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PPS Is Searching For An Executive Director!

Updated: Apr 26

Portland Psychedelic Society: 

Executive Director Job Description

Overview: Portland Psychedelic Society is embarking on an exciting new chapter as we seek to hire our first Executive Director after 10 years of a successful run as an all-volunteer organization. This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of our organization as a leader in Portland (Ore.), one of the major hotspots of the global psychedelic renaissance. 

We are looking for a passionate and visionary leader to provide strategic direction, build strong relationships, and ensure the long-term sustainability and growth of our organization. 

About us: Portland Psychedelic Society (PPS) is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to create inclusive space for psychedelic integration, education, and community building. We envision a world in which individuals have the freedom and support to explore consciousness through psychedelics. We view traditional plant medicines and other psychedelics as opening a door to the sacred within ourselves and to the interconnectedness we have with each other and with the living world. We feel the potential for healing, both on an individual and on a societal level, is profound and urgently needed.

PPS is uniquely positioned to make Portland a national model for integrating psychedelics into society and transforming the global culture. PPS is recognized as the leading psychedelic community development and education organization in the Pacific Northwest. We host over thirty regular monthly meetings that serve diverse groups to assist in healing, integration, education, and community building. PPS actively educates the general public through social media (with tens of thousands of followers across different platforms), in-person public events (including advocacy), and large-scale conferences. 

With the paradigm shift now occurring in humankind’s relationship to psychedelics, PPS is poised to make Portland a model for responsible, educated, and effective psychedelically-informed culture.

Responsibilities (breakdown for the initial 6-12 months)

  • Fundraising and Financial Sustainability 40%:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy to secure financial support for the organization's programs and operations.

  • Bring the passion and skills to effectively tell our story and cultivate relationships with donors, foundations, and other funding sources, identifying opportunities for partnership and support, and raising our profile among the funder community in the psychedelics sector.

  • Monitor and manage the organization's budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency.

  • Organizational Management 25%:

  • Oversee day-to-day operations, including program development, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Build and manage a high-performing team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and accountability.

  • Ensure effective utilization of resources and sound financial management practices.

  • Strategic Leadership 15%:

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan to guide the organization in fulfilling its mission and objectives.

  • Lead organizational development efforts, establishing policies, procedures, and structures to support growth and effectiveness.

  • Inspire and empower staff, volunteers, and stakeholders to work towards common goals.

  • Support building/growing statewide network of members and volunteers.

  • External Relations and Community Engagement 10%:

  • Serve as a primary spokesperson and ambassador for the organization, representing its interests to the public, media, and stakeholders.

  • Build and maintain partnerships with community organizations and other stakeholders to advance the organization's mission.

  • Advocate for issues relevant to the organization's mission and constituency, promoting awareness and driving change.

  • Board Development and Governance 10%:

  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to provide leadership, guidance, and support in fulfilling their governance responsibilities.

  • Facilitate board development activities, including recruitment, orientation, and training of new board members.

  • Provide regular updates and reports to the Board on organizational performance, progress towards goals, and key challenges.


  • Authenticity and a strong ability to communicate from both heart and head.

  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in a leadership role, preferably in the non-profit sector or a related field, such as Operations/Human Resource and management positions.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic plans, manage organizational growth, and build strong teams.

  • Proven track record in fundraising, including grant writing, donor cultivation, and stewardship.

  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to articulate a compelling vision and engage diverse stakeholders.

  • Experience with CRM/organizing data and internal and external communications.

  • Passion for the organization's mission and a commitment to serving the community.

  • Experience, creativity, and interest in developing burgeoning and new areas of work and projects that support the overall mission of the organization.

  • Have a strong commitment to integrity, transparency and the democratic process.

  • Experience working with a board of directors and knowledge of non-profit governance practices.

  • Worked/have strong connections with the psychedelic movement/national networks.

  • Issues-based political campaign experience a plus, but not required.

  • Meaningful personal experience with psychedelics

Location/Working Conditions: This is currently a remote position, with occasional travel to meetings and conferences. The Executive Director should live in the greater Portland area. Some evening meetings and/or weekend events will be required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Portland Psychedelic Society is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We value a diversity of life experiences and perspectives on our team. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 


This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. As the starting salary, we are able to offer $55K - $85K per year. The PPS Board of Directors envisions the Executive Director to raise enough funds to substantially increase their salary in the future.

To Apply 

Using this link please upload two PDF files: 

1. A short resume titled "DoeJane_resume.pdf" (substitute Jane Doe with your own name) 

2. A one-page cover letter titled "DoeJane_letter.pdf" with your contact information, outlining why you feel you are a good fit for this position. 

The Priority Deadline for submission is May 20, 2024.

Thank you!

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