Chief Executive Officer, Camp Fire Columbia

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Job Title: Chief Executive Officer                                                          Classification: Full-Time Year Round

Reports to: Board of Directors                                                               Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt

Salary:  $110-$115,000/annual

Organization Overview:

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive program starts with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the school year, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. Our programs directly serve over 4,000 kids ages 5-18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region. Camp Fire Columbia helps serve an additional 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects. For more information, please visit:

Our Commitment:

Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.

Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.

Position Overview:

This position is responsible for leading and managing Camp Fire Columbia, inspiring and engaging board members, staff, volunteers, donors and partners to contribute to the organization’s effectiveness in achieving its mission. This position is also responsible for leading strategy and business development to build long-term sustainability, managing programs and operations in partnership with a management team, serving as a model in creating a positive, productive and inclusive work environment, leading fundraising, working closely with development staff and the Board of Directors to secure resources, and providing a compelling public voice for Camp Fire Columbia that continually enhances the brand.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Within the context of the organizational mission and community needs, develops a compelling and clear vision for Camp Fire Columbia’s programs and operations.
  • Provide direction and oversight to the Deputy Director and Management Team in meeting their success factors.
  • Serves as lead fundraiser for Camp Fire Columbia, ensuring that resources are sufficient to achieve the mission, maintain operational excellence and support long-term sustainability.
  • Maintains integrity and conservative stewardship of resources with adherence to Camp Fire Columbia’s financial policies.
  • Leads and models a culture of excellence at Camp Fire Columbia, ensuring that high expectations and accountability are balanced by fun, compassion and support.
  • Represents Camp Fire Columbia at external events and serves as chief spokesperson with stakeholders and the media, inspiring the community about our work.

Job Duties:

Board of Directors

  • Engages the Board of Directors in strategic planning to build a shared understanding of Camp Fire Columbia’s strategic environment, successes, challenges and opportunities.
  • Provides timely and accurate information to the Board about programs, finances, policy, strategy and community relations.
  • Works closely with the Board Chair to establish annual goals for the Board, ensuring progress and success, plans and supports the execution of Board meetings, retreats, and ad hoc meetings.
  • Engages the Executive Committee as a key “cabinet” for Board and organizational efforts.
  • Takes an active role in Board recruitment and development.
  • Works with the Board to build and maintain an active, committed and diverse group of board members that includes corporate and community partners.


  • Develops and executes plans for individual, corporate, foundation, and government fundraising with the Board and development staff.
  • Guides the Board to actively engage in fundraising activities.
  • Ensures the highest standards for ethics and integrity in all Camp Fire Columbia fundraising activities.
  • Provides thorough and effective stewardship of all funds including accurate record-keeping, strong communication and appropriate usage.
  • Attends all critical meetings related to resource development and be wholly comfortable to “make the ask”.
  • Leads planning and ensures training for staff and board members in Camp Fire Columbia’s planned giving approach.
  • Keeps abreast of changes in patterns of philanthropy and related tax and legislative developments.

Fiscal Management (in coordination with Director of Finance)

  • Carefully monitors and oversees all financial activities to ensure mission-alignment, appropriate usage of funds, efficiency and sustainability.
  • Oversees the development of annual operating and capital budgets.
  • Ensures active budget management including projecting and managing cash flows and proactively identifying and executing budgetary adjustments.
  • Ensures regular financial reporting to the Finance Committee, Board, key staff and stakeholders (including funders).
  • Supports the Finance Committee in the annual completion of a clean and successful audit.

Strategy and Business Development

  • Ensures effective execution of the Strategic Plan through developing annual work-plans with periodic review sessions to track progress, celebrate accomplishments and make updates.
  • With the Board and staff, develops ambitious and achievable short, mid, and long term goals and strategies.
  • Creates opportunities and develops partnerships to further Camp Fire Columbia’s mission through external relations and community outreach.
  • Monitors emerging issues, trends, opportunities and needs related to Camp Fire Columbia’s mission.
  • Continuously assesses and manages risks, threats, and challenges to business development.


