Job Details

Executive Director

Caldera, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 07/24/2020

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity to make a better world. We are a mission driven organization that is focused on being a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs.

Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring that nurtures individual creativity, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our Artists in Residence (AiR) Program awards US-based and international artists the gift of time and space for their creative practice at our Arts Center near Sisters, OR.

Caldera has a $2 million-dollar budget, with 15 full-time year-round employees, and a range of seasonal artists and youth workers. Its administrative office is located in Portland, Oregon, and its Arts Center is located outside of Sisters in Central Oregon, between Suttle Lake and Blue Lake.

Please review our website,, for more information.

Position Title: Executive Director
Supervisor: Board of Directors
Direct Reports: 6 including EA
Full-time/Exempt: Based in Portland, Oregon with regular travel to Central Oregon
Compensation: Salaried position ($110k - $120k) with Benefits include paid time off, health, dental, vision, 403(b) matching, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance.
Teleworking and COVID-19 related information: For the duration of Oregon’s Stay-Home Order and until adequate office conditions are met, this position will work remotely with Caldera provided laptop and charger. We will reimburse a portion of employee’s telecommunication costs during this period. Additional reimbursement may be available for other teleworking needs. Interviews for this position will be held over Zoom.

Position Description:
Caldera is looking for a strong strategic and collaborative Executive Director who is passionate about creative arts and environmental programming and is looking for an opportunity to lead a transformational culture. The Executive Director will oversee all organizational operations. The role builds visibility and support for the organization in the communities in which we work in Portland and Central Oregon.

This position reports to the Board of Directors and manages staff and committees. The Executive Director supervises 6 FTE and leads Caldera’s Leadership Team. This position will be remote for the duration of Oregon’s Stay-Home Order and requires travel to Central Oregon 12-20 times per year once these orders end. Caldera reimburses for mileage or vehicle rentals.

Advocate for the mission of Caldera and communities that we serve to make a better world.
Manage leadership staff and ensure the vitality of the organization’s programs, development/fundraising activities, internal and external communications, facilities, operations, and finances.
Lead organizational discussion and development of strategic plans, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures that support the healthy development and growth of the organization.
Foster a healthy and dynamic relationship between Board, Staff, committees, donors, and volunteers.
Lead Staff and Board in Caldera’s efforts to advance racial equity and inclusion.


Staff and Organization Management
Possess exceptional leadership skills to effectively and efficiently guide Caldera in fulfilling its mission.
Works closely with a Leadership Team of senior staff members and provides clear direction and motivation to the staff to ensure a team that supports quality, outcomes, equity, inclusion, and collaboration.
Supports and facilitates the Staff’s leadership and professional development in their areas.
Uses communication and group facilitation skills, as well as presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills, to work with Caldera constituencies (youth, artists, Staff, Board, supporters).

Committed to Caldera’s mission, racial equity and communities we serve.
Lead the Program Directors and Programming Staff to successfully support Caldera’s year-round, youth-driven arts education and environmental programming, summer camp, and the Artist in Residence program.
Collaborate with internal and external educators and artists to maximize the potential of the programs and their components.
Assures that all programming uses equity practices, is strength and relationship-based, culturally relevant, uses creativity and experience in the natural world as tools for individual and collective resilience and transformation.

Leads development and implementation of strategic plans with the Board and its committees to shape, monitor, and support our communities better.
With the Development and Communications Director, plays a strong role in oversight and strategic visioning of organizational advancement, identifying, cultivating, and soliciting gifts from community partners, foundations, and major donors.
Overseeing the development of organizational messaging and its brand.
Delivers a variety of presentations to donors, in the community, and at Caldera events.
Pursues opportunities for partnerships and collaborations with other organizations.

Ensures that the mission and financial sustainability are supported through fundraising, sound fiscal management, and programmatic and operational excellence.
Strong understanding of non-profit budgets and experience with 3 - 5 year budget modeling.
Alongside the Finance and Operations Director and Leadership Team, and with approval of the Board, develops annual operating budget. With the Finance and Operations Director, oversees external audit, tax reports, and investments.

Facilities/Art Center
With the Arts Center Facilities Director support of facilities staff and a Board Site Committee, oversees the management and maintenance of Caldera’s Central Oregon Arts Center site and facilities.

Board of Directors
Partner with the Board of Directors on strategic direction and vision for Caldera.
Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their oversight for advancement/fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
Work with the Board and Finance and Operations Director on fiscal budgets, as well as provide quarterly updates on actuals vs expenses, including reports on advancement/fundraising.
Engage the Board of Directors to provide guidance and support to strengthen connection and engagement between Board and Staff.
Work with the Board Chair to build and maintain a diverse, representative, and engaged Board membership.

5+years professional experience in organizational leadership (nonprofit preferred); familiarity with non-profit structures and challenges is essential, but strong related experience in business, education, philanthropy or public service may be acceptable.
Intimate knowledge of the power of arts and nature to transform, experience in an organization that serves youth and/or artists, and a passionate desire to participate in a vibrant organization that values creativity, the arts, and the environment.
Must have demonstrated competence and experience in a broad spectrum of administrative and general management activities and have worked with a sizable and diverse Board of Directors.
Experience building coalitions around ideas and in collaborating with local, state, and national leaders.
Exceptional interpersonal skills. Must be a positive and strong role model, have a collaborative, team-oriented work style, use strong strategic and problem-solving skills, and demonstrate ability to create buy-in from a range of demographics.
Demonstrated experience and skills using a racial equity lens or other approach to identify and close racial disparities (Caldera is dedicated to advancing racial equity to better serve youth and uses an equity lens during times of planning and decision making that help us stay accountable to our racial equity goals).

Related degree (advanced degree preferred).
History of and willingness for continued education and growth in specific subjects related to leading the organization; for instance, evidence of training in leadership, management, development/fundraising, equity and inclusion, facilitation, and evaluation, is preferred.
Experience managing a geographically dispersed team.
Experience managing an organization shifting from being founder-driven to community-driven.

Language Skills: Ability to effectively present information to staff Leadership Teams, Board, public groups, donors, and stakeholders.
Culturally Responsive Skills: Awareness of their own cultural identity, an understanding of difference, and the ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of Caldera’s students and artists, their families, and their communities.
Evaluation Skills: Experience with evaluation frameworks, logic models, rubrics, surveys, interviews, etc. designed to continually improve and deepen programs.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures, develop and manage budgets, and interpret financial reports.
Computer Skills: Must be adept at using various applications including those in Microsoft Suite and on the Google platform and be able to quickly learn new programs.

Equity & Inclusion Statement
We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.
We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

To Apply
Send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, highlighting experience and competencies that meet the required and preferred qualifications.

Materials should be sent to by July 24th 2020. No calls, please.

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