Job Opportunities

JOIN US! Come join the team of conservation professionals at the Xerces Society who are passionate about protecting some of the world’s most important animals. We are an international nonprofit organization established in 1971, based in Portland, Oregon, with staff located in 16 different states. We work at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. We take action by protecting endangered species and their habitat, training thousands of farmers and land managers to better protect and manage habitat, producing ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, and raising public awareness about the invertebrates of forests, prairies, deserts, creeks, wetlands, and oceans. Our methods focus on scientific analysis, applied research, advocacy, and education to defend invertebrates such as bees, butterflies, mollusks, and dragonflies.

Freshwater Mussel Survey

Xerces Society Endangered Species Conservation Program staff conduct a freshwater mussel survey in an urban stream in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Xerces Society / Stephanie McKnight)

Current Job Openings

Grants and Corporate Giving Department

Director of Grants and Corporate Giving

Location: Portland, Oregon
Start Date: Preferably by February 1, 2019—As soon as possible after hire
Close Date: Open until filled

The Director of Grants and Corporate Giving reports to the Executive Director. In this role, you will be responsible for the pursuit and management of grants, contracts, and contributions from foundations, businesses, and government agencies. These institutional sources of funding make up 70% to 75% of the organization’s annual budget. You will lead the Grants and Corporate Giving team, which includes the Grants Associate and Corporate Giving Associate. Broadly speaking, the Associates are directly responsible for donor acknowledgement, gift processing, data entry, and donor relationships. The Grants Associate coordinates with other staff on proposal and report development and the submission of final proposals and reports. The Corporate Giving Associate assists with creating new business partnerships and maintaining communications with current and potential partners. This team works closely with the Executive Director, Program Directors, and the Communications, Membership, and Finance teams. These internal relationships are essential for the smooth operation of institutional fundraising activities at Xerces.

In this role, you will be strategic and attentive to deadlines yet flexible and responsive when new opportunities arise. You will be responsible for planning and execution of a comprehensive grants and corporate giving strategy, and you will collaborate extensively with the Executive Director to achieve Xerces’ fundraising goals. Audit preparation is a year-long process at Xerces, and so you will also be responsible for ensuring that the Grants and Corporate Giving team is keeping accurate and complete records to support the Xerces Society’s record of clean audits. You and your team will be using Netsuite to track funding relationships and award information; this newly adopted database is also the organization’s accounting system.

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  1. Combine cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references into a single attachment in MS Word or Adobe PDF.
  2. Use your full name as the file name (e.g., “John Smith Resume.pdf”).
  3. Send the complete file to with the subject line, “Director of Grants and Corporate Giving” (please do not change subject line).

Note: applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered.