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Oregon Fair Trade Campaign Job Announcement:

Executive Director 

Headquartered in Portland, OR

The Oregon Fair Trade Campaign (ORFTC) is seeking an Executive Director to lead our community organizing objectives to promote fair trade policy and defeat multinational free trade agreements. ORFTC is a statewide coalition of labor, environmental and human rights organizations working together on international trade and investment policy. More information about ORFTC is available online at

The Executive Director’s primary responsibility is the successful execution of ORFTC’s legislative campaign plans which relies heavily upon volunteer recruitment, leadership training, list maintenance, as well as coalition development and fundraising. The Executive Director will work with labor, environmental, family farms, consumer and other social justice organizations to educate and mobilize community leaders and constituents to meaningfully participate in debate and secure elected officials support of fair trade policy which creates a fair shot for Oregon’s working families to get ahead.


  • Develop and successfully implement an ambitious and achievable short and long-term campaign agenda designed in consultation with ORFTC’s Board of Directors and coalition
  • Act as media and public spokesperson for ORFTC. Represent ORFTC at conferences and other public speaking venues.
  • Meet with the leadership of various organizations to build stakeholder involvement
  • Convene organizational leaders via face-to-face meetings and/or conference calls
  • Recruit, train and support interns and volunteers
  • Convene regional and statewide planning meetings, training opportunities and leadership development activities with volunteers
  • Creating monthly e-newsletter
  • Maintain and expand our social media presence
  • Regularly review, manage and update website
  • Organize protests, phonebanks, press events and community forums
  • Recruit constituents to bird-dog at Congress members’ Town Halls and fundraisers
  • Expand and maintain ORFTC’s “Trade Action Network” volunteer list, ensuring all TAN volunteers are contacted by phone at least three times a year
  • Manage finances and administrative work
  • Maintain and expand sustainable funding, including ORFTC’s individual giving program
  • Implement presentations focused on legislative updates and submit fundraising requests to union and affiliated organizations
  • Develop new systems for personalized communication with member organizations and allied groups
  • Other duties as needed

Qualifications: Qualified candidates must demonstrate strong community organizing experience as well as a proven track record of successful, non-profit development.

A successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a passion for trade justice and be able to clearly articulate interest in this field
  • Provide leadership, development and implementation of strategic campaign plans. Work effectively and timely under pressure, and adapt to changing situations on a daily bases
  • Work independently, unafraid of tasks large and small, and successfully meet deadlines
  • Describe at least 3 years organizing experience.
  • Prove an ability to manage volunteer procurement and development
  • Highlight experience with grant writing, grassroots fundraising and organizational fiscal management
  • Bring strong communication skills and comfort with public speaking and writing
  • Effectively manage time, including demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects
  • Demonstrate and enthusiasm for working with labor unions, environmental groups and family farm organizations including people of diverse socioeconomic, political, racial, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Work effectively in politically sensitive environments
  • Be able to travel frequently to accomplish statewide strategy
  • Ability to work and long and extended hours when necessary to accomplish organization’s mission
  • Demonstrate effective social media skills: Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies, Political Science or International Relations
  • Fluency in languages beyond English
  • Experience with legislative campaigns promoting economic, racial, LGBTQ, and environmental justice.

The Executive Director reports directly ORFTC’s Board of Directors.  Compensation established at $35,000 a year. Benefits include a health insurance stipend, paid vacation, and sick leave. ORFTC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives for a diverse work environment.  Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to We will consider resumes until the position is filled. No calls please.

Internship Openings

The Oregon Fair Trade Campaign offers a variety of internships.  All candidates must be self-motivated, work well independently and have a strong interest in trade policy and/or social justice organizing.  Our internships are unpaid, but we work with each of our interns to create a personalized program that helps you practice the skill sets you’re most interested in developing.

We accept applications on a rolling basis.  If you are interested in being considered for an internship, please email a resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Swager at elizabeth[at]