While ideal candidates will fulfill all skills listed below, if you feel you could be a good candidate but do not check every box, please still consider applying.

Job Description Overview
The primary duty of the ED is to ensure the day-to-day function of the organization. To fulfill this duty, the ED must oversee fundraising strategy, organizational finances, business operations, and employee management. This job summary is not intended to detail every daily task of the role, rather it outlines general duties. This position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

• Develops and implements a robust fundraising strategy and grant management program in support of LEAP programs.
• Manages finances, including annual budget with oversight from the board of directors
• Coordinates with the board of directors to fundraise and advocate for the organization
• Oversees daily operations of LEAP
• Represents LEAP to the public
• Analyzes and optimizes business strategy with oversight from the board of directors
• Manages operations director, grants writer/support staff

Specific Day-to-Day Functions

• Fundraising Strategy: Work closely with the board of directors to establish the organization’s fundraising goals and translate those goals into specific operational plans and objectives within a designated budget.
* This includes setting annual fundraising metrics and leading the organization to meet or exceed those goals
o Manage and grow relationships with major donors and foundations while forging new ones.
o Build and maintain positive working relationships with partner organizations while exploring new, potential partnerships.
o Oversee the success of fundraising events.
o Identify new sponsorship opportunities.

• Organizational Finances and Business Operations:
o Work with the board of directors to develop an annual budget for the organization.
o Manage that budget and ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organization.
o Provide timely, accurate and complete reports on the state of the organization.
o In partnership with the board, oversee annual audit and federal/state submissions. Ensure legal and tax compliance.
o Ensure the board operates within and meets all requirements of the organizations Bylaws.

• Culture and Employee Management:
o Create and promote a positive, productive work culture consistent with LEAP’s values.
o Be an effective coach and mentor for staff
o Build the reputation and brand of the organization.

Tagged as: Development, Full Time, Fundraising


Position Requirements
• Bachelor's degree in a related field
• 5+ years of fundraising experience cultivating a portfolio of prospects, and a proven track record of closing five and six figure gifts.
• Experience closing planned and/or legacy gifts.
• 3+ years of financial and budgeting experience.
• 3+ years of management experience.
• Project management experience.
• Public relations and marketing knowledge.

Required Skills:

• Demonstrated outstanding integrity and ethical conduct.
• Demonstrated exceptional skills in the following areas:
o Interpersonal relations
o Motivational leadership
o Effective communication
• Love of wilderness and outdoor experiences.
• Experience telling powerfully stories and speaking in an engaging, persuasive manner

About Life Expanding Adventure Programs (LEAP)

LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon and operating multi-day whitewater programs in Oregon and Idaho. Our mission is to create empowering opportunities for those facing adversity and trauma by providing wilderness programs. Our summer programs are multi-day whitewater river trips on the Salmon River in Idaho and the Deschutes River in Oregon. We offer reflective programming, community building, and opportunities for connection for individuals who often have felt isolated within their circumstances. All of our programs are no cost to our participants.

We operate primarily as an inflatable kayak (IK) program – where each person is paddling themselves down the river. The majority of our participants paddle themselves down the river in IKs with thorough instruction from our guiding and leadership staff. We also offer a paddle raft option for those who operate best sharing the challenges of the river as a team and/or to accommodate the needs of individuals.

Application Instructions

TO APPLY Please submit cover letter, resume, and references (PDF, single document preferred) to Board Chair, Erik Weiseth: [email protected] Subject line: Executive Director Position No phone calls or in-person deliveries, please.