Executive Director

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Over the past nine years, ORCHWA has supported CHW programs across Oregon and achieved program and legislative success. We have an experienced staff, a growing Board and an annual budget of approximately $2,000,000. Our programs provide support for CHWs throughout the state, including extensive training programs, CHW collaboratives, “pass through” funding for employment, and our annual statewide conference which draws 150 CHWs and stakeholders. ORCHWA is poised for additional growth, which will increase our ability to maintain the integrity of the CHW model while supporting the integration of CHWs into Oregon’s health and social service systems. We aspire to serve as a model for others around the nation.

With overall strategic and operational responsibility for ORCHWA’s programs, community relations, and expansion, the Executive Director’s initial priorities will include:

Identifying strategic goals and resource / business development priorities in partnership with the Board and staff

Deepening partnerships and continuing to build relationships across the state with health systems, CCOs, government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and community-based organizations

Supporting our outstanding staff team, developing our Board of Directors, and capitalizing on the skills and connections of our board members

Deepening our capacity for program management, convening, and technical assistance

Planning to bring the CHW model to serve additional Oregon communities.

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Position Type: 
Full Time
$92,000 to $100,000 depending on experience

A generous benefit package.

Required Qualifications and Experience: 

3+ years leading a nonprofit organization or association as a senior manager or executive director

Cultivating board member relationships and developing / engaging a Board of Directors

A track record of operationalizing strategies that to take a program or an organization to the next stage of growth

Developing and supporting staff and high-performance teams; developing participatory, shared leadership

Collaborating effectively across cultural differences; engaging diverse stakeholders including constituents, funders, and community and political leaders

Working effectively with one or more communities affected by inequities and health disparities

Knowledge of the Community Health Worker profession and demonstrated experience supporting and/or promoting CHW work

Direct experience partnering with communities of color

Experience with or knowledge of Popular Education

Familiar with resource development and able to generate resources, e.g., through a mix of grants, sponsorships, individual gifts, and/or revenue-generating opportunities

Some familiarity or experience with staff and operations of Oregon’s major Health Systems and the Oregon Health Authority

Strong written and verbal communication skills including public speaking; a persuasive and passionate communicator and facilitator; excellent interpersonal skills

Knowledge of nonprofit financial management; ability to develop and manage budgets

Ability to develop and lead multidisciplinary projects and programs

Strong understanding of data-driven program evaluation

Accustomed to crafting and advocating for policies at the local and state levels

Have the ability to speak more than one language


Please submit the following: (1) a complete chronological resume and (2) a cover letter and (3) answers to the following questions: 

What is your leadership experience working with communities of color? What have you learned and what has been challenging? 

How do you see Community Health Workers contributing to achieving Health equity?

In what ways can you help to advance the Community Health Worker profession?

Please send these materials via email as a PDF to Interim Executive Director John Miller, [email protected]. Please put “ORCHWA Executive Director” in the subject line. This position is open until filled. 

ORCHWA values diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Individuals from communities that experience inequities are encouraged to apply.

411 NE 19th Avenue
Building #1
Portland, OR 97232
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