Oregon Labor Candidate School

Executive Director

Based in Oregon


POSITION TITLE: Executive Director
COMPENSATION: $75,000-90,000 full-time starting salary depending on experience, with retirement and health care benefits.
DURATION: Permanent
STATUS: Full-Time preferred. For the right candidate three quarters time may be suitable
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
CORE BENEFITS: Retirement, healthcare benefits, flexible schedule

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with the goal of this position starting no later than Dec. 1, 2022. For questions, to express interest and to apply, please contact Len@oregonlaborcandidateschool.org. Applications should include a résumé and cover letter outlining relevant experience with labor unions, training and non-partisan political campaigns. First round interviews may take place at the end of August.

The Oregon Labor Candidate School
The Oregon Labor Candidate School (OLCS) was created in 2012 by a coalition of public and private sector unions to train and support union members to run for public office. It is a 501c4 nonprofit organization with 13 board of directors. Board members are from unions that represent nurses, firefighters, teachers, school bus drivers, electricians and other building trades, public employees, direct care providers, professors and many more workers. OLCS alumni champion policies which positively impact all Oregonians, including living wages, a superb education system, access to quality and affordable healthcare, a secure retirement, and to defend and grow the labor movement in Oregon. In addition to shorter trainings and events, the school runs at least 2 full cohorts to train union members to run for office. These cohorts meet monthly for 6 months of the year.

Our curriculum includes an equity lens, providing candidates with the tools to make justice-oriented policy decisions. We have developed as an organization with strong operating values. These core values are: collective action, economic fairness, empowerment, solidarity, respect, democracy, and justice. Learn more about OLCS at www.oregonlaborcandidateschool.org.

Areas of Responsibility
The Executive Director for OLCS oversees all program development and implementation as well as strategic coordination and administrative responsibilities for the organization. The position’s primary responsibilities include but are not limited to identification and recruitment of school applicants, maintenance of administrative duties and creation of systems, fundraising and fundraising facilitation, program budget development and management, curriculum development and is the primary facilitator for the candidate school training process. The position is also responsible for outreach tasks under the supervision of the OLCS Board of Directors and in alignment with the organizational mission.

  1. Prepare for and implement cyclical cohort training programs; including coordinating all day Saturday core trainings
  2. Prepare and manage annual OLCS financials and budget, in coordination with the Board of Directors.
  3. Identify potential cohort candidates as well as conduct and strategically support regular recruitment through OLCS member unions to populate cohort classes
  4. Fundraising – conduct research on potential new fundraising sources and new supportive organizations to expand budget and capacity of OLCS. Engage with and appeal to identified leads to help secure additional resources in support of the program. Track and deposit checks, send regular thank you notes and identify opportunities to recognize key funders. Facilitate school attendees’ individual fundraising efforts and goals
  5. Finance – work with bookkeeper to pay bills and create regular financial reports
  6. Board – prepare agendas, help facilitate meetings and support the board as needed. Be willing to be hands-on in guiding the board process, facilitating thoughtful decision making to help achieve best organizational outcomes
  7. Candidate Support – support alumni seeking appointments and leadership roles. Act as an ongoing resources and professional contact with OLCS alumni in helping to inform and guide their ongoing strategic thinking, following completion of the program
  8. Outreach – maintain website, post on social media, produce content for occasional mass emails.
  9. Work with key partners and members as needed and upon request to other support specific activities and events where OLCS can be a visible resource
  10. Strategic Visioning – work with the board to identify growth opportunities for the school and how to overcome challenges in the coming decade

Preferred Skills & Abilities

  • Experience with political campaigns, project management and training adults
  • Self-motivated and organized, able to implement with minimal day-to-day direction
  • Ideal candidate has experience as a union member and/or working within the Labor movement
  • Knowledge of nonprofit board of director structures
  • Experience in fiscal and budget management of nonprofit organizations
  • Understanding of systems of oppression and privilege and how they relate to democracy reform and candidate campaigns, particularly in non-dominant culture communities
  •  Problem solver and critical thinker who thoughtfully approaches challenges with positivity
  • Ability to create tracking systems for the day-to-day work while also leading and implementing strategic planning for the organization
  • Enjoys working with candidates and union member leaders

This position will require regular weekend work and will likely require some travel within the state of Oregon. If the ED is not based out of Portland, more travel will likely be required.

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