Elders in Action is Seeking an Executive Director


Executive Director:

 Founded in 1968 as the Portland Multnomah Commission on Aging and incorporated in 1997 as a private nonprofit, Elders in Action, fulfills its mission to assure a vibrant community through the active involvement of older adults through its four unique programs. 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.

We are currently seeking a visionary Executive Director to lead a well-established organization.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works in conjunction with the Board of Directors to set the vision and goals of this growing organization that advocates for the rights of older adults and serves older adults and people with disabilities through a variety of programs.
  • Serves as the key development officer, including oversight of individual and major donors, as well as corporate, government and foundation support.
  • Responsible for building and maintaining effective relationships with government agencies, community and business partners, and the general public to ensure successful partnerships.
  • Provides overall agency administration including human resource management, direction for internal structures and facilities oversight.
  • Spearheads the annual and strategic planning with staff and Board of Directors.
  • Monitors revenues and expenditures, fiscal controls, financial forecasts, independent audit process of an organizational budget of $540,000.
  • Serves as Development Director to create and implement a development plan that details how the organization solicits donors and identifies funding sources such as grants, in-kind donations, charitable events and marketing opportunities.
  • Develops and articulates organizational updates, results and proposals to the Board of Directors. Assigns and tracks cases and the accompanying administrative duties.
  • Leads grant-writing and fundraising efforts from all sources including government contracts, foundations, corporate and individuals.
  • Executes, manages and monitors contracts and agreements on behalf of Elders in Action.
  • Serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization in media, press and public hearings


  • 5-7 years of experience in non-profit management.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Service field and related field that includes extensive work experience with vulnerable populations.
  • Proven track record of established non-profit fundraising experience.
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative partnership with government officials, community and business leaders.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in working with Board of Directors, Commissions, Advisory groups and volunteers.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, to be proactive; and to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to inspire and support a productive, professional and collaborative staff.
  • Experience in special event planning, coordination and implementation.
  • Experience in creating and implementing strategic plans that address the agencies mission and public and private interests.
  • Effective skills using media and computer technology skills, including Microsoft Excel, Word and Webmail.

Compensation and Benefits: Elders in Action offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit to edsearch@eldersinaction.org a cover letter, resume and salary requirement and a 500 word response to one of the following questions

  1. What excites you about working on behalf of older adults?
  2. What do you think are key components of an environment attractive to highly skilled volunteers
  3. What would you wish to create to enrich the lives of older adults?