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Economic Prosperity Director

Economic Prosperity Director

Unite Oregon is seeking an experienced, culturally responsive Economic Prosperity Director who will lead the East Portland Community Prosperity (EPCP) Initiative to build and retain wealth for under-served communities while revitalizing historically working-class neighborhoods.

Position Title: Economic Prosperity Director

Duration: Full Time, Ongoing
Compensation: $55,000-65,000 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.

 

About Unite Oregon: Unite Oregon is a 501c3 grassroots community organization with three chapters, in Portland, Beaverton, and Medford. 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 Prosperity Director who will lead the East Portland Community Prosperity (EPCP) Initiative to build and retain wealth for under-served communities while revitalizing historically working-class neighborhoods. The East Portland Community Prosperity Initiative seeks to develop and pilot an economic ecosystem that generates wealth and promotes asset creation through workforce and business development pipeline. This position will report to the Development Director and Executive Director, and work closely with the Housing Director, Multnomah County Director and Political Manager. 

 

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities, in collaboration with other departments and staff, are as follows:

The EPCP Director will build economic prosperity and 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. Activities include: surveying community members of their business and workforce needs and developing an East Portland Asset Map; establishing and managing an EPCP stakeholder table made up of businesses and workforce agencies to help guide implementation of the EPCP Initiative; and launching the workforce training and small business program within one year. The EPCP Director will lead the following activities:

 

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.

  • 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. 
  • Lead the East Portland Asset Mapping by surveying community members of their business and workforce needs and use responses to develop an East Portland Asset Map.
  • Establish and maintain an EPCP stakeholder committee made up of business and workforce agencies to help guide implementation of the workforce training and small business incubator program 
  • IntegrateUnite Oregon’s Pan-Immigrant Leadership Organizing Training (PILOT) leadership development program with the EPCP initiative
  • 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.

Project Management

  • Manage all related grant reports 
  • Support other Unite Oregon grant- seeking efforts
  • Tracking expenses, managing  grant project invoices, managing and tracking of deliverables 
  • Volunteer management
  • Management of database of Multnomah County members
  • Developing board and regular reports to Unite Oregon leadership
  • Participate in Unite Oregon staff meetings, retreats, and board meetings as needed
  • Manage communication support for various projects both internally and externally via social media, email, phone, newsletters, earned media, etc.

Shift balance of power among decision makers 

  • 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

All interested candidates, please send resume and cover letter and 2 references to Operations Director Khanh Le at  admin@uniteoregon.org.

This position is open until Friday, July 3, 2020. 

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.