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December 10, 2019

Executive Director Search


Friends of the Children Portland + SW Washington is looking for an extraordinary leader to take the helm of our already-successful organization and lead us to the next level.

Friends of the Children knows what it takes to change lives: a long-term approach and a no-matter-what attitude. 26 years ago, Friends of the Children took mentoring out of the volunteer realm, and it has changed thousands of lives. Our mentors are professional, full-time, salaried employees who work one-to-one with our community's highest-priority youth from kindergarten through graduation—12+ years, no matter what. Today, we are a national organization with 21 locations and envision a world where all youth are empowered to dream big and build bright futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Friends of the Children Portland is at an exciting point in our trajectory. We are the largest and founding chapter and serve as model for the national network. With the committed work of 90 employees, over 500 youth across 150 schools in the Portland/SW Washington area currently receive intentional, long-term mentorship through Friends of the Children. 

Thanks to our exceptional outcomes and relationships in the community, Friends of the Children has been ranked the #1 Most Admired Non-Profit in Oregon by the Portland Business Journal for five consecutive years.

The Executive Director Position

The Executive Director leads an exceptional organization, works with an involved and motivated Board, engages a strong and cohesive leadership team, and supports a talented team of employees. The director is fiercely committed to equity and will ensure that every aspect of the organization’s mission is executed with the full engagement of communities impacted by our work.

The Executive Director is the lead fundraising champion for Friends of the Children Portland and establishes a long-term strategic direction for development, resulting in clear goals and objectives. With the recent launch of our five-year strategic plan, the Executive Director leads annual planning and prioritizes work that ensures alignment around critical priority areas and continues to sharpen our programmatic focus. The director drives organizational effectiveness and efficiency and continuously looks for opportunities to maintain a stable and sustainable organization. 

The Executive Director continues to lead our equity journey and works to understand and eliminate systemic barriers for our youth. The Director fosters an atmosphere where equity is both a priority and is embedded in the day-to-day work of the organization. Importantly, the Executive Director is an effective leader and maximizes the organization’s investment in staff. With a focus on creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, the Director drives a culture that results in positive morale and employee retention.

Founding Chapter of an Expanding Network

At Friends of the Children – Portland you get to think globally and act locally. We are the founding chapter of a national network now serving youth in 21 locations in the United States and the UK. The Director is an active spokesperson and passionately represents our organization while building meaningful relationships and partnerships. As Portland ED, you’ll work in partnership with the Friends of the Children National CEO and their staff, who are co-housed in our NE Portland office. You’ll also work with a talented team of leaders from the other Friends of the Children sites, who collaborate to promote and grow the model and its impact.

Friends of the Children is committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.

Please visit Waldron to learn more about the position’s responsibilities and qualifications and to apply.