Community Leader/Executive Director of L'Arche Portland

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Posting Dates: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 to Monday, March 18, 2013
Job Description: 

L'Arche Portland is a member of the International Federation of L'Arche Communities where people with and without intellectual / developmental disabilities create home and build community together.

Main Mission: The Community Leader is responsible for guiding the community to authentically live the mission and values of L’Arche in its three dimensions: community, professional, and spiritual. This person ensures that the needs of the people with intellectual disabilities are met and that their gifts and place are promoted in the community and in the wider environment. The Community Leader implements the community mandate in a way that is in line with the identity and mission of L’Arche. This individual leads, manages, and administers the daily operations of the community in order to meet the financial, legal, and quality standards expected from the local/national authorities. The Community Leader works cooperatively with the community council, the Board of Directors, the L’Arche Regional Leader, and the L’Arche Regional Council.

Reports To: L’Arche Portland Board of Directors and L’Arche USA Western Regional Leader

Key Responsibilities:
1) Build and develop a vibrant community life
a. Ensure a close and open presence to all community members
b. Lead the community council, promoting trust and creativity within the group
c. Ensure the organization of community events and meaningful gatherings
d. Guarantee the openness of the community to its environment, families, neighbours, etc.
e. Build links with L’Arche regionally, nationally and internationally
2) Guarantee the quality of care towards people with intellectual disabilities
a. Ensure and develop the professional skills of the teams
b. Guarantee compliance with all regulations and ensure best practices
c. Implement a formalized and shared individual project/person-centred plan for each core member
d. Implement a high level of cooperation/consultation with specialists beyond L’Arche
3) Ensure the spiritual life of the community
a. Help to articulate the spirituality of L’Arche and ensure a vibrant communal spirituality
b. Ensure that the spiritual needs of all members are nurtured and respected
4) Manage human resources
a. Supervise, support, and evaluate their direct team members and ensure a good system of supervision and appraisal is in place for all assistants and employees throughout the organization
b. Implement an efficient recruitment and skills development process in the community. Pay a special attention to leadership development, and to personal transitions of members
c. Support and empower assistants and volunteers in a way that helps them develop their motivation and their vocation/personal mission in life and in L’Arche
d. Work in close relationship with the regional and/or national level on all these issues
5) Promote the message of L’Arche in the environment
a. Promote a culture of open and active communication between the community and its environment
b. Develop close relationships with the relevant local authorities, professional organizations and religious authorities
6) Develop the community and manage its finances
a. Develop and manage the budget of the community, to ensure it serves the mission priorities
b. Encourage the necessary fundraising plans at local level in liaison with the national foundation or fundraiser, where applicable
c. Identify the needs that L’Arche could answer to in the area, in relation with the regional and national strategy
d. Support solidarity needs as defined by L’Arche USA

Requirements of the Role:
 Reports to the Board President and the Regional Leader
 Regular attendance at regional and/or national L’Arche events
 Builds links with local authorities
 Leads and manages in the spirit of L’Arche and in accordance with the six principles of leadership in L’Arche: servant leadership, subsidiarity, accountability, partnership, involvement, and solidarity
 Inspires trust

Qualities and Qualifications:
 Person of faith and hope with a discerning spirit grounded in the vision, values and mission of L’Arche
 Person of compassion, courage and integrity
 Demonstrated leadership and non-profit management experience
 Proven fund-raiser
 Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with others at all levels, including leaders and board of directors
 Strong computer proficiency skills including knowledge of QuickBooks and MS Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook)
 Knowledge and experience of L’Arche
 Experience in the field of intellectual disabilities
 Clear effective communicator and an attentive listener
 Humble and able to recognize a need for others and is willing to ask for help
 Committed to good self-care and a healthy work/ home life balance
Compensation: The estimated salary range for the Community Leader/Executive Director position is $45,000-$55,000 depending on experience. Benefits include medical insurance.

Start Date: June 2013

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit the following materials:
1. Cover letter expressing interest in the position
2. Resume
L’Arche Portland
435 SE 85th Ave.
Portland, OR 97216
All application materials must be received by 5pm on Monday, March 18th, 2013.

Job Type: 
Full time
Job Category: 
Ministry, Non-Church
L'Arche Portland
Contact Name: 
Patty McNally
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