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Special Events & Partnerships Manager

Posted on: January 28th, 2020

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring that nurtures individual creativity, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Caldera weaves the arts, nature, and personal expression into powerful work that ignites self-expression and allows young people to be creative changes agents in their lives and communities.

Position Title: Special Events and Partnerships Manager

Supervisor: Development & Communications Director

Full time (37.5 hrs/week) 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday–Friday

Location: Portland office, 1227 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209

Compensation: $50,000–$60,000 annually, exempt. Benefits include: generous paid time off, health, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement matching, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance.

Equity & Inclusion

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression. We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

Position Description:

The Development & Communications team focuses our development efforts on partnering with the communities in which we work to build strong, meaningful investments in our mission. We seek to diversify our support and develop long-term relationships that will sustain our programming for years to come. As a creative organization, we believe in creative community organizing, grassroots campaigns, and partnerships and we are looking for people prepared to build new kinds of development programs to join the team.

As part of the Development & Communications team, the Special Events and Partnerships Manager is responsible for Caldera’s corporate and foundation giving programs and community partnerships, including public events, donor cultivation events/fundraisers, corporate sponsorships, and in-kind giving. Reporting to the Development & Communications Director, this position will support Caldera’s community partnership efforts, building a strong portfolio of reliable partnerships in corporations and foundations alike and managing fundraising and community engagement events.

As a collaborative and critical member of the Development & Communications team, this position works closely with the Development & Communications Manager and manages additional event contractors/vendors, and provides overall fundraising support for the Director and Executive Director, as needed.


Events and Engagement – 45%

  • Organize, produce, and manage Caldera’s annual fundraising galas and other public events, including liaising with vendors and sponsors and managing the creation of event-specific communications pieces
  • Manage, coordinate, and facilitate volunteer committee meetings and logistics
  • Work with Development & Communications Manager to create event-specific direct mail and email lists from the donor database (Raiser’s Edge), coordinate and track event attendance
  • Create donor follow-up lists for thank you calls and emails, work with Director to create implementation plan, conduct/manage outreach/follow-up via phone and email to donors
  • Oversee mailings for fundraising, donor stewardship, and cultivation
  • Attend select donor meetings and play active role in donor stewardship at Caldera meetings and events

Partnerships and Sponsorships – 45%

  • Cultivate and steward a portfolio of corporate and foundation sponsors/grantors
  • Research and develop new partnerships and opportunities to connect with the communities in which we work
  • Manage corporate sponsorship solicitation and reporting, generate, submit, and track corporate sponsorship applications and reports, update and maintain sponsorship benefits packet, solicit and track in-kind contributions for events
  • Partner on various community wide events, ensuring partnerships advance Caldera’s programmatic work and racial equity
  • Collaborating with Youth and Arts Center Program Directors on select community partnerships
  • Grants reporting in collaboration with Director

Donor Database (10%)

  • Administer Raiser’s Edge donor database and gift processing system in relation to Corporate and Foundations portfolio
  • Manage the processing of (in relation to Corporate and Foundations, Major Donors):
    • Donor communications such as gift receipts, acknowledgements, and pledge reminders
    • Customized mailing lists, email lists, and reports for department use
    • EFT and credit card donations
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor and gift records
  • Assist with monthly reconciliations with accounting department
  • Provide up-to-date financials for board meetings and Executive Director quarterly, as needed
  • Develop and maintain efficient systems for data cleansing, data entry, gift processing, prospect research, and relationship management in collaboration with Development & Communications Manager and Director

Racial Equity Work (1%)

  • Participate in equity-focused all-staff meetings, retreats, and committees
  • Support Caldera’s annual equity plans in their creation and implementation by giving feedback, serving on the Equity Team, and/or participating in activities

Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned

Work with the Director, Community Engagement and Outreach on other projects as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience in a nonprofit organization
  • Passion for Caldera’s mission, cultural and environmental justice, and racial equity
  • Interest and enthusiasm for nonprofit fundraising through grassroots campaigns and storytelling
  • Able to demonstrate strong proficiency in donor software program
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage a project from inception to completion within strict timelines
  • Able to demonstrate leadership as well as work collaboratively on teams
  • High level of capability and comfort engaging with donors, board members, and the general public

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge
  • Strong proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications; experience using Google Drive
  • Experience managing fundraising, events, and/or community relationships

Position Details

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to stand. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To Apply

Please submit your resume, a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, highlighting experience and competencies that meet the required and preferred qualifications, and two relevant writing samples.

Materials should be sent to Jobs@CalderaArts.org by February 26 at 5:00 pm. No phone calls, please.

Caldera Announces 2020 Artists in Residence

Posted on: January 17th, 2020

Caldera announces 28 artists who have been selected for residencies in winter 2020.


Through our residency program, Caldera supports artists, creatives, and cultural workers to build skills, relationships, and projects that inspire growth, combat oppression, and activate change. Residents draw inspiration from the residency community and the natural world surrounding the Caldera Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Caldera offers 2 and 3.5 week residencies January through March. Residencies are open to US-based and international artists, creatives and cultural workers in any discipline. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students are eligible. Residencies are open to parent artists who would like to bring their children.


In 2020, residents will create new works in ceramics, comics/illustration, dance, poetry, painting, music, and many other genres. While in residence, these artists will also offer workshops to students in Caldera’s Youth Program as well as to the public.


Please join Caldera for three afternoons of art and conversation with our 2020 Artists in Residence at Open Studios. This year, our first Open Studios on February 1 will be held at the Downtown Bend Library. For our next two events on February 29 and March 28, we invite you to our Arts Center near Sisters. Open Studios is an exciting opportunity to connect with dynamic and diverse artists from around the country as they share their work alongside young people from Caldera’s Youth Program. Artists in Residence, as well as Caldera students, will share their work with the public through presentations and performances. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.


Applications for 2021 residencies will be open February 1, 2020.


2020 Caldera Artists in Residence

Click here to learn more about our 2020 AiR. 



Intisar Abioto, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Timme Zhiyun Lu, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Tristan Irving, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Theresia Munywoki, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Emma Rust, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Unit Souzou, Performing Arts (Portland, OR)



Maura García, Performing Arts (Lawrence, KS)

Daniel Granias, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Sabina Haque, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Shin Yeon Jeon, Visual Arts (Bend, OR)

Dan Lau, Literary Arts (Queens, NY)

Nitin Mukul, Visual Arts (New York, NY)

Saba Waheed, Literary Arts (Los Angeles, CA)



D’DAT, Performing Arts (Farmington, NM)

Sadé DuBoise, Visual Arts (Scappoose, OR)

Stephanie Littlebird Fogel, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

INFANT, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Aviva McClure, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Shaheen Qureshi, Literary Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Pamela K. Santos, Visual and Literary Arts (Portland, OR)


Caldera’s Artists in Residence program is supported by The Ford Family Foundation and many generous individual donors. 


Open Studios 2020

Posted on: January 17th, 2020

This winter, please join Caldera for three afternoons of art and conversation with our 2020 Artists in Residence. This year, our first Open Studios will be held at the Downtown Bend Library. For our next two events, we invite you to our Arts Center near Sisters. Open Studios is an exciting opportunity to connect with dynamic and diverse artists from around the country as they share their work alongside young people from Caldera’s Youth Program.


February 1
12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Program begins at 1:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library
601 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701


February 29 / March 28
12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Program begins at 1:00 p.m.

Caldera Arts Center
31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97759


Free and open to the public.
No RSVP necessary.
Coffee and snacks will be served.


To reach our Arts Center, take Hwy. 20 to the Suttle Lake turnoff (16 miles west of Sisters). Follow the road two miles to the Caldera gate and continue through to the Hearth Building.