Executive Director

Eugene Public Library Foundation

Main Library

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$55,000.00 to $70,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Eugene, OR




Not Specified

Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience

Not Specified

Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


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Job Description

We are seeking a self-starter with good community relations, organizational, and managerial skills to serve as the full-time Executive Director (ED) of the Eugene Public Foundation (EPLF). The Executive Director executes Foundation goals and raises funds for the library and for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Eugene program. When appropriate and necessary, the ED collaborates with Eugene Public Library staff and City of Eugene staff and officials to ensure the EPLF mission is consistent with goals and needs of the library. The ED is responsible for the Foundation’s financial management, stewardship and development, and administration of policies and procedures. Our community and Board require respect for diverse cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs.


Lead. The Executive Director provides leadership in maintaining a positive, productive relationship among the EPLF Board, Friends of the Library Board, Library administration and staff, and the community.


Fundraise. Establish goals that challenge and motivate participants to increase support for the library via individual gifts, annual campaigns, major gifts, planned gifts, sponsorships, lifetime giving, foundation giving, and grants, both independently and in collaboration with Board members and library management.


Educate. Spread the word to the public regarding the library’s value and purpose, needs and goals. Articulate the goals and visions of the EPLF.


Strategize.  Create giving opportunities, strategies, and incentives for charitable giving. Build partnerships in the community to further this goal.


Oversee.  Manage legal and fiscal responsibilities of EPLF, ensuring the Board is advised of its obligations. Maintain required financial and legal records.


Budget. Coordinate with Board Treasurer to develop an annual budget.


Create. Oversee the production of marketing materials including fundraising campaigns, newsletters, direct mail solicitations, planned giving materials, program materials, and electronic materials.


Organize. In collaboration with the Board president, organize monthly Board meetings and monthly meetings with the Eugene Imagination Library Advisory Board. Provide monthly reports on ELPF affairs and status of Imagination Library finances and registrations.



Organizational Details and Resources


Executive Director:


  1. Reports to the Board of Directors.
  2. Works with Certified Public Accountant, Board Treasurer, and President on financial oversight and to assist with preparation of a budget and financial documents for monthly and annual Board review.
  3. In collaboration with the Treasurer and Certified Public Accountant, assists with preparation of annual federal and state tax returns, and if needed, audit/quarterly/annual comprehensive financial reviews.
  4. Works with the Finance Committee, and with professional, independent investment management firms to provide strategies to protect and grow the Foundation’s endowment and other investment income.
  5. Works with the Executive Committee and Board President on EPLF personnel matters and to determine staffing needs.
  6. Hires and supervises as needed an office administrator, hourly bookkeeper, graphic and marketing design professionals, and special events professionals.
  7. Maintains Foundation website to increase community visibility.

Additional Info & Requirements



Experience preferred working with eTapestry, Excel, Word, QuickBooks, and MailChimp or similar marketing automation platforms. Should have a working background with a minimum of three years’ experience in fundraising, administration, and management, with a good understanding of office procedures and practices, and experience working with a nonprofit board. Previous successful grant writing and large-scale event management required. Must have excellent interpersonal skills, writing skills, and computer skills. Ability to prioritize and manage workflow in fast-paced environment. Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings for programs and events.


The Community

Located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, Eugene, Oregon is a friendly town with a well-established arts and music scene, wonderful dining and microbreweries, easy access to the Cascade mountains and the beautiful Oregon coast. It a great place for families, and for people who love the outdoors. Eugene is a University town (home of the Oregon Ducks) with a great mix of academic, sports and cultural offerings. Eugene will host the 2021 World Track and Field Championships — the first time this event will be held in the US. Winters are damp and mild, and summers are glorious.

Eugene citizens have a long history of supporting the Eugene's award-winning Public Library. The current library building, which opened in 2002, is the crown jewel of downtown and hosts over 3000 patrons every day. 

HR Info

Shelley Smolnisky, Transition Administrator, eplfed19@gmail.com

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume to: eplfed19@gmail.com


Application deadline: First consideration will be given to candidates who respond on or before July 1, 2019.


No phone calls please.

Posted May 22, 2019