Executive Director, William Temple House


About William Temple House

The William Temple House mission is to restore hope and renew strength in individuals and families in a welcoming and respectful atmosphere. The foundation for William Temple House was established in early 1965 when several lay members of the Oregon Episcopal Diocese met with Rev. Canon Clarence T. Abbott of the Parish of St. Mark in Portland.  Now, nearly 50 years later, William Temple House offers low and no-cost comprehensive professional counseling to individuals, couples and families and provides no-cost emergency social services that include food and personal care items, new clothing for children, and rent, utilities, and prescription drug assistance. Over 11,000 client visits are seen each year and no one is turned away because of an inability to pay. The work of William Temple House is made possible by dedicated and caring staff and volunteers.

The Position

We are seeking a strong, dynamic leader with a proven track record, preferably in nonprofit organizations, to serve as the Executive Director. Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director provides leadership to the organization and is responsible for the overall management, planning, accountability, and administration of the organization to assure high quality services. The Executive Director will implement the vision and strategic plan created under the leadership of the Board of Directors.

The position requires knowledge in the areas of counseling, social services (food, medical, referrals to other agencies), understanding of retail management for thrift store oversight, and general financial management. 

Because the Executive Director is also the face of the organization, the ideal candidate will also have connections with the Portland social service network and be skilled in outreach and community collaboration to build on the strong track record of William Temple House

The Executive Director oversees a staff of 7:

Clinical Director of Counseling, Director of Social Services, Director of the William Temple House Thrift Store, Director of Pastoral Care, Director of Development, Volunteer Manager, and Fiscal Manager.



  • Passion for and interest in the mission of William Temple House
  • Collaborative work style, including working in partnership with the board president, engaging current board members productively, and ability to guide and mentor staff members
  • Demonstrates respect and appreciation for the important role of volunteers in fulfilling the mission of William Temple House
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to represent William Temple House to the community, other agencies, and supporters


Leadership skills including:

  • Experience with leading an organization through operational and strategic planning
  • Strong business skills including: experience developing and managing capital and operating budgets of similar size ($1.5M); ability to interpret and present financial reports for board members; ability to analyze return on investment for current daily operations and long-range opportunities
  • Effectively leading and inspiring a diverse staff leadership team into the vision of the organization and potential for their programs through planning and engagement
  • Track record of success in fundraising, including cultivating and stewarding major donors and prospects
  • Assessing and managing organizational systems and data necessary for daily operations and future planning


  • Minimum five years of senior executive management experience in an organization of similar size/budget and complexity, working directly with a board of directors
  • Bachelors degree
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities with diverse stakeholders
  • Participation in philanthropic support of an organization
  • Experience with developing a comprehensive communications plan that includes social media and electronic marketing
  • Adept at use of Microsoft Office Word and experience working in a network environment with an integrated database.  Knowledge of Excel, Power Point and other programs.

Application Instructions:

·         Salary is $80,000

·         Benefits include medical, dental, retirement, PTO and vacation time

This search is being conducted by WVDO on behalf of William Temple House.  Applications will be accepted through October 25, 2014.  Please submit cover letter, resume and complete screening questions at:  http://wvdo-or.hiringthing.com.