Executive Director

German American Society | Portland, OR

Posted Date 1/19/2023

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The German American Society of Portland


Position Title: Executive Director

Duration: Full-time, permanent, exempt position.

Location: NE Portland

Compensation: $ 85,000 - $ 120,000, depending on training and experience, health care insurance cost sharing, paid time off for sick, personal and family leave, vacation and holidays.

Work Schedule: This position has a variable and flexible schedule that includes regular evening meetings and some weekend events.


Who We are and What We do


The mission of the German American Society is to preserve and promote, primarily in the greater Portland metro area, as well as Southwest  Washington the unique and valuable charitable and educational elements of German heritage.


The German American Society operates popular German language program for all ages and all levels.  The organization’s signature cultural events, such as Oktoberfest and the December Holiday and Christmas Market draw thousands of people.  Founded 150 years ago, Society is the steward of a 17,000 square foot historic building which houses the language program and is a hub for community events, has a healthy endowment created by its founders and has an annual budget of $ 400,000.


The Board of Directors envisions a growing and sustainable charitable, cultural and educational society that welcomes all, and is well-known and valued for events and programs that increase understanding and share appreciation for German heritage. 


The Executive Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization, including implementing the strategic plan and accomplishing priority projects.  The Executive Director will report to the President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors, with regular communication with the entire Board.  The Executive Director will supervise the staff, including the Language Program Director, Contractors and Administrative staff. 




Key Skills

Excellent financial management skills, including developing budgets and managing finances

Familiarity with the laws and regulations governing nonprofit organizations

Strong written and verbal communication skills, including social media

Adept at working with volunteer committees and volunteer-driven events

Ability to prioritize and respond to shifting conditions in an organization with a small staff

Understanding of event management, especially large community events

Demonstrated ability to manage and motivate staff, and oversee contractors and vendors


Key Experience

Proven track record of leadership in a nonprofit organization

Effective collaboration with a nonprofit Board of Directors

Experience in adult education or language schools helpful

Engagement in nonprofit fundraising, including sponsorships and membership

Property management experience helpful

Professional experience coordinating large community events



Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent professional experience 

Minimum of five years' experience in a leadership position at nonprofit organizations

Deep appreciation for German culture

Knowledge of German language is helpful but not required




Submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references to: akienberger@hotmail.com


Deadline: Feb. 20th, 2023



The German American Society  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Learn more at www.germanamerican.org

Listing Type
Events | Executive | Fundraising/Development | Nonprofit | Public Relations
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Senior Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$85,000. - $120,00.
Salary Type

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