Portland, OR

When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and wellbeing and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation. OSPIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.

OSPIRG, in partnership with Accelerate Change, is working to expand our membership to a scale that amplifies the political and economic power of ordinary Oregonians. OSPIRG has already built a robust membership base through four decades of organizing, but we know we can and must do better in order to make a bigger difference. Drawing upon the lessons from some of the largest and most impactful social change institutions, our theory of change (see The Secrets of Scale) is based on the idea that membership organizations can experience explosive, financially sustainable growth when they provide a robust set of benefits and services that provide an outstanding value to the people they seek to organize. To that end, we are committed to developing innovative member benefits using lean startup methodologies and other business strategies to help our organization grow.

Job Description

We are looking for a social entrepreneur to serve as the main implementer and manager of our locally­-based product development process. We seek someone who is not only committed to championing the public interest, but is also entrepreneurial, understands and embraces Lean Startup methodology, and can run a variety of product tests quickly.

More specifically, we are looking for someone who will help us build and test a variety of products and services that serve our members’ needs. Ideas include insurance broker services, financial planning classes for high school seniors, and a bicycle leasing service for consumers interested in biking for work and pleasure but are reluctant to commit to buying a new bicycle and all the associated gear.

The Social Entrepreneur will engage in a number of rapid­fire experiments with actual members (and potential members) to either validate or invalidate various hypotheses regarding potential product and service offerings.

This project will last for eighteen months. At the end of the term, there is the potential for the position to become permanent but we would like to complete our testing process before making that decision.


We are looking for someone who:

  • Has at least 2 years of business or social enterprise experience, including developing products/services or offering benefits to members.
  • Is entrepreneurial, flexible, and self­motivated.
  • Embraces rapid experimentation, on­the­ground implementation, and data­driven decision­making in order to build a financially sustainable social enterprise.
  • Is passionate about social change, specifically OSPIRG’s brand of public interest work.

We prefer someone who:

  • Has expertise with products in the financial, legal, insurance and service sectors.
  • Has a work history in both the non­profit and for­profit sectors.
  • Has experience developing membership models.

Location: Portland, OR

Salary & Benefits

Salary for this position is in line with other non-profit, public interest organizations and varies based on the candidate’s relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees. A competitive benefits package includes health care coverage; parental leave; educational loan assistance; retirement plan; as well as paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are available.

To apply: Apply online at http://jobs.uspirg.org/apply.html. Enter “OSPIRG Social Entrepreneur” in the box titled “Position Applying For”.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015.

OSPIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


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