The Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington invites applicants for the position of President. This is a rare opportunity for a leader who strives for excellence and has a passion to make a lasting impact in our community. Competitive candidates will demonstrate a successful record of executive level leadership, sales/fund development, board development, staff leadership and program management/innovation. Throughout our history, Junior Achievement’s core purpose to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy has remained. The delivery of our mission however has evolved to meet the needs of today’s students and the complexities of the modern world. Junior Achievement moves this work forward through hands-on programs and experiences that promote work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
The President leads a major Junior Achievement area, and as such plays an integral role in the operation and future direction of the local organization. This individual is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan that will ensure the continued growth and expansion of the organization. They act as the primary representative for Junior Achievement, promoting the mission to school districts, business leaders, partners and donors in Portland, across Oregon and the region. The President will interface with market leaders in business, government and education, as well as with JA colleagues across the nation.
The President will be responsible for managing a $2M operation of 18 employees, with two state-of-the-art experiential learning centers (JA BizTown and JA Finance Park) and a third currently in planning. They will also be responsible for providing leadership to the organization’s program portfolio while meeting annual fundraising and special campaign goals through multiple strategic corporate partnerships, high net-worth individuals and foundations. The role requires the President to collaborate with 100+ professionals that comprise the Board of Directors and regional Advisory Boards.
A successful candidate will possess following attributes critical to success:
COMMITMENT TO JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT MISSION AND VISION
Vision Casting – demonstrating a future focus and inspiring others to action
Strategy & Execution - ability to develop and execute effective strategies through completion
External Presence – face of JA in the community; passion-driven, commitment to mission
Leading – successful experience in leading leaders and other multi-layered, cross-functional teams
Building Talent – developing a strong team; leading others to follow through on challenging initiatives
Acumen – general understanding of the various facets of JA's business operations - financials, revenue generation, program delivery, impact metrics
Analysis – analytical skills to identify and understand implications of the trends in those various metrics, and ability to manage the business to growth and long-term sustainability
EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT
Relationship-Building – demonstrated ability to build and develop relationships across broad spectrum of constituent groups
Effective Communication – delivering differentiated communication strategies based on audience
Executive Presence – ability to capture/own a room and demonstrate influence
PROVEN TRACK RECORD IN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Fundraising – proven track record for the art and the science of fundraising, translating strategy into action, with clear definitions of success and operational rigor
Strategic Partnerships – managing complexity of multi-faceted corporate partnerships; both strategic revenue generation and volunteer engagement
Team-Building – proven ability to strengthen and grow a comprehensive development function within an ambitious, fast-paced organization
OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE & EFFICIENCY
Strategic Systems Thinking – ability to manage complexity and scale; understanding overall organization connections and how to leverage them to enhance JA's position in our market
Driving Execution – managing cross-functionally and delivering on high standard of excellence
Please submit cover letter and resume no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 7 to:
Qualified candidates will have ten to 15 years of demonstrated success in management positions within nonprofit organizations or corporate/business environments. Prior success in business development and board relations is essential. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master's degree is preferred.
Additional Salary Information: The hiring range begins at $125,000 and benefits include medical, dental, pension, group life and long term disability. Relocation is negotiable.
About Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington
Junior Achievement (JA) is a nonprofit youth organization whose core purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement moves this mission forward through hands-on programs that promote work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Junior Achievement is the recognized leader in "empowering young people to own their economic success®" through volunteer-led, experiential learning. Founded locally in 1950, Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington is an affiliate of Junior Achievement USA which has been a national leader for approximately 100 years in preparing young people for their economic futures.