded, with 15 percent of revenue coming from non-foundation sources, including individuals and corporate sponsorships. The 3.5-person development Team is committed to moving towards Community Centric Fundraising Principles and works as a cohesive unit while each staff has their own areas of specialization. The team actively partners with other community and non-profit organizations and their development teams so that our whole community thrives.

The Engagement Coordinator will plan, lead, and execute fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship events and will develop a vibrant individual and corporate donor program. The candidate must have strong interpersonal, team, communications, marketing, data management, and project management skills to ensure that development strategies are carried out in keeping with CI’s values, mission, vision, and strategic plans.

The ideal Engagement Coordinator has nonprofit organizational fundraising experience and skills involving events, individual and corporate strategies.


Strategic Fundraising

Plan and execute events to meet fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship goals.
Lead all aspects of the planning process for the annual Champions for Children luncheon.
Execute individual and corporate fundraising plans tailored to CI’s needs and aligned with Community Centric Fundraising principles.
Cultivate, steward, and secure business sponsorships.
Steers the use and adoption of CI’s CRM strategy (currently using the Every Action platform)
Design and carry out donor touchpoints and strategies, such as annual appeals and campaigns, and implement acknowledgment and recognition programs.
Design and implement cultivation, acknowledgment, and recognition programs
Collaborate with office administrative staff to plan and implement development office functions, including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting.
Collaborate with communications teams to create compelling and impactful donor engagement tools, including email, website, design elements, and event aesthetics.
Collaborate with the Development Director in supporting volunteer Investment Committee
Other duties as assigned
Primary Relationships

Within the organization, the position has primary relationships with the Development Director, Finance & Operations Manager, and Communications team. The Development Director will create relationships and have knowledge about the work and impacts of each of the teams within CI. This position supports the Children’s Institute Investment Committee, fundraising volunteers, corporate sponsors, and donors. The Development Associate is expected to represent the organization to the community and must have the ability to understand and effectively explain CI’s work and programs in the early childhood arena.

Preferred Skills and Experience

Any satisfactory combination of experience and education that ensures an individual’s ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position may substitute for the stated qualifications.

Knowledge and experience in the following areas are required:

Three years of experience in the field and a demonstrated track record of success in fundraising
Experience developing, planning, and executing high-quality fundraising events
Experience developing and designing fundraising and/or materials
Experience maintaining fundraising data and reports in CRM systems
Demonstrated experience and confidence in connecting a mission to fundraising and asking people to contribute time and money to advance an organization’s work
An understanding of the role of stewardship in moving donors through levels of giving
Development office functions, including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting in partnership with office support staff
Strong customer service mindset demonstrated in interactions with colleagues, donors, and partners
Excellent written, verbal, and digital communication skills
Excellent project management skills with an ability to prioritize and manage multiple needs and expectations
Proficiency with MS Office, Adobe, and Canva preferred
Don’t meet every single requirement?  At Children’s Institute, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that exemplifies our values of honor and equity.  If you’re excited about this role but concerned your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply!


Employer fully paid medical/dental coverage
Employer fully paid long-term disability coverage
Employer fully paid life insurance, accidental death, and employee assistance plan
401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with qualified match and contribution
125 Flexible Benefits Plan
Commuter stipend
Cell phone stipend
Professional Development Stipend
Annual office closure between December 26th and January 1st
Three weeks paid time off
Three weeks sick leave
Eleven paid holidays, plus two floating holidays
Paid time off to celebrate your birthday
Paid time off to volunteer in CI’s community
Equal Employment Statement

Children’s Institute is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is the policy of CI to provide equal employment opportunity in accordance with applicable law to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical ability, source of income, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in all personnel actions. Personnel actions include recruitment, selection, promotion, compensation, training, and termination. Relations between employees shall be based on mutual respect and regard for the effectiveness and well-being of the organization.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Consistent with applicable disability law, Children’s Institute will provide reasonable accommodations to assist qualified applicants or employees with disabilities to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job, and to enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment applicable to similarly situated employees without disabilities, provided the accommodation would not impose an “undue hardship” on the operation of CI.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Children’s Institute agrees to follow the internal protocols for partner organizations and school districts as a condition of employment for all employees unless they are granted reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

Tagged as: development, early childhood, education, Events, fundraising, hybrid, nonprofit, systems change

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