Executive Director (Spanish-speaking nonprofit leader)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $70,000
Details: •Salary commensurate with experience, full-time (35 hours per week)



Start Date


Application Deadline



1265 S. Main Street
Suite 303-C
United States


The Opportunity


One Equal Heart, a vibrant, visionary nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting indigenous leaders and communities in Mexico with tools to thrive, seeks a passionate and talented Executive Director to grow our efforts to support high-impact, community-driven development. Founded in 2006, One Equal Heart works for long-term, lasting change by partnering with Mexican nonprofit organizations to support programs that harness a community’s cultural, spiritual, and environmental resources to alleviate poverty and achieve wellbeing. We do this by supporting leadership training and community education with a focus on:


·    Growing Food and Building Economies

·    Advancing Human Rights of Women and Children

·    Strengthening Language and Culture


Job Summary


The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the direction of the organization and overall strategic responsibility for One Equal Heart’s programs and projects, staff, as well as the expansion and execution of its mission and vision. The Executive Director oversees and coordinates One Equal Heart’s resource development and fundraising efforts and guides development of One Equal Heart’s programmatic collaboration with our partners in Seattle and Mexico. The ideal candidate should speak Spanish fluently and have experience in nonprofit organizations, as president or vice president, executive director, director, or director of operations with nonprofit background.


Reporting Relationships:


Reports to the Board of Directors, provides leadership to the Program and Development Manager, and supervises the Bookkeeper.

Essential Job Responsibilities


Leadership and Management:


·   Works with the Board of Directors and staff to develop new and existing programs and partnerships in Mexico and Seattle to advance One Equal Heart’s strategic priorities.

·      Leads development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of One Equal Heart’s strategic goals, mission and vision.

·      Ensures excellence in programmatic activities and their evaluation, finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommends timelines and resources needed to achieve One Equal Heart’s strategic goals.

·   Manages operational systems, processes, and policies in support of One Equal Heart’s mission.

·   Actively engages and energizes One Equal Heart Board members, volunteers, committees, partnering organizations, and funders.

·   Travels to Mexico annually to meet with One Equal Heart’s partners, assess progress of current programs, develop new programs, and identify new partners.

·   Develops, maintains, and supports a strong Board of Directors, serving as ex-officio to each committee, while seeking and building Board involvement with strategic direction for international and local programs and operations.

·      Regularly evaluates program components to assess opportunities to increase scale and impact, measure progress and long-term sustainability, and effectively communicates successes to Board, funders, donors, and other constituents.


·      Oversees preparation of materials for Board meetings, presentations, and follow-up.


·      Manages and increases effectiveness and efficiency of staff and contract service providers.

Fund Development:

·   Expands and tracks revenue-generating activities to support existing program operations and future expansion.

·      Supports, coaches, and collaborates with the Board of Directors to create a culture of philanthropy and build relationships with current and prospective donors and funders, through personal contacts, regular communications, and other activities.

·      Stewards current major One Equal Heart donors and builds external presence and strong relationships to garner new opportunities.


·      Facilitates, strategizes, manages, and supports the Board of Directors to maximize their effectiveness in engaging, nurturing, and stewarding existing and new donors.


·   Discovers and qualifies new sources of funding, and writes grant proposals, letters of inquiry, and summary reports of programs and projects.

·      Develops goals and strategies and oversees implementation of fundraising campaigns, including a multi-year campaign and sustaining donor campaign to promote annual pledges.


·   Conducts regular face-to-face meetings with donors, funders, and other key stakeholders.


·   Leads and supervises staff in coordinating the annual fundraiser and Event Committee, spring and year-end appeals, and on-line campaigns.

Financial and Risk Management:


·      Oversees overall organizational financial management, including planning, systems, and controls.

·      Directs and guides all aspects of annual budgeting process, including planning, preparation, and implementation.

·      Oversees monthly and quarterly assessments and forecasts of One Equal Heart’s financial performance against budget, financial, and operational goals.

·      Supervises bookkeeping and accounting, develops short- and long-range forecasts, and oversees short- and long-term financial and managerial reporting.

·      Monitors fundraising and accounting systems and procedures following GAAP principles.


·      Serves as primary liaison to legal counsel in addressing issues related to risk and contract obligations.

·      Oversees organizational insurance policies.

Marketing and Communications:

·   Supervises staff in developing and refining all aspects of communications for the organization, from social media and web presence to external relations, to create a strong and consistent brand and communicate One Equal Heart’s programmatic impact.

·   Supervises staff in devising effective communications with donors and potential donors, including requests for donations, thank-you acknowledgements, and annual reports.

·      Strengthens One Equal Heart’s presence and visibility by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional civic and private organizations.


Ideal Skills and Qualifications


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to One Equal Heart’s mission and have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:


·   Advanced degree in nonprofit management, business, or other related degree with 5 years of senior management experience, or 10 years of commensurate senior management or professional experience.

·   Demonstrated success in organizational leadership, fundraising, program management, and marketing and/or communications, and proven experience in developing and leading high performance teams.

·   Commitment to One Equal Heart’s mission, quality programs, and rigorous program evaluation.

·   Experience with financial management of complex organizations and knowledge and experience in creating and managing an annual organizational budget.

·   Past experience working with and taking direction from a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships.

·   Personal energy, vision, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, and drive to continually surpass goals and create opportunities.

·   Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write persuasively in clear and concise language, and the ability to speak with enthusiasm to diverse audiences.

·   Expert fundraising experience and public relations, ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and cultures, professional experience with diverse marketing strategies and knowledge of local philanthropic community. 

·   Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people in a cross-cultural, cross-border context, ideally with international non-governmental organizations and communities.

·   Proficiency in Spanish required.

·   Must work at One Equal Heart’s Seattle office.


·   Prior experience working with indigenous communities preferred.

Compensation and Benefits


·      Salary commensurate with experience ($60,000-$70,000), full-time (35 hours per week)

·      30 days of paid time off (vacation, personal leave, holidays)

·      Monthly direct deposit to a Health Savings Account


Equity Statement

One Equal Heart is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and this includes a commitment to listening and learning and to striving to create a team of Board and staff that reflects this commitment.


How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter, email to info@oneequalheart.org and write “Executive Director” in the subject line. Or you can mail your resume and cover letter to:

Hiring Committee

One Equal Heart Foundation

1265 S. Main Street, Suite 303-C

Seattle, WA 98144


In your cover letter, please describe your particular interest in One Equal Heart and your qualifications for the Executive Director position.


All applications will be held confidentially within the hiring team and given serious consideration as soon as they are received. This position will be open until filled.


• 30 days of paid time off (vacation, personal leave, holidays) 

• Monthly direct deposit to a Health Savings Account

Level of Language Proficiency

Candidates must speak Spanish fluently.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply


In your cover letter, please describe your particular interest in One Equal Heart and your qualifications for the Executive Director position.


All applications will be held confidentially within the hiring team and given serious consideration as soon as they are received. This position will be open until filled.