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Years of Experience
OCJ seeks an experienced nonprofit Executive Director to lead a strategic and effective agenda throughout Oregon that radically centers and supports those consumers most impacted by injustice. We especially welcome those persons with experience designing, developing and building ambitious and successful systemwide solutions to complex challenges and entrenched oppression.
The Executive Director will have primary responsibility for inclusively developing and collaboratively achieving a clear vision and strategic priorities, a trusted brand, and an impactful organizational culture with strong and affirming relationships that supports intersectionality among board, staff and community partners. The Executive Director will direct the operationalization of emerging strategies, build accountable processes, and ensure effective, balanced oversight of the organization’s day-to-day processes and operations; direct and develop professional staff; and serve as primary spokesperson for the organization. The Executive Director will ensure that the organization is fiscally sound and that its internal and external engagement, grants management, administration and programs are resourced to address the needs and interests of Oregon consumers.
What You’ll Do
The Executive Director will be a seasoned entrepreneurial executive with a passion for consumer advocacy, social and racial justice, human-centered solutions, a working knowledge of consumer issues and an understanding of the collaborative efforts required to build a system of support for the most vulnerable Oregon consumers through programs, partnerships and investments in the areas of:
Legal impact (impact litigation, legal services, legal research, legal education for attorneys and judges, and the building of practitioner pathways to increase effective consumer representation in Oregon)
Policy change (policy advocacy and lobbying, policy research, and legislator and voter education)
Community advocacy (consumer advocacy, mobilization and coalition-building, storytelling, and developmental pathways for consumer advocates), and
Consumer experience (storytelling and public campaigns, story-gathering, research and insights, and direct education)
They will be a trusted relational leader with a longstanding commitment to, and demonstrated success in, building equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The individual must be adept at balancing internal management with external impact and visibility. The Executive Director will be an outstanding connector and communicator who is able to engage a variety of constituencies, from grassroots to specialized policy-makers, politicians, economists and legal experts, as well as to the broader public, in support of OCJ’s mission and activities.
Strategic Vision and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Establish a clear vision and priorities for the continuous improvement, adaptation and growth for OCJ programs, from startup to sustaining
Identifying emergent and authentic consumer needs, prioritizing interests and establishing strategic goals for consumer advocacy, information sharing and learning, and building or strengthening access to resources in collaboration with Board and staff
Establish effective and inclusive decision-making processes that will enable OCJ to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives, celebrating milestones along the way, and including the development and stewardship of an influential board of directors, advisory committees and working groups
Serve as an effective and visible spokesperson for OCJ who articulates the organization’s purpose, programs, and mission
Commitment to this vision and strategy being rooted in grassroots experience of diverse/marginalized consumers (BIPOC, low income, elderly, etc.)
Initiate or strengthen community relationships and collaborations with organizations in Oregon and nationally who work towards consumer justice
Inclusive and Engaged Cultural Leadership
Build a strong and engaged network committed to consumer justice among lawyers and judges, legislators and policymakers, community advocates and consumers
Exhibit a strong equity lens in every interaction with staff, board, and community partners
Draw from experience working with people of multiple cultures and backgrounds; identifying intersectionality to help support all staff, volunteers and partners
Advance an organizational strategy and commitment to embed equity into its internal and external operations, with the guidance of external consultants and the support of the Board of Directors
Reinforce a culture of solutions-based innovation and feedback by creating a structure of transparency and growth mindset
External Relations, Resource Stewardship and Community Investment
Create opportunities and supported pathways for spokespersonship and leadership across the organization to increase inclusion and impact
Serve as leading external spokesperson for OCJ whenever appropriate with a clear, engaging and trusted voice and presence to engage existing and potential new consumers, advisors, advocates and programmatic partners, as well as other stakeholders locally and nationally
Build a clear and trusted brand
Identify and build on state and local task forces or coalitions in which OCJ can play an active role and identify new external opportunities for OCJ leadership.
Demonstrate effective and accountable oversight of OCJ funds, and provide public accountability for optimal social investment of OCJ’s resources
Ensure appropriate and equitable grants administration and program evaluation
Create space and process across the organization for continuous learning through ongoing assessments, research and insights, active conversations and appreciative listening to generate reflective growth and a sense of teamwork and support among direct reports and staff
Ensure appropriate fiscal oversight and accountability to strategic goals with sufficient and balanced allocation of resources to get the job done meaningfully and well
Stay abreast and informed of changes required to continue relevant work
Deploy effective management systems and emergent technology to maximize staff, contractors and boards’’ contributions to the organization
Attract, retain, and develop a high-performing team whose work centers the needs of the most impacted and creates substantive, radical change
Demonstrate flexibility and an ability to delegate and share responsibility and ownership of projects to evenly distribute workload
Identify and build necessary internal systems, staffing structure, operational plans, and best practices to achieve organizational effectiveness and efficiency
Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff and board
Create and promote a positive, inclusive work environment that supports consistency throughout the organization's strategy and operational methods
Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and rigorous program evaluation to assess effectiveness of OCJ initiatives and growth opportunities
Actively engage and energize the Board of Directors, Advisory Boards and working groups in meaningful participation to further the organization’s goals
Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals
Work with the Board to identify and help recruit new members whose personal and professional experience, perspective, talents, interests, and commitment will help to further the mission of OCJ
Regularly brief the Board on the status of the organization
Bachelor's Degree (at minimum is desired). MBA, MPA, JD, or related advanced degree preferred
At least 15 years of overall professional experience
Prior leadership and management experience of organizations across a variety of developmental stages (from startup to institutional and sustaining), that prioritize social impact and are key players in their respective organizational ecosystems
Experience setting, achieving and adapting strategic objectives according to a changing environment and emerging needs, and managing the financial and operational aspects of an organization
Demonstrated experience with collaborative grantmaking and generating impact across a variety of program areas, including litigation, advocacy, education and public engagement with an ability to build genuine and active partnerships with public and private organizations and activists
Past success working with a Board of Directors and active committees and other collaborative structures, with the ability to cultivate relationships with members while assisting with the recruitment of new members
Social Justice and Professional Experience:
Analytical understanding of the Oregon political landscape and national context
Experience managing and/or governing impact litigation and/or direct legal services
Experience in community organizing and/or managing successful policy advocacy and campaigns
Excellent coalition-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions
Experience with adult training and education, experiential learning and mindset and behavior change, as well as effective public messaging and campaigns
Experience with evidence-based research (legal, policy, community and consumer), human-centered insights work and reflective integration of learning with operations and organizational action
Experience with collaboratively building programs, creating partnerships, and directing social impact and/or philanthropic investing to achieve systemic goals
Ability to build a high-performance culture that reflects the organization’s values and commitment to justice and progressive workplace policies.
Impact-oriented with outstanding presentation and communication skills and the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder
A financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making
Strong collaborator with a commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team.
Strong emotional intelligence, with the ability to foster an environment and culture that supports people from all communities in developing their voice, generates action-oriented problem-solving, and values transparent communication, flexibility, and authenticity
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders by building trust, buy-in, and effective, authentic relationships
Demonstrated success building, coaching, and managing a high-performing team, including managing conflict and providing consistent constructive feedback in a timely manner
Salary: $110,000 - $135,000
Relocation: Reimbursement available
Benefits: As we build our team, OCJ seeks to offer competitive health, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance as well as flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan, and generous time off policies.
Affirma Consultancy has been retained by OCJ to assist in this search process. Applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. For full consideration, candidates should provide a resume and cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications described above which should be directed electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title "OCJ Executive Director" in the subject of your email.
Oregon Consumer Justice
Organization Overview Launched in 2020, Oregon Consumer Justice (OCJ) is a new nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that all people in Oregon experience a safe and fair marketplace, especially those historically excluded from participation. We advance the rights of consumers through advocacy, research, education, and engagement, and work to bring consumer justice into balance for all Oregonians. We strategically focus on opportunities to: •balance the system by advocating for laws that fill in gaps and address consumer needs. •share information and learning to facilitate awareness and understanding with partners and policymakers to achieve more equitable outcomes. •build and strengthen actionable pathways so that everyone can access the resources they need. These are just some of the spaces where Oregonians experience unfair business practices: payday loans, debt collection and credit reporting, deceptive student loan services, hidden banking and credit fees, mortgage, housing, insurance and construction fraud, imposter scams, illegal towing, misrepresented medical and travel services, telecom monopolies and other antitrust violations, securities and brokerage account misconduct, dishonest auto sales, repairs and financing. The need for consumer justice is everywhere - and the majority of need isn’t being met. OCJ wants to change that by building an equitable and sustainable ecosystem that works for every Oregonian; one that puts people first, makes sure that every financial and business transaction is fair and safe, and that consumers have recourse when their rights are violated. OCJ is an equal opportunity employer. We endeavor to celebrate the diversity and lived experiences of all members of our nation and community without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. We seek to build a team that reflects that diversity. All qualified applicants who share this vision and who have a desire to contribute to our mission are encouraged to apply.