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Development & Events Manager

Posted on: January 31st, 2019

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: Development & Events Manager
Supervisor: Interim Director of Advancement (to be filled)
Full time (37.5 hrs/week) 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday–Friday
Portland office, 1227 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209
Anticipated Start-date: February 18, 2019
Compensation: $47,000–$52,000 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 & Events Manager is responsible for the execution and management of Caldera’s individual giving programs, including donor cultivation events/fundraisers, bi-annual fundraising appeals, event-specific corporate sponsorships, and in-kind gifts. Reporting to the Interim Director of Advancement, this position will support Caldera’s individual donor fundraising efforts – including overall donor stewardship and recognition; event committee coordination and facilitation; prospect research and tracking; donor correspondence and record-keeping; database supervision and donor data analysis; and direct mail initiatives. Other duties include playing a key role in the development of fundraising strategy, developing donor-facing communications materials with the support of the Development & Communications Associate; preparing funding materials and requests; and completing applications and reports for event-specific sponsorships.

As as a collaborative and critical member of the Advancement team, this position manages the specific database responsibilities of the Development & Communications Associate, as well as additional database contractors, and provides overall fundraising support for the Interim Director of Advancement and Executive Director, as needed.

Specific Responsibilities

Individual Giving – Solicitation, Communications, and Stewardship (45%)

  • Execute donor cultivation strategy and master calendar of individual giving initiatives and fundraising events
  • Implement strategies to recruit new donors, retain/engage current donors, cultivate lapsed donors, and increase overall giving to meet and exceed annual fundraising goals
  • Manage donor-facing communication projects, including strategizing design direction and generating copy/assets for annual reports, brochures, event invitations, fundraising specific newsletter content, and other print and digital communications pieces to support individual giving efforts; work with Development & xCommunications Associate on dissemination plan and communications timeline, as needed
  • Manage relevant mailings for fundraising, donor stewardship, and cultivation and oversee Development & Communications Associate in support of these efforts
  • Assist the Director of Advancement/Executive Director with identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and tracking of prospects; strategize and work with the Director of Advancement and Executive Director to implement cultivation techniques to inspire prospective supporters to become donors
  • Attend select donor meetings and play active role in donor stewardship at all Caldera meetings and events

Special Events Management and Related Sponsorships (45%)

  • Organize Caldera’s annual fundraising galas, including liaising with event producer, vendors, and sponsors; organizing and facilitating event committee meetings; managing the creation and design direction of event-specific communications pieces
  • 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
  • Work with Development & Communications Associate 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 Advancement Director and Executive Director to create implementation plan; conduct outreach/follow-up via phone and email to donors

Donor Database (10%)

  • Oversee Development & Communications Associate and/or any additional database contractors in database entry, gift processing systems, report generation, queries, and overall maintenance strategy
  • Manage relationships with related database vendors and event partners (Greater Giving, Streamline Support, etc.)
  • Conduct analysis of database reports describing overall donor trends for the organization
  • Manage progress toward fundraising goals with the use of fundraising database (Raiser’s Edge)

Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned
Work with the Director of Advancement on other projects as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience in a nonprofit organization
  • Passion for Caldera’s mission, social and environmental change, and racial equity
  • Interest and enthusiasm for nonprofit fundraising
  • 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

  • Strong proficiency in Raiser’s Edge (or comparable donor software program)
  • Strong proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications; experience using Google Drive
  • Experience managing fundraising, event and/or advisory committees

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 or C.V.; a cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and highlighting experience and competencies that meet the role’s requirements; and two relevant writing samples. Materials should be sent to Jobs@CalderaArts.org by Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 5:00pm. No phone calls, please.

Arts Integration Symposium Inspires Creativity

Posted on: June 28th, 2017

DSC_0017On May 21 & 22, middle- and high-school teachers from around the state (and many from Caldera Arts Partner middle schools) joined top-rate arts and environmental instructors and arts integration specialists for our annual Arts Integration Symposium. “I have been to several arts integration trainings,” commented one participant on the Symposium, “This was the best one I have been to because you didn’t tell us what the definition of arts integration. Instead, we lived arts integration over the weekend.”


The focus of the Symposium was on how instructors can create thriving classrooms full of student expression, analytical thinking, and diverse conversations. The group also explored how lessons can meet students’ unique needs and boost academic achievement. One teacher said, “Being taken care of in the learning process reminds me that I can better take care of my students as they move in their learning.”


In addition to full group activities, teachers chose two workshops to immerse in over the course of the weekend. Workshop options included: Arts and the Environment by instructors from OMSI and Pacific Northwest College of Art, Drumming the Land by Catón Lyles, Photography and Seeing Like an Animal by Julie Keefe, and The Transformative Power of Poetry by Mic Crenshaw.


