Executive Director, JVC Northwest

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest responds to local community needs in the Northwest by placing volunteers who provide value-centered service grounded in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Honoring the Divine at work in all things, we envision the Northwest as a sustainable region where all live in dignity, are treated justly, and actively contribute to their own empowerment and positive change in their communities. JVC Northwest strives to live out the four values of community, simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality/reflection.

JVC Northwest is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire talent at all levels regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability, and actively foster inclusion in all forms both within our company and across interactions with clients, candidates and partners.


Position Summary

The executive director (ED) of Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest provides leadership in the formation and implementation of the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the organization.  The ED operates within the parameters set forth in the bylaws and is accountable to the board of directors of which the ED is an ex-officio member.  The ED fosters an atmosphere of growth towards the four values of JVC Northwest – community, simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality – in the JVC Northwest office, in support of the volunteers, and among constituents. The ED helps initiate and promote equity and eco-justice efforts of the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

The executive director (ED) will be responsible to:

  1. Work with the Board of Directors as follows:
  • Institute and oversee the strategic directions setting process in collaboration with the board and staff.
  • Oversee the preparation of materials for board meetings including an ED report of activities since the last board meeting, minutes, financials to be approved, staff reports, board committee reports and other materials. 
  • Attend scheduled board and board committee meetings and communicate regularly with the board chair, executive committee, committee chairs, and the entire board as needed between meetings
  • Implement policy as directed by the board and within the limits of the bylaws and articles of incorporation.

2.  Drive the mission of the organization including the four core values of spirituality, community, simple living, social and ecological justice.

  • With Senior Managers set the vision for the organization.
  • With staff and senior managers, put forth strategic directions for board review and approval, including equity work and work to address climate change impacts.
  • Lead the organization in its Jesuit, Catholic identity.

3.  Ensure the financial health of JVC Northwest:

  • aWith oversight from the finance and audit committee of the board, manage and implement the operating budget of JVC Northwest.
  • Communicate budgetary needs to the board and prioritize strategic objectives in budget development. 
  • Monitor the monthly financial reports and oversee the preparation of accompanying financial notes. Present the financials with the business manager to the finance and audit committee and subsequently, with the finance and audit committee chair, to the board for approval.
  • Oversee the financial policies and procedures monitoring and brings policies before the board for approval. 
  • Secure financial audits of the organization each year and review and submit the federal and state tax forms after approval by the board.
  • Oversee other essential financial functions of the organization including but not limited to insurance coverage, treasury, investments, borrowings, employee retirement accounts & healthcare coverage, and endowment.

4. Guide development/fundraising efforts:

  • With the Director of Advancement, establish an annual development plan with goals and objectives for fundraising.
  • Actively Participate in the plan through activities such as solicitation of major donors, grant writing, fundraising events, direct-mail appeals, and correspondence. 
  • Travel to meet with major donors and attend fundraising events.

5. Hold oversight of personnel:

  • Establish an organizational culture based in the four values of JVC Northwest and instill the Ignatian spiritual foundation of the organization. 
  • Communicate and relate effectively with staff, striving to be positive, transparent, cooperative, and supportive. 
  • Approve all hires in the organization.
  • Lead staff in:
  •           the recruitment, hire, supervision, and support of key staff;
  •           annual evaluation of staff
  • Set annual salary adjustments within the limits set forth by the board, benefit administration and, if necessary, termination.
  • Determine staff development in coordination with the senior managers (Director of Advancement, Director of Programs, and Business Manager).
  • Participate in and co-coordinate senior managers meetings twice monthly.
  • Coordinate supervisors group quarterly. 
  • Make recommendations to the board for the required staffing needed to implement the operations of JVC Northwest. 
  • Complete Corporation for National Community Service Training for the National Service Criminal History Check.
  • Monitor criminal history check monitoring for all incoming staff. 
  • Maintain personnel files for each staff member. 
  • Ensure comprehensive policies, procedures, schedules and organizational processes to facilitate the smooth and orderly functioning of JVC Northwest, including a personnel handbook and risk management policies.  
  • Monitor statutory changes and work with external legal counsel to ensure policies are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
  • Ensure continuity plans for all staff positions.

6. Be responsible for Public Relations/Networking efforts:

  • As the chief representative of JVC Northwest, meet formally and informally with  constituents of the organization including Jesuit Volunteers (JVs), JV family members, Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps members (JVEs), former JVs and JVEs, Jesuits, bishops and local church officials, benefactors, partner agencies, AmeriCorps personnel, and other stakeholders in the communities where we serve and across the country.  
  • Serve as the organization’s representative to local, regional, and national organizations such as the Jesuits West Province, funders including the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), the Catholic Volunteer Network, and the Jesuit Conference. 
  • Maintain a working relationship with the president of the JVC organization based in Baltimore, meeting in person as possible and communicating by phone and email. 
  • Travel to regional and national events to represent JVC Northwest.

