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Executive Director – Our Oregon

Location: Portland, OR

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

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Executive Director - Our Oregon

Portland, Oregon


Position Overview

Our Oregon is seeking an experienced and passionate Executive Director to drive the strategic vision and campaign work as well as manage the day-to-day operations of an energetic organization.  

The Executive Director provides the strategic vision and leadership for Our Oregon and the coalition’s work to fight for economic and social justice for all Oregonians. Working closely with the Board of Directors, the Director will create and implement a strategic plan to drive a statewide agenda that supports a wide range of progressive issues from school funding to protecting the environment. In addition, the Executive Director has overall responsibility for staff, programs, fundraising and budget management.

The ideal candidate is a proven progressive leader, a strategic thinker and possess a deep understanding of coalition work. The Director will have deep experience in the progressive political arena, along with strategic leadership and management expertise. The Director will be committed to building and supporting the Our Oregon coalition that works towards real change in Oregon’s system of funding schools, health care, human services, and public safety. Candidates must be able to thrive in a fast-paced, team environment.


Client Overview

Our Oregon is dedicated to fighting for economic and social justice for all Oregonians. Our coalition represents organizations and individuals who care about a range of issues, including increasing funding for our schools and critical services; fighting for equality and access to justice; and protecting the environment.

Our Oregon’s accomplishments include defeating a series of anti-union, anti-choice, anti-public school ballot measures in every election cycle since 2004, running multiple successful statewide campaigns simultaneously. In 2012, they led the effort to reform a corporate tax loophole and re-direct millions of dollars to education. Currently, they are working to increase corporate transparency and hold businesses accountable for their fair share in taxes so that money can be invested in schools and services.

Our Oregon has been on the forefront of defeating conservative initiatives and serves as a model for progressive coalition work all across the country.


Position Responsibilities

  • Providing strategic direction and management on ballot measure campaigns;
  • Developing and maintaining a progressive coalition that includes labor unions, social service non-profits, environmental organizations, human and social rights advocates, ecumenical coalitions, and business leaders;
  • Working closely with the board of directors on the strategic plan and goals;
  • Managing a staff of up to 10 people;
  • Raising funds for the organization, both nationally and in-state;
  • Selecting and managing consultants, including mail, TV and polling;
  • Developing a strategic budget to support organizational priorities;
  • Managing a legal team on ballot measures;
  • Working with candidates for office to support coalition work;
  • Coordinating with national leaders and affiliates.



  • Minimum of 10 years of senior management experience in positions of increasing responsibility;
  • Experience developing and implementing strategies that led to organizational victories;
  • Past success working with an active Board of Directors;
  • Significant experience working with broad coalitions;
  • Background in electoral politics, ballot initiative experience preferred;
  • Excellence in staff management with the ability to develop, coach, and manage high-performance teams;
  • Work with labor unions, non-profits, and community partners;
  • Experience managing and working with a team of consultants;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, a persuasive and passionate communicator;
  • High degree of organizational skills;
  • Familiarity with technology and excitement about using it to innovate;
  • Experience working with Oregon’s progressive political community is a plus.


Compensation Package

Our Oregon offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package consistent with experience, skills and demonstrated abilities. It’s office is located in Portland, Oregon. Some local and out-of-state travel is occasionally required.


To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume online at https://grossmanheinz.com/jobs/.  The cover letter should be concise, compelling and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position.  Only applications submitted through this website will be considered.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Our Oregon does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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