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Executive Director

Remote Portland, OR

Executive Director Job Description

The Healing Advocacy Fund Executive Director serves as the organization’s chief executive officer, reporting to the Board of Directors. The role includes leading successful development implementation of strategy, overseeing business decisions and the senior team, and assuring delivery on board-approved vision, mission, values, goals and impact measures. They work closely with the board and senior teams to ensure alignment of all organizational policies, practices and investments of human and financial resources with board directions. This includes collaborating and managing relationships with stakeholders. The Executive Director is a trusted national leader who is aware of current trends and stakeholder perspectives within the broader psychedelic ecosystem. This allows them to skillfully lead the organization as a field-builder into an unknown future, guiding the organization in a productive and sustainable direction.


● Work closely with Board of Directors and committees to assess and address issues affecting the organization

● Oversee daily operations of the organization, providing executive direction for program strategies and quality assurance

● Identify and address staffing requirements for efficient operations

● Increase awareness of the organization by being the main spokesperson and liaison with local media

● Develop an actionable plan for fundraising and managing monthly cash flow

● Comply with all national and local regulations


● Create business plans for achieving goals and objectives in collaboration with Board of Directors

● Meet aggressive annual fundraising goals, in partnership with Board of Directors, by securing financial support from foundations, corporations, individual donors, and government funding sources

● Serve as the face of the organization and participate in external events (meetings, hearings, and other fora) to increase visibility, credibility, and market brand, and develop strategic partnerships to further increase community awareness and expand programs

● Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including government officials, advocacy groups, and policymakers.

● Build and lead an effective team that’s dedicated to fulfilling the organization’s mission through highly successful programs, community engagement, and fundraising

● Oversee a team that researches, analyzes, and monitors relevant state and federal policies, legislation, and regulations affecting safe legal access to psychedelic healing.

● Provide strategic guidance on advocacy efforts, leveraging expertise in policy and legislative processes.

● Collaborate with communication teams and organizations to develop messaging and materials supporting policy objectives.

● Stay abreast of emerging trends and changes in the psychedelic and related policy landscape.

Required Skills & Qualifications

● Advanced degree in business, public policy, law, administration or a related field.

● At least 7 years proven experience in leading or senior management of a non profit or for profit organization working on state and/or federal policy, legislative and regulatory matters.

● Strong analytical and research skills, with the ability to translate complex policy and regulatory issues for diverse audiences.

● Exceptional verbal, written, and visual communications, and interpersonal skills.

● Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

● Strong experience in public relations, marketing, and fundraising

● Knowledge of leadership, management principles for nonprofit organizations and experience in managing budgets

● Proven success working with a board of directors

● Entrepreneurial mindset, with innovative approach to business planning

● Dynamic and charismatic team player who enjoys being the public face of an organization


● Strategic Thinker: Ability to develop and execute long-term strategies aligned with organizational goals.

● Collaborative: Works effectively with cross-functional teams to achieve shared objectives.

● Advocacy Skills: Strong ability to advocate for policies, persuasively and passionately.

● Adaptable: Thrives in a dynamic and evolving policy landscape.


● Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

● Comprehensive health and wellness benefits.

● Professional development opportunities.

Details and Application Instructions:

The position will be a full-time staff position based in the United States, ideally in a state that has passed or is working on expanding and protecting safe, affordable state-regulated access to psychedelic healing.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their relevant experience, interests and approach to this role to [email protected].

HAF Values are:

> Leadership: This core value encompasses qualities like expertise, knowledge, credibility, competence, intelligence, and experience. It reflects HAF’s commitment to being an industry leader and maintaining high standards.

> Collaboration: This value emphasizes the importance of working together as a team and being open to diverse perspectives and ideas. Collaboration fosters innovation, creativity, and effective communication.

> Purpose: A strong sense of purpose reflects a passion and enthusiasm for the work. It’s about doing the work with heart and conviction, which is a driving force for success.

> Ingenuity: This value centers the ability to solve hard problems and adapt, and the power of the creative imagination. Ingenuity combines the innovative nature of HAF’s work with the agile, creative approach to problem solving.

> Empathy: This values signifies the organization’s care for its employees, stakeholders, clients and the community. Empathy creates a supportive and positive work environment.

HAF is an equal opportunity organization and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law. HAF is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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