Careers at BEF

A Great Place to Work

BEF is consistently recognized as one of the Best 100 Nonprofits and Best 100 Green Workplaces in Oregon, a distinction of which we are extremely proud.

Excellent Pay and Time Off/Healthcare Benefits

403(b) Retirement Plan with 5% Match

Employer Paid Professional Development

Work From Home and Flexible Schedule Options

Fun Staff Retreats, Outings, and Events

Open Positions
Chief of Staff

Oregon or SW Washington


$110,000 - $135,000

Chief of Staff

BEF is an entrepreneurial nonprofit working on environmental solutions at the intersection of renewable energy and freshwater. Partnerships are key to our success. We build long-term relationships with our corporate, utility and philanthropic partners by first understanding their goals and needs and providing solutions that achieve those goals while achieving real, measurable environmental benefits.

The Chief of Staff (COS) is a key role on BEF’s executive team. As an experienced leader, the COS employs strong business acumen, listening skills, empathy, and humility to guide staff development, program execution, related processes and strategic planning, internal communications, and development and measurement of performance metrics across the organization.

Why Join Us? Our Values Are:

Partnership: We believe we can accomplish more by bringing people together.

Adaptability: We evolve, adapt, and apply what we learn to constantly improve our results.

Knowledge: We seek out and value diverse perspectives, embrace new ideas, and pioneer new approaches.

Innovation: We recognize the scope and pace of the change we need demands that we innovate. This need for innovation inspires and energizes us.

Integrity: We are honest with our employees, customers, and our partners.  We promise to always deliver the best possible outcomes for the environment and people we serve.


Primary Duties:

Staff Leadership and Culture

  • Acts as an organization-wide OMBUDSMAN and confidential coach/mentor/partner to staff members
  • Drives leadership and career development of staff; collaborates with individual staff to create and monitor professional development plans; strategically identifies talent based on business needs and objectives.
  • Steps up to conflicts and sees them as opportunities; facilitates productive conversations to work towards understanding and resolution of conflict.
  • Holds center on, directly supports, and takes responsibility for progress of BEF’s culture programs including DEI meetings and initiatives and staff events; works with the DEI task force to create strategic DEI initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion among staff and throughout program operations.
  • Conducts staff surveys, compiles and analyzes responses/data, adapts program support functions and makes recommendations based on staff feedback; advocates (as appropriate) for and drives change management.
  • Oversees processes for applying for organizational awards and recognition; collaborates with program leaders on applications for program-level awards and recognition.
  • Provides support to executive team members including serving as confidant to CEO.
  • Collaborates with the CFO & VP of Operations on human resource matters, including setting and monitoring staff goals, developing and managing performance achievement reviews, and other HR matters as necessary.

Internal Communications

  • Creates and maintains strategic internal communication plans, including communication expectations and processes organization-wide; proactively communicates important, relevant messages to the organization, through the right channels, measured against well-considered organizational and communications-specific goals.
  • Sets strategic and tactical agendas for Executive Team (ET) with input from ET members; responsible for logistical management of ET meetings including scheduling, agendas, notes, next steps, and follow-up.
  • Leads development of strategic board meeting topics and board meeting materials; assists with board development.
  • Collaborates with the Office Administrator to develop and communicate strategic agendas for all-staff meetings, staff check-ins, lunch ‘n learns, and other organization-wide meetings.
  • Raises concerns to Executive team especially in area of cultural or people development.
  • Acts as sponsor for management team meetings.

Strategic Planning and Program Execution

  • Maintains and leads updates to the organization’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Plan.
  • Ensures CEO is prepared for Executive-level engagements external to BEF, including developing agendas, conducting research, and developing presentations.
  • Develops, monitors, and reports against organization-wide Key Performance Indicators and a balanced scorecard; assists program leaders in developing and monitoring program-level KPIs and balanced scorecards.
  • Is a champion for BEF program execution and impact.
  • Works with program leaders to understand program challenges; collaborates with program leaders to optimize inter- and intra-program development functions including incorporating best practices, identifying opportunities for collaborative program development, and managing program business and processes.
  • Responsible for identifying the need for, developing, and implementing process standards that will ensure that BEF programs maximize program delivery, resilience, and impact.
  • Responsible for identifying and analyzing new business or program opportunities in collaboration with program staff and the Executive Team.


  • This role will require 20 years of leadership experience, and a minimum of 5 years at an executive level
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree desirable
  • Experience in a Chief of Staff role highly desirable
  • Leadership and organization development expertise including people/career development and culture development; experience successfully leading or overseeing DEI efforts and initiatives.
  • Strong business acumen; requires financial literacy (understanding of various components of the financial statements), as well as an understanding of the business model, strategies and financial goals.
  • Moderate to expert level Change Management capabilities; ProSci® certification desirable
  • Systems-level thinking and problem-solving capacity
  • Demonstrable ability to establish and drive cross-functional programs
  • Demonstrable ability to translate strategies into action plans
  • Value alignment with BEF’s core values of Partnership, Innovation, Knowledge, Adaptability, and Integrity
  • Excellent ability to establish relationships with team members
  • Demonstrable listening skills, humility, and ability to empathize
  • Adaptable style and ability to jump in to solve a variety of problems as they arise
  • A valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and automobile liability coverage or access to an insured vehicle.


Work Environment & Physical Requirements:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
  • This position requires frequent computer use. Working from a home office is required, and BEF supplies all necessary tools to support remote staff working from a home office. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers to type or dial, reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. The position requires frequent computer use. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • This position requires travel for up to 15% of the position, including overnight or day trips. Occasional In-person travel to Portland, Oregon is required for this position.


To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume HERE or email them directly to

Bonneville Environmental Foundation is an EEO employer.