Executive Director Position Description

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of Children First for Oregon (CFFO). The Executive Director reports to a Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission.

Mission of CFFO

We empower communities to advocate for kids so all children in Oregon can thrive.

Our Work

Children First for Oregon was founded in 1991 to improve the lives of Oregon children by galvanizing community support and informing decision-makers about the solutions kids need. We recognize that children have distinct rights, and we are devoted to ensuring kids are prioritized in all decisions impacting their lives. By focusing on child abuse prevention, foster youth advocacy, legislative solutions, and research and data, we seek to build an Oregon where all children thrive. Current programs and initiatives include a partnership with the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon​ (CTFO), ​Oregon Foster Youth Connection​, ​United for Kids​, and Oregon KIDS COUNT​.

Children First for Oregon understands that individuals are different and that it is important to recognize and appreciate our differences. We define diversity as including, but not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical and mental abilities, socio-economic status, and geography.

Children First for Oregon’s staff and Board of Directors continue to deepen our understanding of racism, discrimination, prejudice and the detrimental impacts on children and their long-term success.

Overall Duties & Responsibilities

Leadership and Management –

  • Leads the staff and manages the organization
  • Exercises responsible financial stewardship
  • Develops annual budget
  • Strategic fund-development and cultivates donor relationships
  • Models and nurtures the highest ethical standards and accountability
  • Engages the board in planning
  • Leading the internal work of centering equity and deconstructing racism and other forms of systemic oppression
  • Develops and nurtures internal leadership
  • Develops relationships and serves as an advocate
  • Responsible for delineating, tracking, and reporting on annual measurable outcomes


Change Management and Strategic Business Planning –

  • Leads changes or shifts in direction with regard to operational priorities at the discretion of and in collaboration with the Board of Directors. Employs change management best practices in the areas including (but not limited to):
  • Organizational identity and culture
  • Anticipating future demands
  • Identifying potential challenges
  • Strategic planning
  • Building an equitable, inclusive, and collaborative work environment
  • Transformational change processes
  • Restructuring
  • Transition management
  • Securing staff satisfaction and commitment


Equity and Inclusion –

  • CFFO holds a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) not only in the workplace but also in its programs and initiatives.
  • DEI requires an understanding of how racism, discrimination, prejudice, and systemic inequities impact children and their long-term success. The Executive Director will be the key leader for centering equity throughout the work of the organization and applying an equity lens to programs and initiatives, as well as internal policies, practices, and processes.
  • The Executive Director will be responsible for building a more inclusive, collaborative environment where diverse perspectives are embraced and celebrated. CFFO broadly defines diversity as including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, age, and geography.


Fundraising –

  • Identifies and facilitates fundraising strategy and oversees implementation with fund development staff
  • Dedicates considerable amount of time to donor cultivation and direct solicitation of major contributions
  • Responsible for outreach to major donors, primarily individuals, and organizations
  • Identifies mission aligned grant opportunities that emphasize inclusion of communities, with a focus on communities that have historically been underrepresented and underserved
  • Engages Board and other volunteers in fundraising
  • Oversees grant-writing and contract negotiations to ensure deliverables are aligned with organizational goals and capacity


Child Abuse Prevention Programming –

  • Promotes the mission of preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Ensures child abuse prevention is fully integrated into organizational programming
  • Executes Operations Agreement with CTFO, and engages with CTFO Board of Directors to ensure Operations Agreement requirements are being satisfied
  • Incorporates input and priorities identified by Prevention Providers Council into child abuse prevention programming and organizational strategy
  • Prioritizes best practices for supporting children and families in a culturally responsive and informed manner


Community Outreach and Relationship Development –

CFFO is a collaborative organization both internally and within the context of the larger community. As such, the Board of Directors has an expectation that the Executive Director will invite, build, and nurture relationships between CFFO and stakeholders.

Supporting skill sets in this area include:

  • Fostering a work environment with a deep commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Identifying new and emerging strategic partnerships
  • Nurturing a collaborative work environment, and open communication
  • Experience with public relations and media resources
  • Advancing donor relationships


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with continued higher education and/or eight or more years of significant relevant experience preferred.
  • Ability to articulate a vision, guide strategic thinking, develop and effectively carry out plans
  • Strategic and technical expertise in not-for-profit management, staff leadership, planning, financial management, and Board and donor recruitment and relations
  • Experience with racial and anti-discrimination equity and inclusion work, preferably including policy experience and community engagement in this area
  • Experience with campaigns, public policy and advocacy, politics and legislative issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the capacity to inspire, influence and motivate varied constituencies and successfully build partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to lead successful comprehensive fundraising efforts
  • Proven ability to lead and develop staff, build high-performing teams, and effectively guide an organization through change
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build organizational culture
  • Knowledge of human resources management, financial management, budgeting, and project management
  • Knowledge of and passion for social justice, child-related issues and policies


Nothing in this job description restricts the Board’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to