Work History

Work History
Jul 2011 - Present

Senior Director of Development, Earth Systems Science

Oregon State University Foundation

Responsibilities and Accomplishments

Fundraising Management and Personal Fundraising

  • As the Senior Director of Development for Earth Systems Sciences, I provide overall leadership for the Earth Systems Science division's $163 million campaign goal, a component of the $1 billion goal of The Campaign for OSU.
  • Provide overall leadership for a multi-unit $163 million campaign goal, as part of the overall $1 billion university campaign.
  • Lead a four-person staff, which includes: a Director of Development in the College of Forestry, a Director of Development in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, an Associate Director of Development in the College of Agricultural Sciences and an Administrative Assistant.
  • Manage a portfolio focused on leadership and principal gift prospects.
  • Manage budgets for direct reporting areas.
  • Develop campus-wide communications strategy and division case statements.
  • Primary staff for the University's President and Provost with respect to division-based development meetings.
Jul 2005 - Jul 2011

Director of Development II, College of Agricultural Sciences

Oregon State University Foundation

Responsibilities and Accomplishments

Fundraising Management and Personal Fundraising

  • As the Director of Development for the College of Agricultural Sciences, I serve as the College's chief development officer. The College of Agricultural Sciences comprises 8 academic units and 11 regional research and extension centers at 15 different sites throughout the state of Oregon.
  • Provide overall leadership for the College of Agricultural Sciences' $85 million campaign goal, as part of the overall $850 million university campaign.
  • Lead a two-person staff, which includes an Associate Director of Development and an Administrative Assistant.
  • Manage a prospect portfolio of 125 prospects rated at $50,000 to $5 million+.
  • Open 20-40 new proposals at the $25,000 level per year; conduct 80-120 face-to-face visits per year; travel five to seven days per month making three to five visits per travel day.
  • Work closely with the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and his senior team to advance the philanthropic priorities of the program and the university foundation staff in gift planning, annual fund, and donor relations.
  • Perform related administrative duties for the assigned area including contact reports, budget management, case statement development, and events.

Highlights

  • Exceeded the College of Agricultural Sciences' original $36.5 million campaign goal in February, 2009, two years ahead of our scheduled campaign completion.  Successfully managed campaign extension plans for the College to increase our campaign goal to $85 million.
  • To date, the College has raised more than $49 million in "The Campaign for OSU".
  • Lead by example in fundraising. The College of Agricultural Sciences had typically raised approximately $1.5 million, annually. Since I became the Director of Development, I have been able to grow our fundraising program to average $7.5 million, annually. 
  • Secured 7 gifts of $1 million or more on behalf of the College of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Received the inaugural "Exemplary Service Award" from the Foundation's president and CEO in July, 2007.

Strategic and Campaign Planning

  • Currently leading the University's comprehensive $97.5 million faculty initiative within "The Campaign for OSU".
  • Successfully planned the College's three-year, $48.5 million campaign extension in conjunction with the College's dean, campaign cabinet, and university leadership, as part of the University's comprehensive campaign extension.
  • Currently serve on the OSU Foundation's Public Phase Working Group.
  • Led College's planning and strategy for Oregon State University's first-ever campaign. Worked in conjunction with the dean, associate deans, department heads and branch station superintendents to develop our campaign priority projects.
  • Served as a member of the College of Agricultural Sciences dean search committee, appointed by the provost, and successfully integrated the new dean with the College's donors, alumni, and friends.

Facility Fundraising

  • Coordinated fundraising for an $8 million, state-of-the-art Animal Sciences Education and Research Pavilion.

Board Management

  • Established the College of Agricultural Sciences Campaign Cabinet, a new group of six-figure, lead donors within the College to work in support of the dean's priority campaign initiatives.
  • Worked in conjunction with the college's external relations and marketing director to restructure the historic E.R. Jackman Board.

Communications

  • Served as the foundation's staff liaison at the weekly Dean's Group meeting, and monthly Administrator's Group meeting.
  • Developed a new and comprehensive donor recognition and stewardship plan in collaboration with the dean and director of external relations and marketing.
Aug 2004 - Jun 2005

Associate Director of Development

Oregon State University Foundation

Responsibilities and Accomplishments

Fundraising Management and Personal Fundraising

  • As the Associate Director of Development, I worked with the college's chief development officer to support the major gifts fundraising effort for the College of Agricultural Sciences' 8 academic units and 11 regional research and extension offices.
  • Managed a prospect portfolio of 125 prospects rated at $50,000 to $5 million.
  • Opened new proposals at the $25,000 level; conducted 119 face-to-face visits; traveled five to seven days per month making three to five visits per travel day.
  • Coordinated meetings with campaign feasibility candidates.
  • Worked closely with the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and his senior team to advance the philanthropic priorities of the program, in conjunction with OSU Foundation staff.
  • Performed related administrative duties for the assigned area including contact reports, budget management, case statement development, and events support.

