FoCSP seeks a passionate part-time Executive Director to lead the organization and advance our mission to activate Congress Square Park through free public programming and amenities. The Executive Director will work with an engaged Board of Directors to secure funding, build partnerships, organize diverse programming, engage and expand the volunteer base, ensure compliance with permitting and city regulations regarding the park, and build upon systems in place to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.

Organization Description:

Friends of Congress Square Park (FoCSP) is the non-profit place manager of Congress Square Park dedicated to the preservation, enhancement and use of this important public space at the heart of Portland’s Arts District. Established in 2013, FoCSP seeks to build community and to create a vibrant public gathering place through community-led creative placemaking.  We advance our mission through three primary placemaking initiatives: 1) our In the Square programming featuring free public events and activities from May through October, 2) by providing free public amenities, including colorful café tables, Adirondack chairs, benches, Wi-Fi, shade umbrellas, and landscaping, and 3) our Park Steward program, which engages neighbors in park maintenance and programming to encourage a sense of shared ownership of the space, and in doing so, to foster neighborhood pride and resiliency.  


  1. Organize annual In the Square programming series:
  • Working with the Programming Committee, the Executive Director will curate and schedule a season of free public events & activities that reach diverse audiences in the neighborhood.
  • Coordinate with the City Event Office to submit permits for the annual event calendar and get all other necessary permits.
  • Manage sound tech director and ensure timely communication between sound tech dir. and performers.
  • Establish marketing/promotions calendar and place in printed and online publications.
  • Manage all social media (FB, instagram, twitter) and press releases for events
  • Publish online event calendar and photos
  • Prepare or coordinate production and distribution of marketing collateral
  • Issue checks for performers and contractors.
  • Attend up to 3 evening events per week during 4 month event season or ensure volunteer coverage for each event
  1. Manage Fundraising/Development efforts:
  • Establish an annual budget – working with the Board of Directors, and implement a development program, including annual appeals, major gifts, corporate sponsorships and grants
  • Identify, prepare and submit grant applications; complete grant reports
  • Meet with Foundation staff to introduce FoCSP and provide updates
  • Prepare or oversee production of membership/appeal collateral, and other development materials
  • Manage donor database
  • Coordinate all donor cultivation
  1. Lead Community Outreach efforts:
  • Respond to all inquiries received via website and email
  • Initiate collaborations with other organizations to advance placemaking mission
  • Write blog posts for website and social media
  • Recruit new volunteers, supporters, donors
  • Work with Operations Chair as needed on outreach and collaboration with the City
  • Continue to develop new placemaking activities or amenities in collaboration with Board and oversee implementation
  1. Additional responsibilities:
  • Working with the Programming Committee, the Executive Director will work towards expanding the programming season and initiating other arts interactions and activities outside of the In the Square events.
  • Maintain website with current photos, events, blog posts, etc.
  • Prepare monthly e-newsletter
  • Oversee Park Steward Program, engaging neighbors in park maintenance and programming
  • Working with Operations Chair, monitor upkeep of amenities and coordinate new purchases
  1. Assist Board of Directors with the Congress Square Redesign Process:
  • Keep the public and key stakeholders informed and engaged during design process
  • Help establish an ad hoc fundraising committee for capital campaign for design implementation
  • As representative for FoCSP, actively participate in fundraising and capital campaign management for design implementation


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the non-profit sector, arts or parks space helpful
  • Successful fundraising and community development experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and be entrepreneurial
  • Experience working with volunteers and committees
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization and external stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to think proactively and creatively
  • Ability to motivate and inspire volunteers and the community
  • Event coordination and/or arts programming experience preferred
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong marketing and social media skills
  • Willing and able to work some evenings/weekends for events
  • Experience with Quickbooks preferred
  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Strong computer skills
  • Knowledge of the placemaking movement or public space activation helpful

Job Type: Part time, 20 hours per week, flex work schedule

Location: FoCSP has a floating membership at Think Tank on Congress Street in Portland (and free wifi in the park during summer hours!)

Salary: Salaried based on a 20 hour work week with a flexible work schedule. Spring and summer are currently much busier seasons – the E.D. should expect to work more than 20 hours per week during this period, while fall and winter are slower seasons that require fewer hours per week.

How to apply: Applications should be sent as a PDF file by May 12th, 2017 to Please include a cover letter and resume. 

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