We are currently searching for an Executive Director. Please review the job description and application instructions below. 


Organization Mission and Purpose

The mission is to assist in the social and economic development of Oregon’s low-income communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.

By offering funding support for both students looking to pursue higher education and other nonprofit organizations, Black United Fund of Oregon helps to increase opportunities for underserved communities within Portland and SW Washington. Outside of offering funding support BUF provides programming that helps support both students and nonprofit organizations in navigating the challenges that are often associated with scholarship and grant applications.

Organization Core Values

The Black United Fund of Oregon highly values: integrity; commitment to excellence; the empowerment of marginalized individuals and communities of color; the offering of services and support through an equity, inclusion and historical perspective lens; community partnerships; and equitable access to economic advancement opportunities.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for leading the organization to achieve its mission. In doing so, the Executive Director oversees all operations of the Black United Fund of Oregon (BUFOR) to meet its annual objectives and goals. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

Board Partnership

- Develops and implements strategies with the Board of Directors to evaluate and strengthen programs and organization health, including board recruitment and development, advisory committees and volunteers.

- Works with the Board of Directors to create specific short- and long-range strategies for the development of BUFOR’s programs and services.

- Convenes the Board of Directors to facilitate discussions /decision making process with experts, officials and individual donors on the development of the BUFOR property located in NE Portland on Alberta Street.

Management and Operations

- Leads staff in the performance of assignments, acknowledge and support developmental/growth opportunities, and evaluate performance.

- Provides vision and leadership in long-range fiscal planning to ensure the continuity and solvency of BUFOR.

- Sustains cohesive and effective relationships with volunteers.

- Maintains BUFOR’s public accountability and legal obligations.

Financial Management

- Provides vision and leadership in long-range fiscal planning of BUFOR.

- Prepares agency budgets and related financials, manages human resources; allocates resources in daily organizational operations.

- Analyzes financial statements, manage cash flow, and establish controls to safeguard funds in collaboration with BUFOR’s accountant. 


Program Management

- Oversees all programs of the BUFOR: Education Program, Grant Allocations, Scholarships, Fiscal Partners, and others.

- Serves as spokesperson for BUFOR through direct contact and public relations programs, representing the organization in funding circles, media, and community events.

- Engages in constructive and nonpartisan activities necessary to understand political forces affecting BUFOR’s ability to champion academic and experiential education opportunities in Oregon.

Fund Development

- Oversees fund development efforts, including the implementation of events, program grants and workplace giving campaigns; maintaining relationships with local and national funders and federations.

- Maintains key relations with other funds and federations in Oregon and around the country.

- Develops and implements strategies to gain access into businesses for employee giving campaigns and corporate giving.

Specific Duties

- Raise $500,000 for the operations and programs of the Black United Fund of Oregon.

- Develops and recommends to the Board short- and long-range plans for BUFOR, overseeing implementation of strategic plan and new programs.

- Evaluates BUFOR programs in relation to specified goals and standards, and recommends modifications, where appropriate.

- Supervises and directs staff in the performance of their duties and evaluates their performance; submits personnel policy changes to the Board.

- Assists in the formulation of policies and recommends them to the Board. Oversees compliance of BUFOR’s bylaws.

- Serves as staff lead at Board meetings, executive committee meetings and yearly planning retreats. Keeps Board and committees informed in an organized and timely manner.

- Participates in the orientation and training of Board and committee members, and the solicitation of potential Board and committee members.

- Prepares agency budgets related to physical, financial, and human resources, and is accountable for control of these resources once approved.

- Directs all financial operations of the agency, including overseeing and setting direction for financial reviews under GAAP principles. Also adjusts financial systems to meet new accounting regulations.

- Performs other duties as required.



- Bachelor's degree in business, non-profit administration, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.

- Minimum five years of management, finance, community development, and administration with an emphasis in non-profit.

- Minimum three years of experience working in leadership role with staff management/supervisory responsibility

- Minimum four years of working with foundations and/or workplace-giving non-profits.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

- Knowledge and experience in Oregon business community and corporate decision-making.

- Persuasive written and oral communication skills.

- Effective leadership and organizational skills with the ability to work effectively under pressure.

- Demonstrated commitment in the Black United Fund of Oregon's mission and a strong interest in working on behalf of low-income residents, community-based organizations, and communities of color.

- Outstanding communication skills (oral, written and graphic).

- Ability to manage multiple tasks, establish priorities, and meet deadlines.

- Excellent organizational skills-timeliness in execution, attention to detail, and thoroughness.

- Computer proficiency and spreadsheet applications, and experience with fundraising software.

- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

- Ability to work flexible (irregular) hours including weekends and evenings.

- Dependable car, valid driver's license and current auto insurance in compliance with state law.

The successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background check. The approach and demeanor of all Black United Fund of Oregon employees is one that highly values all community members, team work and a commitment to excellence. 


- Salary range $65,000 - $75,000

- Full benefit package including health insurance and retirement.

To Apply

Send resumes to Tracy M. Smith of Inhance LLC at

The Search Committee is accepting email applications through Tracy M. Smith, Consultant, Inhance LLC, at In addition to submitting a resume and cover letter, please prepare a written response to the following:

- Case scenario: In order to apply to the XYZ Foundation, a nonprofit must submit a one-page Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Please submit a one-page LOI from BUF OR to XYZ Foundation requesting $10,000 for our scholarship writing program with the objective of helping 250 students write essays for college funding.  Please feel free to reference the BUFOR website at www.bufor.orgfor content on BUFOR’s Mentor4Success program to backfill information to complete this fictitious funding request.

No phone calls or visits please. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2018.