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In the late 1990s, when we realized we needed a new home and the world needed a natural model of building, we bought a 100-year-old warehouse. Originally constructed in 1895, we used 98 percent of the original materials to rebuild it into the “Natural Capital Center” with the help of an extraordinary gift from philanthropist and founding board member Jean Vollum.

Today, the Natural Capital Center stands as a pioneer of green building and is Ecotrust’s headquarters, but also is home to over two dozen social enterprises that are changing the way we live, work, and do business.

  • Exterior view of Ecotrust Natural Capital Center in Portland

    Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center

    721 NW 9th Avenue (between Irving St. and Johnson St.) Portland, OR 97209
    503.227.6225 |

Directions

Portland Streetcar

Two streetcar lines — the blue and green — stop in front of our building at the NW 10th & Johnson St. station. Check the current schedules and learn more at the Portland Streetcar website.

Bicycle

Bike parking surrounds our building. Visit City of Portland Office of Transportation for more information on bike routes, including bike maps.

Union Station

Portland’s Union Station at 800 NW 6th Ave., seven blocks from our building, services Amtrak trains from a variety of origins. Visit amtrak.com for more information on routes and rates.

Trimet Bus

Two bus lines and two MAX train lines stop within 1/4-mile of our building.
#77 bus: Westbound stops at NW Glisan St. & 10th; Eastbound stops at NW Everett St. & Park
#17 bus: Northbound stops at NW Broadway & Irving St.; Southbound stops at NW Broadway & Hoyt St.
MAX train green & yellow lines: Northbound stops at NW 6th & Hoyt St.; Southbound stops at NW 5th & Glisan St.

Car

From I-5 Northbound:
Take exit 299B on the left for I-405 N toward U.S. 26 W/City Center. Merge onto I-405 N. Take exit 2B toward Everett St./Glisan St. Merge onto NW 14th Ave. Turn right onto NW Johnson St. Drive four blocks. Destination is on the left.

From I-5 Southbound:
Take exit 302A toward City Center. Merge onto N Broadway. Continue onto the Broadway Bridge. Take slight right onto NW Lovejoy St. Turn onto NW 9th Ave. and drive two blocks. Destination is on the left.

Parking

On-street parking is available in the area. The nearby Station Place parking garage at 1025 NW Station Way offers affordable long-term parking options. We have a parking lot available for free 2-hour max visitor parking, all hours. Parking patrol is strict.

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Want to change the world? So do we. Come work with us. We are an ambitious bunch of 50+ changemakers headquartered in the heart of Portland, Oregon.

We have one Request for Proposals and 1 full-time position open at this time.

Request for Proposals: Strategic Planning

Location:
Portland, Oregon
Anticipated Start Date:
03-03-2020
End Date:
08-31-2020
Application Deadline:
02-03-2020
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Attn: Request for Proposals: Strategic Planning

Summary:

Ecotrust creates and accelerates triple-bottom-line innovations to benefit our region and inspire the world. On the farm, at the coast, in the forest, and across our cities, we work in partnership towards an equitable, prosperous, climate-smart future. Since 1991, we have created durable change and sparked ideas across the globe. Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. We have an annual budget of $11-12 million, roughly 60 FTE, and a 17-member board of directors.

The assignment
In order to increase our social and environmental impact, we need to plan beyond a one year cycle, as we generally have done. We are coming out of a founder transition and both staff and board desire a more flexible, cross-programmatic structure, and more distributed power and leadership, so we need to adapt the way we think and plan to a multi-year timeframe. We have recently updated and affirmed our organizational values, set two cross-organizational imperatives — climate and equity, created our first-ever organizational theory of change, and assessed our revenue model. Building on that work, we seek an experienced consultant to help guide us through a brisk but meaningful and collaborative process leading to a 3-5 year working plan for the organization. We want this working plan to be completed by late August, in preparation for our September 2020 board retreat.

Qualifications:

Things that matter to us in choosing a partner:

  • Proven track record working with similarly sized nonprofits to develop multi-year strategic plans
  • Your own lived experience and knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) best practices
  • Ability to include all voices at the organization, and some from outside
  • Our HQ is in Portland, Oregon, and we have a preference for a consultant we can work with in person
  • Ability to constructively challenge key stakeholders
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Experience inspiring others to think innovatively
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of non-profit fundraising models

How To Apply:

Please submit a proposal for how you would approach this work to Katherine White at or by the close of business on February 3, 2020.

