Executive Director

Oregon Sports Authority

The non-profit Oregon Sports Authority (“OSA”) is seeking candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director. The Oregon Sports Authority has served as the state’s sports economic development arm for more than two decades, injecting more than $200 million into Oregon’s economy through sports tourism. Supported by more than 150 annual members, the non-profit organization works relentlessly to enhance the state’s economy and quality of life by supporting and attracting sports events and franchises, while also enhancing the lives of Oregon youth by conducting programs that promote youth sports and physical activity.

The mission of the Oregon Sports Authority is to position the state of Oregon as the preferred location for select amateur and professional sports events, franchises and related activities in order to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians and to stimulate the state’s economy. The Oregon Sports Authority’s major achievements include landing the NCAA Basketball Tournament, Davis Cup World Final, U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Women’s World Cup Soccer and the Dew Tour. The organization’s signature youth sports program is the TrackTown Youth League, a series of free all-comer track meets around the state culminating with a Championship meet at Hayward Field in Eugene. In 2010, the Oregon Sports Authority was recognized as “Sports Commission of the Year” by the National Association of Sports Commissions.

Under the guidance of the Oregon Sports Authority Board of Directors, the Executive Director serves as the organization’s lead staff person, responsible for executing the vision of the board, managing the organization’s finances and overseeing a four-person staff. The start date for the position is January 2, 2018. There will be a period of transition that occurs with the outgoing Executive Director.
The Executive Director serves as the organization’s lead fundraiser and public spokesperson, and is expected to develop and maintain a strong network of relationships throughout the Oregon sports, business and political communities. Day-to-day responsibilities include membership recruitment and fulfillment; government relations; event recruitment/bid preparation; event operations; human resources; and public/community relations. The position includes periodic in-state and out-of-state travel, as well as frequent weekend/evening and early morning commitments.

Key Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of senior level nonprofit organization experience is preferred.
• Senior level management experience working for, or with, non-profit organizations.
• A passion for sport and its ability to positively impact society; and a strong personal desire to advance the mission of the Oregon Sports Authority.
• Proven track record of success in a leadership position overseeing operations of an organization or program with exposure to foundations, while maintaining solid relationships with staff, board, donors and community.
• An entrepreneurial spirit, preferably including experience developing and implementing public-private partnerships to achieve community-wide social and economic goals.
• Most importantly, the Executive Director is expected to have both sports and political gravitas, have an ability to project the unique sports culture and sports-oriented economy of Oregon and be an excellent leader and manager.
• Strong personal ties to Oregon preferred, but not required.

Salary to be commensurate with job experience. Compensation includes salary, benefits (including health insurance, IRA deduction, vacation and holiday pay) and bonus.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to info@oregonsports.org. Application deadline: September 15, 2017. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified no later than October 31, 2017.

Position Details and Scope:
Primary ambitions and functions of the Executive Director, including but not limited to the following:
• Serve as OSA’s emissary to the state’s sports organizations and institutions.
• Find ways to serve and partner with the state’s sports entities.
• Serve as the lead public spokesperson for the organization through media/public relations.
• Serve as the Oregon Sports Authority’s lead staff member, in charge of organizational administration for both OSA and the OSA Foundation.
• Main liaison to the OSA Board of Directors, following their vision & insight and contributing to guide our organization’s short and long-term strategy.
• Event bidding and LOC support for awarded events
• Partnership development with key local spheres including City/Metro/State government officials, travel bureaus, business associations, and more.
• Lead fundraiser for OSA, including corporate membership procurement, event sponsorships and OSA Foundation giving & major gifts.
• Under the direction and guidance of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the planning, organizing, staffing, motivating, directing and managing of a four-person staff and the organization’s day-to-day operation.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Serving as the lead staff member of OSA including day-to-day management and supervision of all staff while contributing to the mission of our organization the Board of Directors’ vision and strategic plans and goals. This includes irregular workdays and hours, nights, weekends, holidays and out-of-town travel.
• Acting as the main liaison for the OSA Board of Directors as well as City/County/State officials, corporate partners, local tourism groups, community leaders, media personnel, National Governing Bodies, events rights holders, and other key stakeholders.
• Supporting the formulation and implementation of an activity-oriented Junior Board intended to foster young leaders for future participation on the Board of Directors and extend the reach of the Oregon Sports Authority to a broader, younger audience.
• Creating, developing and testifying public policy needs that apply to the overall vision for advancing sports and tourism in the state of Oregon.
• Fostering the development of sports tourism partnerships locally and nationally, and representing and branding Oregon as a global destination for sports tourism through attending sports tourism and travel conferences and meetings.
• Creating, developing and testifying public policy needs that apply to the overall vision for advancing sports and tourism in the state of Oregon.
• Leading all fundraising and sponsorship activities for OSA.
• Managing the OSA Board’s financial vision and goals for our organization, including annual budgeting, financial reports and forecasts, etc.
• Overseeing the OSA Foundation, which conducts programs to support youth sports activities with an emphasis on both underserved youth and increased physical activity.
• Performing Human Resources initiatives to manage the organization/staff, including performance reviews, professional development, etc.
• Leading efforts to secure new office and conference space for the Oregon Sports Authority and to use such space to bolster relationships with other sports organizations and non-profits.

Full Time
Portland, OR 97205