Economic Justice Director

Economic Justice Director

Position Title: Economic Justice Director

Duration: Full Time, Ongoing

Compensation: $60,000-$75,000 per year depending on experience; generous and progressive benefits including medical and dental care 100% of premiums paid by Unite Oregon, paid wellness leave, vacation, flex time, and personal days off; technology reimbursement; 4 hours personal time off/week, $300 annual FSA contribution, 2.5% 401K contribution after 6 months.

Note to Candidates 

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description.  Unite Oregon is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications as described or if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for or perform job duties.

About Unite Oregon: Unite Oregon is a 501(c)3 grassroots community organization with four chapters, in Multnomah County, Washington County, Clackamas County, and the Rogue Valley. We believe that all people can become leaders and agents of change in the areas of racial justice, immigrant and refugee rights, affordable housing, and living wages. Unite Oregon is building a unified intercultural movement for justice in our state.

Position Description

Unite Oregon is seeking an experienced, culturally responsive Economic Justice Director who will lead the Equitable Economic Development work to build community investment mechanisms for communities that have been historically excluded from economic investment while revitalizing historically working-class communities. Unite Oregon seeks to develop and implement an economic ecosystem that generates wealth and promotes asset creation through workforce and business development pipelines. This position will report to the Community Development Director, and coordinate with the Housing Director and Climate Directors, and Community Safety Leads and work closely with Chapter Directors and Political Director.

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities, in collaboration with other departments and staff, are as follows:
The Economic Justice Director will build equitable economic development strategies and partnerships to reduce poverty for low-income community members who identify as immigrants, refugees, and people of color by implementing a workforce training program and small business incubator that connects low-income clients to living-wage jobs in traditional and emerging sectors.

Economic Development

This position requires community engagement, organizing, and policy advocacy around a range of issues, especially but not limited to economic development, justice, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, civil rights, and numerous other policy areas.

  • Manage, administer and lead economic justice staff
  • Develop and implement a workforce training center and small business incubator. Recruit and establish a direct partnership with major workforce institutions in healthcare, technology, construction, and green job industries
  • Maintain an East Portland Community Prosperity (EPCP) stakeholder committee made up of business and workforce agencies to help guide implementation of the workforce training and small business incubator program
  • Integrate Unite Oregon’s Pan-Immigrant Leadership Organizing Training (PILOT) leadership development program with the EPCP initiative

Project Management

  • Manage all Economic Justice related grant reports
  • Track expenses, manage grant project invoices and track deliverables
  • Oversee small business and entrepreneurship projects
  • Develop board and regular reports to Community Development Director
  • Participate in Unite Oregon staff meetings, retreats, and board meetings as needed
  • Manage communication support for Economic Justice projects both internally and externally via social media, email, phone, newsletters, earned media, etc

Shift balance of power among decision makers

  • Engage in fundraising Grant Manager to fundraise for the economic development work
    Assist in developing a grassroots fundraising program with annual goals including organizing and hosting local fundraiser events and membership drives


  • Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders in government;  nonprofit sectors,  and with major workforce institutions in healthcare, technology, construction, and green job industries,  in order to remove institutional barriers
  • Participate in coalitions that align with Unite Oregon’s strategic plan, mission and vision

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative, while maintaining solid communication with and accountability to Executive Director and Development Director
  • Experience working in social justice with diverse communities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • At least two years’ experience in economic development and/or, workforce and small business program development
  • Bilingual and bicultural: especially (but not limited to) Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and/or Somali. Preferred but not required
  • Ability to travel to meetings and events across the County, Salem, and Medford as necessary once pandemic restrictions ease
  • Availability to work during evenings and weekends as needed

Unite Oregon requires all employees to have completed a full dose vaccine for COVID-19. Proof of vaccine status will be required before an employee may begin work.

All interested candidates, please and resume and cover letter and 2 references to HR and Operations Director [email protected].

This position is open until June 30, 2022.

Unite Oregon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and equal access in a non-discriminatory manner to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.