The Northwest Progressive Foundation — a 501(c)(3) charitable organization working to help Washingtonians, Oregonians, and Idahoans better understand the government that belongs to them —is seeking a tenacious, imaginative, and caring individual to lead the organization as its first executive director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Northwest Progressive Foundation’s staff, projects, and development.


The Executive Director will primarily be responsible for day-to-day administration of the organization, recruiting people to join NPF’s staff and volunteer instructor corps, raising funds to support NPF’s projects, and growing NPF’s community of supporters.

At the outset, the Executive Director’s primary responsibility will be to construct and oversee the launch of Activism Matters, an effort to equip people with the skills needed to be discerning citizens and successful activists. Activism Matters consists of two initiatives: (1) in-person civics classes taught by Foundation boardmembers, and (2) forthcoming online “night school” classes taught by knowledgeable instructors.

With respect to governance, the Executive Director will:

  1. Assist the board in identifying a long-term strategy that allows NPF to execute its mission of empowering people to take action as knowledgeable voters, jurors, and activists. 
  2. Take the lead in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the board, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
  3. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  4. Track and seek to understand significant developments and trends in the nonprofit sector. 

With respect to building a staff, the Executive Director will:

  1. Be responsible for the recruitment and release of unpaid staff and volunteer instructors; 
  2. Ensure that job descriptions are developed for staff positions within the organization;
  3. See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
  4. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of grassroots leaders and educators.

With respect to communications, the Executive Director will:

  1. Keep the board informed on the health and wellness of the organization. 
  2. Publicize the activities of the organization, its projects, and goals.
  3. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with potential partners.
  4. Invite people who could benefit from NPF’s trainings and educational opportunities to take advantage of them.

With respect to development and finance, the Executive Director will:

  1. Develop and maintain sound financial practices; investigate and pursue grant opportunities. 
  2. Work with the staff and the board in preparing a budget and oversee the implementation of the organization’s development plan.
  3. Ensure that sufficient funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  4. Jointly, with the President and Secretary, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents, including the organization’s annual report with the Secretary of State and any documentation required by the Internal Revenue Service. 

No compensation

This is an unpaid, volunteer position. There will be no financial compensation.


The most important qualification for this position is capacity.

The Executive Director must be able to consistently devote time building the organization and must be comfortable working remotely. The Executive Director will be expected to contribute approximately five hours of their time each week to this position.

While NPF’s board will provide guidance and mentoring, the Executive Director must be a self-starter who can autonomously manage their own responsibilities and recruit additional staff capable of doing the same.

A candidate for this position must also have:

  • Strong people skills;
  • Basic proficiency with spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel;
  • A willingness to speak in public and deliver presentations to prospective donors and volunteers;
  • An open mind and thirst for knowledge;
  • The ability to think critically and creatively solve problems, especially securing people and resources to make a project a reality.

Previous experience volunteering for a nonprofit is desirable, but not required.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please complete the form below.

You will be asked to enclose your resume. NPF is an equal opportunity organization. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, citizenship, or disability.

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