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- Executive Director, OR, USA

Executive Director
Oregon Center for Public Policy

Job Code:  B27769
Location: USA – Portland, OR

Description –

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The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP or the Center), the leading public policy research institute in Oregon, seeks an Executive Director with a passion for advancing progressive state fiscal and economic policies that benefit all Oregonians. The Executive Director will oversee the Center’s work providing high quality research, analysis and policy proposals; will maintain and build supportive coalitions to advance those proposals; will communicate the analysis and proposals to the legislature, the state government, political influencers, and at times the general public; and will raise funds to achieve the mission.

Oregon Center for Public Policy

OCPP is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to improving Oregon’s public policies, budgets and tax structures to better the economic and social conditions of all Oregonians, with special attention to low- and moderate-income families and to under-represented communities. The Center has a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion both in its policy work and organizationally.

OCPP works to increase both public and governmental understanding of issues related to the adequacy and equitability of Oregon’s tax system and to the stability and adequacy of state and local public services. The Center publishes analyses of the state’s budget and tax system, papers on “The State of Working Oregon”, and numerous reports, factsheets, issue briefs and blog posts on the variety of subjects within OCPP’s domain, such as income inequality, hunger, poverty and wage theft. In addition, OCPP maintains an active program of briefings for donors and others and other public education activities. OCPP is part of two consortia— the State Priorities Partnership, coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN), coordinated by the Economic Policy Institute.

Although based in Portland, Oregon, some travel will be required throughout the state, especially but not limited to the state capitol in Salem, Oregon, and to occasional national meetings.


The Executive Director is responsible for overall leadership of the organization, including the coordination of its tax, budget, and policy analysis, and communications work. The Executive Director oversees a staff currently consisting of five other people, is a major spokesperson for the organization, leads fund development effort and works with the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is accountable to the Board.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • In conjunction with the OCPP Board, implementing and updating the organization’s strategic vision for the future of OCPP as an organization and as a catalyst for policy change.
  • Playing a visible and connected role as a leader in Oregon fiscal policy, including representing OCPP as a credible voice telling the story of the charts and facts before policymakers, stakeholders, the public, and the news media, as well as seeking out, establishing, and maintaining strong collaborations with other allied stakeholder organizations around the state.
  • Directing the research activities of and reports by OCPP, such as analyzing state budget and revenue proposals and developing policy options and recommendations that advance progressive reform.
  • Directing the work of OCPP staff and contractors, including inspiring, leading and empowering staff as strong, independent researchers functioning as an effective team.
  • Overseeing all communications activities of OCPP, working with in-house communications staff or consultants as appropriate, to convey messages clearly and in a style aligned to each targeted audience type.
  • Overseeing the fiscal health of the organization, including actively leading key revenue-raising and fund development activities (about 40% of the director’s time), including but not limited to grant-writing and maintaining relationships with funders, with an emphasis on major donors, in accord with an overall fund development plan implemented with the development coordinator.
  • Closely working with the board, fostering board development, and maintaining an appropriate level of communication about key issues and decisions.
  • Representing OCPP in the two national consortia.


Experience: Significant experience in public policy analysis; demonstrated capacity to work with a broad range of policymakers, advocates, members of the news media, and grass roots groups; and the ability to think strategically and collaboratively about opportunities to influence public policy. Knowledge of the state legislative and budget process in Oregon or in another state is desirable. Demonstrated experience fundraising for or managing a small nonprofit or similar organization required.

Education: Preferably an advanced degree in a relevant field such as in economics, public policy, law, or business administration. Graduate degree preferred.

Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex or technical information clearly to a range of audiences in writing, through public speaking, and to the media. Strong tax policy and budget analysis skills and deep understanding of fiscal issues is preferred.

Qualities: Commitment to social and economic justice; strategic thinker with strong leadership skills; creative and entrepreneurial spirit; commitment to excellence; understanding and valuing of equity, diversity and inclusion; strong administrative skills.


This is a full-time position with salary and benefits commensurate with skills and experience with an expected range of $80,000 - $95,000.

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled, with initial review of resumes starting by mid-May, 2017. To apply, submit – preferably as a single PDF file – a resume and a cover letter specifically addressing your interest in and qualifications for this position by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Posted on 03 August 2017
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