Executive Director

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 12:00am


Portland, OR
United States



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The Executive Director leads with a genuine passion for the mission of Oregon Environmental Council and is excited about joining a team committed to advancing innovative, collaborative, and equitable solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges.

A persuasive and passionate communicator, the Executive Director represents OEC with integrity and effectively advocates for the organization at all times. With strong emotional intelligence, the preferred candidate is diplomatic and navigates political relationships with ease, yet isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo. The ideal candidate comes from a multi-issue organization with experience supporting a statewide strategy. The Executive Director supports environmental justice and thinks more broadly about environmental issues and how they intersect and interconnect with other social justice issues and uses that knowledge to advance initiatives.

The Executive Director is a highly effective leader who creates a solid organizational foundation by developing strategy, setting goals, empowering staff, and providing clear expectations. The successful candidate creates an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration, supports innovation, and creates opportunities to grow, learn, and develop. Supporting an evolving and changing workforce, the successful candidate embraces a team that celebrates milestones, nurtures change, and embodies flexibility in the work environment. A natural convener and collaborator, the successful candidate has a genuine ability to focus groups with differing viewpoints towards common goals. The Executive Director recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels and brings the ability to balance and respect a variety of views during the decision-making process.

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A minimum of five years leadership experience with a demonstrated commitment to collaborative, team-oriented management is required. A passion for OEC’s mission and values and experience working in a non-profit setting with a mission-driven staff is essential. Knowledge of environmental issues is highly desired. Prior experience working directly with a volunteer board of directors is required, as is a successful history of fundraising. Demonstrated strategic thinking and political advocacy skills, developing and promoting public policy, and understanding of the legislative process is valued. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders are important. A commitment to practicing and advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within the organization and in the environmental movement is essential.

About the Oregon Environmental Council  

Established in 1968 as the first multi-issue, statewide environmental group in Oregon, the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) is a nonpartisan nonprofit comprised of concerned Oregonians who are committed to the protection of the air, water, and land. A highly-regarded, national leader in environmental protection, OEC has a successful history of supporting the health of every Oregonian and the health of this place we call home.

We advocate impactful, lasting solutions that get at the source of Oregon’s environmental problems. We advocate creative solutions that are based on sound scientific evidence, economic analysis, and life cycle thinking. We respect the needs of Oregon’s diverse communities, promote solutions that support a highly functioning economy, and provide leadership and opportunity for all Oregonians to create and implement a vision for a healthy environment.

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To Apply

Cover letters expressing your interest in the Oregon Environmental Council and how you would succeed in the role of Executive Director should be addressed to Heather Gantz. Please submit your resume and cover letter via Waldron’s Candidate Web Portal no later than June 2, 2019.

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Heather Gantz