Please include in your proposal:

  • How you are qualified to successfully meet the goals of our strategic planning process
  • Your general approach to such planning
  • Please articulate your philosophy of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and how EDI can be centered in this process
  • Timeline and activities
  • Examples of similar projects
  • Two sample project plans
  • Identify who will be involved on your project team, their role, and include their relevant experience
  • Three references of individuals who can speak to your experience in conducting similar strategic planning (Information regarding each reference should include the individual’s name, address, telephone number, and email address)
  • Budget
  • Answers the following equitable contracting questions

Does your organization identify as a:

    • Minority-owned business
    • Women-owned business
    • LGBTQ-owned business
    • Veteran-owned business
    • Other relevant self-identification:                                                           

Is your organization certified as a:

  • Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Other relevant certification(s):                                                                

Does your organization have an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) policy?

  • Yes (if so, please provide a copy of the policy and/or details)
  • No

Would your organization be willing to develop an EDI policy?

  • Yes
  • No

Additional Information:

Ecotrust has budgeted $15,000-$25,000 for this process. Please direct any questions to Katherine White at . Applicants do not need to fill out the Ecotrust Application in the left-hand sidebar. Download a PDF of the full application, including our core values and working theory of change here.

Senior Business and Investment Analyst

Location:
Portland, Oregon
Anticipated Start Date:
03-31-2020
Application Deadline:
02-17-2020
Reports To:
Ecotrust Investments Managing Director
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Attn: Senior Business and Investment Analyst

Summary:

Who we are 

Ecotrust creates and accelerates triple-bottom-line innovations to benefit our region and inspire the world. On the farm, at the coast, in the forest, and across our cities, we work in partnership towards an equitable, prosperous, climate-smart future. Since 1991, we have created durable change and sparked ideas across the globe. Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. Our goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world. Learn more at Ecotrust.org. 

Ecotrust Investments (EI) actively manages Ecotrust’s endowment assets as well as Ecotrust’s investment initiatives that have raised investment capital, such as ‘The Redd on Salmon Street’. EI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ecotrust, and is mandated to both generate financial returns to support Ecotrust’s work as well as to further Ecotrust’s mission.

EI has a bold vision for growth, as it seeks opportunities to creatively use investment capital to enhance social and racial equity and combat climate change. EI predominantly invests in businesses in the food & farms, fisheries, forestry, and green building sectors.   

Summary 

Ecotrust Investments is seeking a mission aligned individual who brings new skills and perspectives to the EI team. The Senior Business Analyst ideally has 5+ years of work experience, including financial analysis and operations management. This position requires analytical, strategic, creative, and critical thinking. Our work environment is fast-paced and supportive, and our workflow relies on staff flexibility and adaptability.  

This position offers an inside look at impact investing, both investing in others’ projects and funds, as well as designing and developing impact investments. The Senior Business Analyst will create and maintain models that forecast the short and long-term financial and mission impacts of our investment portfolio. 

Equity at the center 

Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives and lived experiences that we believe foster learning, creativity, innovation, and equity. The Senior Business Analyst collaborates with the Managing Director to center racial equity in Ecotrust’s investment strategy.

Responsibilities:

Big Picture Framework

  • Work with Ecotrust Investments Managing Director (MD) to increase the flow of investment capital into entities committed to environmental, social, and economic well-being.
  • Stay up to date with trends in Impact Investing, especially as they pertain to environmental well-being and social and racial equity in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Apply the principles of Equity Diversity and Inclusion to investment strategy.

Investment Strategy

  • Work with Ecotrust program teams to identify trends that could lead to significant investment opportunities, new investment vehicles, and/or opportunities to enhance existing investments.
  • Quantify and summarize Ecotrust’s investments’ impact – work with MD and EI Board to understand and weigh financial/social/environmental/risk trade-offs.