The goals for the Symposium were for attendees to leave feeling inspired by the arts, learn new ways to use the arts and the environment in their classrooms, meet other instructors from around the state, and celebrate the unique skills that each teacher brings to their students. Caldera provides this unique training free of charge through support from the Roundhouse Foundation. See photos of this year’s Arts Integration Symposium on our Facebook page here





Donate to Caldera During Our Spring Appeal

Posted on: April 25th, 2017

A Day in Paradise Artist Projects

Posted on: October 8th, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 12 p.m.–10 p.m. (Various times for each project)
Locations: Throughout Portland

Fallen Fruit of Portland will curate eight Oregon-based artists’ projects for A Day in Paradise. Each of these projects speak to Fallen Fruit of Portland’s themes in work that varies in media and materials. Confirmed artists and their bios are below.


Natalie Ball, Chiloquin: “War Hoop Flash Mob”
2 p.m. at Portland Art Museum

Natalie will facilitate War Hooping as used in battle by Native Americans across the country. Also known as a battle cry, Lii-Lii is a vocal projection used for intimidation, celebration, and energy charge. Women use Lii-Lii which is a tongue/vocal projection that is LOUD! They still do them today. Natalie will bring people from her tribe to do Lii-Lii, but everyone in the attendance will be invited to participate with them.


Bruce Conkle:  “Paradise Lost.”
6 p.m.–8 p.m. RACC building (411 NW Park Avenue)

Bruce Conkle has created apple inspired drawings from history, mythology, and pop culture. He will electronically and astrally project these images outdoors on a large wall along the Park Blocks and invite audience members to make images for projection. 


Bill Cravis, Bend: “A Monument for Bicyclists”
Noon–4 p.m. at South Park Blocks by the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt across from Portland Art Museum

Portland bicyclists become temporary “living statues” in the South Parks neighborhood, alongside the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt. A small replica of the concrete plinth supporting the Roosevelt statue will be placed near to the original. Bicyclists will be invited to become temporary “living statues” atop the miniature plinth, which will be photographed. These urban bicyclists will be displayed as today’s heroes – contemporary mavericks who play an active role in reducing the threat of global climate change. Photos will be placed online so that participants can download them.


Tahni Holt, Portland: “apples & pomegranates”
1 p.m. & 3 p.m. at Portland Art Museum

Building on the mythological idea of Eve eating the apple in the Garden of Eden, this is a solo dance performance that walks the fault line between rejected female stereotypes and embodied expression, wrestling with first impressions, assumptions and associations, motherhood, sensationalism, emotionality, sexuality, an image/time-bound body, and the body in the present moment.


Aaron Lish, Bend: “Sweet Nothings and Other Stories.”
Noon–5 p.m. at the Willamette Riverfront trail on SW Ankeny (near sewer pump station)

To celebrate the Willamette River, the public is invited to share stories, poetry, songs, etc. with the River as receiver / audience. There will be an installation at the Riverwalk overlook just south of the Saturday Market that will conduct your voices down to the water. The site is right near the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain, which memorializes the names of those who helped make Portland what it is today. But the Willamette River is not on that list of names. “Sweet Nothings and Other Stories” has been created to celebrate the River in a new and different way, where your sharing is a form of gift to the River.


Jess Perlitz, Portland: “Rock moving rocks”
11 a.m.–4 p.m. along the Eastbank Esplanade, over Tillikum Crossing, and ending at Portland Art Museum

For a day, the artist will be a rock and will move other rocks, engaging with the surrounding world. Inspired by landscape and landscaping, landmarks and monuments, natural disaster and our never-ending attempts for control, this piece will be an action that unfolds over the course of 5 hours. The rock will have arms and legs available so that it may move other similar objects, rest, and engage with people as needed. The rock does not talk. But it does try to communicate through music, action, and presence.


DeAngelo Raines, Portland: “The Right Hand of Fellowship”
Noon–4 p.m. in the South Park Blocks near Lincoln Statue

With the belief that barriers to identification can be overcome, DeAngelo Raines proposes a performative social engagement installation to exhibit multiple handshakes from seven different archetypes of the adult African-American male.


Central Oregon Student Showcase – May 14

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015


52 Bottles Of Wine On The Wall

Posted on: January 30th, 2015


Start your own personal wine collection or add to your established cellar with the help of Friends of Caldera. An impressive variety of bottles will keep you happily swirling, sniffing and sipping all year long. To keep your wine at the perfect temperature, it will be stored in climate-controlled storage facilities at Willamette Wine Storage.


