Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Street Roots Executive Director Job Announcment

Street Roots is hiring for an Executive Director!

Job Announcement: Executive Director

*APPLICATIONS CLOSE SEPTEMBER 20, 2017, AT 5PM PDT*

Established in 1998, the award-winning Street Roots newspaper is published weekly in Portland, Oregon, and has become one of the most successful street newspapers in the world.

Are you an experienced leader interested in working with passionate people fighting systemic poverty and oppression? As our next executive director, you will champion our mission, cultivate our unique organizational culture, and serve as our primary public policy advocate and spokesperson via the newspaper, social media, outside media, legislative activities, political gatherings, and community events. You also will actively participate in fundraising and help lead strategic planning and equity initiatives.

Mission: Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Salary and Benefits Information: $60,000 annual salary; 100% coverage of health insurance premiums for employee and employee’s immediate family; Annual paid time off (vacation and holidays) with ability to carry over one week each year: 1st and 2nd years, 22 days; 3rd and 4th years, 26 days; 5th year and after, 30 days Sick time: 12 days per year

Link to Full Job Description and Requirements: 
Information, job announcement and job description at www.streetroots.org/ED-Job-Description
Link to Home Page: www.streetroots.org

How to Submit an Application: Send a cover letter and chronological resume to our search consultant, Kathy Kniep, at kathy@kkniep.com, by September 20 2017, 5pm PDT. In your cover letter, please tell us how you heard about the position and answer these questions, supplying a one-paragraph answer to each:

  1.  As the executive director of Street Roots, you will have regular contact with vendors who are dealing with issues around substance usage.  How would you approach your relationships with people with substance use issues considering that Street Roots represents one of their income sources? 
  2. Tell us about your public policy advocacy experience or, if you don’t have direct experience, why you’d be a good public policy advocate as the new ED of Street Roots.

An email acknowledgement will be sent to all applicants within two business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within that timeframe, please contact Kathy Kniep: kathy@kkniep.com / 503-309-3433. Applications received after September 20, 2017, 5pm PDT, may not be considered. All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

Equal Opportunity Employer: At Street Roots, we believe we can meet the organization’s mission only with a diverse board and staff who actively cultivate a culture of equity and inclusion.

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon