Economic Opportunity Institute - Executive Director

Seattle, Washington, United States | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


Comprehensive Position Profile

Founded in 1998, the Economic Opportunity Institute (EOI) is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit public policy center that seeks to build an economy that works for everyone. Using high-quality research, education, and advocacy, EOI works in concert with grassroots organizations, community coalitions, unions, and elected officials to publish research, encourage public debate, and catalyze major progressive policy changes that make Washington state a better place to live, work, raise a family, and do business.

EOI’s mission and values center on building an economy that works for everyone by promoting systemic progress for:

  • Educational opportunity,
  • Jobs with fair compensation and benefits,
  • Healthy families and workplaces,
  • Racial and gender equity, and
  • A dignified retirement for all.

EOI operates with a commitment to racial equity: “We recognize that we cannot be successful in building a just economy for all without directly addressing institutional and structural racism, which create devastating economic, educational, and health disparities. We seek to apply a racial equity lens to our public policy research, communications, and advocacy work. We strive to include the voices of communities most impacted by racism.”

There are currently ten (10) budgeted staff positions at EOI, and the 2020 budget was approximately $1.3 million. On average over the past five years, 46 percent of EOI’s funding has come from foundations, 14 percent from organizations, and 36 percent from individuals. The organization has benefitted from a history of strong fundraising work and financial management, and currently has cash reserves equivalent to 1 year of operating expenses, a $6.5 million restricted endowment, and no significant debt.

The Position

Reporting to a sixteen (16) member Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) holds overall responsibility for EOI’s operations and organizational performance. In collaboration with staff, more specific areas of accountability include: fund raising and revenue generation; budgeting and financial management; strategic planning; developing and implementing the annual policy agenda; board relations; human resources; and staff management and development. The ED presently has three (3) direct reports: Development Director, Communications Director, and Policy Director.

The team is primarily working remotely at present due to COVID-19 restrictions.



The salary range for the incoming Executive Director is between $122,000 and $135,000. EOI may also consider payment for a portion of the candidates’ moving expenses.

Benefits: 100% payment of medical and dental care premiums for both employee and all dependents; paid time off equivalent to 20 days per year (increasing with employee tenure/longevity); monthly contribution equal to 10% of employee’s salary into 403(b) retirement savings account after completion of one full year of work; 12 paid holidays per year plus 4 floating holidays, and the days between December 26 and December 31 (inclusive); and partial reimbursement for mobile phone.


This role will remain open until filled. Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin by mid-February.

To be considered please submit a resume and cover letter (in a single Word or PDF document) as soon as possible addressed to the Search Committee.

You may direct questions or make referrals to Mr. Ed Rogan or Mrs. Mikkell Jackson Roeland at Valtas Group. Ed can be reached at or 206.697.8428 and Mikkell can be reached at or 425.919.2855.


EOI provides equal employment opportunity to all volunteers, employees, and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, marital status, or the presence of a sensory, mental or physical handicap, subject to occupational requirements and the ability to perform the job, and as provided under all governing laws, statutes and implementing authority, and will make reasonable accommodations required by law to qualified individuals with disabilities.