Executive Director 2022 Job Announcement
American Leadership Forum of Oregon Seeks Its Next Leader
The mission of American Leadership Forum of Oregon is to join and strengthen leaders in order to better serve the public good. ALFO enhances leadership by building on the strengths of diversity and by promoting collaborative problem solving within and among communities.
American Leadership Forum of Oregon (ALFO) seeks a strategic, visionary, and collaborative Executive Director to lead and advance Oregon’s pre-eminent executive leadership program. As a leader of leaders, the ALFO Executive Director will have a passion for activating a diverse community of leaders to shape Oregon’s future together and will act as the “heart and soul” of the ALF Network. This is a hands-on position focused on networking, community engagement, resource development, and program development and implementation. Experience as an ALFO Senior Fellow is preferred but not required. A proven track record in advancing and elevating diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of an organization's efforts is required.
Founded in 1986, ALFO is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that brings a diverse range of corporate, public and non-profit executive leaders together to build effective networks of collaboration, service, and community. By establishing bonds of trust and mutual support, ALFO strengthens the skills and commitment of leaders to collaborate on complex community and statewide issues to help create change in our communities and the state of Oregon.
Over 800 leaders have participated in ALFO’s Fellows Program, which is comprised of two components:
- The first is the annual recruitment and nurturing of two statewide cohorts of recognized leaders from across the state. This includes a 5-day intensive community development experience as well as a monthly seminar series, in multiple cities across Oregon, designed to build awareness of many dimensions of modern leadership.
- The second component is the ongoing engagement and strengthening of the Senior Fellow Network to further advance the health and wellbeing of Oregon.
With an annual budget of approximately $530,000, ALFO’s Executive Director will build, lead and share leadership with a capable staff team including two direct reports and two faculty members, a dedicated Board of Directors, and a diverse network of Senior Fellows. Priorities for the incoming Executive Director include:
- Engage the ALFO Network for Increased Impact: Design and lead efforts to engage and activate the ALFO Senior Fellow Network for continuing connection, relationship building, and collective action to address complex public issues. Record and promote results of ALFO’s impacts on Oregon.
- Strengthen the ALFO Recruitment & Facilitation of Future Classes. Lead the ongoing evaluation of the annual ALFO curriculum, the recruitment and management of the ALFO class facilitation team, and the nurturing of each new cohort of leaders.
- Advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice: Continue to advance ALFO’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice — across the organization and within all programs and partnerships.
- Ensure Sustainability: Lead the development of an ALFO business model with a more blended set of revenue streams which include but are not limited to recruitment/tuition, foundation grants, annual giving campaigns, corporate support, planned giving, and special events.
- Build the Brand: Amplify awareness of ALFO, particularly with under-represented sectors. Continue to increase ALFO’s presence and influence statewide.
- Visioning and strategic thinking: Strategic thinker and creative problem solver who can build upon ALFO’s current vision and leave their own bold mark on ALFO, especially in the areas of equity, inclusion, and justice.
- Partner with the Board: Collaborate with the Board, particularly through activating committee-level work that leverages the connections, skills, and wisdom of board members and other Senior Fellows.
Experience, Capabilities, and Education
The ideal candidate will have the following:
- Leadership: Demonstrated leadership experience inspiring and engaging diverse leaders within a network. Skilled in organizing groups to collaborate on shared goals; includes ability to facilitate and navigate group dynamics in a variety of contexts. Proven commitment to community, as demonstrated through previous community, board, or other leadership roles.
- Engaging Diversity: Cultural self-awareness and demonstrated ability to lead and manage courageous conversations around all types of diversity. A commitment to inclusion based on differences in race/ethnicity, class, political perspectives, urban and rural perspectives, gender, sexual orientation, and industry/sector.
- Program Development: Experience developing programs, from concept to execution, and evolving programs in response to a dynamic environment and the emerging needs and interests of stakeholders across the state.
- Recruitment and Relationship Management: A proven ability to communicate an organization’s story in compelling ways to diverse stakeholders, and to recruit and retain program participants and supporters over time.
- Resource Development: A track record of successful resource development, including earned income (e.g., tuition, program fees) and fundraising (e.g., annual campaigns, corporate sponsorships, grants, and events); includes creating fund development plans and achieving fundraising goals. Familiar with area foundations and fund development software.
- Communications: Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including presenting to large and small audiences. Experience representing an organization to a wide range of stakeholders including Tribal communities, businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, elected officials, media, and foundations.
- Management: Minimum 7 years organizational management, program design and implementation and administrative experience that includes supervising professional and support staff. Successful experience working with a board of directors.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
- Experience with managing discomfort: Leadership of the ALF program requires experience in, and willingness to, be in a space of discomfort alongside others sharing that experience. Supporting others and guiding them through a journey of self-awareness and learning will present opportunities to provide this support often for Fellows Program participants and others.
- Additional Preferred Experience and Knowledge
- Participation in ALFO’s Fellows Program
- Relationships within Oregon’s public, nonprofit, and business sectors, including rural Oregon
- Knowledge of Oregon’s history and public policy landscape
We give additional preference to candidates with the following lived experience
- Member of any oppressed groups or classes
- People living in rural Oregon
- People living outside the Portland Metro area
- Oregon Senior Fellow
- Senior Fellow from other chapter
Desired Personal Qualities: Integrity, flexibility, patience, sense of humor, curiosity, creativity, self-motivated, passion for learning and leadership.
Travel: This position requires the candidate to have the ability to travel for up to 6 days (over a long weekend) once per month from September through May each year as well as travel to Community Building week for two consecutive weeks each August. July requires two days and two nights in Portland for Orientation events.
Compensation: The total compensation salary and benefit range for the Executive Director is $115,000-$125,000, with the exact salary/benefit breakdown to be negotiated upon hire based on individual life circumstances and benefit needs. This is a full-time exempt position that includes 13 paid holidays, PTO (accruing 2 weeks in years one and two, and 3 weeks after 2 years), accrued sick pay, fully paid medical, dental and vision care for employees (with the ability to add family members for cost), flexibility to work hybrid (from home and an office in downtown Portland) with funds available for parking. Flexible scheduling.
To apply please submit the following:
- A cover letter that reflects how your experience qualifies you to become the Executive Director of ALF Oregon
- A complete chronological resume
- Email both as a .pdf attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
All inquiries will be handled confidentially. Please use this email address to request any accommodation.
The position is open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications on June 22nd, 2022.
ALF Oregon prioritizes diversity and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran or military status, pregnancy, union activity, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.