Job Details

VP, People and Culture

The Oregon Community Foundation, Portland, Oregon

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 04/01/2018

The Opportunity

The Oregon Community Foundation’s Vice President of People and Culture (VP P&C) will serve as OCF’s internal resource for strategy development as a member of the executive team and lead human resources and culture engagement. OCF seeks an experienced, service-oriented leader who will oversee human resource responsibilities that align with the organization’s strategic priorities. Under the broad goal of supporting a culture of learning and collaboration, OCF specifically commits to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion through programs and initiatives. To be successful, the incoming VP must continue to recruit, train and retain talented staff, and support a relatively new structure for professional development of staff that includes cultural competency. S/he will research, recommend and implement policies and practices to foster a supportive, adaptable, productive workplace culture attractive to talented employees. S/he will bring experience leading change in a complex organization, with deep knowledge and a historical perspective in the field of equity, diversity, and inclusion that translates such knowledge into practical applications. Additionally, the VP will lead a human resource function that values, engages and connects the regional OCF employees in a holistic manner, providing seamless statewide access and inclusion to all of OCF’s employees. By providing inspired thought leadership, planning, analysis and programming, this role will enable OCF to more deeply pursue equity as it reflects the broad communities it serves and meets Oregon’s evolving needs.

The Organization

Since 1973 The Oregon Community Foundation has pursued a mission to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. With a growing endowment totaling $2 billion, OCF has become one of the nation’s ten largest community foundations, awarding more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. OCF connects caring with action by matching donors to causes and communities in need. OCF’s work rests on some basic principles: responsible stewardship of funds entrusted by donors; work in partnership to address common needs and aspirations; prioritize investments that create substantive change and attempt to resolve problems at their source; advance equity, diversity and inclusion through programs; and research and evaluate programs and initiatives.

Going forward, OCF will build upon its strengths and continue to experiment and learn. It responds to evolving, community-identified needs through broadly accessible grant and scholarship programs. OCF leads sustainable, positive change for Oregon through strategic investments and partnerships. It carefully plans programs, measures results, and communicates outcomes and lessons learned. Finally, OCF actively promotes public policy that furthers its priorities. Through programs and initiatives, it affirms the goal to advance equity, diversity and inclusion. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit

The Position

As a key member of OCF’s executive team, the Vice President of People & Culture will provide leadership, management and vision in the following areas:

Human Resources and Equity-Diversity-Inclusion: Human capital and leadership development are central to OCF’s plan to support a collaborative, learning organization. Prioritize, lead and oversee equity, diversity and inclusion strategies throughout the organization and measure progress against defined objectives. Continue to execute OCF’s staff talent strategy, partnering with managers to develop the career architecture for 80+ employees. Plan and implement formal leadership, coaching, conflict resolution and cultural competency training programs that enhance engagement. Apply labor and employment law knowledge to all HR activities including compliance, risk management, employee relations, benefits strategy, etc. Oversee staff recruitment efforts, spearhead compensation strategies, refine employee performance systems, and provide high-quality HR oversight and administration.

Leadership and Management: Model and instill a consistent service orientation that inspires the professional staff and manage the human resources function. Use organizational planning skills to implement comprehensive HR systems that facilitate interdepartmental activities in a manner that promotes equity and embraces lean principles. Collaborate to plan board, staff and other team meetings and retreats, applying the lens of cultural transformation and growth. Use well-honed management practices to deepen a healthy organizational culture that embraces continuous improvement and nurtures a synergistic, team atmosphere.

Vision: Collaborate with OCF’s Chief Executive Officer/President and executive team to steward the human capital at OCF. Emphasize refining priorities, ensuring viable planning, developing talent and succession planning, streamlining the operation, and aligning organizational resources to meet agreed upon goals. Use exemplary interpersonal skills to establish relationships of trust, influence and thought partnership. Expand and share OCF’s cultural vision with all staff and stakeholders and deliver excellent service to all who participate in the commitment to philanthropy, including external stakeholders and volunteers.

Experience & Qualifications

The successful candidate will have relevant higher education credentials and at least 8-10 years of work history that demonstrates senior level leadership and management practice as well as a service orientation. Prior experience in all functional areas of Human Resources with the ability to provide decisive guidance for organizational effectiveness and leading change management efforts is necessary. This individual must possess demonstrated experience leading equity-diversity strategy at a strategic level in an organization, and be able to execute to make measurable progress, engaging meaningfully with board, staff and community. Experience building, fostering and working in an inclusive intercultural environment where staff of all backgrounds and abilities can thrive will be necessary. S/he will further refine and articulate what human resources will accomplish, define strategy, and build relationships by employing strong management, communication, implementation, facilitation, problem-solving and mentoring skills. Human resource certification and nonprofit, foundation or philanthropic exposure is a plus but not necessarily required. The VP of People and Culture must possess a proven track record managing a professional staff and deftly guiding fellow employees and organizational stakeholders in a manner that demonstrates an abiding commitment to promote equity; employs deep listening skills and empathy; creates inclusivity; and maintains a flexible, appropriate pace for change. This organization values the
ability to observe, assess and drive cultural change, and course correct when needed in order to further progress. It remains essential to nurture a highly collaborative, professional, diverse environment within the organization, and extend those values to include OCF’s considerable volunteers. Viable candidates will possess a strong work ethic, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the willingness and ability to be consultative when challenging the status quo. While located in OCF’s Portland office, the VP P&C will travel the state and work with OCF’s five regional offices, delivering and administering statewide programs that support a culture of learning and collaboration.

It is important for a candidate to feel excitement about and a commitment to the mission of the Foundation. Only those who possess the highest level of personal and professional integrity will be considered. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience. The Oregon Community Foundation is committed to building a diverse workforce to broaden and deepen its work. We strongly urge candidates from communities of color, rural, disability, LGBT, linguistically diverse populations and the growing diversity of Oregon to apply.

For consideration for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements electronically to Melissa Ulum. Review of applications begins immediately (March 5, 2018) and the application period remains open until the position is filled.

Melissa Ulum, Principal
Murphy, Symonds & Stowell Executive Search
(503) 244-2126 direct line
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