Position Announcement Deputy Director

Position Announcement  Deputy Director

Supervisor: Executive Director

Directly Supervises: Program Staff

Employment Status:  Regular, Full-time, and Exempt


Elders in Action is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the quality of life for older adults never depends on their age. Founded in 1968 as the Portland Multnomah Commission on Aging and incorporated in 1997 as a private nonprofit, our mission is to ensure a vibrant community through the active involvement of older adults. We are a small staff of seven and are powered by the experience and talent of over 150 volunteers.

Located in Portland, OR, we serve the aging population 60+ throughout the tri-county area by offering personal support, educational programs, advocacy and volunteer engagement. Our vision is to create a community that promotes opportunities for all older adults to be active and engaged and to contribute in meaningful ways to the health and vitality of our community.

As Elders in Action approaches its 50th Anniversary, we are embarking on an organizational review of our vision, mission and goals with the intention ensuring that Elders in Action maintains its relevance to a growing and increasingly diverse older adult population in the Portland Metro area. The ideal candidate will be interested and be a leader in this effort to ensure Elders in Action is inclusive and representative of the diversity of our community elders.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will have both internal and external responsibilities ranging from staff management, program development and implementation, assisting with developing agency-funding strategies, to management and administration. The Deputy Director will work with the Executive Director to facilitate the agency’s work plan development, strategic goals and grant management activities.


  • Facilitates goal setting and agency program development
  • Assists Executive Director with overall management of activities including assisting with agency funding approaches
  • Manages the agencies programs and the program staff
  • Maintains relationships with community partners, funders, businesses and the public
  • Supervises the implementation and evaluation of grant funded programs
  • Identify best practices and improve/enhance internal systems with a focus on needs and budget realities
  • Develop and implement education and training opportunities with staff, partners and community groups
  • Actively assist with agency volunteer management
  • Serves as the acting director in the absence of the Executive Director


  • 5+ years experience in a leadership position preferably in a non-profit organization
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Business, Management, Human Services, related field or equivalent experience
  • Experience and skill in working with a board of directors, advisory groups and volunteers
  • Knowledge of current trends, issues and challenges facing older adults
  • Must be willing to work in a small office environment and be willing to work collaboratively with team members
  • Excellent management, supervision and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships within the Portland community
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Experience with working with older adults and a commitment to Elders in Action mission
  • Ability to work with efficiency, flexibility and professionalism

Salary Range: $48,000-$52,000

To Apply:

Qualified and interested candidates should submit the following items listed below (PDF format preferred) to Barbara Bernstein, Executive Director at info@eldersinaction.org with the subject line “Deputy Director Position” by 5pm on Monday, June 8th, 2015.

  • One-page cover letter which includes your interest and qualifications for this position
  • Resume
  • Three professional references

Elders in Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Elders in Action’s New Executive Director – Barbara Bernstein

Barbara Bernstein Executive Director

Barbara Bernstein
Executive Director

I am excited to have accepted the position of Executive Director of Elders in Action offered to me by the Board of Directors last Thursday. I will officially begin my position May 18th. I feel privileged to have been offered this position for many reasons, among them:

  • I will continue to work with a small team of dedicated professionals who care deeply about older adults and are thinking creatively about how to serve this growing population.
  • Elders in Action has a Board that describes itself as a working Board -and it is! From fundraising to elevating the discussion of equity to the top of the priority list, our Board is dedicated to moving this organization forward.
  • I work with amazing volunteers (135) who last year contributed 12,175 hours of service providing for the needs and interests of older adults through four key programs: the Civic Involvement & the Elders in Action Commission, Personal Advocacy, Age Friendly Business Program and Community Engagement & Education. Our staff provides the framework for these programs but our volunteers are doing the work!
  • I can engage community partners and with them, puzzle through the challenge of ensuring our programs are inclusive and welcoming to a more diverse population.

I am ready to build on the 45 years of experience Elders in Action has in advocacy on behalf of older adults in our community. Since its inception Elders in Action has had a solid financial foundation through contracts with the City of Portland and Multnomah County. Our growth has been slow but steady but this trajectory is no longer adequate. The Board is committed to expanding our network of supporters and as we approach our 50th birthday (in three years), I look forward to all we can do together -volunteers, staff and Board!