Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Nurses Association


Chief Executive Officer

Based in Tualatin, OR

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Supervisor’s Title: ONA Board of Directors

Job Summary
The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the administration and successful implementation of all the programs generated in support of the ONA membership. ONA’s scope of work is guided by the member-leaders as they manifest the Mission and Vision statement. ONA’s member leaders adhere to the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses. To this end ONA currently has four major areas of member governed work: professional association (Education, Ethics, Practice and Research), union representation, organizing and government relations.

The scope of the CEO responsibility extends to all ONA’s member governance functions (local, statewide and federal), departments, dedicated funds and affiliated entities. This responsibility requires the CEO to ensure that ONA complies with all legal and regulatory requirements. The CEO protects the organization and BOD fiduciary responsibility including any liability it holds for ONA, its affiliated entities and local membership subsidiaries. This responsibility extends to maintaining and following the contractual obligations, policies and procedures created in the ONA bylaws, BOD policies, Health Policy Platform, organizational policies, UOUS contract and employee handbook.

The Essential Functions of the CEO reflect the four phases of the work: Voice of the Membership, Administration and Operations, Financial Stability and Program Implementation.

Essential Functions
Voice of the Membership: The CEO is responsible to ensure that the vision, direction and decision making within ONA and its affiliates originate from the membership. Oversight of the Chief of Staff is required to achieving these results:

  • Oversee success at the biennial House of Delegates in the form of a successful House of Delegates that reflects the ideals of member governance and the nursing profession.
  • Assist the ONA Board of Directors in their strategic planning process.
  • Maintain and enhance communication to members through use of personal appearances around the state, electronic media, digital communications and print.
  • Ensure that ONA’s member leaders have the necessary support and structures to develop member leaders and engage in succession planning.
  • Assist the member-leaders in deliberately developing the organizational culture that both best reflects the values of the membership and best promotes harmony within the membership. This effort includes prioritizing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Cultivate strategies and tools that promote greater connectivity between statewide member governance structures and local governance structures.
  • Work with member-leaders to develop policies and practices that reflect good governance and the values of the membership.
  • Promote member leaders as the spokespersons and leaders both within the Association/Union and with the public.
  • Prepare ONA member-leaders to be successful leaders in their affiliated organizations including: ANA, AFT and the AFL-CIO.

Administration and Operations: the CEO is responsible for ensuring that the necessary administrative and operational functions are created, supported and maintained. Oversight of the COO and Controller are required to achieve these expectations:

  • Accountable for ensuring that ONA performs all human resources at the highest level including: hiring, on-boarding, training, evaluation, discipline and ensuring ONA keeps all commitments expressed in the UOUS contract and Employee Handbook.
  • Promotes process improvement and innovation in all ONA systems including finance, program assistance, member services, information technology and management of ONA’s workplace.
  • Ensures that ONA’s finance department has the necessary information technology to manage ONA finances in a manner that is efficient, transparent and easy to communicate to member-leadership.
  • Protects the integrity of ONA’s member data by maintaining accurate and easily accessible Customer Relations Management (CRM) system.
  • Maintains official records of Association activities; authorizes and executes contracts, agreements and commitments as authorized by the Board of Directors or established policies.
  • Responsible for ONA buildings and property including a commitment to well maintained and safe workplace; with an emphasis on meeting all requirements of owner management of Aspen Place LLC.

Business and Finance: The CEO is responsible for the financial welfare of ONA and its affiliated entities. Oversight of the activities of the COO and Controller who are directly accountable for achieving these expectations:

  • Complete and accurate understanding of ONA’s structure and sub-structures including local subsidiaries, as well as, the affiliated entities that exist within ONA but not under the direct control of the ONA Board of Directors.
  • Ensure that ONA follows all appropriate financial procedures, including annual audits of ONA and all other appropriate subsidiaries and affiliated entities.
  • Responsible for ONA’s legal commitments including all taxation and regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Review periodically the business model and viability of ONA and its affiliated entities.
  • Work with the BOD to initiate any new business ventures.
  • Assist the ONA Board of Directors and each affiliated entities Board of Directors in creating an annual budget that is transparent and balanced.
  • Management responsibility over the ONA budget including affiliated entities; this includes monitoring all managers to maintain accountability to budgets unless otherwise directed by the appropriate member governed decision-making body.

Implementation of ONA Programs: ONA’s membership look to ONA to deliver high value programs in professional services, labor and government relations. Oversight of the ED of Professional Services, ED of Labor, Director of Government Relations, Director of Organizing and Communication Director are required to achieve these results:

  • Assist the professional association in delivering high value programs for member education and continuing education.
  • Promote the professional association programs that support nursing practice in the hospital setting though support for safe staffing committees.
  • Ensure that ONA’s union is providing the highest quality organizing, contract negotiation, grievance and leadership development support to our bargaining unit leadership.
  • Act as the ONA union leader who participates in a meaningful way within the larger labor community with whom ONA is affiliated.
  • Leadership in ONA’s efforts to grow union density within its current bargaining units and is also able to grow by supporting nurses in unrepresented facilities to organize.
  • Work with ONA departments and member-leadership to guide ONA’s government relations team; serves a checks and balances function so that the ONA policy agenda accurately and effectively representing the priorities and interests of ONA’s members departments and programs.
  • Accountable for ONA’s government relations team’s behavior including the expectation that ONA abides by high standards of ethical behavior and protection of the image and reputation of the nursing profession. This includes ONA affiliated Political Action Committees strictly adherence to the law as well as accurately reflecting the profession of nursing and diversity of the PAC contributing membership.
  • Oversight includes protecting ONA’s brand and reputation by reviewing public communications that originate from ONA. This responsibility extends to ONA member-leaders who represent themselves in social media, local communications or with the press.
  • Ensure all other ONA affiliated entities, including the Oregon Nurse Foundation, have adequate support to be effective in delivering the value to ONA members that should reasonably be expected.
  • Acts as an official spokesperson and representative for the ONA promoting visibility within the membership and in the public arena.
  • Acts as a liaison to the American Nurses Association, AFT and any labor organization of which ONA is a member.


  • Licensed or eligible for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in Oregon strongly preferred.
  • Graduate degree in nursing or related field preferred.
  • At least 3 years of organizational administration including short- and long-term strategic planning, financial management and human resource management required.
  • In-depth knowledge of issues related to the practice of nursing and healthcare delivery systems.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the programs and goals of the Association.
  • Experience in state and federal political process including laws and regulations related to Political Action Committees.
  • Knowledge of collective bargaining process and laws.
  • Experience in serving on or interacting with state agencies, regulatory boards and policy making bodies.
  • Public speaking experience including interacting with print, electronic and broadcast media.
  • Knowledge of nursing, labor and healthcare policy and issues.
  • Knowledge of the structure of, ANA, AFT, AFL-CIO and other organizations of which ONA is a member.

Typical Physical Activity

  • Physical Activity: Primarily office activities.
  • Physical requirements/demands: Must be able to sit for prolonged periods in an office environment. Must be able to keyboard. Must be able to periodically walk up to 100 feet and lift to 40 lbs.
  • Visual requirements: Must be able to read a computer screen and written documents. Must be able to be able to see well enough to drive safely during daylight and nighttime conditions.

Travel Requirements/Driver’s License
Periodic state and national travel is required. The position requires a valid Oregon driver’s license and automobile.

Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

To Apply
To be considered for this position, please send cover letter/résumé to: careers@oregonrn.org.

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