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We are hiring

The Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety is a ten-year old organization that has recently transitioned from being volunteer-led to hiring staff to build and implement an ambitious long term vision to ensure that every Oregonian is safe from gun violence in their homes, schools, and communities. 

We seek to hire either a Program Manager or a Program Director for our Safe Communities program. This means we are open to applications from people with a wide range of experience and will hire either a Manager level or Director level staff person for this role. Gun violence is not only an epidemic in our country and state, it has also been the leading cause of death for Black youth for over 2 decades, trauma which is rooted in historic racism and exclusion. Portland has seen a sharp increase in shootings over the past three years, yet the necessary resources have not been invested in evidence-backed solutions and community organizations doing the work to create system level change. Through our Safe Communities program, we seek to add capacity to the robust body of work being led by community stakeholders. This approach will center the leadership of BIPOC community members in crafting innovative solutions to significantly reduce firearm homicides and shootings.


Join our team and help end gun violence in Oregon.

Program Manager | Director


  • Program planning and monitoring: In partnership with community stakeholders, build program goals and work plans for our Safe Communities program focus area. The person in this role will ensure those most impacted by gun violence are helping create and lead solutions for their communities, and helping set and pass policy agendas that reflect the lived experience of those most impacted by community violence. This must be done in a way that invests in community resilience and violence prevention and avoids policies that yield disproportionately negative impacts on communities of color. 

  • Stakeholder building: Build and develop relationships with stakeholders to support our Safe Communities work; understand and build relationships and trust with a variety of organizations in the Portland metro area, from those leading Community Violence Intervention (CVI) work to survivors, business leaders, healthcare professionals and educators.

  • Advocacy: Develop relationships with state and local leaders. In partnership with the Executive Director, create a strategy and plan to advocate for and increase funding to local organizations providing both upstream direct service work, as well as sustainable funding for CVI. Advocate for effective law enforcement strategies that focus on violence prevention and are aligned with the needs/demands of BIPOC communities. Based on community goals, advocate for other state and local policies and public investments.

  • Communications and Public Education: Educate the broader public on an equity-centered gun violence prevention agenda. Build ongoing, sustainable support for CVI work and upstream work to resource communities. Work in partnership with existing BIPOC and immigrant/refugee led organizations to understand and develop culturally appropriate materials around gun violence prevention, including suicide prevention.

  • Survivor relationship building: Connect and build relationships with gun violence survivors to make sure their voices are heard and to understand how to increase support to survivors. Support survivors in sharing their stories to create change.

  • Technical Assistance: Understand the current landscape of existing evidence-backed and locally led violence prevention strategies. Determine what technical assistance might benefit local organizations and what role the Oregon Alliance can play in expanding community access to technical assistance services.

About you:

You care about Oregon and Oregonians, and you want to help end gun violence in our communities. You know gun violence is preventable, and believe change is possible. Ideally, you:

  • Understand historic and structural racism: you understand that gun violence disproportionately impacts BIPOC Oregonians, and that this is rooted in structural racism.

  • Are focused on system level work: You’ll work to ensure our Safe Communities work is rooted in equity, and focused on systemic level, upstream change as well as policies and programs to keep guns out of dangerous hands.

  • Bring strong communication skills: You can communicate effectively to people from disparate racial, ethnic, class and educational backgrounds. You are inspiring and able to bring people into a cause, across different audiences from showing respect and empathy to survivors to communicating our why to business leaders to working alongside organizers and faith leaders to bring people into our movement.

  • Proudly Represent the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety: Gun violence prevention work is intersectional. To be truly effective, we must work across issues as we know gun violence is deeply connected to a lack of resources in our communities. You’ll proudly represent the Oregon Alliance in a variety of roles, coalitions, and/or events, which may include evening and weekend work.

Valued experiences:

We value the experience of individuals who bring direct personal experience with one or more of the Oregon Communities most impacted by gun violence: Black, Indigenous, and or People of Color; Immigrant and/or Refugee Communities; Rural Communities; and/or Students and Youth.

A degree is not required for this role. Prior experience bringing people together and leading or facilitating across diverse groups is a plus.

We will provide comprehensive onboarding training to support the right person in understanding and eventually leading program planning and evaluation work.


Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety staff work remotely but may be required to work in person 1-2 days/week. The person in this role will be expected to participate in some evening and weekend work.


The job title and salary range will be determined  based on the applicant's individual level of experience. For a Program Manager: minimum of 3 years experience at salary range of $48,000-$60,000. For a Director: a senior leader with comparable experience: $65,000-$80,000.

In addition, Oregon Alliance will provide a $450 monthly stipend to support purchase of a healthcare plan through the Healthcare exchange. We provide a generous time off package and believe in a healthy work life balance. We also support opportunities for professional development and community service for all staff.


Send your resume and a cover letter to with the subject line: Safe Communities Program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by 8/4. If you have questions about the role, please email

The Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety is an equal opportunity employer. 

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