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The Refugee Center Online is hiring a US President to lead the RCO’s work in the United States. We are looking for a strategic leader with vision, excellent management skills, and fundraising ability. The ideal candidate is passionate and motivated by ideas of human rights and social justice. This is reflected in how they interact with the people around them: their staff, board and President, their institutional partners and supporters, and the population RCO serves. The US President ise interested in growing and leading a mission-driven organization. They have strong project management skills. They want to use their skills and expertise to make an impact on one of the most important issues of our time. The US President is ready to help the RCO scale our impact and make a difference in the lives of millions of migrants around the globe. The US President of the Refugee Center Online reports to the President. The RCO US President is responsible for ensuring the RCO achieves its mission of facilitating successful refugee resettlement transitions and broader integration outcomes for displaced individuals in the US.
About the Refugee Center Online
The Refugee Center Online is an international nonprofit organization that operates like a tech start-up. Our mission is to use technology to help refugees and immigrants build new lives. We have grown quickly over the past five years to become the main web platform for displaced individuals in the United States. We have recently received official foundation status in Italy and are just beginning to expand internationally. This is a crucial time in history: there are more refugees and displaced individuals around the globe today than at any point since World War II. We believe tech has an important role to play in supporting the integration of globally displaced migrants. Our goal is to be the one-stop-shop for newcomers to find information that will help them make informed decisions about their lives and their futures. At our core, we believe refugees and immigrants make our communities (and our countries) better places.
Strategic leadership and vision
Provide overall leadership and vision for the US RCO
- With the board and President, provide overall leadership,vision and strategic planning for the US RCO to achieve our mission of helping refugees and immigrants rebuild their lives in the US;
- Oversee the overall direction of the US RCO’s day-to-day activities;
- Act as an inclusive, motivating, and culturally sensitive leader that inspires the best from the RCO team;
- Contribute to plans for ongoing growth and international expansion, including providing input to the President on the allocation of unrestricted funds;
- Ensure programmatic excellence and rigorous program planning and evaluation;
- Lead outreach efforts to continue to increase RCO’s user numbers and enroll newcomers in our courses and programs.
Promote board governance
- In partnership and engagement with the board and President, recruit a diverse group of directors with the skills to complete the tasks of the board and lead a strong, sustainable organization;
- Build board committees that function effectively and independently;
- Act as liaison, with the President, between board and staff.
- Create a strong organizational culture that draws and motivates outstanding staff in a collaborative yet structured environment with clear lines of reporting and oversight;
- Work with the President to ensure that work throughout the organization is coordinated and symbiotic and all staff are working well together for the overall benefit of the organization;
- Monitor and/or conduct bi-annual performance reviews for all US positions;
- Work with the Operations Manager to ensure that all human resources procedures are followed and employee needs are met.
Fundraising and financial health
Fundraising and financial management
- In consultation with the President and RCO Board, create an annual budget based on program needs. Work to ensure the RCO has adequate funds to achieve our mission by providing leadership in creating and executing a sound fundraising strategy;
- Act as the lead development office for the US RCO, including overseeing the funding and scaling of the organization through the development of a broad base of individual supporters. To date, the majority of the RCO’s funding has come through foundation support; sustain and grow this base of support while expanding to new and more diverse funding streams;
- Identify, establish and cultivate strategies for approaching new funding sources including helping identify and procure corporate sponsorships;
- In conjunction with the board Treasurer, oversee all accounting and financial activities and record-keeping. Facilitate and ensure full transparency and the highest ethical standards.
Networking and communications
- Build the organization’s brand and recognition of our work, representing the RCO nationally;
- Be a key face of the organization, at times speaking publicly;
- Foster and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including other organizations serving newcomers, corporate and foundation supporters, and key influencers;
- Oversee media and marketing efforts including communications with our users and supporters.
- Passion for the mission, vision and values of the RCO;
- Expertise and/or direct experience in the field of refugee resettlement and/or migration and/or forced displacement required;
- Excellent people management skills, including experience working with multicultural staff members;
- A proven track record of successful fundraising. This should include the ability to plan, execute and evaluate an overarching fundraising strategy;
- Confidence when working in a tech space and a commitment to learning to operate in a remote/virtual organization with a mission based in technology;
- Excellent written and oral communications skills;
- Exceptional organization and time-management skills with the ability to work in a fast-paced and changing environment;
- Prefer advanced degree in related field, i.e., MPA, or certificate in nonprofit management.
Prefer a candidate who can work in our US office in Portland, Oregon. Will consider a remote position for the right candidate.
This position will require flexible hours. You will be expected to work some early mornings in order to be available to work with our staff in our office in Florence, Italy (typically 6am-11am Pacific time).
You will occasionally be required to work other evening or weekend hours to support RCO events and fundraising.
May require some domestic and/or international travel (to our office in Italy).
Health and dental insurance.
Generous paid time off and work culture that encourages staff to take time off.
Being part of a dynamic, diverse team that is making an impact for some of the world’s most vulnerable individuals.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required