Request For Proposal: Organizational Planning Consultant

Deadline December 12, 2019

The Oregon Humanities team is a group of idealistic, collaborative, creative people who are committed to bringing Oregonians together across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. Each year, we offer hundreds of public conversations and programs across the state, train discussion leaders across Oregon and the country, and distribute grants to organizations that, like us, believe in the power of people in rooms listening, learning, and struggling together. In our magazine and on our website, we publish essays, photographs, films, curricula, and audio recordings that explore the thoughts, perspectives, and experiences of Oregonians, especially those who have been ignored, generalized, or oppressed.

Oregon Humanities is seeking a consultant to lead the design of our next organizational plan. Having grown our budget, programs and publications, partners, and staff size over the past few years, we are especially interested in working with a consultant who can lead our staff and board workgroup through a participatory and dynamic process beginning in January 2020 and concluding in August 2020—just before our current three-year plan wraps up and our fiftieth anniversary year begins. As part of this process, we anticipate that we will refresh our mission statement, sharpen our core values, and identify how we can most effectively structure our work and direct our activities toward our animating vision of an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities.

We hope to work with a consultant who will help develop a plan that is at once visionary and practical. We would like the process to include ample opportunities to find entry points for the full staff, board, and key community partners. Knowledge and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion work and diversified funding strategies are essential, as is a solid understanding of Oregon Humanities’ vision and mission. We encourage proposals from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help us push ourselves and our work toward the vision our work serves.

This is a short-term, contract position, provisionally budgeted between $5,000 and $7,500. If you are interested, please send a brief statement (no more than one page) that speaks to the question of why you would be a good match for this project with Oregon Humanities at this particular moment. Please include one organizational or strategic plan that you have helped an organization develop, and please send along two additional professional references. As we anticipate regular meetings between January and August 2020, it would also be helpful if you could tell us about your availability as well as your rate schedule. Our current strategic plan and equity lens can be found here. Please email your proposal by 11:59 p.m. on December 12, 2019 to Adam Davis at a.davis@oregonhumanities.org.