Project Director, Pine Meadow Ranch

Deadline November 18, 2019

About the Roundhouse Foundation and Pine Meadow Ranch

The Roundhouse Foundation is a private family foundation based in Sisters, Oregon, with a mission to support creative projects and organizations through art, environmental conservation, social services, community leadership, and education. It is overseen by three very engaged and visionary Trustees who have a strong connection to the Sisters community and long-term investment in its creative economy.

Pine Meadow Ranch, a 200+ acre, EFU-zoned historic ranch less than a mile from the center of town, is a project of the Roundhouse Foundation. Pine Meadow Ranch continues a decades long history as a working ranch. Currently, it is developing and expanding creative, agricultural and ecological projects from the assets of the property, with the intention of preserving and activating the Ranch’s land, the views, and the historic buildings for years to come. The ranch is in a critical period of restoring the historic buildings and building new facilities. The vision of Pine Meadow Ranch is to connect arts and sciences with traditional and contemporary crafts and skills integral to ranching life including: metal, wood and leather work, ceramics, fibers and textiles, writing, painting and drawing, photography and music.

The property includes two homes, a caretaker cabin, several barns (including a historic round barn and a dairy barn), and a recently remodeled shop. Several of the spaces are being used as studios and one of the houses (originally built in 1937) is currently being remodeled. Once completed, that house will provide four private bedrooms with shared baths, several studio spaces, and a gathering space for up to 25 people.

For more than a year, along with developing facilities and operating a working ranch, Pine Meadow Ranch has launched its artist residency program in two private bedrooms with shared kitchen in the Ranch’s main house, also home to the Roundhouse Foundation’s administrative offices. Residents contribute to the Ranch or the community through artists talks, workshops, work on the ranch and through general community engagement. Artists are also given time and space for their own artistic practice. As a core element of the Ranch’s programming, it is the intention of the Trustees that this program will shift and grow as additional facility spaces come online.

About the Position

The Project Director of Pine Meadow Ranch (PMR) will work in close collaboration with Trustees and staff of the Roundhouse Foundation to shepherd the growth and management of PMR’s facilities and programming. While the Project Director is the senior staff position at the Foundation, the Project Director will share decision-making and leadership with the Trustees, who will remain more directly involved in programming, HR, and other decisions than a pure governance board. In addition to program design and management, the Project Director will be tasked with developing and tracking program and capital project budgets, including working with the Trustees to establish a multi-year plan to diversify PMR revenues to include earned and contributed sources beyond the support of the Roundhouse Foundation. Over time PMR and the Roundhouse Foundation may transition into separate organizations. The Project Director would play an integral role in decision making for this possible transition.

Job Functions:

The PMR Project Director’s responsibilities include:
-Facilities development and operations
-Program development and management
-Community engagement and partnership development
-Liaison to the Trustees and management of regular Leadership Team meetings
-Hiring and direct supervision of all PMR staff, in close consultation with the Trustees (currently two full-time and two part-time employees)
-Financial management, including budget development and tracking; oversight of accounting, bookkeeping, and reporting functions
-Marketing and outreach
-Occasional other duties on behalf of PMR and The Roundhouse Foundation as assigned

Essential Qualities
A successful candidate will demonstrate a minimum of 3-5 years experience in each of the functional areas listed above. Additionally, they will embody the following personality traits and personal profile:

-Candidate should be versed in construction project management and building. The Candidate would be the point person for facilities development.
-Experience managing facilities, ranch activities and/or farming activities
-A passion for interdisciplinary approaches to the arts, farming/agriculture, and community engagement; a background in non-profit administration
-Innovative thinking, flexibility, and the ability to face shifting priorities and conditions with grace and skill
-A team player who is as comfortable providing hands-on support on a working Ranch as they are balancing budgets and speaking publicly
-People-oriented; a warm personality that loves to make people feel welcome and cared for while maintaining appropriate boundaries and community expectations
-Self-assured, self-directed and warm; a firm and authoritative leader of staff

Highly Desirable Qualities:
-Revenue development, both earned and contributed (grant writing, fundraising, business planning)
-Experience working with founders and developing a new organization
-Overseeing projects of historic preservation, conservation, and/or agriculture


$65,000-70,000 annually, based on qualifications and experience. In addition to salary, The Roundhouse Foundation will provide a health insurance stipend of $450/month. This is a full-time position with occasional weekend and evening work.

15 days paid vacation in addition to paid holidays and annual office closure between Christmas and New Year’s. Paid holidays:
President’s Day
Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the day following Thanksgiving Day
New Year’s Day

Application deadline: November 18


Candidate screening and interviews to begin in November. Finalists will be invited for a site visit and in-person interviews in December. Position start date on or before February 1, 2020.

To Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume in a single PDF document.

Sisters, OR

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