Highlights

  • After less than a year as an Associate Director, I succeeded my supervisor and was promoted to Director of Development for the College of Agricultural Sciences. 
  • During the 2005 fiscal year, I helped to raise $1.47 million of programmatic support for the College of Agricultural Sciences. 
  • Was a member of the college's hiring committee for the new director of external relations and marketing.
  • Developed new marketing brochures and designed a "donate now" development link for the College's website and each of our 14 academic units.
Feb 2000 - Jul 2004

Oregon Regional Director

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Responsibilities and Accomplishments

Fundraising and Volunteer Management

  • In charge of all facets of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's (RMEF) Oregon operations.  Oversaw volunteer development, event and major gifts fundraising, and fund allocation for habitat enhancement projects throughout the state of Oregon.  
  • Managed the efforts of more than 275 volunteers throughout the state and oversaw 12 volunteer chapters, along with a general membership base, of more than 10,000 members.
  • Managed personal budget, and financial reports for each chapter, which encompassed over $1.8 Million in gross revenue and $1 Million in net revenue.
  • Created a comprehensive major gifts fund-raising program with staff and volunteers in the state of Oregon. 
  • Responsible for the cultivation of new relationships and stewardship of previous donors, who were enrolled in our Habitat Partner program. 
  • Coordinated corporate gifts and drafted funding proposals for grants offered by private foundations as well as state and federal agencies. 
  • Developed educational materials for use during donor cultivation and solicitation events as well as developed recognition programs for current donors.
  • Directed the Elk Foundation's Oregon Project Advisory Committee (PAC) to allocate grants to habitat enhancement and conservation projects.  This committee comprised representatives of the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University, Blue Mountains Elk Initiative, Oregon Guides and Packers Association, and the Boise Corporation. 
  • Communicated the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to our members and the general public to maintain a positive image and further our recruitment of new members.
  • Published articles in nationally syndicating publications, such as BUGLE magazine; held public meetings on controversial issues with the general public and interested stakeholders; and oversaw a joint internship and educational program between the RMEF and wildlife students at Oregon State University.
Sep 1999 - Jan 2000

Temporary Experimental Biological Aide

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Responsibilities and Accomplishments

  • Operated a hunter check station at the Boeing Regulated Hunt Area based out of the Hermiston research office. 
  • Identified and conducted surveys on upland game birds and waterfowl. 
  • Checked hunters to enforce state and federal wildlife and hunting laws, in conjunction with the Oregon State Police. 
  • Conducted big game harvest and bald eagle nest site surveys, checked and tagged cougars, and trapped nuisance beavers. 
  • Educated and worked closely with the general public and private land owners concerning management issues pertaining to land use and hunting opportunities.
  • Conducted extensive data collection and data entry for computer analysis.

Education

Education

Skills

Skills

German Language

Summary

I seek a challenging, senior-level fundraising position that would be an advancement beyond my current position. Ideally, it would be in a dynamic university where I can help affect the lives of others through: staff leadership, campaign planning and execution, and principal gift solicitations.

Interest

My passions in life include traveling abroad with my wife, daughter, and two sons; enjoying Oregon’s diverse culinary offerings; and spending autumn in the Northwest’s wild places.

Custom

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Northwest Habitat Institute, Board of Directors, P.O. Box 855, Corvallis, Oregon 97339, USA. http://www.nwhi.org
  • Greenbelt Land Trust, Fundraising Committee Member, P.O. Box 1721, Corvallis, Oregon 97339, USA.  http://www.greenbeltlandtrust.org
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Member, 1307 New York Avenue NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005-4701, USA.  http://www.case.org
  • National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association, Member, 6277 Franconia Road,Alexandria, VA 22310-2510.  http://www.naada.org
  • Oregon Wine Research Institute, Policy Board, Ex-Officio Member, Oregon State University, Strand Agriculture Hall, Corvallis, Oregon 97333, USA.  http://agsci.oregonstate.edu

AWARDS

  • Received the inaugural "Exemplary Service Award" from the OSU Foundation's president and CEO in July, 2007.