MISSION: Oregon Rural Action is a force for progressive public policy and grass-roots democracy in Oregon. ORA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability. We empower people by providing information and tools for addressing the issues affecting our communities.  We are a member group of the Western Organization of Resource Councils.


Staff Director’s Role: The Staff Director manages the day-to-day operation of ORA’s grassroots organizing. The Staff Director implements policy and action decisions made by the Board of Directors and decisions made by the general membership during the Annual Membership Meeting or other general membership meetings.  

Job Summary:

The Staff Director is responsible for overseeing the success of ORA’s entire program. The director is responsible for some hands-on organizing and issue work and to establish strong working relationships with the community groups (approx. 40%). Approximately 60% of the work is administration, supervision, and management: implementing ORA’s Strategic Plan, guarantee that the organization operates within the board-approved budget and that sufficient internal and external fundraising occurs to meet the organization’s financial needs, ensure that the organization complies with all legal and tax requirements of a 501(c)(3) organization, responsible for all staff hiring and firing decisions as well as the professional development and evaluation of the staff. The Staff Director is hired by, reports to, and is supervised by the ORA Board of Directors.


Necessary Qualifications:

The Staff Director must be experienced  with and committed to grassroots community organizing. Must have demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills and be able to work independently. S/he must be organized, able to work on multiple issues and tasks concurrently, able to delegate responsibilities, and have excellent people skills. The position involves significant travel, occasional overnight and frequent evening meetings. Formal training/education/experience in grassroots organizing and/or nonprofit management is a plus.


Specific Responsibilities


  • The Staff Director is responsible for internal and external fundraising:


  • Develop, with the BOD, internal and external fundraising plans.
  • Research external funding sources and maintain positive relationships with them.
  • Develop grant proposals, submit reports, track deadlines, write letters of inquiry.
  • Recruit new members, donors and funders.

2) Financial Management and Administration:

  • Develop annual working budget with BOD and with staff participation.
  • Work with Treasurer on preparation of financial reports, policies and procedures.
  • Keeps accurate records, follow standard accounting principles.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate files on grant funders and major donors.
  • Ensure all campaigns have developed a budget and a fundraising plan.
  • Ensure compliance with all IRS Payroll obligations.
  • Ensure finances are transparent and safe.

3) Staff Management and Supervision:

  • Supervise all staff. Provide support and guidance and hold staff accountable.
  • Ensure qualified staff are hired, oriented, and, if necessary, disciplined.
  • Build an effective, cohesive, respectful staff team.
  • Provide each employee a copy of the Personnel Policies, ensure they are followed.
  • Review and coordinate staff work plans, keep personnel files up-to-date.
  • Assure that campaigns developed by membership align with ORA goals and objectives.
  • Ensure organizing work: Builds strong, healthy, growing chapters; recruits new members, donations, and involves others in fundraising; cultivates a strong, diverse, and growing base of leaders; includes delivery of leadership training; develops strategic campaigns and strategies.


4) The Staff Director is responsible for implementing ORA’s Strategic Plan and ensuring other appropriate planning takes place for ORA resolutions, Board motions and committee work:

  • Help design & implement a process to develop Strategic Plan and operating plans.
  • Ensure the strategies outlined for each goal in the Plan are prioritized.
  • Provide the BOD the information necessary to make timely decisions.
  • Develop annual membership recruitment and retention plans.
  • Develop and maintain good relations with WORC, other allies, and partners.


5) Board Engagement and Relationship:

  • Attend all Board meetings and calls.
  • Work with ORA Board Chair to plan Board meetings and agendas.
  • Send timely and sufficient information to all Board members (Board packets).
  • Support the organization and all its committees to operate in a democratic manner.
  • Develop strong relationships with Board members through regular one-on-ones.
  • Do advanced planning for successful annual Board retreat with BOD leadership.
  • Assist with and/or staff Board committees as needed.


6) The Staff Director is responsible for performing the administrative tasks necessary to accomplish the job. Other Duties/tasks as assigned by the Board of Directors.Salary: $45 – 50,000 with excellent benefits.

Send resume, cover letter responding to questions below, and contact information for three references to:
Staff Director Search, Oregon Rural Action, P.O. Box 1231, La Grande, OR 98750

Cover letter questions:
● Why do you want this job?
● What is your experience as a community organizer?
● Describe your supervisory experience.
● Describe your experience, strengths and challenges in organizational management.

Review begins May 8, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Oregon Rural Action is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.
Applicants are welcome regardless of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexualorientation, gender identity or disability.