Since 2016, NPCO(F) has been taking concrete steps to improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the organization. We are committed to promoting the reproductive justice framework, ensuring racial equity in our organizational policies and practices and increasing diversity on our board and staff. Through our programming and advocacy, our C3, C4, and PAC organizations strive to build a world that promotes reproductive justice for all Oregonians. In regard to our board recruitment, we are particularly interested in inviting the leadership of people of color, men and transgender individuals, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, immigrants/refugees, and people with disabilities. It is vital to us that our Boards reflect the skills/abilities/knowledge needs of our organization, as well as the rich diversity of our community.
Who We Are
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon is the leading grassroots pro-choice advocacy organization in Oregon and is a state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Knowing that Oregon needs a strong political force advocating for women and all people who can become pregnant, we have identified goals and strategies that we see as critical to our organizations’ – and our movement’s – success. Our 2018 strategic plan, developed over months of engagement by our Board of Directors and staff with input from over 75 members and key organizational allies, will guide us through the growth needed to effectively meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead. We have two entities which help us achieve our goals, and each has a Board of Directors:
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon develops and sustains a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every person who can become pregnant the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation supports and protects, as a fundamental right and value, a person’s freedom to make individual decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices – including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion – through education, training, organizing, and research. We champion public policy that addresses disparities in reproductive health care and promotes health equity for all people.
Ideal Candidates in 2020
Every board of directors seeks members who will uphold its organization’s mission and values, and will work to govern and direct the organization in a way that provides excellent stewardship and success of its goals. Given the distinct mission and efforts of NARAL Pro Choice Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation, we believe our ideal Boards are comprised of individuals who provide a balance of the following skills and/or experiences:
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Broad range of community connections, specifically in reproductive health and other areas of social justice
Health care providers and educators (including RNs, APPs, and MDs), specifically those providing comprehensive reproductive/sexual health and abortion care and education
Researchers with areas of interest that overlap with our work
Public health experts
Representatives of our coalitions and areas of interest
Political experience: campaign work (candidate/ballot measure), staff/elected work experience, policy work experience
Connections to political networks
Non-conflicting professional obligations
Experience with NARAL coalition partners
Potential interest in serving on the NARAL PAC
Diversity in life experience
Professional skill sets in areas of organizational need:
Management/Leadership skills and experience
DEI strategy and organizational transformation
Experience in and passion for fundraising, including grantmaking experience
Ability and willingness to fundraise
Experience in areas of NARAL strategic interest, such as School Boards
In 2020, given our current Board profile, we are specifically seeking individuals whose lived experience and skill sets will supplement and complement the existing Board composition. For these reasons, we are prioritizing candidates who can and will provide our Board(s) with:
Greater diversity as it pertains to race/ethnicity, age, sex/gender, geographic and socioeconomic experience
Experience in and passion for fundraising, including grantmaking expertise
DEI strategy and transformation experience
All applications will be considered. Some candidates who are not accepted in this round of recruitment may be invited to join our Political Action Committee (PAC) Board or Development Committee, or may be considered in future cycles. It is vital to us that our Boards reflect the skills/abilities/knowledge needs of our organization, as well as the rich diversity of our community.
Responsibilities of the Board:
The Boards’ purpose is to guide the organization’s development, strategic direction, and mission. The Boards work to oversee and direct NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation’s affairs in accordance with its mission, operating procedures, and standards of fiscal responsibility. Responsibilities include,
Affirming the mission, core beliefs and values of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation
Ensuring implementation and achievement of the organizations’ strategic plan
Protecting and growing the organizations’ assets and providing financial oversight
Approving and routinely monitoring annual budgets
Recruiting and developing new Board members; building a competent, engaged, diverse, and inclusive board
Hiring, supporting the development of, and evaluating the Executive Director
Promoting the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation brand within local, state, and national communities
Our Boards meet quarterly in January, April, June and October. Board members selected in this round of recruitment would attend their first official board event in November with an informal Board get-together TBD. Key Dates:
Board Retreat (~bi-annually):
TBD, likely a Saturday (full day)
January 9, 2021 (9am - 12 noon), Saturday
April 10, 2021 (9am - 12 noon), Saturday
June 12, 2021 (9am - 12 noon), Saturday
October 9, 2021 (9am - 12 noon), Saturday
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Expected Contributions of Board Members:
Weekly (~1-3 hours, depending on the season):
Follow through on all tasks committed to at meetings
Respond to communication from Board members and staff
Keep current on outside news and trends affecting the organization
Act as a representative and ambassador of the organization in appropriate settings, building connections and opportunities as appropriate
Monthly (5-10 hours):
Attend and engage in at least 75% of Board meetings, and organizational events
Review agenda and board documents provided prior to meetings (regardless of attendance)
Stay informed regarding activities and business operations
Participate in any selected workgroups or committees
Attend scheduled trainings, onboardings, retreats and planning sessions
Participate in field and development activities
Attend and assist with major events and campaigns including annual Gala, Phonathon, and others as they arise
Participate in any decision-making processes that arise between Board meetings
Attend trainings, coalition meetings, speaking engagements, conferences, networking opportunities, and other reproductive rights movement events
Make a personal financial contribution to the organization at a level meaningful to you
Our bylaws allow for two consecutive three year terms, beginning after election to the Board. At the one-year mark, new members will have the opportunity to meet with the Governance and Nominating Committee to discuss their role and ongoing commitments.
Why We Need You
Across the nation, states are passing laws to make abortion inaccessible and even illegal. Beyond abortion, other aspects of reproductive healthcare are also under siege. As the only state in the nation with no legislative barriers to abortion access, Oregon must remain a leader in protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all people. We seek Board Members who will help uphold our mission and push ever forward. We are making Oregon a better place. Join us!
Applications for this cycle are due August 2, 2020 by 11:59pm.
We will have an open application and recruitment process at least once each year. If the deadline listed above poses a barrier, or you would like to apply via another method, please contact us at [email protected] and we will do our best to work with you.
Please complete the online application form, which includes uploading both a copy of your resume and short answers to reflection questions. Include your last name in the document name of any application materials you send - to reduce confusion. Expect follow up contact from us between August 19-September 1. Thank you again for your interest!