Executive Director

Westwind | Portland, OR

Posted Date 2/12/2021

The Opportunity: Westwind is at a historical inflection point and seeks an Executive Leader who wants to participate fully in honoring its 75 years of tradition, while shaping a vision for its future by developing robust year-round educational programming, and the development of facilities and staff to serve both.

The Land: Westwind is an extraordinary 529-acre site at the center of the Unesco Bisophere Reserve at Cascade Head. Within its borders lie mature upland forests and 3 miles of fertile estuarine shoreline, the Salmon River where it meets the sea, and 2 miles of Pacific Ocean shoreline with its littoral sand spit, basalt sea caves and Crescent Cove. Its campus is set in the forested dune line looking West and includes the main lodge, a natural arts and sciences learning center, 15 cabins, and a large barn and shop complex. Visitor access to the site is by boat across the Salmon River, with administrative supplies transported on its land-based road.

The people: Originally founded in 1936 by the YWCA of Greater Portland, Westwind has welcomed over 100,000 campers, students, families and others to its incomparable site, and continues to welcome over 6,000 people a year for camp, outdoor school and day programs and visits. Westwind is embedded in a vibrant community of citizens, NGO’s and agencies who are very active within the lower Salmon River Valley which includes marine reserves, a scenic research area, and the Siuslaw late successional reserve forest.

Our Vision: We dream that all children have access to wild and undeveloped landscapes and are allowed to discover the interconnection, complexity and splendor of living in balance with natural systems.

Our Mission: We will conserve the Westwind site in perpetuity; foster life-changing outdoor experiences for all children, families and groups; and promote environmental stewardship as a basis for sustainable living.

Our Equity Statement: Westwind’s future success relies on being a leader in getting all children outside, connected to nature and nurtured by the wisdom of many cultures, backgrounds, places and generations.

The Position:

Our Executive Director will be joining an active volunteer board, 8-10 year-round staff, over 50 seasonal/on-call staff and hundreds of volunteers in providing stewardship of Westwind resources and engagement with camp attendees and program participants.

Westwind has administrative offices in Portland, Oregon and our camp is located near Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. Our Executive Director is expected to be regularly present in both locations and facilitating communication and teamwork between these two locations in support of our mission. This is key to Westwind’s success.

The ED oversees all Westwind operations, programs, staff and volunteer activities in a coordinated effort to carry out Westwind’s mission. The ED reports to the Westwind Board of Directors, with a primary reporting function to the Board Chair.


  • Belief in the value of nature and environmental stewardship in defining our lives.
  • Leadership experience advancing diversity, equity and inclusion resulting in organizational change.
  • 7+ years’ progressive management of an organization including: personnel, facilities, fundraising and finance.
  • 5+ years’ of active fundraising success including individual campaigns, corporate sponsorships and foundation proposals.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in leadership, team development, volunteer engagement and financial management.
  • Strong written and verbal communication with training in active listening and DEI.
  • Strong team-building skills emphasizing organizational goals and mission-oriented success.
  • Financial aptitude with budgets, cash-flow reporting, capital investment.
  • Experience with project management and facilities repairs/maintenance.
  • Knowledge of organizations and educational entities in Lincoln and Tillamook counties a plus.
  • Ecological or natural systems knowledge and/ or hands-on experience. Natural Arts and Sciences experience a plus.
  • Nonprofit Professionals Now is excited to be working with Westwind in finding the ideal candidate and we’d love to hear from you!

    To review the full job description, application requirements and screening questions please visit the application portal at: www.wvdo-or.hiringthing.com.

    Application Deadline: March 5, 2021. All applications will be reviewed and considered.

    Listing Type
    Executive | Fundraising/Development | Management | Nonprofit
    Position Type
    Full Time

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