Executive Director 2018

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Friends of the Children Portland’s Board of Directors is looking for an extraordinary leader to take the helm of our already-successful organization and lead us to the next level.

For 25 years, our model has been proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for our most vulnerable children facing the greatest challenges. Thanks to our exceptional outcomes and relationships in the community, Friends of the Children has been ranked the #1 Most Admired Non-Profit in Oregon and SW Washington by the Portland Business Journal for three consecutive years.

Friends of the Children Portland is at an exciting point in our trajectory. We are celebrating 25 years of impact in Portland and building the foundation for the next 25 years. We have just launched a five-year strategic plan that will expand and enhance our program capacity and sharpen our focus on our program data to inform youth service and empower youth to achieve their long-term self-sufficiency goals.

Our next Executive Director will be a dynamic and engaging leader and spokesperson for the organization. They will excel at sustaining meaningful relationships with corporate and community leaders, motivating staff and communicating the urgency of our mission and success of our outcomes. They will be a passionate advocate for children and for breaking the cycle of generational poverty for the highest priority youth in our community.

The ideal candidate will have a smart head for business and a soft heart for kids. They will be equally skilled at cultivating financial support, leading and implementing strategic plans, partnering effectively with the board, donors, staff, and community partners, reviewing financial statements, and overseeing program delivery and ongoing evaluation.

The right leader will be fiercely committed to equity and will ensure that every aspect of the organization’s mission is executed with full engagement of communities impacted by our work.

Are you this amazing leader? Here’s what we have to offer you:

  • An engaged, motivated Board that works hard, gives generously, and raises funds.
  • A strong, cohesive leadership team committed to innovation and high standards.
  • A team of talented employees who are passionate about working together to create an extraordinary organization.
  • Respect for work-life balance. You’ll work hard, and we expect you to recharge your batteries.
  • A comprehensive benefit package.
  • Most of all, you get to lead an exceptional organization that helps children facing incredible odds change their life story every day.

At Friends of the Children – Portland you get to think globally and act locally. We are the founding chapter of a national network now serving youth in fifteen locations in the United States and the UK. As Portland ED, you’ll work in partnership with the National President and the National office, which is co-housed in our NE Portland office. You’ll also work with a talented team of leaders from the other sites, who collaborate to promote and grow the model and its impact.

Executive Director Primary Responsibilities – Include, but are not limited to:

Passion for our Mission

  • Prioritize youth in everything we do.
  • Relentlessly pursue strategies that maximize our life-changing impact for the youth, families and communities we serve.
  • Commit to accountability for results on behalf of our youth and their ability to thrive.
  • Share and help others develop passion for our mission.
  • Embody our Core Assets and demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Continue leading the organization on the equity journey it has already begun, working to understand and eliminate systemic barriers for our youth and to advance a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture within our organization.


  • Provide enthusiastic leadership, inspiration, strategic direction, specific focus, and long-term vision for the organization.
  • Lead and inspire a collaborative and supportive organizational culture.
  • Be a dynamic and passionate representative of Friends of the Children in our community.
  • Be the lead fundraising champion for Friends of the Children Portland.
  • Model and ensure high professional and ethical standards throughout the organization.
  • Lead and embody Friends of the Children’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Foster an atmosphere where equity is both a priority and is also embedded in the day-to-day work of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to break-down tasks and initiatives into sizable milestones and drive self and others to achieve results.
  • Work closely with the Friends of the Children National President and their staff to ensure that the Portland chapter and National are working together as collaborators.
  • Serve as a catalyst for the growth and continuous development of Friends of the Children.


  • Establish long-term strategic direction resulting in clear fundraising goals, objectives and results.
  • Define, drive and achieve results with new and existing major fundraising efforts; secure major gifts.
  • Work with individual, corporate and foundation partners to maximize donor retention and secure new and diverse investors for the Chapter.
  • Drive effective and positive public and community relations.
  • Work closely with the public officials to build credibility and develop a funding base that includes an appropriate amount of governmental dollars (City, County, State, and Federal).
  • Work with the nonprofit community to implement and sustain collaborative partners that advance the Friends of the Children mission.

Board Governance

  • Develop close working relationships with the Board of Directors. Work to create a climate of collaboration, aggressive goal setting, and accountability.
  • Work with board members to leverage their unique gifts to further the mission of Friends of the Children.
  • Ensure accurate, timely and accountable communications with the Board of Directors, keeping the board apprised of progress toward program and operational performance goals and strategies for improvement as necessary.
  • Manage board committees, communications, and engagement.

Strategic Planning and Annual Operations

  • Drive long and short-term planning, including strategic planning, annual operating plans and budgets, and revenue and expense projections.
  • Develop and manage strategic plan, identifying three, five and ten year goals and objectives.
  • Prioritize work and ensure alignment among leadership team members around critical priority areas.


  • Ensure that youth are receiving the highest quality of services.
  • Maximize program effectiveness and results.
  • Ensure that systems are in place to monitor and evaluate effective program implementation and drive accountability for performance outcomes.
  • Ensure training and development of Program personnel to meet the requirements of the Program with regards to skills, knowledge and program content understanding.
  • Contribute to Program evolution and design to meet the needs of the children served.

Financial Management, Human Resources, Administrative

  • Monitor and drive financial performance, including revenue and expenditures.
  • Drive organizational effectiveness and efficiency, always looking for opportunities to maintain a stable and sustainable organizational infrastructure while maximizing resources for youth service.
  • Maximize the organization’s investment in staff, creating a fair and inclusive work-environment.
  • Ensure the effective supervision, guidance, development and ongoing performance management of all staff.
  • Create a work environment that results in positive morale and employee retention.

Friends Portland:  Executive Director Qualifications

  • Passion for children, families and communities that are facing systemic barriers to success.
  • Committed to strengths-based, relationship- and results-oriented mentoring.
  • Proven ability to work systemically, equitably and inclusively of cultures; demonstrated commitment to removing systemic barriers and to advancing equity principles.
  • Working knowledge of and experience in philanthropic and business communities; proven ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with those resources, including individuals at senior levels.
  • Demonstrated excellence in fundraising across all markets; a proven track record of exceeding fundraising goals and development results.
  • Proven ability to solve problems, measure and meet performance goals, project deadlines and budgets.
  • A team player, with exceptional interpersonal skills at all levels.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain relationships and work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies, including current and potential donors, board members, staff, youth, and community partners.
  • Strong, effective leadership and supervisory skills; ability to collaboratively set goals, provide direction, ensure accountability, and motivate others to achieve.
  • Proven ability as a leader of leaders, leveraging each staff member’s skills and talents to the fullest capacity.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to develop, implement and sustain projects and ideas that advance the priority work of the organization.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Committed to continuous improvement, seeking out opportunities to celebrate successes, anticipate challenges, and problem-solve inclusively.
  • Strong decision-making, organizational and time management, delegation and follow-up skills.
  • Experience working with a community-based organization(s).
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding and utilization of the principles of trauma informed care.

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Ten years’ experience in non-profit or similar management and fundraising capacity, in progressively responsible roles.
  • Demonstrated success leading an organization and motivating others within a fast-paced, constantly-changing work environment.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive and commensurate with qualifications

Applicants are discouraged from contacting individuals on the search committee after submitting their applications.

Learn more about Friends of the Children at friendspdx.org.

Friends of the Children is committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.

Location: Portland, OR
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