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About Women’s Foundation of Oregon

The Women’s Foundation of Oregon (WFO) was founded in 2014 on the idea that everyone regardless of their gender identity should be able to thrive. Our statewide focus on transformative redistribution of wealth is driven by our core belief that individuals and communities are entitled to self-determination. We create change through our three areas of focus: grantmaking, convening community/organizations, and research.

WFO’s mission is to dismantle sexism, racism, and structural oppression through the movement of resources and ideas in our region. We work alongside open-hearted leaders and communities toward real and lasting gender justice.

We center all our work on our seven core values:

  • Liberation. We are committed to the full transformation to an equitable world where each of us is thriving and free from systemic oppression.
  • Justice. We believe that sovereignty and self-determination are the birthright of every person and each community. We believe in community-informed systems for healing and transformation that honor individual and collective dignity.
  • Collectivity. We honor multiple ways of knowing and being, and we celebrate our interdependence.
  • Courage. We believe that courage, rooted in bravery of the heart, is vital to dismantling and transforming systems of oppression.
  • Joy. We believe joy and whole-hearted living are core to building just and thriving communities.
  • Integrity. We are committed to showing up as our full, authentic selves and to ensuring that our words and actions are in alignment with our values and purpose.
  • Growth. We recognize the inherent value of curiosity and innovation, and are committed to a stance of learning and flexibility in all aspects of our work.

For more information on Women’s Foundation of Oregon, please visit their website.

The Opportunity

Women’s Foundation of Oregon is seeking an innovative, inspiring, and bold leader to be its next Executive Director. This is a unique opportunity to be at the helm of an organization that harnesses the power of collective giving to tackle some of the most challenging issues facing women, girls, and femmes, as WFO evolves in new and exciting ways to work at the intersection of racial and gender justice.

The Executive Director will oversee all operational and administrative functions of an organization with over $4M in assets and will build and lead a small team of passionate professionals. This individual will collaborate with the Board and staff to develop strategies for implementing the organization’s mission and vision through values-aligned partnerships and projects, and through building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. This work will include cultivating and sustaining relationships with communities most impacted by gender and racial oppression, centering and elevating the voices of those most impacted, and ensuring the Foundation is informed, engaged, and responsive to community issues.

At this exciting stage of WFO’s trajectory, the Executive Director will lead WFO as the organization continues to grow and respond to community and stakeholder needs. This is a phenomenal opportunity for a visionary, strategic, and hands-on leader to lead the redistribution and reinvestment of wealth back into communities from whom it was extracted, and to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.

Candidate Profile

The Executive Director of Women’s Foundation of Oregon will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Passion for Mission & Commitment to Advancing Equity, Racial and Gender Justice

The Executive Director will have a passion for WFO’s mission and a deep commitment to racial and gender justice. This leader will bring a proven track record of recognizing and addressing bias and deep understanding of oppression including but not limited to racism, anti-Blackness, anti-indigeneity, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, and ableism including a strong understanding of disability justice and access awareness. The Executive Director will have experience building and sustaining inclusive work environments that embrace authenticity and diversity, that value the wisdom of lived experience, and that reflect the communities served. Dedicated to WFO’s values, this individual will have the ability to operationalize these values, decolonize funding practice, and redistribute unjustly hoarded resources.

Strategic & Visionary Leadership

The Executive Director will be a visionary and pragmatic leader with the courage to adapt and innovate while remaining grounded in WFO’s mission and vision, modeling its values, and working alongside staff to achieve its goals. This individual will bring an understanding of what it means to lead an organization during a time of transformation and change, and will be comfortable with shared governance and leadership. Forward-thinking, the Executive Director will bring a vision for engaging a community affected by the colonization of dollars and land, and will be able to boldly move the Foundation to its next chapter. This individual will have the ability to confront the complex realities of the environment and simultaneously maintain faith in a different and better future, providing purpose, direction, and motivation.

Organizational Development & Excellence

The Executive Director will bring experience developing an organization while applying an equity lens. This individual will understand and be able to build the infrastructure and support systems needed for staff to thrive in service of WFO’s mission. An inclusive, transparent, and unifying manager with a shared leadership style, the Executive Director will build trust with staff and establish clarity on roles, responsibilities, and targeted outcomes. This individual will demonstrate the ability to build, nurture, and retain a strong team of diverse professionals, as well as foster a collegial, inclusive, and family-friendly work environment that encourages creativity and productivity and ensures staff feel respected, valued, and successful. The Executive Director will bring an equitable, collaborative, and thoughtful approach to conflict, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Excellent Communication & Relationship Building Skills

Serving as a passionate ambassador for WFO, the Executive Director will be able to thoughtfully and strategically articulate, and motivate a diverse range of stakeholders around the Foundation’s mission, vision, and values. This natural relationship builder will excel at collaborating with the Board, Board committees, staff, and community representatives in business, government, grassroots, advocacy, and other non-profits to craft engagement and fundraising strategies that maximize WFO’s positive impact in the community. A respectful communicator and engaged listener, the Executive Director will build strong relationships and trust with culturally specific community-based partners.

Compensation & Benefits

The starting base salary for the Executive Director role will be $150,000, depending on qualifications/experience; premium health plan with individual and family coverage options, generous PTO, transit and/or parking pass, professional development stipend, robust retirement plan, remote work options and relocation assistance.

Contact

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Michelle Bonoan and Medelene Beasley are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The Women’s Foundation of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer. We value and support diversity and inclusion to create a culture of dignity and respect.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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