Chief Impact Officer (CIO)

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Ecotrust is seeking a Chief Impact Officer (CIO).

Job Summary

Ecotrust seeks a new core member to lead program development, implementation, and systems-scale solutions that advance economic opportunity, environmental well-being, and social and racial equity. The Chief Impact Officer (CIO) will lead Ecotrust’s programs to greater collective impact, manage senior program staff, and lead fundraising efforts that propel programmatic work. A newly created position, the CIO will report to and work closely with the Executive Director and colleagues on Ecotrust’s Leadership Team to shape the future of our work. The CIO will manage, mentor, and support the career development of our program leads, and will work with them to remove roadblocks to teams’ success, including allocating resources, setting priorities, and fostering needed skills. The CIO will help secure grants and contracts that further the impact of program teams and support those teams in their grant management and implementation.

This is a full time position based in Portland, Oregon and requires regular travel throughout the region.


  • Work with leadership to set strategic priorities: create synergy across Ecotrust’s food & farms, forestry, fisheries, Indigenous affairs, and knowledge systems teams in service of greater collective impact
  • Manage, mentor, and develop senior staff across our sector-based programs
  • Work closely with the Development Team to raise significant private and government grants and contracts
  • Explore and identify solutions to issues challenging program success, including allocating resources, setting priorities, and fostering needed skills
  • Work closely with the Communications Team to convey Ecotrust’s impact, using all of our media platforms
  • Actively engage in organization-wide equity work, including advancing equitable outcomes and centering people of color, LGBTQIA+, and other groups of people who routinely encounter intersecting systemic oppressions
  • Collaborate with the Managing Director of Ecotrust Investments to identify opportunities to use investment capital to further organizational imperatives and program goals
  • Work closely with the Director of Economic Research & Evaluation and the M&EAnalyst to foster a learning culture within the organization, based on a robust Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) approach that tells us what is working, what isn’t working, and how to adapt
  • Actively participate on Ecotrust’s Leadership Team and Executive Director’s Council
  • Model Ecotrust’s core values in all aspects of work


  • Transferable skills are any skills gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills in your cover letter and clearly explain how they apply to this position.


  • Deep understanding and commitment to Ecotrust’s mission and values
  • High emotional intelligence; display empathy, transparency, trust, and thoughtfulness in interactions with colleagues and external partners

Management And People

  • Demonstrated success as a manager with responsibility for staff supervision, planning, and budgeting
  • Commitment to racial justice and demonstrated ability to interact effectively across racially diverse teams, partners, and experiences
  • Strength managing, developing, and retaining individuals and teams, and empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility and performance with experience managing racially diverse staff
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills: good listener and thoughtful respondent; positive influencer, seeks collaboration among the teams and external partners
  • High level of integrity and the ability to handle confidential information with discretion


  • Experience creating systems-based solutions at the intersection of social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being for all
  • Experience in social change program innovation, impact delivery, fundraising, and leadership
  • Ability to lead multiple program departments and develop cross-team processes
  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion work in theory and practice
  • Experience with place-based economic development and natural resources management
  • Experience developing and managing budgets
  • Demonstrated experience building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including communities of color

Thought Leadership And Fundraising

  • Proven track-record for fundraising and managing significant private and government grants and contracts in support of program execution
  • Deep knowledge of the funding landscape for social change organizations
  • Model a responsibility to interrupt and dismantle all forms of oppression, including but not limited to racism, cis heteropatriarchy, heterosexism, and transphobia, both inside and outside the organization

Preferred But Not Required

  • Preference for 8+ years of leadership, including 5+ years of supervisory experience
  • Specific experience leading programmatic work that intersects with at least one of Ecotrust’s core program areas of forestry, fisheries, food and farms, or work supporting Indigenous communities
  • Experience with public policy as it relates to our core program areas
  • Experience working with American Indian, Alaska Native villages, and First Nations communities

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Chief Impact Officer (CIO)


Wednesday 27th May 2020


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