Executive Director Job Opening!

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Our current executive director, Jorge Gutierrez, will be leaving the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council at the end of July to pursue an exciting new opportunity at another organization. We are very excited for him and we thank him for his work these past six years and wish him all the best. During this transition Maritza Romero will act as Interim Director until we find a permanent director, please contact the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council office for any questions!

Please help spread the news that we have started looking for a new executive director to help us continue doing all the great things we’re doing for our community. Below is the job description and instructions on how to apply!

About the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council: 

The Lower Columbia Hispanic Council is a community based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is the equitable integration of resident Hispanics into the Lower Columbia community. LCHC is the only culturally specific organization based in the North Coast whose mission focuses on serving Latino families. 

About the opportunity: 

The Lower Columbia Hispanic Council (LCHC) is looking for a dynamic individual with proven leadership skills who is enthusiastic about working with (and for) the Latino community to advance the mission and goals of the organization. This is an exciting opportunity to lead an organization that has been rapidly growing over the past six years thanks to our community centered approach to our work. In the role you will oversee a team of seven passionate employees working across various health, education, civic engagement and financial empowerment programs and services.

We are looking for someone with a strong vision who can leverage current work and continue to reshape and carry out LCHC’s mission and goals not only through direct services, but also by addressing the root causes of social injustice. Our new ED will accomplish this by employing strategies that engage and support community members to both lead and be part of the solution. 

General Duties: 

  • Lead staff and board members through strategic planning and execution of yearly work plans
  • Oversee the development and implementation of all programs and services 
  • Work with staff to develop and implement community engagement strategies across all programs and services
  • Recruit, supervise and coach staff members
  • Build and maintain effective partnerships with key stakeholders locally and statewide
  • Oversee all business and day-to-day operations and work with contracted vendors to manage payroll, bookkeeping, employee benefits and IT services  
  • Continually evaluate and streamline internal policies, systems and functions 
  • Work with finance committee to prepare all yearly budgets, P&L reports and balance sheets
  • Oversee all fundraising activities including grant writing, procurement of contracts, fundraising events, memberships and sponsorships 
  • Monitor all grants and work with staff to track outcomes and submit timely reports 
  • Help plan and facilitate bi-monthly Board meetings 
  • Work with accountant and Board to ensure organization files yearly 990 and CT-12 reports
  • Act as spokesperson and represent the values and interests of the organization in all external communications 
  • Participate in relevant local and statewide boards, committees and/or coalitions that help advance the mission and goals of the organization 
  • Other duties will be assigned as deemed required to fulfill our mission and goals

Desired Qualifications and Attributes: 

  • Have a thorough understanding of the needs, challenges and barriers faced by Latino, immigrant and low income community members
  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education 
  • Significant leadership experience working in roles with increasing levels of responsibility at a nonprofit, social service, education or similarly focused organization
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and social justice internally and externally
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in both English and Spanish 
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to simultaneously track progress and outcomes on multiple projects, programs and initiatives 
  • The ability to motivate, mentor and engage others including staff, board and community members to take on leadership roles at the organization and within the community 
  • Strong public speaking and meeting facilitation skills in both English and Spanish
  • Ability to genuinely connect and build relationships with the families we serve 
  • Comfortable interacting and working with a wide variety of partners including other nonprofit leaders, elected and public officials, funders, donors and community members 
  • Significant experience with fundraising including grant writing, procurement of contracts, memberships and sponsorships 
  • Superior problem solving skills and an ability to persevere under challenging circumstances
  • An ability to recognize opportunities and leverage community strengths to accomplish goals

Additional Requirements: 

  • Ability to attend occasional early morning, evening and weekend meetings and events 
  • Occasional travel (including overnight travel) to various meetings and events around the state (approximately 5-10% of the time) 

Compensation and Benefits: 

  • This is an exempt position with a salary that is commensurate with experience. 
  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick time will begin accruing immediately and can be used after the initial probationary period is complete
  • Employees are eligible for health insurance coverage that is partially paid by employer 
  • Employees are eligible for retirement plan with matching contributions paid by employer

To Apply:

Please submit the following to hr@lchispaniccouncil.org: resume, cover letter, 3 letters of recommendation, and a copy of bachelor’s degree diploma or higher level of education diploma.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The position will remain open until filled.