We’re Hiring: Development Position!

Rose City Rollers Development Job Description 

Reports to: Executive Director 

About the Rose City Rollers and the Development position 

Rose City Rollers (RCR) is a unique nonprofit looking for an equally unique Development person. Cultural fit is important to our organization along with innovation and creativity, coupled with the ability to take the initiative independently while also working with our membership and volunteers. We’re open to career experience for someone on the earlier side of their career or with significant relevant experience. The exact title and salary will reflect that.

Who are we? Rose City Rollers is an 18-year-old fearless sports organization, that prides itself in being body positive and an empowering space for women, girls, and gender expansive individuals. We are the largest roller derby league in the world with 400+ members, ages 7-55+. Members and their families are engaged, they volunteer, and can be opinionated, but they do so because they are passionate about derby, its impact, and our community.

As the Development hire, you’ll manage all aspects of fundraising including but not limited to individual giving, corporate giving, donor database management, and grant writing. You’ll also be rebuilding a Development Committee of volunteers to support ongoing events and initiatives; helping create the organization’s fundraising budget and potentially move towards a capital campaign. Capital campaign experience would be nice in a candidate, but not required. You’ll work closely with the Executive Director on building and managing relationships with donors and funders at all levels.

In normal years, 83% of our $750,000 budget is from earned income such as derby games, skater membership fees and merchandise. As part of our strategic plan, Rose City Rollers is committed to diversifying our revenue, by growing our contribution/fundraising revenue to 22% in 2022.

In 2021, we completed another successful year end appeal and continued to build our donor base to include both monthly and annual donors at all levels. We’ve received a handful of grants (OCF, Multnomah Athletic Foundation, Nike Employee Fund, and the Blazers to name a few), and feel like we’ve just scratched the surface – foundations want to put their money into life changing endeavors, and roller derby is just that.

Are you looking to work outside the box of traditional Development where there is an opportunity to merge nonprofit best practices with innovation, fun and creativity?

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Create and implement annual development plan and strategy in conjunction with leadership
  • Write grant proposals and report to corporate, foundation, and government funders
  • Ensure data is entered into CRM (Little Green Light) accurately in a timely manner
  • Train and oversee development volunteers (with support from the Volunteer Manager)
  • Work to develop league wide culture of philanthropy
  • Support team and program fundraising
  • Help lead league fundraising events
  • Plan and manage various annual appeals
  • Develop and manage Board of Directors’ fundraising capacity
  • Sponsorship management and attain goals and budgets
  • Leverage key relationships and contacts within and outside of the league to meet development goals
  • Create a donor recognition strategy that is meaningful to current and future donors


  • 2-3 years of development and volunteer management experience or transferable skills
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated (including applicable boosters) required
  • Experience executing development related marketing campaigns
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets
  • Experience working with diverse employees, members, volunteers, and donor base
  • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude; high degree of initiative; strategic thinking and an ability to deal with ambiguity
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Proficient computer skills and knowledge of database programs (Microsoft Office, Little Green Light, MS Teams)
  • Able and willing to work from home on personal equipment (computer, phone, etc.)
  • Reliable transportation to our venue and other off-site locations as needed

Work Schedule: This role is designed to be 40 hrs./wk. full time, exempt. Work generally happens 9a-5p
weekdays plus some evening and weekend meetings/events.

Compensation: $42,000-$50,000 salary based on experience, reviewed annually. Benefits include: 100%
employer covered medical, dental, and vision; paid vacation, sick time, a flexible schedule, a monthly tech
stipend, merchandise discounts, free skating membership, and participation in Oregon Saves Retirement.
We are looking for the right fit – if you are excited about this role, but something here isn’t working for you,
apply anyway and include your concerns.

Applying for Position

Please complete this form and be prepared to upload a document that includes your resume, three references and cover letter (letter optional), as well as answering the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to work for Rose City Rollers?
  2. What fundraising work or experience you are most proud of and why?
  3. What do you anticipate being the biggest challenge working on development in a roller derby setting?
  4. What is your experience managing volunteers?
  5. What roles have you had in managing a donor database, including which programs you haveexperience in?

Hiring Timeline:

Wed Mar 16th opens
Wed Apr 6th 7pm closes
Wed Apr 6th 9pm phone interviews offered
Fri Apr 8th 11am-1pm phone interviews
Tues 4/12 3-5:30pm Zoom interviews
Wed 4/13 offer sent
Start date negotiable

March 16, 2022
April 06, 2022

Accepting applications until April 6th @ 7pm

Rose City Rollers Hangar at Oaks Amusement Park
SE Oaks Park Way
Portland, OR 97202