The Executive Director is the visible leader and figurehead of the organization, representing the collective voices of the organization to each of our various audiences: the board of directors, graduates, current and future scholars, the community of financial and non-financial supporters, schools and universities, partner organizations, and international development colleagues. The Executive Director is accountable for smooth day-to-day operations of the organization. In small organizations like this one, this person is asked to fill many roles and develop expertise in many areas, sometimes very quickly, including subject matter expertise, program development, volunteer recruitment, policy development, business management, accounting, event planning, and more. The successful candidate will have both deep personal experience that relates to our scholars as well as strong and significant work history demonstrating capacity to run an organization and be the single person accountable for every task getting completed. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.
The Executive Director is responsible for the following outputs:
- Drives and steers the vision of the organization with deep integration of key stakeholder perspectives; engages stakeholders in shaping the vision.
- Directs, designs, and manages programming to align with organizational vision.
- Plays a key role in fundraising by building influential networks and seeking and attending strategic events to build long-term funding relationships; serves as spokesperson on behalf of the organization in these and other meetings, events, media, and collaborations.
- Develops and manages organizational partnerships for programming, fundraising, and other mutual benefits.
- Holds and continues to develop subject matter expertise regarding:
- Higher education for African women
- Cross-cultural education and its benefits
- International education & international students
- International development
- Nonprofit management
- Evaluate and secure necessary infrastructure to support the organization (i.e., software, physical assets, etc.).
- Accountable for all staffing decisions.
- Accountable for all inward- and outward-facing policy decisions.
- Managing day-to-day operations of the organization and maintaining an understanding and ability to fill in for all essential functions as needed. This includes but is not limited to
- Program management and scholar interactions
- Bookkeeping and accounting
- Accounts receivable and vendor relations
- Donor relations and stewardship
- Volunteer management
- Accountable for regular evaluation of program effectiveness
- Finds opportunities to build Africa’s Tomorrow’s expertise and position the organization and its staff as experts on advancing access higher education for African women
- Use your expertise and role to push for systems change in the fields of higher education and international development toward greater equity
- Shared experiences connecting you to our participants regarding upbringing, demographics, and higher education access; strongest possible preference for those located on the African continent.
- Any combination of school, volunteer, or work experience equivalent to 15+ years of professional experience with demonstrated organizational leadership experience.
- Proficiency in cultivating and stewarding relationships with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
- Excellent communication skills, including public speaking.
- Experience managing others.
- Willingness to engage in and/or experience with power-shifting processes to maximize participant voice within the organization; this may include flat organizational structures, cooperatives, collectives, or other organizational structures that aim explicitly to distribute power.
- 5+ years nonprofit management experience
- Familiarity with millennium development goals
- Systems change
- Tertiary education in any of the following fields: international relations, higher education, social justice, women’s studies or gender equality.
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- Base expectation: Midpoint for nonprofit executive directors in your country (if US-based, average for your state for nonprofits under $500K annual revenue)
- Experience in business leadership, less than 3 years: 5% increase
- Executive leadership role or business ownership for 3-10 years: 15% increase
Executive leadership in any organization for over 10 years OR executive leadership in a nonprofit for 5+ years: 25% increase