Industry Relations and Partnerships Director – PNW (BSF)

Classification: Regular, Full Time, Exempt                                 

Location:  This position is Oregon or Washington State based. For Oregon based candidates there is the option to work out of our Portland office or be full-time work from home. For Washington based candidates, this position would be a full-time work from home role. This position is not open to candidates based in other states.       

Reports to: Erin Kilmer Neel, Executive Director and Chief Impact Officer

Manages: no direct reports


The starting salary for this position is $95,000


Beneficial State Foundation offers Medical, Dental, & Vision, 401(k), Paid Time Off (15 vacation days, 12 paid holidays), Paid Volunteer hours (32 hours a year), Professional Development and Continuing Education reimbursement (up to $2000 annually for qualifying expenses), Charitable donation match ($250 annually), commute/telecommute stipend ($100 gross/month) and personal wellness stipend ($65 gross/month) among other excellent benefits.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. The work environment may include an open layout office and requires employees to conduct computer and phone based work for extended periods of time.

How to Apply

Application deadline is 11:00pm PST on November 3rd, 2019. Please submit a cover letter and resume through this application form.

To ensure candidates are fully engaged with the details of this posting, please include the following in your cover letter: pick one of Beneficial State Foundation’s Core Values that resonates the most with you and tell us why. Applications without cover letters and writing samples will not be considered.

Beneficial State Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants in all company facilities without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

If there is anything we can do to accommodate you to participate fully in the recruitment or interview process, please let us know.

Our Hiring Process

Our hiring process is typically as follows:

  • Phone Interview: 30 minute phone call with hiring manager
  • 2nd Interview: 1 hour interview with a small panel (by video or in person in downtown Portland)
  • Final Interview: 75 minute interview (in person in downtown Portland). Time is divided between an interview panel (45 minutes) and a chance to meet other members of the foundation team from other departments during a skill assessment exercise that you will prep for in advance (30 min) and present during the interview
  • Reference check
  • Offer

About Beneficial State Foundation and Our Mission

Beneficial State Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to change the banking system for good. For decades banks have damaged our communities and our planet, accelerating both economic inequality and environmental disaster. This harmful way of banking must stop and our strategy to both demonstrate and reshape banking practices and behaviors reflects the multi-pronged approach we take to systems change. In partnership with our communities and our allies, Beneficial State Foundation works to transform the banking industry in two ways: as a banking system change agent and advocate, and as a bank owner, investor, and practitioner.

As a systems change agent, we engage in policy and regulatory advocacy, banking industry relations, and field building to support, convene, and build capacity with equitable banking partners. As a bank owner, investor, and practitioner, we develop and test equitable banking standards and metrics. We measure the social and environmental impact of Beneficial State Bank. We also house California’s Clean Vehicle Assistance Program.

We are a small but effective team grounded in social justice and strong core values.

We have staff in offices in Oakland (headquarters) and Fresno, California and Portland, Oregon.


Our Structure

Beneficial State Foundation owns a majority of the economic interests of Beneficial State Bank, an FDIC-insured Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) founded in 2007 in Oakland, California with a triple bottom-line focus on social justice, environmental resilience and economic sustainability.  A state chartered federally regulated Benefit Corporation, bank, Beneficial State Bank is a certified B Corporation since 2013 and continues to be honored as “Best for the World,” a designation reserved for the top 10% of all B Corps based on environmental, community and worker impact.

For additional information on the bank and its impact, please visit and


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Beneficial State Foundation has a strong commitment to social justice and racial equity. We invite diverse candidates to apply for this position.

We have guiding principles around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Beneficial State Foundation and Bank, and we are always seeking:

  • To create policies, practices, and culture that proactively embraces diversity and promotes equity and social justice both internally within our organization and externally in our communities and society at large. 
  • To build a team that reflects and represents the diversity of the communities in which we work.
  • To educate ourselves (Beneficial State Bank + Foundation management, staff, and board) on the ways that we can be most supportive of and effective in fostering social justice, equity and diversity.
  • To provide ourselves (Beneficial State Bank + Foundation management, staff, and board) with resources and structures to continue to learn and grow internally as individuals and as a group to continually improve our social justice, diversity and equity efforts and results.

Position Overview

The Industry Relations and Partnerships Director - PNW is a newly created role at Beneficial State Foundation.  This role serves as a key member of the foundation’s “Systems Change” team (policy advocacy, field building, industry relations and impact measurement program teams).  This leader will be instrumental in refining and executing the organization’s industry relations priorities in the Pacific NW.  The director must be a strategic thinker, a great relationship manager, a persuasive ambassador and a champion for equitable and socially responsible banking.  

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities

Relationship Management 

  • Establish a positive, credible and influential presence for Beneficial State Foundation with trade groups, industry associations and other relevant stakeholder organizations primarily in the Pacific Northwest and ensure the foundation’s goals are well represented
  • Build relationships with banking industry leaders and influencers 
  • Introduce triple-bottom-line (TBL) standards to banks and, in collaboration, develop and adopt industry-wide standards for social impact banking

Research and Content Development

  • Capture, synthesize and report key learnings from industry interactions, trends and behaviors to inform and refine Beneficial State Foundation’s systems change strategy
  • Acquire industry intelligence to gain information on trends, TBL product pipelines, TBL bank innovation and be in the in-house expert on targeted banks
  • Determine and identify resources to help banks adopt practices and policies to adhere to the TBL standards
  • Co-develop training materials, curriculum and equitable banking resources for other banks who are interested in TBL/organizational change
  • Develop other written communications, including both internal and external content (one pagers, brochures, presentations/decks, event flyers) to support organizational goals

Strategy and Project Management

  • Effectively manage and organize supporting materials such as: industry research, executive briefings, executive talking points, action-item tracking, meeting participation and reporting
  • Serve as strategy and thought partnership leader on the Systems Change team; operationalizing our logic model and theory of change, strategic planning, goal setting, and program evaluation   

Other duties

  • Lead, advise and assist with foundation-led events and logistics
  • Speak at and attend events on behalf of Beneficial State Foundation
  • Special projects as assigned  


We are passionate about developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet every qualification listed below, we urge you to apply. Transferable skills are any skills gained through education, work experience (including the military), or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills in your cover letter and clearly explain how they apply to this position.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and transferable experience
  • 6+ years of work experience, with a strong preference for experience in the banking or regulatory sector
  • Commitment to social, economic, and racial justice and background working in these areas
  • Demonstrate interest in contributing to and working by Beneficial State Foundation’s Core Values
  • Experience with industry associations and/or managing relationships with senior business leaders a plus
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to formulate innovative solutions to complex problems and keep ahead of industry trends
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; must be an effective and persuasive communicator to all levels
  • Ability to create training materials for a professional audience
  • Demonstrated experience and enthusiasm for public speaking
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and develop new programs and initiatives
  • Strong project manager with the ability to organize and prioritize multiple work streams (familiarity with Basecamp is a plus)
  • Comfort and flexibility in working with remote staff
  • Flexibility in schedule that allows regional travel up to 20% of time, some evening engagements, and occasional weekend commitments


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