SMART Reading, the State’s largest volunteer-based nonprofit literacy organization, is looking for an energetic, experienced fundraising professional to join our development team in Portland.  SMART Reading partners with schools around the state and engages community volunteers to read one-on-one with nearly 11,000 PreK through 3rd grade children annually, helping strengthen literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep in order to begin building their own personal library. 

When you join SMART Reading, you join a team that shares your commitment to making this important work happen. Your position on the Statewide Development Team will focus on corporate donors—cultivating and stewarding current supporters as well as generating and developing relationships with new donors. You’ll also be the point person for our annual statewide fundraising event and will maintain a portfolio of corporate and small grants from foundations and family funds. 

The ideal candidate will have a zest for meeting with people, a passion for creatively matching donor interests with development needs, and energy and drive to meet fundraising goals. 

If that’s you, here’s what we can offer:

  • A team of equally-committed, passionate and experienced individuals;

  • Maximum time “in the field” – to engage people in our work;

  • An engaged and motivated Board of Directors who understand their role as advocates and fundraisers;

  • Plenty of opportunity to put your creativity and ideas to good use (We’ve got great systems but we’re always interested in improvement.);

  • A salary in the range of $50-$60K and a generous benefits package;

  • Professional development opportunities, both internal and external to SMART Reading; and

  • An organizational culture that values team, plays to the strengths of its members, and is tirelessly devoted to serving “our kids” well.

Your team members have developed the following “must have” requirements:

  • Personal character, which guides the ethical practice of your work;

  • Exceptional interpersonal and written communication skills;

  • High degree of personal accountability;

  • Ability to work independently and with a team;

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;

  • Five years development experience, preferably with individuals and corporations;

  • Knowledge of corporate giving practices, donor cultivation

  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office products and Google applications. Experience with Raisers Edge a plus.

Bonus skills (preferred but not required):

  • Bachelor’s degree 

  • Event management experience 

SMART’s Commitment to Equity:

As an early literacy program focused on helping children succeed with reading and learning, SMART Reading can’t ignore that deep racial, cultural, social, and economic inequities in our country and state make it harder for some children to succeed compared to others. SMART Reading’s vision is an Oregon where all children can realize their full potential through reading, and we make equity a top priority as deliver on that vision.. As part of this, we particularly seek staff members, volunteers, and board members whose personal or professional background gives them unique perspective to further SMART Reading’s work in serving children of color and children from other marginalized groups.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and/or sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

General Requirements:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required for the position. 


To read the full position description, click here. 

Please provide a resume and brief cover letter that tells us how you meet our needs based on the requirements outlined. We’d also like to know about your experience and commitment to equity and whether you have bonus skills outlined above. 

Please apply at the following link:

People of color, people living with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled but will begin place priority on applications received by May 17. We will begin phone interviews after this time. Selected applicants will be invited to move forward to in-person interviews. At this point in our process we will ask for professional references and make an offer shortly thereafter. We would like to have the selected candidate start by early July.