  • Ensures all Camp Fire Columbia programs align with the organizational mission and vision, are of the highest quality, and are built on research and best practices.
  • Promotes a culture of continuous improvement within the Programs Team including careful quality assessment and evaluation of program impact and outcomes.
  • Ensures that policies and practices are implemented and followed for safe and successful program experiences for youth and staff.

Community Relations

  • Actively engages in high-profile community initiatives related to youth/families and/or education, ensuring that Camp Fire Columbia is “at the table”.
  • Ensures that dynamic PR and marketing strategies are developed and adequately resourced to engage the communities we serve and build the Camp Fire brand.
  • Serves as primary liaison to Camp Fire National.
  • Attends key constituent and stakeholder events and meetings such as Alumni Association meetings, Namanu work weekends, and community partner events/fundraisers.
  • Uses events as opportunities to build relationships and communicate about the great work being done by Camp Fire Columbia staff and programs.

Staff Leadership and Organizational Culture

  • Recruits, retains and develops talented and effective staff members for Camp Fire Columbia positions.
  • Develops and sustains high staff satisfaction and morale.
  • Works with staff to create an organizational culture that embodies the organization’s values of diversity and inclusion and provides culturally appropriate services.
  • Participates in continuing education and professional development.


  • Provides regular communication and information to the Management Team related to program, policy & strategy, successes & challenges.
  • Works closely with the VP of Development & Communications to create and execute plans for fundraising, communications and marketing.
  • Develops and manages budget and annual program plans to include regular analysis and projections to ensure organizational success, conservative stewardship of resources, and mission impact. 
  • Carefully monitors and oversees program financial activities to ensure mission-alignment, appropriate usage, efficiency, and sustainability.
  • Through external relations and community outreach, creates opportunities and develops partnerships to further Camp Fire’s mission, strategic plans, and/or business objectives. 
  • Ensures program is of the highest quality, and built on local & national research and best practices.
  • Through careful quality assessment and evaluation, assesses programs impact and outcomes annually; ensures a culture of continuous improvement within program team.
  • Actively engages in community initiatives related to youth/families and/or education to ensure that Camp Fire is “at the table” and engaged. 
  • Through articulate and compelling public speaking, inspires the community about Camp Fire’s work.
  • Through all efforts, positions Camp Fire as among the community’s most exceptional and high impact youth-serving organizations; leverages that success to attract and retain the highest quality staff and volunteers.
  • Supports the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire and projects a positive image of Camp Fire.
  • Attends Camp Fire meetings and events, as required.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, volunteers, parents, and contractors; including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises employees the management team. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Provides clear direction and priorities; conducts team building; supports team members in achieving their work-plans and developing succession plans; and ensures professional development opportunities for continual learning and development.

Provide informal performance feedback to direct reports on a regular basis and formal performance assessments annually. Holds the team accountable to performance expectations.

Soft Skills:

  • Open to receiving feedback and making on-going program adjustments.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manages time and stress levels, and proactively solve problems.
  • Culturally responsive with a passion for developing youth to achieve their full potential.
  • Ability to lead and motivate others.
  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team.
  • High level of professionalism, creativity, energy, organization, self-motivation, empathy, and patience.
  • Be a positive role model for youth and adults at all times.
  • Maintain integrity by following through on responsibility and by accepting and abiding by decisions regarding program and policy in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a positive attitude.


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor's degree (B. A.) and/or Master’s degree (M. A.) from four-year college or university; or ten or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Must have demonstrated multi-year track record of fundraising success (which may include a mix of individuals, corporations, foundations and government) including experience managing a major fundraising program.

Background in youth/family programming and/or education and knowledge of, and experience with, full range of development programs including major gifts and planned gifts is strongly preferred. Experience with prospect research is preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

A valid insurable Driver’s License is required.

Location: Portland, OR
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