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Oregon Center for Environmental Health seeks an Executive Director

Salary: Commensurate with Experience, 32 Hour a Week, Exempt Position

Benefits: Health Insurance, 12 Paid Holidays, Two Personal Holidays, Liberal Vacation Plan

Closing Date: June 20, 2009

Organizational Background

The Oregon Center for Environmental Health is a state-wide, 501©(3) founded in 1996 to protect public health and the environment by promoting alternatives to the use, manufacture, release, and disposal of toxic chemicals. We accomplish these goals through grassroots organizing, public education, litigation, supporting legislation, media campaigns, working with public agencies, and spearheading coalition efforts.

The Position

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for the successful candidate to take over as our first full time Executive Director, replacing our founder and part-time director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director must build upon our reputation as an effective advocacy group by developing strategies to strengthen internal and external support for the organization and our mission.

Executive Director Responsibilities

The Executive Director will continue our effective work in developing and managing programs that support our mission to promote alternatives to the manufacture, use, and disposal of toxic chemicals. The director, with the support of our small staff, volunteers, and board of directors will be responsible for implementing our strategic plan and building the organizational capacity. Strategies will include leadership within a coalition of health and conservation groups, working with elected officials to promote legislation, working with public agencies, community organizing, and public education and outreach.

General Operations

The Executive Director oversees the day to day operations including staffing and staff supervision, management of the organizational budget, implementation of the strategic plan, representing the organization in public forums, with the media, and with our coalition partners. The director will also directly engage in program management consistent with funding opportunities and staffing capacity.


The Executive Director will be responsible for leading an effective fundraising effort in coordination with the staff and board of directors. This leadership will include membership development, development of our for-profit enterprises including our store, web site, and classes, major donor development, and grant writing.


The successful candidate must have a passion for the environment and a dedication to protecting it and the public health from the impacts of toxic chemicals. The ideal candidate will have experience as a non-profit Executive Director or Development Director.

In addition to the leadership skills required to run a small non-profit, candidates should possess the following skill sets and personal attributes:

• an ability to comprehend and communicate complex subject matter based upon sound science

• innovative approaches to growing the organization and promoting its mission

• flexibility and willingness to operate in many different aspects of the organization from lobbying in Salem to working with the public in our store and classes

• an ability to write and speak in a compelling manner • strong planning, organizational, budgeting, and personnel management skills

• a mature and professional demeanor balanced with confidence, wisdom, and a sense of humor

• educational credentials commensurate with a position of this nature

Application Procedure

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by June 20, 2009 to [email protected] or Oregon Center for Environmental Health, 4819 NE Fremont St., Portland, Oregon 97213. No phone calls please.