SAVO Executive Director


Founded in 2012, Special Advocates for Vulnerable Oregonians (SAVO) assists the court in protecting vulnerable Oregonians through monitoring, training and supporting guardians, other fiduciaries and families. These efforts reduce the potential for abuse, neglect, and exploitation of protected persons.

SAVO seeks a full-time Executive Director to manage program operations, with 2015 priorities being design of a Volunteer Guardianship Monitoring Program model that can be replicated in counties across Oregon and implementation of a statewide fiduciary training program. SAVO's program benefits from an American Bar Association-endorsed program model, lessons learned by a pilot effort, and strong grassroots support. Currently SAVO has a full-time Multnomah County Program Manager, with a half-time Project Assistant to be hired April 2015.


In January 2012, Judge Katherine Tennyson, Probate Department, Multnomah County Circuit Court, convened a meeting of attorneys, fiduciaries, professional guardians, court visitors and other interested parties to explore establishing a volunteer adult guardianship monitoring and assistance program in Multnomah County. SAVO resulted from that initial conversation and draws from leaders and program partners from the legal and judicial community, guardians, and advocates for seniors and people with disabilities.

During 2013 SAVO conducted a community-wide needs assessment with a broad array of stakeholders. The result was a pilot project of trained volunteers to monitor guardians and a grassroots fundraising effort that secured over $48,000 in community contributions. In 2014, $380,000+ in grant awards has been secured; including a $243,000 grant from the State of Oregon Aging and People with Disabilities Innovations Fund . A full-scale Multnomah County volunteer guardianship monitoring and lay fiduciary training program have begun implementation in Fall 2014.

Duties and Responsibilities

* Board Administration and Support -- Supports operations and administration of SAVO Board by advising, informing and interfacing between Board members and staff. Attends and participates in all Board meetings and at Board committee meetings, as requested. Keeps the Board regularly informed with adequate and timely information concerning SAVO activities, finances and progress toward organizational objectives. Assists the Board in preparing strategic plans for the organization.
* Program and Services Delivery -- Oversees design, marketing, delivery, and evaluation of SAVO's programs and services. 2015 priorities include:
* Design and develop a Volunteer Guardianship Monitoring and Assistance Program model that can be replicated in other Oregon counties
* Design, develop and initiate implementation of a statewide, online fiduciary training program.

* Fundraising -- Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements; seeking support from individuals, businesses, foundations and government; and administrating fundraising records, reports and documentation. The 2015 goal is to sustain Multnomah County efforts and to seek resources that allow replication of SAVO project efforts in multiple Oregon counties beyond Multnomah County.
* Financial Management -- Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages SAVO's resources within those budget guidelines. Works with staff and/or contractors to ensure that accounting records are kept and filed according to all applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Oversees and complete annual Audit or Review.
* Human Resource Management -- Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to Employee Handbook and procedures that conform to current laws and regulations. Hiring, supervisory and performance review responsibilities for SAVO staff.
* Community and Public Relations -- Assures that SAVO and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented with a strong, positive image. Represents SAVO in dealing with other organizations, individuals, the public and the media. Coordinate with staff, volunteers, and sub-contractors regular communication through newsletters and written materials, website and social media to supporters, program partners and the public.


* Bachelors Degree in related field or equivalent program experience
* Commitment to serving vulnerable persons
* Strong oral and written communication skills
* Demonstrated experience supervising staff and managing volunteers
* Self-directed; with strong organizational skills and attention to detail
* Ability to work with diverse individuals and program partners in public and private sector
* Criminal background check required of finalist.

* Advanced Degree in related field
* Paid experience as Executive Director of a non-profit organization
* Marketing and/or fundraising experience

Compensation: Starting Salary Range $65,000-$70,000 plus 10% of annual salary in lieu of health insurance; 1.0 FTE annual.

How to Apply

Please submit the following as a Word or PDF document via email to [email protected]:

* Cover letter indicating personal and professional interest in the challenge of this particular position with SAVO, and respond to the following 3 questions:

  • * What is your demonstrated experience and approach to supervising staff?
  • * What specific experience have you had as a manager in a nonprofit organization and what lessons were learned that can benefit SAVO?
  • * What experience have you had with fundraising and marketing that demonstrates success in generating community support?

* Resume * 3 Professional References - including affiliation, relationship and contact information.

Application review will begin November 1, 2014.

Equal Opportunity Employer People with diverse backgrounds and life experiences, including those who have experience with guardianships and vulnerable individuals, are encouraged to apply.

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