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27 Oct 2023


Development Director

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts

 Pendleton, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Position Title: Development Director
Position Type: Full time, salaried
Compensation: $68,000 – $75,000 annually, plus benefits including health insurance, four weeks PTO, and 14 paid holidays
Location: Pendleton, OR. This role is primarily on-site, with some hybrid flexibility.
Schedule: Monday – Friday. Occasional evenings and weekends required for meetings and events. Occasional travel expected.


About the Organization

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) provides a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. Its vision is to elevate and illuminate the world through the genius of Indigenous creativity.

Founded in 1992, Crow’s Shadow remains the only fine-art printmaking studio located on an Indian reservation in the United States. Located among the rolling hills at the base of the beautiful Blue Mountains, on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), in the traditional homelands of the Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Cayuse, Crow’s Shadow is a five-minute drive from CTUIR’s innovative civic hub; a ten-minute drive from the vibrant small town of Pendleton; a half-hour flight/three-and-a-half-hour drive from Portland; 45 minutes from the vineyards, galleries, and colleges of Walla Walla, WA; a short drive from the dramatic scenery of the Columbia River Gorge; and immediately adjacent to beautiful rangeland, forests, and wilderness areas that are perfect for recreating in and inspiring creativity.

Our programs and facilities include residencies in our world-class print studio which partners with Native and non-Native artists from around the nation, as well as a print gallery, traditional Indigenous arts workshops, and youth arts education programs. Crow’s Shadow prints have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars of income for Indigenous artists and artists of color, have been featured in national exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial, and have been collected by prominent private collectors and public institutions including the Whitney Museum, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and National Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art in NYC, Library of Congress, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and more. A 2019 feature in the New York Times hailed Crow’s Shadow as a “hub for contemporary Native American artists nationwide…[attracting] some of the biggest Indigenous names in contemporary art.”


Position Overview

CSIA is looking for an outgoing, strategic, detail-oriented fundraising professional to join us as our first Development Director. The Development Director, working closely with the Executive Director, is responsible for leading all aspects of fundraising and donor relations. The Development Director will have the opportunity to create CSIA’s first dedicated development program, building on existing strengths: a loyal donor corps, strong partnerships with institutional funders, a fully deployed CRM/donor database, and devoted collectors and community advocates.

Additionally, the Development Director will play a critical role in the upcoming capital campaign to fund a new home for our organization, which is already off to a promising start: in March 2023, to demonstrate its confidence in the CSIA and our plans for the future, the Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation generously provided a no-cost, long-term lease on ten acres of scenic land on which to build this beacon for contemporary Native arts.

Job Description:

  • Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan
  • Identify, secure, and steward support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Create and execute a strategy for growing recurring donor base and expanding annual giving initiatives, and for moving collectors into the donor corps
  • Work with ED, board, and possible campaign consultant to plan and execute capital campaign
  • Identify and develop relevant grant opportunities
  • Oversee organization of special fundraising events
  • Evaluate and refine gift acceptance and donor recognition policies
  • Maintain donor database and manage donor and client contacts and mailing lists
  • Create and promote planned/legacy giving opportunities
  • Recruit, train, and manage fundraising volunteers
  • Work in partnership with other team members

Skills, Abilities, and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and donor development
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience working with culturally diverse communities is highly desirable, with an emphasis on Native and Indigenous connections and communities
  • Ability to represent the organization in a positive, professional manner to all constituents, the media, and the general public
  • Ability to work independently, complete tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to keep sensitive information in strict confidence
  • Experience with CRM/donor management systems (i.e. Little Green Light, GiveSmart, Bloomerang etc.)
  • Comfort with technology, including Google Workspace, email, and calendar software
  • Ability to work in person in an office environment, including seated work at a computer for extended periods


To Apply:

Apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to, subject “(Last Name) – Development Director.”

Thank you for your consideration.


Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Development Director
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts
 Pendleton, Oregon, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: communication, development, director, education, and fund-raising. States: Oregon.