Analysis

  • Create and maintain financial models and dashboard reports for Ecotrust’s portfolio of investments.
  • Assist with deal due diligence, including creating financial models and working with Ecotrust program team members and others on operational diligence.

Operations

  • Collaborate with Ecotrust CFO and Finance Team to create annual budgets, execute transactions, and produce investment reporting across Ecotrust’s portfolio (including Real Estate assets).
  • Work with MD to prioritize research and analysis opportunities.
  • Prepare materials for Investor/Board/ Committee presentations.
  • Maintain appropriate files for documents and databases.
  • Manage interns and/or future staff (potential).

Qualifications:

 *Transferable skills will be considered as qualifications: any skills gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that is relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position. 

  • Working knowledge of both financial and natural systems.
  • Due Diligence experience, including identifying, negotiating, and managing investment opportunities.
  • Comfort creating or supporting the creation of new investment vehicles and enhancing existing portfolio investments. 
  • Skilled at evaluating investments from the financial/social/environmental perspective and assess risk trade-offs.
  • Strong analytical skill-set, and demonstrated expertise utilizing financial systems and software (Microsoft Dynamics, AI, etc.) to extract data, analyze trends using financial modeling, produce meaningful reports, and present to key stakeholders.
  • Experience creating and managing budgets.
  • Adept in project management and collaboration, skilled at working across various layers / functions in an organization.
  • Experience with impact investment vehicles, such as Mission Related Investments, Program Related Investments, Tax Credits, and Grants
  • Experience in developing strong relationships within racially diverse teams, including those located remotely.
  • Experience providing and receiving direct, constructive, and considerate feedback.
  • Strong critical thinking skills with the ability to provide meaningful insights to business drivers and trends.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and produce quality work within tight deadlines.
  • Skilled communicator of complex ideas through both writing and presenting.
  • Experience working with communities of color and thinking critically about the intersections of racism, poverty, and environmental well-being.
  • Eagerness to learn, and the ability to be flexible, creative, resourceful and disciplined in a high-growth setting. 
  • 5+ years of work experience in a complementary role.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills. 
  • Candidates must have the highest standards of personal and professional ethics, and be aligned with Ecotrust’s mission.

Preferred But Not Required:

  • Experience working with historically underrepresented communities to cocreate investment strategies that benefit them.
  • CFA, MBA or similar advanced degree.
  • Familiarity with NMTC deals and applications, including some background in lending operations, loan servicing, compliance, and reporting.
  • Familiarity with Real Estate operations & asset management (leasing/tenant relationships, vendor management, acting as owner’s representative on contractor projects, etc.) and Real Estate accounting (fixed assets, insurance, depreciation, leases, rental income, CAM reconciliations, etc.).
  • Experience applying the principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to investment strategy, and applying a triple-bottom-line, values-driven approach to measurement and evaluation.

How To Apply:

Please follow these directions closely. Complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available above as a PDF or Word DOC on the Ecotrust website) and forward with a cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume to jobs@ecotrust.org with this position’s title in the subject line by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above. Your cover letter should clearly explain how your skills, experience, and interests fit this position and should also specifically address how you have applied principles of Equity Diversity and Inclusion to previous roles and how you anticipate applying these principles to this role.

The Selection Process:  

  1. Initial review of minimum qualifications 
  2. Supplemental question review 
  3. Interview (over the phone or Skype) 
  4. Consideration of top candidates (in-person hiring activities) 
  5. Reference checks

Additional Information:

Salary Range: $75k – $85k annual salary; depending on experience 

The position reports directly to the Ecotrust Investments Managing Director (MD).
This is a full-time position with a flexible work schedule and some travel. Ecotrust Investments offers a competitive salary and benefits program including medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and disability coverage. 

Job requires occasional domestic travel, mostly West Coast.

Learn more about this position: Info session February 4, 2020 at noon PST
Ecotrust is hosting an informational session about this position on February 4, 2020 from noon-1pm PST. You can call in via conference line to listen in and ask questions:

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We will record the session and post the recording to the Ecotrust website shortly afterwards.

Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve the vision and mission of the project. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. The contact listed on the job announcement must receive all required documentation by the closing date of the recruitment. 

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please reach out to jobs@ecotrust.org in advance to request assistance.

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