Oregon Optometric Physicians Association (OOPA) Executive Director
The OOPA Executive Director (ED) is accountable to a volunteer Board of Directors, and responsible for OOPA staff and volunteers. The ED manages all aspects of OOPA operations, events and activities. The OOPA is a state affiliate of the American Optometric Association.
All of the following are the responsibility of the ED, who can delegate tasks, but not the accountability to ensure all tasks are done well. The ED is responsible for establishing and maintaining the highest integrity, productivity and management standards while performing the following:
Serve as the organization’s primary ambassador and representative promoting comprehensive eye care delivered by licensed optometric physicians in Oregon, including public and legislative testimony as needed.
Manage all aspects of daily operations, administrative, fiscal, facilities, programs, board relations, volunteers and external stakeholders, along with OOPA’s Director of Operations .
Develop and implement state advocacy strategies, relationships and activities with Oregon optometric physicians, state and federal government bodies, national optometric association, lobbyists, Oregon Board of Optometry (OBO), schools of optometry, media, general public.
Ensure the development and implementation of strategic and work plans for the organization.
Ensure continuous growth in membership by identifying and serving member’s needs.
Diversify association non dues revenue in alignment with board priorities and strategic plan.
Develop and implement sound human resource strategy; recruit, develop and retain staff, including but not limited to daily supervision, coaching, training and development, compensation, evaluation, and supporting staff to board of directors.
Ensure compliance with all OOPA bylaws, policies, procedures, and all laws and regulations to safeguard the organization’s assets and reputation.
Develop and maintain board and committee structures, and manage volunteers.
Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and media strategy, including social media outlets.
Facilitate the development of the annual budget along with OOPA staff and board Secretary / Treasurer. Continually manage the budget.
Maintain a working knowledge of developments and trends that may have an impact on the scope of optometric practice, continually educating organization’s volunteer leadership and membership of relevant developments; develop and implement proactive and responsive strategic action plans.
Reports to and advises the Board of Directors, including board development and best practices in nonprofit governance. Executes programs and policies authorized by the Board.
Other duties as assigned.
At least 5 years progressive management experience
Membership association management experience
Proven track record of strategic leadership
Demonstrated superior oral and written communication and presentation skills with small and large audiences
Proven interpersonal and relationship building skills
Effectiveness in producing revenues through membership, non-dues revenues, grants, PAC fundraising, etc.
Solid financial acumen, with experience in developing and managing budgets
Demonstrated leadership and teambuilding skills, especially with volunteer organizations
Demonstrated external relations and community engagement, ability to cultivate and nurture collaborative coalitions
Experience with legislative and government affairs and public health policy
Familiarity with policy development, planning, program evaluation, nonprofit and labor management regulations and HIPAA requirements
Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc), Google docs, internet skills
Available for travel and after-hour work-related events, including weekends
Preferred Experience / Skills
At least 5 years experience as a nonprofit executive director, including primary responsibility for personnel and office management, finance and budgeting, facilities, security, volunteer and board management.
Healthcare administration, knowledge of third party payment systems
Proficiency with Quickbooks
Familiarity with the profession of Optometry
Strategic and visionary change agent, capable of seeing the “big picture”, absorbing information quickly, thinking broadly, analyzing thoroughly and acting decisively
Flexible and comfortable with change, nuance and ambiguity while maintaining the strategic and operational “true north” for the organization
Genuinely engaging and passionate about serving members’ needs
Willing to play a highly visible role. The ideal candidate must participate broadly across the leadership structure of the organization, the community, state, and at the national level.
A motivator who creates a sense of mission and service, who values initiative and innovation, and who fosters effective communication, collaboration and leadership among all levels.
Oregon Optometric Physicians Association (OOPA) is the only professional association for optometric physicians in Oregon. The 501(c)6 nonprofit membership association has approximately 800 members.
OOPA provides legislative advocacy, membership programs and public eye health education to achieve its mission to “protect, promote and advance the professional practice of Optometry”. OOPA promotes in person comprehensive eye care as the clinically recommended standard of care. Technology is evolving that should continue to be held to the same high standards of care.
OOPA is governed by a volunteer board of directors, all optometric physicians by OOPA bylaw. The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the board, and manages all aspects of the association’s business. There is a full time staff of two: Executive Director and a long term Director of Operations who is a highly valued professional responsible for operational and administrative functions. The only way the staff of two can accomplish the level of performance demanded is by working together on all aspects of the organization. OOPA is not a hierarchy; it is a team.
OOPA owns its professional association office in Milwaukie, Oregon, with a dedicated parking lot.
Volunteer leadership is provided by busy doctors, requiring much of the ED’s communications with board and volunteers to be after hours. The Executive Director is responsible for his/her own administrative support, and the role is a “working” ED position, including after hour events, carrying and setting up displays, stuffing packets, etc.
Nationally, each state, as well as the Armed Forces, have optometric associations that are separate and independent. Member ODs must pay dues to the American Optometric Association (AOA) in order to be members of OOPA.
The AOA provides resources to OOPA and its members, however, there is no governance relationship between the state affiliates and AOA. Each affiliate, including OOPA has its own governance board. Optometric students also have a national association, called the American Optometric Students Association (AOSA). OOPA maintains a close relationship to the AOSA chapter at Pacific University College of Optometry (PUCO) in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Telephone inquiries accepted. Call Lynne Olson, Director of Operations 503-654-5036
About Oregon Optometric Physicians Association
The Oregon Optometric Physician’s Association is currently seeking applicants for the position of full time Executive Director. OOPA provides legislative advocacy, membership programs and public eye health education to achieve its mission to “protect, promote and advance the professional practice of Optometry”. The OOPA Executive Director (ED) is accountable to a volunteer Board of Directors, and responsible for OOPA staff and volunteers. The ED manages all aspects of OOPA operations, events and activities. The OOPA is a state affiliate of the American Optometric Association. See attached position description, requirements and application information.