Executive Director, FolkTime, Inc.

About FolkTime: Founded in 1985, Folk-Time, Inc. is a non-profit community service agency whose ongoing commitment is to provide a culture of inclusiveness. By promoting a recovery-oriented support system that focuses on hope, choice, connection, personal responsibility, and self-determination, FolkTime has provided support and advocacy for those with shared lived experiences in the Portland Metro area for over 35 years.

Mission Statement: Dedicated to connecting individuals with shared lived experiences through Intentional Peer Support


The Executive Director, under the supervision of the FolkTime Board of Directors, provides oversight for all aspects of FolkTime operations. The Executive Director is responsible for generating grants, charitable donations and other fundraising revenue, developing new peer delivered service programs and new contracting relationships. FolkTime relies upon non-contract revenue, such as grants and donations, to cover a portion of operations. It is imperative that the Executive Director, in collaboration with the Director of Administration and Administrative Manager, monitor cash-flow regularly and work to proactively avert shortfalls before they occur. The Executive Director is responsible for building collaborative relationships with other agencies, county leadership and insurance provider groups to support integration of FolkTime programs into the net of community services available to those seeking mental health and addiction supports. The Executive Director also represents FolkTime on statewide and national advisory boards, workgroups and committees as deemed appropriate, and acts in accordance with the mission and values of the organization.

The position has full administrative and operational responsibility for all FolkTime Programs.


The FolkTime Executive Director will supervise identified Program Directors and any other staff as assigned. The Executive Director will provide annual performance evaluations of each person they supervise.



  • Acts as the spokesperson for FolkTime, representing the programs and activities of FolkTime to agencies, organizations and the general public.
  • Assures that FolkTime long-range strategic plan is being implemented and that progress toward goals and goal achievements are identified in a timely manner and are true to the FolkTime mission.
  • Prepares and presents program material and overviews at Board meetings, Executive Committee meetings, and appropriate sub-committees.
  • Develops staff and volunteer workforce through education and training to support the agency’s mission.
  • Directs and coordinates the work of program staff including supervision, evaluation and team building.
  • Master’s degree preferred (e.g. MSW, MPH, MBA) or commensurate experience.
  • Experience working in a management or development capacity for a non-profit organization.

Administration and Human Resources

  • Directs, supervises, evaluates, and coordinates staff services, ensuring regular performance reviews and professional development opportunities for FolkTime staff members.
  • Ensures organizational compliance of FolkTime personnel policies, and appropriate administration of payroll, employee benefits, and employee records.
  • Establishes cohesive working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Ensures authorities, relationships and responsibilities are understood and accepted in accord with Board-approved personnel policies.
  • Submits all information, reports and records as requested or required by law or contract to appropriate government officials or the Board of Directors and ensures compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations.
  • Works with Board and/or leadership team to develop and implement operational plans, policies, and goals that further strategic objectives.

Budget and Finance

  • Assists in the preparation of the annual budget for board approval.
  • Ensures the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting.
  • Ensures that operating results established in the annual budget are achieved.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Administration, ensures operating expenses are within budget.
  • Ensures that appropriate salary and wage structures are maintained.


  • Leads organizational development including fundraising and contract development with the support from internal or external staff and the board.
  • Organizes and attends team meetings to maintain communication and progress on goals.
  • Compiles reports on monthly, quarterly, and annual basis on program use and other required data.
  • Ensures compliance with contract requirements and expectations.
  • Supports the development of productive relationships between peer providers and professional staff through peer-delivered services, education, and active listening.
  • Builds partnerships with other providers, community groups and advocacy organizations.
  • Analyzes trends, identify issues, and recommends action plans and areas for potential growth based on community need.
  • Supports the work of volunteers.
  • Supports FolkTime fundraising events through participation.
  • Attends fundraising events. Serves as spokesperson for FolkTime, representing the programs and activities of FolkTime to agencies, organizations, and the public.
  • Maintains a climate which attracts, retains and maintains a diverse workforce of quality people.
  • Assists the Board in recruitment, orientation, training, evaluation, and leadership succession activities, ensuring appropriate cultural and economic diversity.


Education and/or Experience

  • Extensive experience delivering and developing peer led services with a solid understanding of the grass roots of consumer survivor ex-patient movement (CSX), state and national policies and evidence-based practices of these services with knowledge and ideas of preventing co-optation of the roles.
  • Strong experience managing staff and expertise to effectively deal with administrative issues.
  • Good leadership skills and an ardent desire to contribute to an effective and successful team.
  • Experience in financial analysis, budgeting, financial statements, and management of financial aspects of grants.
  • Strong computer skills including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable automobile access.
  • Self-identifying as a current or former user of mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to others who are using those services is preferred.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • In-depth knowledge of statewide behavioral health system and guidelines, or the ability to acquire such knowledge.
  • Good organizational and time management skills are essential.
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • The position requires the handling of highly confidential information. Must adhere to rules and laws pertaining to client confidentiality.
  • Must pass all criminal history check requirements as required by ORS 181.536-181.537 and in accordance with OAR 410-007-0200 through 410-007-0380.


While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use office automation including computer and phone systems that require find manipulation, grasping, typing, and reaching.

The employee is also regularly required to sit; talk and hear; use hands and fingers; and handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; stoop; and kneel or squat when adjusting equipment or retrieving supplies.

The employee may occasionally lift or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed in the FolkTime Administrative office space or in the individual’s home. Occasional out of area travel and overnight stays will be required for attendance and meetings or trainings.

This position may be exposed to the everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places in a home or office (i.e. moving mechanical parts, airborne particles, electrical shock, etc.).


This is a full-time position that reports to the Board of Directors. Salary is $75-90k+, depending on experience. To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to boardfolktime@gmail.com.  The position shall remain open until filled. For qualified candidates, interviews shall not commence until December 1, 2022.