Help Us Find Our Next Executive Director

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Position Announcement – Executive Director

Starting salary: $78,000–$85,000

Location: Portland, Oregon

We will begin screening applications on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 5:00 pm, and we will start scheduling interviews soon after. (The position will remain open until filled.)

This is a wonderful opportunity to grow an organization that has a profound impact on the lives of our veterans and their families!

About Returning Veterans Project

It is our community’s collective responsibility to offer support and healing for the short- and long-term repercussions of war zone service on veterans and their families. Since our founding in 2005, Returning Veterans Project (RVP) has provided free and confidential health and wellness services to over 2,600 post-9/11 war zone veterans, service members and their families in our Oregon and Southwest Washington communities. We are now poised to expand our services to include combat-zone veterans and their family members from pre-9/11 conflicts as well. We fulfill our mission by recruiting, training and supporting a volunteer network of 200 licensed independent mental health and somatic practitioners, healthcare clinic providers and other wellness providers.

This is what a few of our clients have recently said about RVP:


This Executive Director Opportunity

We are a mission-centered organization with a small staff and low overhead, and we’re looking for an Executive Director to lead us into our next phase of development and help us grow. We are eager to expand our services and our community presence so we can serve all of those who have given so much in service to our country. This is an incredible opportunity to shape and grow an organization with a proven and participant-centered model, a strong reputation in the veterans’ community, and a diverse and dedicated corps of volunteers. When you come to work each day, you will know that everything you do helps to heal the wounds of war.

Qualifications, Experience, and Capacity

Our next Executive Director will be:

  • Someone with a passion for and a deep commitment to our mission.

  • A leader with the demonstrated ability to craft and implement an innovative and creative vision.

  • Someone with a strong record of planning and executing successful initiatives.

  • Able to build dynamic relationships with diverse donors, community leaders and potential support- ers, and experienced in managing mutually beneficial relationships with partner organizations.

  • An energetic ambassador for the work we do and the communities we serve.

  • Someone with the ability to hire and retain a strong staff.

  • A leader with strong management skills and the ability to know when to roll up your sleeves and dive into the work and when to delegate tasks to staff and support them in completing it.

  • A strong communicator who can engage diverse populations in our work.

  • A strong fit with our values, especially integrity, respect, teamwork and excellence.

    Ideally, our next Executive Director will also have:

  • Experience with military culture.

  • Experience in nonprofit leadership.

  • Experience in marketing or working with marketing professionals.

  • Experience in working with a board of directors.

  • Experience with financial management, including building and managing budgets.

    Veterans are highly encouraged to apply!

    How to Apply

    Please submit an application packet that includes:

  • A cover letter explaining how you have the qualifications, experience, and passion to be the next Executive Director of RVP.

  • A detailed resume that speaks to the qualifications listed above.

  • The names, contact information and professional affiliations of four professional references. (We won’t contact your references until we clear it with you.)

Please send your materials to with “RVP Executive Director” in the title. (We will keep your application confidential.) You will soon receive an acknowledgment email.

Please note: The size of our staff makes it impractical for us to provide health care benefits. The successful candidate will be responsible for their own insurance, and we have developed a salary range to reflect that.


The position will remain open until filled. However, we prefer to receive applications by 5:00 p.m. on February 2, 2018, when we will begin reviewing them. Screening and interviews are scheduled to begin the week of February 11, with successive rounds of in-person interviews held the weeks of February 18 and March 4. We project a start date in March or early April.

For more information about this position, please contact Ben Moorad at’ll do our best to respond promptly to all queries and to keep all applicants up to date on how the process unfolds. Thank you!


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