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.
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.
Over the past 50 years, OEC has achieved tremendous results in five primary areas:
- Climate Protection to safeguard our communities and economies
- Clean & Plentiful Water to support people, fish, and wildlife
- Toxic-free Environments with healthy homes and neighborhoods that are free of air pollution and hazardous chemicals that protect human health, starting with our children
- Transportation Solutions that are eco-friendly
- Public Policy Changes that safeguard our future by supporting the health of every Oregonian and the health of our planet
Staff work to advance OEC’s goals through comprehensive carbon-reduction policies; eco-friendly transportation; energy-efficient, toxic-free green buildings; safe, non-toxic products; clean air policies; water conservation and efficiency; and water pollution prevention, focusing on building sustainable, equitable environmental strategies that reflect OEC’s commitment to environmental justice.
OEC is a builder of relationships that drive innovative solutions and impact. We engage Oregon’s diverse communities and work to build broad-based coalitions to find common ground in support of inclusive environmental solutions. OEC promotes viable environmental practices for businesses, communities, and families alike.
Oregon Environmental Council is led by a robust Board of Directors, nearly 20 staff members, and is supported by an Emerging Leaders Board (ELB), all of whom have agreed to share their extraordinary skills to support the mission of OEC. The organization’s annual budget is approximately $3.38 million and relies heavily on grants, both restricted and unrestricted, and major donors to fund its work.
Our Vision For The Future
Oregonians will live healthier lives because our air, water, and land will be clean; our food will be sustainably produced; and the products, energy and transportation that make our modern life possible will be free of toxic chemicals and safe for our environment and climate. Urban and rural Oregonians will thrive in a sustainable, low-carbon economy. Oregon businesses, governments, nonprofit institutions, and individual Oregonians will safeguard the natural world that is essential to our health, our wealth, and our quality of life.
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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commitment
We value equity. Certain communities in Oregon—particularly people of color, indigenous, and low-income communities—suffer disproportionately from environmental degradation and have the fewest resources to face environmental challenges. Lawmakers and institutions promoting environmental protections have a responsibility to include disproportionately impacted communities in decision-making and to work to improve these conditions. OEC acts on these values by elevating the voices of these communities and striving for community-driven solutions that enhance their wellbeing.
Externally, our ultimate goal is to ensure that communities of color are “at the table” in defining their priorities and outcomes, which in turn inform our projects and policies. Our success must be aligned with, and measured, according to the expectations of the communities that are impacted. We are working to build stronger relationships with a range of community partners that embody the state’s growing diversity and ensuring our communications strategy and materials are both culturally appropriate and reflective of the diverse communities throughout Oregon.
Internally, we are committed to creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization that values every individual. Our staff, Board, and ELB need to reflect the diversity of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and geography that is represented across Oregon. Our day-to-day workplace embraces and supports differences, even as we create a more welcoming and inclusive culture. OEC is committed to providing ongoing and consistent training so that the Board, ELB, and staff understand and can apply an equity lens to organizational processes and programs.
OEC is committed to applying an equity lens to all of its work. A Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee, made up of representatives with a range of expertise from the Board, ELB, and staff, meet regularly to craft strategy, develop priorities, review progress, and update our internal and external goals.
The Executive Director Position
The Executive Director serves as the chief executive of the Oregon Environmental Council and, under the guidance of OEC’s statewide Board of Directors, drives programmatic and operational initiatives in pursuit of OEC’s mission to advance innovative, collaborative, and equitable solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges for today and future generations.
Serving as a key external representative and spokesperson for OEC, the Executive Director is the public face for the organization and responsible for maintaining a highly visible presence in Oregon and within the community at large. The Executive Director deepens the organization’s existing relationships with state and local decision-makers, leaders of key state natural resource agencies, and strategic partners across the state, while exploring new sources of revenue and support for the work.
OEC is a nonpartisan organization, and the Executive Director must be equally adept at working with elected officials, agency leaders, policymakers, business leaders, and funders across the political spectrum. The Executive Director must be effective at consensus and coalition building, honor and respect opposing viewpoints, and be able to diplomatically navigate issues that may be divisive at times.
Building upon OEC’s already strong foundation, the Executive Director is responsible for further operationalizing an impactful, high-functioning statewide organization. Providing vision and direction for OEC’s programs, the Executive Director works closely with staff and the Board to develop and advance priority policy issues and OEC’s 2012-2022 strategic goals.
Working with Board and senior leadership, the Executive Director leads the development of the annual budget and is responsible for setting appropriate goals and milestones in pursuit of the organization’s strategy. Additionally, the position ensures that the organization is managed in a transparent, participatory, and inclusive manner consistent with OEC’s core values and commitment to bringing Oregonians together.
- Make the necessary time and effort to form and maintain excellent working relationships with the Board of Directors, ELB, and OEC staff. Be a vocal advocate, establish trust, and encourage collaboration to prioritize and execute on goals.
- Bring continued stability to the organization by providing consistent leadership, professional development, further collaboration, and clarity around roles with a collective focus on organizational success.
- Serve as a leader, ambassador, and active champion for our ongoing equity, diversity, and inclusion work. Create a safe and honest space to support equitable solutions that continue to advance our work.
- Effectively execute our current strategic direction. Begin to think beyond 2022 and strategically prepare for the growth and evolution of the organization while continuing to ensure equitable outcomes and achieving the greatest impact to our entire Oregon community.
- Modernize our fundraising strategy and support diversifying our funding streams. Partner with the development team to build support and ensure that OEC secures sustainable, broad, and robust funding from both individuals and institutions for future growth.
- Champion employee development and support a culture of opportunity. Maintain morale, retain the great workforce, continue to build strong teams, and look for opportunities that make our organization stronger.
- Reinvigorate the Emerging Leaders Board. Establish a clear mission and identify opportunities to further leverage this dynamic, diverse, and integral advisory board comprised of entrepreneurs, strategists, community leaders, and visionaries.
- Broaden our reach across the state. Identify our strategic role in partnerships, be thoughtful in how we effectively utilize and engage our partners, and recognize when to come together and collectively champion issues.
- Embrace our community and continue expanding relationships and partnerships with diverse communities. Build rapport, actively listen to diverse voices and perspectives, and foster a culture of engagement and participation.
- Actively represent OEC and become a trusted voice of the environmental movement. Further educate and advocate for programs and communicate the value of our work.
- Develop trust and maintain positive relationships with our rural communities and rural partners across the state. Become knowledgeable about environmental issues affecting the rural parts of our state, continue to break down barriers, and work to bridge the urban-rural divide.
The Successful Candidate
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 true champion of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, the Executive Director values diversity of thought and believes in advancing programs and initiatives with an equity lens. 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.
With empathy and compassion, the Executive Director sets the tone for the organization and brings a sense of calm and stability, while continuing to evolve the organization. The ideal candidate brings substantial fundraising experience with an understanding of how to keep pace with developments in philanthropic giving. The successful candidate understands how to leverage the power of storytelling to relate to various stakeholders and their respective interests and goals. With a strategic mindset, the Executive Director has a strong history of developing effective relationships and effortlessly partners with the Board and ELB to drive change and move the organization forward.
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 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.
Compensation and Benefits
The Executive Director salary is at the discretion of the Board, with a salary range of $110,000 to $125,000. Oregon Environmental Council offers an excellent benefits package.