The collection includes 52 bottles of wine, with highlights such as:

– 1998–2003 Silver Oak, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Flight

– 1999 Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

– 2007 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

– 2009 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte

– 2009 Gérard Raphet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru

– 2010 Domaine du Galet des Papes à Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Vieilles Vignes” Magnum

– Taittinger Prélude, Grand Cru Brut NV Champagne

– Six months of wine storage at Willamette Wine Storage


Courtesy of Caldera Board of Directors, Custom Wine Marketing, LLC, Myron Redford & Vikki Wetle, Willamette Wine Storage



Central Oregon Getaway

Posted on: January 30th, 2015


Get away from it all for a long weekend of hiking, rock climbing or just relaxing at this idyllic family ranch home set near Smith Rock, Oregon. The meandering Crooked River and views of the Cascade Range provide an idyllic backdrop to your getaway.  Spend an evening out in Sisters, dining at The Source Weekly’s Restaurant of the Year, Jen’s Garden, with a $100 gift certificate.


Package includes:

– $100 gift certificate to Jen’s Garden

– Long-weekend stay for up to 10

– One bedroom with double bed

– One bedroom with two twin beds

– Four beds in communal front room

– Two beds in outside bunkhouse (best during warm weather)


Based on mutually agreed-upon date. Not available during spring break in March.


Courtesy of Peter Schoonmaker & Megan Brooke, Jen’s Garden



Winemakers Tour, Tasting, and Dinner

Posted on: January 30th, 2015


Savor the panoramic views and award-winning wines from Ponzi’s stunning contemporary new winery and tasting room following a tour of their state-of-the-art production facility.  You and five guests will soak up the beauty, grace and history of one of Oregon’s oldest and most knowledgeable winemaking families, nestled in the rolling hills of Willamette Valley Wine country, just south of Portland.


Following the tour and tasting, your group will be treated to a seasonally inspired dinner at nearby Dundee Bistro, where food and wine complement each other in a relaxed and artistic atmosphere.


Topping off the package are three bottles of Ponzi Vineyards wine, which you can enjoy in your home to whet your taste buds before the tour and tasting.


Package includes:

– Wine tour and tasting at Ponzi Vineyards for six individuals

– Seasonally inspired dinner at the Dundee Bistro

– Three bottles of Ponzi Vineyards wine

– Limousine transportation to/from vineyards


Based on mutually agreed-upon date. Limousine has service has a six-hour time limit.


Courtesy of the Ponzi Family and Lucky Limousine



Ultimate Sports Fanatic Package

Posted on: January 30th, 2015


Are you the ultimate sports fanatic? Show your team colors by attending some of the best games the Northwest can provide. Root for the Trail Blazers as they play the Houston Rockets from your 100-level section tickets at the Moda Center on March 11, 2015, complete with parking and a $120 Club Level food credit. You will also be front and center for all the soccer excitement when you and three of your friends watch a 2015 season Timbers and 2015 season Thorns game from center field at Providence Park.


Package includes:

– Four 100-level tickets for Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets home game: March 11, 2015. Tickets include parking and a $120 Club Level food credit

– Four KeyClub section tickets to see the Timbers during a 2015 season home game, mutually agreed-upon dates based on availability

– Four tickets to see the Thorns during a 2015 season home game, mutually agreed-upon dates based on availability


Courtesy of Brown & Brown Northwest, KeyBank, and Tim Chapman & Wells Fargo Bank



One-Of-A-Kind Caldera Fire Opal Pendant and Earrings

Posted on: January 30th, 2015

Elia_certificates_Page_10From the outback of Australia to Portland, Oregon, an exquisite boutique Yowah matrix opal is the centerpiece of a custom-made pendant designed and created by Trios’ Studio exclusively for Caldera. The pendant exudes bright fire, which is complemented by Mexican fire opal accent stones, surrounded by solid gold elements. “When I looked at this opal, it reminded me of a Caldera with the red-and-orange fire breaking through the crust,” says Deborah Spencer, co-owner of Trios’ Studio. The Yowah opal pendant is supported by an oxidized sterling silver chain, ready to enhance any neckline.


Complementing this necklace is a pair of earrings made of matching oxidized sterling silver with 22K gold and Mexican fire opals. They also have a special feature: they’re adjustable. They can be worn as a simple hoop, dressed up with the dangling opals at one inch, or if you are feeling really exotic, they can be lengthened to two inches. These earrings are the perfect complement to the fiery Caldera necklace.


Package includes:

– Fire opal pendant necklace

– Matching adjustable fire opal earrings


Courtesy of Deborah Spencer & Trios’ Studio