Executive Director

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 5:00pm


Portland, OR
United States

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Job Description:

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI or the “Agency”) is seeking an experienced leader to serve as the Executive Director. OFRI was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1991, and the organization is funded by a portion of the state forest products harvest tax. The Oregon Forest Resources Institute supports and enhances Oregon’s forest products industry by advancing public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products.

OFRI is headquartered in Portland with a second office in Silverton at The Oregon Garden, where it manages a 15-acre demonstration forest. The OFRI Executive Director oversees the state agency, ensuring the Institute’s forest education programs for the general public, K-12 teachers and students, and forest landowners achieve its mission to support and enhance Oregon’s forest products industry. 

Description of Duties

Develops and maintains a working relationship with the Governor’s Office, agency staff, educators and representatives of the educational community, both public and private representatives of professional and civic organizations, trade associations, citizen interest groups, and members of the forest products industry, the news media and the general public to garner support in carrying out the mission and objectives of the agency. Manages the administrative, educational, communications and business activities of OFRI, provides daily direct supervision of both administrative staff and program managers to ensure timely, accurate and efficient completion of work.

Desired Attributes
The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree in Forestry or Natural Resource Management, Public or Business Administration, Communications, Journalism, Education or other appropriate discipline. An advanced degree would be a plus.  The skills and experiences we seek include:

  • Significant public/private sector experience having led and/or initiated major programs dealing with public education, communications, public affairs, natural resources and policy development.
  • Experience working with a board of directors, planning and facilitating meetings, and developing effective working relationships with company principals and association leaders.
  • Experience leading, challenging and evaluating a high‐performance work team of educated and motivated individuals.   
  • Experience in public affairs and communications management that incorporates earned and paid media, including both broadcast and digital media.
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative social science research.  
  • Experience in understanding and communicating forest management and forest research.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills including experience in giving public presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to effectively communicate credible, technical information on complex, controversial subject matter.
  • Experience in developing and successfully implementing a strategic plan.
  • Skill in listening and responding effectively to concerns and inquiries from the public, forest landowners and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to track expenditures and project needs in preparation for a budget.   

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How to Apply:

All applications must be received by May 31, 2022. A current cover letter and resume are required.

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