Executive Director

Portland, OR

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Our client in the nonprofit space is searching for an Executive Director to join their team. The Executive Director reports to the Trustee and is responsible for the daily operations and strategic direction of the organization and its entities inspired by our client’s vision, mission, and values designed to empower creative youth to imagine and achieve their artistic, educational, and professional dreams. In this role, you will provide leadership and oversee the management of all departments, including programmatic, fundraising, communication, administration, and community engagement. This is a full-time, direct-hire opportunity based in Portland. 


As the Executive Director, you will:


Operations & Strategic Planning

  • Manage all areas of the Foundation’s strategy and day-to-day internal and business operations with growth and impact to ensure programs and related activities are successful, sustainable, mission-aligned, charitable purpose, and 501c3 obligations

  • Lead, manage, and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies, including building, developing, and sustaining new and existing relationships, supporters, and donors

  • Be a strategic planner and thinker with the ability to provide knowledge and steer the organizations towards a sustainable future

  • Ensure that organizational systems, structures, policies, and practices are conducted in an ethical, cost-effective, legal, and efficient manner


Development and Partnerships

  • Cultivate, develop, and implement major gift-giving efforts/campaigns from corporations, foundations, the public, individuals, and event/rental revenue

  • Ability to maintain community and professional relationships to enhance growth knowledge in higher education and philanthropy while deepening partnerships with like-minded nonprofits, artists, and professionals

  • Guide and support the people and teams responsible for developing healthy operations and infrastructure

  • Establish a culture of excellence and continuous learning and development


Program Oversight

  • Oversee all programs including, but not limited to; workshops, scholarships, internships, mentorships, and artist-in-residence

  • Lead, manage and oversee all areas of marketing, copywriting, copy editing, promotional material, and presentations, including all strategic communications, and brand development 

  • Provide oversight for grant writing, outreach, compiling data, letters of support, visual material, and reports that support the organization

  • Ability to utilize donor management platforms (NeonCRM) to implement and maintain data-driven development while maintaining student, donor, and stakeholder communication, data, and contact lists with confidentiality

  • Manage and develop the annual operating budget with the Trustee, finance, and accounting counsel while demonstrating sound financial judgment through the organization’s programmatic health

  • Ensure appropriate IRS filings and tax obligations are complete on time and accurately

  • Management and maintenance of building and recording studio housed within it


Who we’re searching for:


  • 3-5 years of experience, previously served in an Executive Director or leadership roles, specifically marketing

  • 2-3 years of fundraising experience with a non-profit organization or educational institution, or a comparable mix of work experience and education

  • Experience in major gifts fundraising, grant writing, donor cultivation, solicitation, planned giving, events and donor stewardship and relationships from corporations, foundations, local businesses, public, individuals, and event revenue 

  • Ability to maintain community and professional relationships to enhance growth knowledge in higher education and philanthropy

  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive donor community, where people of all identities are represented and feel welcome 

  • Experience managing staff, interns, young people, or students with mentoring or social work experience is a plus

  • Passionate about the arts and education as a catalyst for empowering youth and changing lives with a strong understanding of Portland's nonprofit arts and education landscape is appreciated

  • 2-3 years of professional experience designing and/or leading educational arts programming directly with middle and/or high school youth, preferably including those from low-income or marginalized communities, in a creative or educational setting

  • Ability to work flexible hours in accordance with event and production schedules

  • Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Keynote, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Google Drive, NeonCRM, social media platforms, etc.


We know that experience is gathered in many ways. If you have a demonstrated ability to fulfill the job duties but got there in a different way, please apply.


Salary / Pay range:

  • $90,000-$120,0000/ Year, depending on experience


Why Work with our Client:

  • Paid time off and sick leave

  • Generous employer contribution to medical and dental insurance

  • Matching IRA contributions

  • Short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance


Why 52 Limited:

52 Limited is a digital staffing agency with an industry-leading focus on the creative + technology space. We exclusively place tech and creative talent in direct-hire, contract-to-hire, and contract roles 


52 Limited’s reputation in the recruiting industry is unparalleled in the Pacific Northwest. While we're headquartered right here in Portland, our tenured team routinely places world-class talent from all over the West Coast and Texas.  We work with some of the most forward-thinking and recognizable clients in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles,  Austin, and beyond. To learn more about our team, visit [52 ltd | Our Story


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