Neighborhood Partnerships’ mission is to help create a better Oregon, one in which we all have access to opportunity, stability, and what we need to thrive. For us, this begins with financial well-being and a stable, affordable place to call home. Our work calls on us to engage all Oregonians: indigenous tribes; residents whose families have called Oregon home for generations; folks who arrived just recently—from elsewhere in the U.S. or the world. Whether we live in cities, small towns, or rural lands, we all need resources to build a better future for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
We’re a team of diligent and dedicated leaders committed to building a more equitable Oregon. We work as policy advocates, coalition conveners, and program administrators to increase resources, improve public policy, and spark innovation and collaboration. We are always learning.
NP manages the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative. We raise funds, collect data, and coordinate the IDA-related work of ten nonprofit direct-service and network partners statewide. With an IDA, Oregonians with low incomes have their savings for an education, home, small business, or other investment matched by state funds.
Since 2004, NP has convened the statewide Oregon Housing Alliance. The Housing Alliance is a coalition of more than 90 organizations who come together with the belief that everyone needs a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home. The Housing Alliance is a legislative advocacy coalition, which works to advance housing opportunity at our state capital in Salem and at the federal level. In addition to convening the Housing Alliance, since 2018, NP staff have been organizing and supporting an advocacy group of residents of affordable housing, front line staff, and people in need of affordable housing. This network is called Residents Organizing for Change (ROC) and is a critical part of our work to engage people most impacted by policy change.
We dedicate time and resources at every level of the organization to address disparities based on identity and to apply an equity lens to all decisions, programs, and policies.
NP has a budget of $1.8 million, with $20+ million in restricted program assets, and 11 staff members (9.65 FTE).
The current executive director, Janet Byrd, has been with the organization for 15+ years and is ready to start her next professional chapter. She is fully engaged in planning a smooth transition and is committed to supporting the new executive director in collaboration with the board and staff.
As executive director of Neighborhood Partnerships, you will lead an equity-focused team promoting racial and economic justice through community organizing; legislative policy development and advocacy; and collaborative, human- and equity-centered program administration. Your exceptional shared leadership skills will ensure that Neighborhood Partnerships effectively fulfills its mission, working collaboratively within the organization, within the public and private sectors, and across Oregon’s low-income communities. Your honed community relations, equity and inclusion, fundraising, and strategic planning skills will strengthen Neighborhood Partnerships’ health, innovation, and sustainability. The next stage in Neighborhood Partnerships’ evolution will require an ability to forge new relationships, deepen existing ones, manage and strengthen current programs, and imagine and create new opportunities. The board and staff will appreciate your lived experience, passion for our work, and sense of humor.
Read the full job description here.
- Minimum of five years of experience as a nonprofit director or manager
- Collaborative, inspiring, innovative, and strategic leadership skills with an understanding of the power and benefits of partnerships and coalitions
- Commitment to racial and economic justice, equitable practices, and inclusive decision making
- Understanding of legislative process, lobbying, and grassroots advocacy; ability to work with people of varying political beliefs
- Ability to apply inclusive and consensus-based approaches, but also to make timely, strong decisions when needed
- Organizational and financial management skills
- Ability to fundraise
- Strong communication skills
A Plus, But Not Required
- Experience working in asset building or housing and financial stability programs
- Strategic communications training or experience
- Bi-lingual, bi-cultural
Salary and Benefits Information
- $110,000 - $120,000, depending on experience
- Health, vision, and dental insurance: NP pays 100% of employee premium for health, vision and dental; 0% of dependent coverage.
- Annual 401K contributions: In 2020, it is 10% of an employee’s salary. In 2021, with a new policy change, it will be a flat amount for every employee, adjusted by FTE rather than calculated on salary, and no less than 3% of the highest salary at NP.
- Paid vacation: 2 weeks the first year; 3 weeks in years 2-5; 4 weeks after 5 years. New employees are given 1 week of vacation at start, then begin accruing week 2 after 6 months.
- Paid sick leave: Accrual basis at 1¼ days per month, for a total of 3 weeks per year
- Paid holidays: 8 designated holidays and 2 flexible “celebration days”
- Employer-paid life insurance and long-term disability
- Flex plan (a voluntary benefit option that helps lower state and federal taxes by using pre-tax dollars for eligible medical and dependent care expenses)
- Transit pass or parking expenses
How to Submit an Application
Please send a cover letter and chronological resume to our Recruitment Committee via our recruitment consultants, Allison Lugo Knapp and Kathy Kniep: firstname.lastname@example.org
By June 2, 2020
In your cover letter, please answer these questions, supplying a one-paragraph answer to each:
- What does shared leadership look like to you and what are some specific practices you’ve used?
