Kizuna's Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of the overall vision and strategy of the organization management of the organization's programs, fundraising events and campaigns, operations, and administration. Additionally, the Executive Director must serve as the face of the organization to organizational funders, partners, volunteers, and other interested parties and stakeholders. This position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
Our ideal candidate is...
- driven by and whole-heartedly embraces our mission to educate, empower, and engage the next generation of community leaders.
- entrepreneurial, creative, agile, and can think BIG while executing strategy and business operations with excellence.
- self-motivated, holds a high level of integrity, confident with building relationships, leading a team and communicating across a broad range of stakeholders.
Leadership and Vision
- Develop and execute a strategic plan that is aligned with the organization's vision and mission.
- Lead and actively engage staff, program participants, volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and donors.
- Build and foster a collaborative and creative environment that values and supports an open exchange of diverse ideas.
- Oversee fiscal management, including but not limited to managing the organization's cash flow and investments, ensuring efficient utilization of resources, maintaining the organization's overall health, and forecasting.
- Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Kizuna, leading the annual budget planning process, and presenting monthly financial statements to the Board of Directors.
- Maintain official records and documents; ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
- Provide leadership, coaching, and direction to staff and ensure the continued development and management of the organization.
- Ensure sound human resources procedures are practiced, including the annual performance management review process.
- Oversee human resources function of organization.
- Manage program staff and oversee development of program strategy and ensure effective systems to track progress and evaluate effectiveness.
- Create a culture of inclusivity and respect amongst staff and volunteers.
Fundraising & Development
- Develop fundraising strategy and expand revenue generating and fundraising activities/events to support existing program operations and ensure long-term viability.
- Serve as the primary fundraising officer and actively lead all fundraising activities to grow the organization's donor base, with a focus on major and planned gift capacity. Activities include identifying new donors, recognizing and cultivating current donors, soliciting prospects, and planning stewardship activities to promote donor retention.
- Identify, cultivate, solicit, steward, and grow the organization's portfolio and pipeline of institutional gifts including foundations, corporations, and community organizations.
Community & External Relations
- Establish and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with community groups and organizations.
- Develop and oversee communication strategy to promote the organization's mission, programs and impact.
- Serve as primary representative and spokesperson; conduct official correspondence on behalf of the organization.
- Communicate effectively with the Board to provide any necessary information related to internal or external issues that may affect the organization in a timely and accurate manner.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university (graduate degree highly desirable)
- Minimum of three years managerial experience in a nonprofit, governmental or for-profit corporate environment
- Driven by and passionate about Kizuna's mission
- Strong communication skills - written, verbal, and interpersonal
- Demonstrates high level of integrity
- Proven leadership experience
- Experience with donor relations, fundraising strategy, and development
- Experience working with Japanese American or Little Tokyo communities and/or demonstrates knowledge and understanding of these communities
- Experience managing multiple programs
- Strong organizational & leadership skills
- Experience managing and motivating a team of staff and volunteers
- Previous experience with financial management, including planning and maintaining budgets
- Innovative and creative problem solving on a macro and micro level
- Resourceful and highly organized
- Proficient with Salesforce, Gusto, and Asana or similar platforms are a plus
- Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
- Must be 18 years or older
- Must be willing to work in Los Angeles, CA
- Must be willing and able to travel and work on evenings and weekends as needed
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.