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Executive Director

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Hurston/Wright Foundation
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Washington, DC
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The Hurston/Wright Foundation seeks an experienced leader to direct a dynamic team of literary arts professionals and attract new resources to build high-quality programs for aspiring and established Black writers.

The incoming Executive Director will not only be passionate about literary arts, but also committed to advancing equitable and safe creative spaces for writers. The incoming Executive Director will bring an entrepreneurial approach to the business of running a nonprofit literary organization. They will balance the needs of internal and external stakeholders, create and support programming, and navigate a competitive funding landscape.

 

The Executive Director will report to a Board of Directors, comprised of business leaders and members of the literary arts community. They will oversee an operating budget of $400,000 and a team of employees and consultants, including a program manager, communications director, events and logistics manager, and a social media specialist. This position is fully remote, with the Executive Director working from their home office or location of their choosing.

The incoming Executive Director joins H/W at the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the organization’s history. They will be the first full-time Executive Director in a decade, taking over from an Interim Executive Director who oversaw a period of organizational growth and stability. The next Executive Director will play a significant role in expanding the H/W base of support and further grow its financial sustainability. They will be a creative and active fundraiser, amplifying the unique value we bring to the community, and bringing new vision to our potential. They will be the face of the organization and will be an eager and effective spokesperson for H/W, conveying enthusiasm for Black writers and literature to a broad range of publics.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The next Executive Director should bring a balanced approach as a visionary and operational executive. They should have the capacity for organized, focused work, and an ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines, while maintaining an openness to changing situations and opportunities. Specific areas of responsibility include:

Strategy, Management & Governance

●       Provide thought leadership for H/W by devising and implementing short- and long-range plans and strategic goals to meet the organization’s objectives and developing performance metrics, in collaboration with the board of directors, staff, and stakeholders.

●       Hire, manage, and develop staff and contract with consultants and vendors so that H/W has the skills and expertise to administer programs with a high degree of professionalism and creativity.

●       Manage finances in collaboration with the board’s Finance Committee, including budgeting and tracking expenses, clear financial reporting, accurate cash flow projections, and overseeing a contracted accountant who produces reports, tax filings, and external audits.

●       Collaborate with the board of directors to achieve good governance, including recruiting and onboarding new board members. Engage the board with donor solicitations and stewardship.

Fundraising

●       Lead fundraising strategy by developing annual and long-term plans to maintain and cultivate relationships with individuals, corporations, and institutional funders.

●       Cultivate contacts with prospective foundations and government agencies and raise new sources of revenue to further H/W’s goals. Identify new funding opportunities, pursue partnerships, write grants, and secure major gifts.

●       Manage communications with current donors and funding agencies and oversee grant writing and reporting functions.

●       Direct a messaging and marketing plan that integrates fundraising and programmatic goals.

●       Serve as chief spokesperson, representing H/W to a broad constituency of writers and readers, publishers, local and regional governmental and elected officials, staff, and commissions, funders, community groups, and the media.

Programmatic

●       In partnership with the program manager, oversee the development and delivery of all programming, including writer’s workshops, competitions, master classes, and the Legacy Awards.

●       Collaborate with the H/W community of writers, readers, staff, and board on long-term strategies for current and future programming to strengthen community and amplify Black writers.

●       Build and maintain a broad network among Black writers, publishers, and related creative professionals in the U.S. and abroad.

  QUALIFICATIONS

●       Passion for H/W’s mission to discover, mentor, and honor Black writers.

●       Seven (7) years progressive leadership experience in a nonprofit, public, or literary environment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

●       Experience developing successful fundraising campaigns and events and identifying corporate and individual donors.

●       Superb writing, interpersonal, and communication skills.

●       Successful track record of engaging, collaborating, and building relationships to achieve meaningful results and serve future generations of writers and readers. 

●       Excellence in organizational management with the ability to develop high-performing teams, create a positive working environment, help the team set and achieve strategic objectives.

●       Nonprofit business acumen, including a working understanding of contract negotiations, IT and finance systems, and budgeting and financial management.

●       Experience working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships. 

●       Experience balancing strategic thinking and decision-making to facilitate program execution. 

●       Proven ability to build and maintain collaborative, working relationships with funders and diverse stakeholder groups. Self-directed and able to prioritize competing priorities.

●       Proficient in office technologies, including Microsoft Office Suite, and donor management platforms.

●       Able to travel 5% of the time. 

 


 

The Hurston/Wright Foundation seeks an experienced leader to direct a dynamic team of literary arts professionals and attract new resources to build high-quality programs for aspiring and established Black writers.

The incoming…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 3, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

$80,000 - $80,000Your actual pay will be based on your skills and experience.

Benefits

The starting salary for this role has been budgeted in the $80,000s, which is expected to increase over time and based on meeting performance and revenue objectives. H/W offers a monthly health insurance stipend and generous paid leave.

The starting salary for this role has been budgeted in the $80,000s, which is expected to increase over time and based on meeting performance and revenue objectives. H/W offers a…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

How to Apply

The H/W Board of Directors has retained the services of Good Insight to support this search.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter that describes their interest in and qualifications for this role, emphasizing related leadership experiences they have had. Visit www.good-insight.org/careers to upload application materials. Confidential inquiries about the role may be directed to Kessa Thompson at HurstonWright@good-insight.org.

For best consideration, apply by July 3, 2021. Qualified applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged due to the pace of the search.

 

H/W is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are

encouraged to apply. To learn more about H/W, please visit www.hurstonwright.org.

The H/W Board of Directors has retained the services of Good Insight to support this search.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter that describes their…

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