Director of External Affairs

About L’Arche USA:At the heart of L’Arche are people of all abilities, who build relationships of mutual
respect and friendship in which the value of each person is celebrated, and difference
is welcomed. To learn more about L’Arche and its people, watch one of these videos.Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, L’Arche USA ( is the
umbrella organization for 17 L’Arche communities across the United States, and is
itself a member of L’Arche International. L’Arche USA has a $2.6 million budget and
a team of 15 people who: support and liaise with the communities in the U.S.,
further the development of our 1000+ members of all abilities, and engage with the
general public.In 2019, L’Arche USA plans to embark on an ambitious public engagement and
marketing journey that is to increase L’Arche’s visibility and impact in the United
States. L’Arche USA’s future Director of External Affairs is a creative powerhouse
who can build and leverage strategies and tactics to maximize follower engagement,
philanthropic income, talent acquisition and digital encounters across difference. Role Summary: The Director of External Affairs will be driven by the
challenge to position a niche organization’s brand in a competitive
communications environment. They will be motivated to build an inclusive
society by amplifying the voices of people with intellectual disabilities.
Establishing L’Arche USA’s public engagement program on this premise will be
the daily bread and butter of this role.
This is a senior management position for an experienced leader. Managing a
team of two people (Manager of Digital Communications and Recruitment
Coordinator) and working closely with the Director of Development and the
Executive Director, the Director of External Affairs will make strategic decisions that will forge new relationships to
build L’Arche’s visibility, increase its programmatic impact, yield talent acquisition, and financial resources.Responsibilities: Reporting to the Executive Director / National Leader, the ideal candidate has the necessary
motivation, skills and experience to:Strategy: design and implement a creative, comprehensive and targeted strategy, report on metrics, evaluate and
adjust accordinglyEngagement: develop messages and operationalize campaigns that invite key audiences into participatory
storytelling, engendering personal growth, and fostering further engagement with L’Arche’s missionMarketing: increase L’Arche’s brand recognition and brand awareness to generate fundraising income and foster
recruitmentVision: stay ahead of current digital media trends, new technology, audience desires and the evolution of society’s
discourse on faith and disability to envision and further develop L’Arche’s voice Partnerships: foster L’Arche’s thought leadership in the field of disability and faith through coalitions, networks,
speaking engagements and opportunities for dialogue and exchange with civic, religious, educational and public
organizations and institutionsCollaboration: partner with L’Arche USA’s affiliate communities and with L’Arche International on joint projects
to build capacity for external affairsLeader: contribute perspective and know-how to L’Arche USA’s leadership team while managing and coaching a
team of two peopleEditor: serve as executive editor for the organization and staff the Communications and Public Policy
Committees Candidate Profile:The Director of External Affairs believes that the encounter – in person and virtually – across
differences can reduce prejudices and barriers. The ideal candidate is a creative human being with excellent
writing/editing and verbal communication skills who can distill the power of a story. Equally important, they know how
to leverage marketing, branding, engagement and public policy tools to foster citizen engagement, civic dialogue and
social equity. Relationships are at the heart of L’Arche’s mission: prior experience in team supervision, coaching and
mentoring is a must.Does this sound like you? Maybe your experience has taught you that the success of marketing and communications
relies on high quality content that connects individual experiences and perspectives. As a strategic thinker, you have
successfully built and established a brand and you believe in the value of baselines and market research to maximize both
organic and paid content. Alternatively, you might have designed engagement campaigns that blend live installations, social media dissemination and
community outreach. You understand the mechanics of interactive storytelling. Creating content streams between
various constituents and levels of an organization is no news to you. Your personal sense of mission seeks audience
engagement over communication. You have led or been part of a disability and/or faith-related public policy project or
civic initiative that has yielded measurable results.We don’t expect you to become the be-all and end-all. While you offer high energy, maturity, and leadership, you invite
external knowledge and experience into the work when necessary. You have a sincere commitment to work
collaboratively with all constituent groups. Convinced that a coalition of friends has always greater leverage, you are
eager to build partnerships within the disability and faith circles. Whether you come to L’Arche USA with marketing
skills or with disability and/or faith-related content and messaging insights, you are apt at identifying public policy issues
relevant to the organization. In brief, you are passionate about L’Arche’s mission and eager to contribute to its growth!To Apply:This position is based in Portland, Oregon and requires national travel.
Send your full application (cover letter, resume, relevant work samples and compensation requirement) before March 22
to Tina Bovermann, L’Arche USA Executive Director, at a copy of the role description here. L’Arche USA acknowledges and honours the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pledge ourselves to creating and
maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, identities, and experiences.
L’Arche is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s
race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or
genetic information. L’Arche does not discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a
charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.