Co-Director: Development and Communications

interested in stewarding a lasting river health movement in the
Willamette Basin? The newly-forming Willamette River Network is hiring a
Director of Development and Communications to serve as half of a
co-director team that will also include a Director of Network
Coordination. Apply by June 3, 2019.The Director of Development and Communications will
pursue new resources toward the Network’s mission: to catalyze, align
and leverage efforts to support a healthy river system and thriving
communities across the Willamette River Basin. This is an opportunity to launch and grow a
new network with an evolving community and an intention for distributed
leadership and power sharing. There is some flexibility in the way the
co-director roles are shaped based on the strengths of candidates.
Because of the unique nature of this search—the hiring of two directors
side by side—we welcome individuals or pairs to apply.The Co-Directors will work across the Willamette Basin. Initial
office space will be located in Portland, OR. To assist with the
Network’s early development, Meyer has committed a total of $1 million
in operations funding over four years ($375,000 in the Network’s first
year). The Tides Center will serve as fiscal sponsor.The
Willamette River Network will build on the success of Meyer Memorial
Trust’s Willamette River Initiative, which has focused on improving
river health with sustained, collaborative investment since 2008. With
the planned sunset of the Initiative approaching, many participants
expressed interest in creating a community-driven network to
continue—and grow—the movement for river health: people and rivers
thriving together. JOB DUTIESPrimary Responsibilities:Pursue
resource development opportunities (e.g., grant writing, in-kind
resources, campaigns, individual gifts, government and corporate
partnerships, etc.) Lead efforts to develop strategic communications to tell the stories of the Willamette River and the network

Oversee the website and development of outreach and marketing
communicationsShared Responsibilities (with the Director of Network Coordination):Co-create vision, strategy and metrics (with network participants and Board) Support Board and staff development Ensure administrative compliance (with the Tides Center, fiscal sponsor) and appropriate systems and infrastructureLEADERSHIP PROFILERequired Experience and Knowledge:Relationship building and systems
thinking. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication
skills grounded in deep listening. Ability to form and maintain
relationships with current and potential partners who have a stake in
building a healthy and equitable Willamette River system. Ability to see
connections and communicate with ease about the relationships between
ground-level work and systemic change. Equity and
inclusion. Cultural self-awareness and demonstrated ability to address
issues of privilege while working across cultural differences.
Experience supporting diversity, equity and inclusion within group
culture, practices and policies. Life experience or work experience with
communities that have lived with historical inequities or barriers to
accessing a healthy river system. Resource and partner development.
Demonstrated success in developing resources through a combination of
fundraising strategies, which may include foundation grants, individual
giving, corporate support, and public financing. Able to foster
relationships and strategic opportunities for collaborative projects
with multiple stakeholders across different sectors. Strategic
communications. An appreciation for the power of narrative in movement
building. Ability to frame issues and needs in compelling ways,
connecting big picture visions with the on-the-ground realities and the
diverse histories of river stakeholders. Experience communicating with
non-dominant culture communities. Preferred Experience and Knowledge:Experience and/or familiarity with networks.Experience with online collaboration tools and platforms. Connection to Willamette River communities, the Pacific Northwest, or a similar ecosystem. Experience working collaboratively across a regional ecosystem, fostering cross-sector, community-driven partnerships. Understands the intersections and complexity of issues that affect communities and rivers. Familiar
with community-oriented evaluation processes; experience using
qualitative and quantitative data to inform priorities and projects,
and to tell the story / stories of impact. Familiar with nonprofit financial management principles and practices. Relationships
with community leaders, Tribes, culturally-specific organizations,
communities of color, Oregon public policy makers, and / or other
influencers.COMPENSATION:Salary range is $85,000 to $95,000 plus excellent benefits.HOW TO APPLY:See the website for details. Applications are due June 3, 2019