Executive Director sought by Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO)

Deadline May 01, 2017

Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO) is a vibrant, growing and highly esteemed organization deeply engaged in the work of sharing design’s role in shaping our future. The strategic and visionary Executive Director will have the opportunity to creatively lead the organization to an even greater level of maturity and influence, ensure that we are including the entire state in all of its diversity – culturally, economically, geographically and philosophically – and broaden and deepen membership and financial support.

AFO was established in 1983 to increase awareness of the built environment and is supported financially and strategically by leaders in architecture, engineering, construction, development and design. AFO’s Architects in Schools program serves 4500 students across the state. The organization is poised for both growth and impact having just completed a three year strategic plan and strengthened our endowment, with a highly committed board of directors and exceptionally competent staff.

AFO’s board is a collegial, dedicated group of professionals actively supporting the organization’s mission. The staff and board have an engaging and cooperative approach to working together to accomplish AFO’s ambitious agenda. Staff works collaboratively and independently with a great deal of open communication, teamwork, trust and humor. AFO has an annual budget of $800,000 (including $350,000 of in-kind volunteer donations to the Architects in Schools program), a full time staff of four and a board of thirty. For more information about AFO, please visit www.af-oregon.org

POSITION TITLE: Executive Director
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
FULL TIME: 40 hours, exempt, based in Portland, minimal travel around the state.
COMPENSATION: Salary range: $70-80,000 plus health insurance

AFO is an equal opportunity employer and will consider applicants without regard to race, age, color, sex, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

The executive director is the chief executive officer of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon, a 501(c)(3) organization. The executive director reports to the board of directors and accepts responsibility for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

In public outreach and development, the executive director will
1. Be the visible public face and primary spokesperson for AFO statewide.
2. With the board of directors and key staff, play a strong role in identification, cultivation, and
solicitation of gifts from foundations and corporate and individual donors.
3. Build strategic partnerships and collaborations with community-based organizations,
companies, institutions and agencies that can broaden and leverage AFO’s mission.

In program development and administration, the executive director will
1. Continue to build on the organization’s long-range strategy to achieve its mission, and ensure consistent and timely progress.
2. Work with the Governance Committee to ensure that the board of directors is an effective, diverse body that governs the affairs of the organization, and provide direction so that individual board members can contribute in meaningful ways to the organization’s achievement of its mission and financial objectives.
3. Provide inspiration and leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the board of directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board. Act quickly to respond to rapidly changing conditions.
4. Promote active and broad participation by members and volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.
5. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the design and building industries and the nonprofit sector.
6. Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

In budget and finance, the executive director will
1. Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
2. Work with the staff, the finance committee and the board in preparing a budget; see that the
organization operates within budget guidelines.
3. Jointly, with the president and secretary of the board of directors, conduct official
correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal agreements.

In communications, the executive director will
1. See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
2. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
3. Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to government agencies, organizations and the general public. Publicize the goals, programs and activities of the organization.

In relations with staff, the executive director will
1. Be responsible for the recruitment, employment and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
2. Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps and motivates a staff of diverse, top-quality people.
3. Facilitate effective working relationships among the staff and ensure they function effectively in
their roles.
4. Be comfortable with strong staff leadership and the ability to guide from the side as well as lead
an independent and competent team.
5. Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating
their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
6. Ensure that job descriptions are updated, that regular performance evaluations are held, and
that sound human resource practices are in place.

1. Passion for the built environment, design and architecture and an exceptional and sincere commitment to the mission and values of the organization.
2. Demonstrated success in fundraising and public relations in the public and/or private sectors, including grant writing.
3. Exceptional interpersonal skills, management skills, and a collaborative, team-oriented work style.
4. Strong strategic and problem-solving skills.
5, Experience working with and managing volunteers and a commitment to volunteer leadership
and involvement. (AFO’s Architects in Schools program includes 100+ volunteer design
6. Five to ten years of experience in administration or organizational leadership, involving
supervision of staff and management of significant funds. Strong related experience in business,
education, philanthropy or public service may be acceptable.
7. Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in a field related to the organization’s purpose; or
equivalent experience and expertise.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume and references to the attention of the Search Committee by May 1, 2017 at 5pm to admin@af-oregon.org. No phone calls please. Applicants will be notified before references are called. Anticipated start date in Fall of 2017.

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