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Community Leader / Executive Director | L’Arche Portland

Portland, OR

L’Arche Portland is seeking a Community Leader/ Executive Director (CL/ED). The CL/ED is responsible for guiding L’Arche Portland to authentically live the mission and values of L’Arche in its three dimensions: community, organization, and agency. The CL/ED implements the community mandate (5-year community goals and value priorities) in a way that is in line with the identity and mission of L’Arche Portland. This individual leads, manages, and administers daily operations in order to meet the financial, legal, and quality standards expected from all local, county, state, and national authorities. The CL/ED works cooperatively with L’Arche Portland’s Board of Directors and the Federation Representative from L’Arche USA.

Key Responsibilities:

Community – Build and develop a vibrant community life

  • Ensure a close and open presence to all community members and participants

  • Convene a community council, promoting trust and creativity within the group

  • Ensure the organization of community events and meaningful gatherings

  • Prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in welcoming and supporting all people

  • Help to articulate the spiritual identity of L’Arche Portland

  • Ensure that the spiritual needs of all members are nurtured and respected

  • Build links with other L’Arche entities regionally, nationally, and internationally

  • Supervise and work closely with the Director of Community Life & Community Team


Agency – Guarantee the quality of care for people with intellectual disabilities

  • Ensures people with intellectual disabilities engaged with L’Arche Portland receive the appropriate professional and natural supports to thrive

  • Ensure and develop the professional skills of the support professional teams

  • Guarantee compliance with all regulations and ensure best practices

  • Implement a high level of consultation with specialists beyond L’Arche Portland

  • Supervise and work closely with the Director of Care & Care Team


Organization – Develop a sound business & development plan

  • Work with the Board of Directors and Finance Committee to develop and manage an annual budget to ensure it serves the mission priorities

  • Lead the design and ensure the implementation of an annual development plan, including campaigns, events, and engagement with foundations

  • Ensure L’Arche Portland is compliant with L’Arche USA’s membership agreement

  • Cultivate and steward relationships with major donors

  • Ensure responsible property management

  • Supervise and work closely with the Director of Operations & Development Team


People – Manage human resources

  • Ensure effective supervision, support, and evaluation of all employees, paying special attention to leadership development

  • Implement an efficient recruitment and orientation process, and as well as meaningful discernments and transitions for employees and volunteers

  • Support and empower employees and volunteers in a way that helps them develop their motivation and vocation (personal mission) in life and in L’Arche


Communications – Promote the message of L’Arche in the environment

  • Promote a culture of open and active communication between the community and its environment

  • Ensure regular engagement with long-time friends and supports through print and online communications

  • Develop close relationships with the relevant local authorities, professional organizations, and mission-aligned partners


Requirements of the Role:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 2+ years of relevant experience; or 6+ years of management experience

  • Regular attendance at national L’Arche USA events

  • Builds relationships with local authorities

  • Leads and manages in the spirit of L’Arche and in accordance with the six principles of leadership in L’Arche: servant leadership, subsidiarity, accountability, partnership, involvement, and solidarity

  • Inspires trust


Qualities and Qualifications:

  • Person with a discerning spirit grounded in the vision, values, and mission of L’Arche

  • Person of compassion, courage and integrity

  • Demonstrated leadership and nonprofit management experience

  • Proven fundraiser

  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with others at all levels, including leaders and Board of Directors

  • Knowledge and experience of L’Arche

  • Experience in the field of intellectual disabilities

  • Clear effective communicator and an attentive listener

  • Humble and able to recognize a need for others and is willing to ask for help

  • Committed to good self-care and a healthy work/ home life balance


Reports To: L’Arche Portland’s Board of Directors

Salary: $80,000 – $90,000 (based upon relevant experience)

Benefits to Include:

  • Health Care (Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance)

  • Retirement

  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)


Application Instructions:

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to boardpresident@larche-portland.org, specifically focused on qualifications and eligibility for the position. Please submit all applications materials by March 31, 2023.


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