Executive Director

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The Executive Director (ED) is an inspirational leader that provides operational and executive expertise to the Affiliate. The ED represents the Affiliate to the public, policy makers and community organizations, leads organizational development and strategic planning, provides guidance to volunteers and committees, optimizes financial performance, builds donor relationships, oversees personnel and impacts public policy. The ED works closely with the Board of Directors and is responsible for building systems and procedures to accomplish the mission and reach the strategic and annual goals set forth by the board.

The ED is a team player that develops sound practices and supportive relationships with internal staff, board, volunteers, Komen Headquarters and external constituents resulting in cooperative and effective collaborations that further the Komen mission.

The ED shall continuously develop a culture of philanthropy by building meaningful and positive relationships with partner organizations, policy makers, media, and internal and external constituents where the mission and the constituents are at the heart of the organization.

The position does require travel, evening and weekend work.

• Oversee recruiting, training, development and evaluation of staff, and volunteers.
• Effectively develop business systems and strategies and ensure appropriate implementation.
• Maintain ethical standards and accountability, manage risk, perform due diligence, and implement operational best practices.
• Ensure that the organization is in compliance with all laws and guidelines governing nonprofit organizations and Susan G. Komen Affiliation Agreement, Policies and Guidelines.
• Participate in the strategic planning process with the board to ensure that the organization has a long­ range strategy which achieves its mission and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
• Based on the board’s direction and staff input, ensure that the organization has a plan to execute the strategic plan. The goal is to ensure there is a plan to execute and achieve results authorized by the board.
• Monitor and adapt to changes in the business environment.
• Oversee day-to-day operation.
• Lead, staff, organize and plan team meetings.
• Strong people skills and the ability to organize team members and delegate tasks are top requirements.
• Creating an inspiring team environment with an open communication culture.
• Set clear team goals, monitor individual and team performance, and report on metrics.
• Delegate tasks and set deadlines.
• Motivate team members.
• Discover training needs and provide coaching.
• Listen to team members’ feedback and resolve any issues or conflicts.
• Recognize high performance and reward accomplishments.
• Encourage creativity and risk-taking.
• Suggest and organize team building activities.
• Provide oversight of the community grants, education and outreach programs.
• Ensure well developed, high-impact, outcomes-based community programs in alignment with the Community Profile and Komen Headquarters’ policies.
• Initiate, encourage and monitor collaboration and cooperation among community organizations, grant recipients, breast cancer organizations and other Affiliates.
• Assist in the development of new programs that address community needs, including new or emerging issues related to breast health or breast cancer.
• Maintain a current knowledge of breast health information, health care services, applicable state and federal regulations and public policy issues.
• Participate in shaping decision making of government and other external stakeholders.
• Track Affiliate effectiveness and impact.
• Develop diverse funding streams to best support the mission and goals of the organization.
• Oversee fundraising efforts including sponsorship, solicitations, donations, donor cultivation, grants, etc.
• Actively participate in donor cultivation and solicitation.
• Develop collaborative projects/partnerships with other community providers, Affiliates, Organizations, etc.
• Oversee responsibilities of staff and volunteers regarding Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events.
• Ensure optimal financial performance of the Affiliate.
• Maintain proper record keeping and ensure internal financial controls.
• Assist with development and management of annual budget.
• With the Treasurer and finance staff, review and report all financial activities to the board on a regular basis.
• Review analysis of financial activities (income and expense) to discern trends. Identify areas for improvement and address problems.
• Function as the primary spokesperson for Affiliate.
• Develop annual communications plan, which includes media preparation/training for staff and key volunteers.
• Develop media relations; identify and maximize appropriate opportunities.
• Partner with Headquarters staff to maximize resources and ensure alignment with Komen Headquarters’ priorities and compliance with policies.
• Personally attend and encourage attendance of staff and board in trainings, forums and meetings annually as provided by Headquarters.
• Participate in and support Affiliate’s Board of Directors meetings; support and attend committee meetings as appropriate; partner to accomplish goals and objectives; work with board to complete transition of operational functions to staff.
• Engage in public policy discussion and activities with government representatives, community organizations and the public in the areas of breast health and philanthropy.
• Assist the Governance Committee in developing and implementing an annual plan for identifying and recruiting candidates for the board. Assist in recruiting and orienting new board members.

• Master’s or Doctorate Degree in a related field of study
• Experience with an annual budget of $1 million +
• Strong understanding of service area and diverse populations
• Direct exposure to volunteer-driven organizations a plus, demonstrated success in peer to peer fundraising
• Demonstrated experience in building a culture of philanthropy
• Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
• A minimum of 8 years professional experience
• Responsibility for a budget of at least $750,000 annually
• Experience with non-profit management and governance, public health education and programming, staff and volunteer management, fundraising and communications

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