Executive Director

Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity MAWE   Portland, OR   Full-time     Management
Posted on September 24, 2021

The Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity (MAWE) is an historic partnership between the Building and Construction Trades unions, the Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters, minority contractors, pre-apprenticeship programs, and community-based organizations. MAWE advances economic justice and high road standards in workforce and contracting in the region. MAWE developed Portland's first Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) to create a framework for shared community oversight and accountability, high labor standards, and goals and resources to increase contracting and workforce opportunities in the region.

MAWE is currently recruiting for a dynamic and enthusiastic Executive Director, who will be responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

This candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to racial justice and equity and inclusion competencies, including:

  • A strong commitment to and understanding of worker justice and the labor movement and diversity, equity and inclusion of people of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants and refugees, and many other members of our communities.
  • The ability to promote an intersectional social justice framework and to articulate how systemic inequities impact workers of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants and refugees.
  • Experience creating an equitable and inclusive environment where all people feel welcome.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be able to show how past work and educational experiences have prepared them to execute the position as described here. The Executive Director will perform some or all of the following:

Leadership

  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization's activities
  • Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
  • In addition to the Chair of the Board, act as a spokesperson for the organization
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate
  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization's community profile

Operational Planning and Management

  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization
  • Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and Funders
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  • Ensure that personnel, client, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
  • Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials

Program Planning and Management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects

Human Resources Planning and Management

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job description for all staff
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
  • Recruit, interview and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the organization's mission
  • Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
  • Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance
  • Discipline staff when necessary using appropriate techniques; release staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures

Financial Planning and Management  

  • Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget
  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization
  • Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization
  • Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments

Community Relations/Advocacy

  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization

Risk Management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization's people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage
  • Ensure that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage

Preferred Qualifications:  Candidates should have the following:

  • Education requirements; Bachelors degree in a related field preferred, will consider substantial work experience in the construction industry as an organizer / project manager in lieu of a Bachelors degree.
  • Knowledge of the Infrastructure and Construction industry, Registered Apprenticeship, Construction Contracting, Unions, Construction Training Programs, & Community Based Organizations
  • Knowledge/background in developing public-facing messaging & collateral
  • At least 3 years of experience in planning and research or other work directly related to human services, program administration, workforce development, private business and/or community development.
  • Knowledge and experience in program design and research methods, analysis techniques, and developmental guidelines and procedures, along with skill in contract development, negotiation and management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing at all levels, making complex material clear and concise to varied audiences.
  • Ability to travel locally, regionally or nationally to attend seminars, conferences and meetings.
  • Basic computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Office software.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Develop, manage and fulfill budget needs for the sustainability of an organization
    • Manage and prioritize complex projects with emphasis on engagement, quality and performance;
    • Identify, evaluate and resolve complex project and program elements and recommend solutions or alternative measures;
    • Show good judgment in selecting the appropriate methods and procedures for accomplishing project assignments;
    • Work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds;
    • Prepare and make presentations, including regarding sensitive planning and development projects to a variety of audiences;
    • Establish and meet designated timelines;
    • Work independently and as a team player;
    • Be detail oriented, with excellent organizational skills; and
    • Perform research, evaluations and analysis.

Salary Range: $85,000 - $95,000

Position includes benefits. Continued funding for this position will depend largely on the incumbent’s success in achieving the organization’s goals and leveraging support for the position by community and labor partners.

To apply, click the APPLY NOW button and please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references by 10/15/2021