Girls on the Run - Executive Director, Southwest Michigan

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $43,000
Maximum: $48,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



St Joseph
United States


Job Title: Executive Director

Location: SouthWest Michigan

Reports To: VP of Council Development

FLSA Status: Exempt

Girls on the Run International is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Over 210 Councils in 50 states serve 200,000+ girls a year and engage close to 100,000 volunteers.

Founded in Charlotte in 1996, Girls on the Run International serves as the national headquarters of the organization responsible for developing and evaluating programming, providing training and support to its council network and marketing the organization while also serving as the local Charlotte area council responsible for delivering the program to over 3,500 girls each year in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties.

Girls on the Run believes that all girls and communities should have access to our programs. We strive to eliminate barriers to participation, to continue creating programming that engages all communities, to be intentional about staff and volunteer diversity and to promote a culture of inclusion across the organization.


Consistent with the mission of Girls on the Run, the SouthWest Michigan Executive Director is responsible for the overall development, management, organization and financial solvency of the Girls on the Run SouthWest Michigan council. This position will report to the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run SouthWest Michigan and the Vice President, Council Development of Girls on the Run International, located in Charlotte, NC and will be a full-time 40 hour per week position. The best candidate will be a candidate who has proven experience developing and growing organizations, both programmatically and fiscally. She/he will have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to get things done across different functional areas.


This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Council Management

  • Provide leadership, vision, and direction to the SouthWest Michigan council to ensure the program meets the needs of participants, volunteers and the community with an emphasis on diversity and inclusivity.
  • With input from the GOTR SouthWest Michigan Board and VP of Council Development, create and implement a council development plan that includes program and site development strategies, marketing and awareness strategies, and community and volunteer engagement strategies.
  • Closely manage revenue and expenses to ensure adherence to the annual council budget.
  • Build a culture of quality, inclusivity and diversity among the council and its stakeholders.
  • Adhere to all GOTRI council obligations as stated in the membership agreement and operations manual.
  • Provide necessary information to develop annual organization budget.
  • Track, analyze and report data and key performance indicators to measure Program and organizational reach, quality and sustainability.
  • Identify and develop key volunteers and leverage board members to assist with functional positions until council can pay additional staff.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to create a positive, effective and engaged board.
  • Provide strategic vision and capacity building expertise.

Partnerships and Fund Development

  • With input from the GOTR SouthWest Michigan Board and VP of Council Development, create and implement a financial development plan that includes, but is not limited to, individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, grants, and special events, including 5k, to ensure that fundraising goals are achieved.
  • Achieve or exceed budgeted contributed income goals.
  • Develop community relationships to cultivate donors and volunteers to ensure council revenue and site goals are achieved.
  • Establish community partnerships with like-minded organizations that are well-aligned with GOTR mission.

Program Management and Development

  • Oversee Girls on the Run programming, ensuring that goals for sites and participants are reached:
  • Develop growth strategies for the council, including geographic and program expansion:
  • In coordination with Program Manager, meet with and secure site locations.
  • Develop and facilitate a volunteer and coach strategy for council
  • Oversee all Program logistics including:
  • All council trainings and coach meetings.
  • The distribution of all marketing materials.
  • Management of all site relations and program resources
  • Management program registration, processing, and dissemination of information to the Girls on the Run community.
  • Management Council/site communications
  • In coordination with program staff, communicate with all site liaisons, principals, and site contacts.
  • Respond to all questions and concerns from parents, coaches and site liaisons in a timely fashion.
  • Develop and implement a council communications plan that reaches all stakeholders including: Coaches, Volunteers, Parents/Guardians, Donors, Sponsors and Community Partners
  • Streamline communications to ensure proper and strategic messaging is in sync.
  • Oversee the management and coordination of end of season 5ks
  • Ensure all program sites are delivering the curriculum properly without alteration by:
  • Utilizing the Board and volunteers to perform quality site audits and visits.
  • Troubleshoot and address any problems that may arise at any site.


  • Serves as an ambassador for GOTR, exhibiting GOTR core values. Continuously work to achieve the GOTR mission.
  • Develop positive relationships with volunteers, board members, donors, sponsors, parents, participants, media and other community members.
  • Any other duties deemed necessary by the SouthWest Michigan Board of Directors or the VP, Council Development of Girls on the Run International.
  • Maintain ethical standards and accountability, manage risk, perform due diligence, and implement operational best practices.


  • BA or BS degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead teams.
  • Outstanding communication skills in multiple environments and with a range of audiences.
  • A strategic leader with strong critical thinking, creative problem solving, organizational and analytical skills.
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit.
  • A willingness to take on a hands-on role with regards to program execution and administrative needs.
  • A passion for Girls on the Run mission and the ability to comprehend and effectively communicate issues surrounding empowerment, self-esteem, body image and whole-person health.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and PowerPoint and very comfortable with technology in general.
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience in development and/or fundraising; nonprofit experience ideal.
  • Experience managing budgets > $150,000
  • Must live in SouthWest Michigan or surrounding area.
  • Must be able to work from home, as required by the position (laptop provided)
  • Regular access to a reliable vehicle and ability to travel locally.
  • Ability to travel locally. Additional travel for annual Summit, regional workshops, or other professional development required.

This position is offering a compensation range of $43,000 - $48,000 annually, depending on experience. Girls on the Run International offers a generous PTO plan, medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, paid medical leave, 401k plan with employer match and professional development opportunities.

Please visit The application deadline is October 18, 2018.

This position is a full-time position located in SouthWest Michigan.


Girls on the Run International offers a generous PTO plan, medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, paid medical leave, 401k plan with employer match and professional development opportunities.

Level of Language Proficiency

BA or BS preferred but not required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree