Executive Director

Donate Life Northwest | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 11/24/2021

Who we are:

Nationally recognized for groundbreaking innovation and some of the highest donor registration rates in the country, Donate Life Northwest has been improving health and saving lives in Oregon and SW Washington through the promotion of organ, eye, and tissue donation since 1975. With a budget of one million, a staff of nine, and hundreds of active volunteers, our vibrant Donate Life Northwest community includes: donor families carrying loved ones’ legacies; living donors sharing the joy of giving; those waiting with hope for transplant; grateful recipients paying it forward; organ, eye, and tissue banks, transplant centers, and other organization partners; and more than 2.8 million registered donors. We take pride in these tremendous successes but work with a sense of urgency to accelerate programs and bring hope to thousands in need of transplant who face a shortage of donors.

Work-life balance and mutual support are essential to maintaining the energy and focus needed for our dynamic work. Volunteers and staff are valued for individual strengths in our community-building organization, and we share a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion and health equity. That commitment guides our work to overcome barriers to donation, and honors the powerful ways that gifts of life, sight and health can connect communities and transcend divisions of race, faith, ethnicity, language, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, and physical or mental ability.

What we Need:

Donate Life NW is hiring an Executive Director who fully embraces our mission, vision, and values. They must be compassionate and strategic. The Executive Director works collaboratively with the Board of Directors, donation agency partners, staff, and community volunteers to advance the mission. The Executive Director will quickly develop a solid understanding of the organ, eye and tissue donation process and become an advocate at the state and national level. As a strong nonprofit leader, the ED will assess program efficiency, collaborate in the building of programs, engage with the community and fundraising, and stay current in the dynamic environment of donation and transplant.

Success Measures for the Executive Director:

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  • 3+ years of experience working in a leadership capacity with a nonprofit organization or equivalent work environment.
  • 3+ years of experience in direct staff and program management.
  • Understanding of government regulations and federal/state funding.
  • Proven track record in successful fundraising including individual and corporate donors.
  • Direct experience with budgeting, financial reporting, and contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing strategic plans, organizational development and change.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to engage with our community with compassion and empathy.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent and enhance organizational values of collaboration, integrity, and innovation.
  • Preferred Skills:

  • Managing to a Volunteer Board
  • Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation Connection
  • Public Education Experience
  • Legislative Advocacy Experience
  • Application:

    Nonprofit Professionals Now is proud to be working with Donate Life Northwest on this key leadership position. Interested candidates are asked to review the full job description and application materials at: https://wvdo-or.hiringthing.com/job/347531/executive-director-donate-life-northwest

    Application Deadline: December 17, 2021.

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

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