Position Description: Executive Director – 1000 Friends of Oregon
Reports to: Board of Directors
FLSA Status: Exempt
Motus Recruiting is proud to partner with 1000 Friends of Oregon in search of their next Executive Director.
ABOUT 1000 Friends of Oregon
1000 Friends of Oregon was founded by Henry Richmond and Governor Tom McCall in 1974. The 1000 Friends mission is to work with Oregonians to enhance their quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural areas.
The executive director will effectively provide strategic leadership and planning for 1000 Friends of Oregon. With only 5 people having served as the executive director in the organization’s 47-year history, this role is an opportunity to continue the legacy of dynamic and committed leaders. The executive director ensures the 1000 Friends of Oregon’s mission is upheld.
The executive director will work with the board leadership to enhance the organization’s reputation through coalition building and convening key stakeholders within the Oregon community. This role will demonstrate alignment with the mission through the promotion of livability in urban and rural areas. The executive director will leverage the 19 statewide land use goals to protect and enhance Oregon’s working farms, forests, ranches, communities, and natural areas. Using creative and holistic methods, the executive director will generate new connections and build upon existing partnerships to maximize the impact of our initiatives and foster meaningful collaborations.
- Develop and implement a strategic and well-balanced fundraising effort that addresses the developmental needs of the organization and creates a sustainable future.
- Create an annual review of the organization, as well as an annual work plan and budget for the Board to adopt that implements the strategic plan and mission of the organization.
- Collaborate with the organization’s staff to cultivate and support a strong practice of engaging on critical organizational goals. Provide guidance and oversight of the staff and leverage staff experience and insights.
- Develop formal mechanisms for and maintain ongoing practices of deep community engagement and relationship building to ensure that the organization’s strategies are executed.
o Maintain a strong external presence in the local/statewide community, participating in relevant local policy meetings and legislative activity.
o Develop and maintain strategic relationships with policy makers, nonprofit leaders, public and private stakeholders, and funders; building reciprocal trust with land use advocates and leaders; serve as a facilitator, convener, and connector to further the organization’s strategic goals.
- Leverage a working knowledge of Oregon’s land use system to maximize bridging opportunities and awareness of 1000 Friends’ significant impact.
- Oversee and, as appropriate, directly engage in initiative activities (e.g., policy work, legal work, partnerships, research, trainings, convenings)
- Defend the program against ballot measures, proposed laws and programs and policies that undermine the Land Use Planning Program
- Continually survey the local, regional, and national landscape to identify emerging innovations in Land Use, policy opportunities, and trends.
- Lead the development of new strategies and approaches that address emerging land use needs.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY
1000 Friends of Oregon is committed to reversing the land ownership and land use policies and processes that have historically propagated and exacerbated inequalities around the nation, and in Oregon. The next executive director must:
- Offer personal interest and commitment to working in a diverse and inclusive work environment that places a high value on equity.
- Participate in promoting a positive workplace culture of collaboration, innovation, and respect. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment.
- Effectively engage with underrepresented communities on the importance of land use and the economic impacts of those communities.
- Understand the historical and political impact that land use policy has had on diverse communities.
PREFERRED COMPETENCIES, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE
- Significant and distinguished work experience (10+ years) in fields relevant to non-profit leadership, land use, and policy advocacy.
- Demonstrated understanding of lived experiences of diverse Oregonians and strong relationships with relevant communities and nonprofit partners.
- Strong analysis of disparities experienced by BIPOC communities and of structures and systems that impede equitable land use policy. Ability to identify high-impact leverage points to achieve durable systems change.
- Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into action, with a proven record of success in developing and implementing innovative strategies and solutions with the engagement of others.
- Significant experience in successful development and fundraising activity. Proven knowledge of best practices and methodologies leading to strong donor partnerships.
- Working knowledge of best, promising, and emerging innovative practices nationally, regionally and locally that advance smart growth efforts.
- Exceptional collaborative team leadership and facilitative management skills with an understanding of the difference between leadership and management – and the ability to exercise both.
- A demonstrated willingness to reiterate a strategy and approach in partnership with the board of directors, with the ability to course correct as necessary.
- Demonstrated ability to integrate knowledge and learning, and effectively use research and evaluation to understand when/if a policy contradicts and/or conflicts with the mission of 1000 Friends of Oregon.
- Demonstrated experience working effectively with a broad range of stakeholders to address complex land use policy, or legal challenges.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills, interpersonal awareness, and excellent listening skills; a communication style that reflects clarity, authenticity, transparency, executive leadership, emotional intelligence, and approachability. In addition, a willingness to challenge conventional thinking coupled with the ability to collaborate effectively and encourage dialogue.
- Ability to travel on an as needed basis.
Salary range $125,000 - $150,000
1000 Friends of Oregon offers competitive compensation, 100% employer-paid medical and dental for employees (80% for dependents), 403(b) retirement plans with employer matching for eligible employees, employer-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance, Employee Assistance Plan, flexible/family-friendly work schedules, generous paid vacation and sabbatical plan, and a collaborative work environment. 1KF also provide professional development opportunities. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires achievement and personal development.