Employment with OASC

Job Posting: Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Student Councils

About OASC

The Oregon Association of Student Councils (OASC) is a non-profit, member organization, serving middle and high school students and advisors throughout Oregon.  We are under the umbrella of the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA), a professional association made up of 2,500 Oregon school administrators, located in Salem, Oregon.

Since 1949 the Oregon Association of Student Councils has helped train, develop, and connect thousands of student leaders and advisors across the state. For years, we have organized well-attended conferences and summer camps that alumni from decades past credit for critical personal development. The pandemic has hit OASC hard — wiping out both the way we have traditionally served our members and our ability to generate stable revenue. While we have adapted with a “consultant model” or part-time support over the last year, we are anxious to return to a full-time Executive Director model with healthy revenues and consistent in-person opportunities for members.

This is an exciting time to be leading OASC. Our organization is primed and ready for a new leader with a new vision for what we could accomplish together. We have strong support from our parent organizations, the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). We have dozens of alumni who are eager to contribute. 

Job Description

This is a full-time position housed with COSA focusing on developing OASC and serving its member schools. The Executive Director is the only full-time employee and will oversee annual operations in the six-figures. The role partners with and is supported by a volunteer board of directors composed of adults and student leaders. 

  • Duties for the OASC Executive Director include: 
    • Serve the needs of OASC’s adult advisor and student leader members (resources, networking opportunities, personal + professional development opportunities, etc.)
    • Manage the organizational budget, including generating revenue to sustain operations
    • Cultivate and execute a laser focus on educational equity and racial justice within the organization to ensure we are empowering leaders representative of Oregon’s diverse population
    • Grow and maintain membership
    • Organize & manage fundraising campaigns to fund the Friends of OASC Scholarship Fund
    • Create, maintain, and oversee contracts and partnerships
    • Planning & executing conferences, workshops, and summer camps
    • Lead and support the Student Executive Council (SEC) throughout the year in the design and implementation of student-focused programming; organize annual elections
    • Support the Capitol Ambassadors Program (CAP) throughout the year
    • Organize quarterly board meeting in partnership with Board Chair
    • Manage OASC inventory of physical items (storage/supplies/items for sale, etc.) and digital items (curriculum, plans, resources, etc.)
    • Oversee organizational communications strategy, including email, social media, website, and marketing materials
    • Other misc. duties


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with student leadership and/or supporting educators with professional development; familiarity with OASC 
  • Successful experience with nonprofit administration, managing a budget, and generating revenue
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, with record of building and sustaining outstanding programs
  • Focus on innovation and continuous improvement
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, listening, and communication skills
  • Fluency in technology and social media


Salary & Benefits

  • Salary range is $70,000 to $75,000/year, depending upon experience. Salary has the potential for significant increase in future years with increased revenue.
  • Generous benefit package, including retirement/medical/dental/vision insurance. 
  • 12 paid holidays, 15 vacation days, 12 sick leave days.
  • Office space will be available for use at the COSA Office in Salem.


Terms of Employment

  • Negotiable start date; target is July 2021.
  • The Executive Director may be required to work at least part time from the COSA office, subject to negotiation. 
  • Travel throughout the state is required for meetings, conferences, workshops, and camps.


An Important Notice

  • COSA strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of our staff and our members. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job posting. COSA is most interested in finding the best candidate for the position, and we encourage you to apply even if you don’t believe you meet every described job qualification.


Application Instructions

  • To apply please email the following to joanne@cosa.k12.or.us by no later than Friday, June 18th at 5:00pm. 
  1. Letter of interest explaining how the candidate’s qualifications/experiences prepare them for the roles and duties described above and an overview of their vision for the role and organization
  2. Current resume
  3. Three references (emails and phone numbers)
  • All materials will be treated confidentially. References may be checked following the first interview.

For questions, contact OASC Board Chair Ben Bowman (benjaminwbowman@gmail.com) or COSA Executive Director Craig Hawkins (craig@cosa.k12.or.us).