- What have you done in your professional and/or personal life to promote equity and inclusion?
An email acknowledgement will be sent to all applicants within two business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within that timeframe, please contact Kathy Kniep: email@example.com / 503-309-3433.
- All inquiries will be handled confidentially.
- The position will remain open until filled.
- Not sure if you should apply? Please call Kathy Kniep with questions: 503-309-4433.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Neighborhood Partnerships is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ people, women, and people with disabilities. The board and staff believe they can meet the organization’s mission only with a diverse board and staff who actively cultivate a culture of equity and inclusion.
Legislative and Communications Advocate
About this position
This position will play an important role in NP’s work in the State Legislature, by supporting legislative work for the 2021 legislative session to increase access to financial stability and housing opportunity. This position will work with people directly impacted by financial and housing instability to help ensure their voices are heard by policy makers, the Legislature, and the media. Someone who is successful in this position will value and uplift the voices of impacted communities in policy making. They will need to distill complex policy and political challenges for people who don’t regularly have access to engaging with the Legislature. This person will need to learn or understand the role of staff in supporting coalitions, and will have the patience needed to support coalition work. We are looking to hire someone who is an excellent communicator in person and in writing, and who will work well as part of a team.
Neighborhood Partnerships is a mission-driven organization committed to equity and inclusion. New hires participate in onboarding training in equity and inclusion, and all staff participate in ongoing professional and personal development related to equity and inclusion.
Policy: Help to advance housing opportunity and asset building for Oregonians with low incomes
- Under the direction of and in close coordination with the Policy & Communications Director, work with Housing Alliance workgroups and members to develop, refine, and prioritize a Housing Opportunity policy agenda
- Work closely with NP’s Organizer to support policy engagement of people directly impacted by housing instability and homelessness
- Under the direction of, and in close coordination with the Director of Economic Opportunity, work with the IDA Initiative, partners, and others to develop and advance an asset building policy agenda
- Reflect the position of an advocacy coalition, and gather feedback from coalition members as policy proposals change during the legislative session
- Develop and maintain strong working relationships with legislators and allies
- Support the engagement of members and partners in advocacy
- Support work to center those most impacted in policy development discussions
- Manage logistics, take notes, and be willing to participate in the smaller tasks like setting up tables, cleaning up after a meeting, and thinking through the logistical details of a meeting
- Track legislative activity and committee action
- Support, help, plan, and execute lobby days, hearings, coalition meetings, and other events
Communications: Develop and maintain social media, newsletter, and other means of communicating with members, partners, and supporters
- Write and edit newsletters, and other written legislative updates
- Develop and publish social media content, with support from the team
- Distill complex policy and political concepts and challenges into straightforward language
Skills and Experience Requirements
The ideal candidate will:
- Have experience in one of these key arenas:
- working to advance a policy agenda
- working as an organizer engaged in a policy change campaign
- working as a staff member for an elected official, particularly in the Legislature
- Be able to communicate complex ideas in a compelling and approachable manner via social media, newsletters, in person, and in multiple formats
- Be able to clearly communicate with coworkers, supervisors, members, partners, and allies about what’s happening in the rapidly changing environment of the Legislature
- Have patience with a collaborative coalition process
- Be organized, detail oriented, and have a track record for follow through
- Be able to motivate and support individuals from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences as they build skills in advocacy and policy
- Be excited by the opportunity to make change through legislative action
A plus, but not required:
- Have lived experience with housing instability
- Have experience working in coalition with a range of organizations and partners
- Bi-lingual, bi-cultural experience, and/or experience working with people experiencing
Our review of candidates will begin on June 10, 2020. The position will remain open until filled. Please send a resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the job title in the subject line. Please respond to the following questions in your cover letter:
- Neighborhood Partnerships is committed to building a more equitable Oregon. How do you think representation in policymaking, in coalitions, and in the Legislature helps advance racial equity? How have you experienced the benefits of representation in policy work?
- Why are you interested in this position? How does work to create housing opportunity and financial security in Oregon build on previously work and/or life experience?
- From where did you learn about this job posting?