7. Hold property management decisions:

  • Have ultimate responsibility for the fiscal management of the physical resources of JVC Northwest (i.e. rent, leases, mortgage, insurance, etc.).  
  • Inform and advise the board regarding procurement, sale of property, and any other JVC Northwest property matters and is the primary agent in property transactions. 
  • Approve major expenses for property management concerns of JVC Northwest owned properties.

8. Maintain oversight of Jesuit Volunteers:

  • Have ultimate oversight of an effective JV program, including a successful recruitment plan and implementation and selection of partner agencies and JVs.  
  • With the director of programs and JV program manager, ensure that an annual JVC Northwest orientation for new JVs is effectual and that support of the JVs throughout their year of service is valuable.  
  • Attend JV retreats as possible and makes local community visits in each state as time and scheduling permit.  

9. Maintain oversight of the JVC Northwest AmeriCorps Program: 

  • Act as the AmeriCorps program director for the JVC Northwest AmeriCorps program and have ultimate responsibility for the grant application and implementation with JVC Northwest AmeriCorps staff, including a re-compete grant application every three years and a continuation grant application in the two intervening years.  
  • Liaise with the AmeriCorps program officer and grants officer as needed.  
  • Develop, monitor, and implement the AmeriCorps budget each year and be responsible for securing a financial audit required by the federal government.  
  • Ensure an external evaluation of the AmeriCorps Capacity Building program is conducted every three years. 
  • Attend the annual symposium in Washington, DC sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and, if possible, the annual regional training conference.

10. Maintain oversight of the Jesuit Volunteer (JV) EnCorps Program:

  • Have ultimate oversight of an effective JV EnCorps program throughout the Northwest, attending JV EnCorps orientations and meetings as possible.  

11. Liaise with the USA West Province of Jesuits:

As a Director of the Work for the USA West Province of the Society of Jesus, meet with: 

  • the Jesuit provincial at least once a year 
  • a province liaison/superior in Portland 
  • the social ministries network 
  • the local Director of the Works network
  • other Jesuits of the province to create a strong relationship between JVC Northwest and the Jesuits

Participate as possible in the collaborative Work of the Province.

12. Engage in on-going education and networking within the non-profit sector:

  • Maintain and participate in membership of networking and educational organizations. 
  • Attend educational workshops such as legal conferences each year to keep up to date about non-profit management and current legal issues.

13. Engage in continuity planning of ED and other staff:

  • Establish and keep current emergency and long-term succession plans for the ED and key staff.  
  • Review ED continuity plan with the personnel/nominating board committee annually.

14.  Continue the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion transformation of JVC Northwest within the framework of the organization’s Mission and Core Values:

  • Build on past efforts and support the organizational education of Staff, Volunteers, and Partner Agencies to consider Equity and Inclusion in all aspects of the program
  • Prioritize efforts to recruit and support volunteers from communities of color. 
  • Honor the discernment process for the organization.    
  • Determine the best path for future equitable and inclusive relationships with partner agencies and communities served.    

15. Perform other duties as they arise.


Qualifications and Requirements 

The ED demonstrates the following:

  • Grounding in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition and Catholic Social Teaching;
  • Commitment to and leadership in living the core values of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest: social and ecological justice, community, simple living and spirituality;
  • Participation and leadership in staff community, including prayer, staff meetings and staff days;
  • Ability to work as a team member and also independently;
  • Ability to meet the public in a friendly and open way and to communicate effectively with diverse peoples;
  • Significant experience with fundraising capabilities, especially major donor relations;
  • Experience in managing a federal grant;
  • Experience in managing organizational budgets of over $4 million;
  • Ability to lead equity efforts of the organization with board and staff; 
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and work with many details;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook;
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative office;
  • Experience in communications, business administration or government programs is desired;
  • BA degree required; MA preferred.

This position is subject to criminal history check and possibly a consumer credit report when applicable. This position does not have recurring access to vulnerable populations.

The Executive Director will be evaluated based upon performance of the tasks listed in this position description. JVC Northwest has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment.

Work Environment/Conditions

  • 65% of work completed in office environment.
  • 35% of work involves out of office travel:
  • Orientation of one week in early August for Jesuit Volunteers 
  • Fundraising events and major donor visits
  • Travel to JV communities, JV retreat weekends; JV and JV EnCorps communities in the Northwest
  • National conferences with AmeriCorps and partner organizations
  • Other travel as necessary.
  • Ability to travel independently.
  • Must have current driver’s license and ability to drive is helpful.


Physical Demands

● Must be able to be seated at a desk, using computer and phone throughout the workday.

● Must be able to lift 25 pounds.


Application Information

Nonprofit Professionals Now (NPN) is excited to be working with JVC Northwest on filling this key position.

Applications may be submitted for full consideration. All applications will be thoroughly reviewed.

Applications need to include:  cover letter, resume and completion of screening questions.

Application deadline:  July 22, 2019.

Salary information:  Salary is commensurate with experience.  





Location: Portland, OR
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