1425 Pompton Avenue
Organization: Lamp for Haiti (The Lamp Foundation, Inc)
Position: Executive Director
Posted: July 2 to August 15 on Idealist.com
Location: Northern New Jersey / NYC
The Executive Director will oversee all operations of the Lamp for Haiti in both the US and Haiti. In collaboration with the Board they will develop the strategic plan of the organization and ensure the practical realization of that plan. The position includes two major foci, namely administration and fundraising tasks on the US side, and the direction of, and active managerial involvement in, the Lamp’s activities in Haiti.
The position is based in the US but will involve extensive travel to Haiti. The Lamp currently employs only one other US-based employee, the Director of Development, so that the position requires hands-on, operational leadership.
The Lamp for Haiti (www.lampforhaiti.org) is a US nonprofit whose primary activity is the operation of a health care center in Cité Soleil, a huge shantytown on the edge of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Complementing this central activity are a number of programs that are designed to reduce the causes of illness, build community cohesion and respond to other critical needs of the community. The Lamp is, above all, a community organization. It utilizes an all-Haitian staff of 15 persons and works with the people of the area to build a responsive and durable community institution.
All of the Lamp's funding comes from individuals and small family foundations in the US. The Lamp also holds various fundraising events, such as a major gala each October. The agency also receives substantial donations in the form of medicine from a number of medical institutions. The Lamp is a registered U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Primary Job Responsibilities
· Collaborates with the Board of Directors to develop strategic plans for the organization
· Ensures that all operational activity reflects the goals and intentions of these strategic plans.
· Collaborates with the Board Treasurer to develop and follow an annual budget
· In tandem with the Director of Development, prepares an annual fundraising strategy
· Reports directly to the Board. Provides written reports to the board on a quarterly basis, or as requested. Participates in regular board meetings but is not a voting member of the board
· Implements board policy decisions and assures that all activities are consistent with these policies
· Represents the board to staff and external organizations
· Takes responsibility for the operational success of the organization
· Ensures that all resources necessary for the efficient and effective functioning of the organization are in place
· Ensures that the organization is in legal compliance with government regulations in both the US and Haiti. This includes ongoing interaction with Haitian governmental agencies, such as Ministry of Planning and Ministry of Health
· Ensures accountability of the organization – to donors, US regulatory bodies, and the Haitian government -- with respect to financial transactions, in-kind donations and use of project resources (such as staff)
· Provides the Treasurer with all necessary financial information. Reviews financial and operational reports from Haiti and passes relevant information on to the Treasurer and Board.
· In collaboration with the Board, executive committees of the Board, and the two Haitian program managers, directs all human resource activities, including hiring, disciplinary action, firing, determination of salaries and related tasks.
· Takes responsibility for determining the best solutions to problems that will arise, and for the implementation of these solutions
- Directs activities of staff in US and Haiti
- Travels to Haiti up to six times per year, working directly with Haiti staff to move operations forward
- Develops Haiti programming in collaboration with Dr. Morgan (Board Chair and Medical Director), US and Haiti staff
- Develops relationships with other NGOs in Haiti and the US to further Lamp’s mission
· In collaboration with the Director of Development, implements the fundraising strategy, including:
o Production of newsletters, mailings, website content, email blasts and other communication with donors and potential donors
o Facilitation and participation in planning and implementation of successful fundraising events
- Researching potential corporate and foundation funding prospects for Lamp for Haiti while developing a variety of high quality grant applications, proposals and written materials.
- Coordination of an effective program for recognition, involvement and stewardship of major and special gifts donors
o Acquisition of desirable quantities of in-kind donations from pharmaceutical/ medical donors and development of other suitable avenues for free or reduced cost medicines and medical supplies
o Proper donor recognition
· Implement internal reporting/meeting protocols to track progress to goals in each of the above revenue streams. This includes maintenance of the donor database and annual analytical reports on donors and donations
A successful candidate will have 5+ years of relevant work experience, preferably in leadership roles within the nonprofit sector. Specifically, candidates should show:
- Strong overall understanding of international development issues, concepts, and best practices
- Strong managerial skills, especially those relevant to project management in a low income country
- Strong IT skills, including thorough knowledge of MS Office (especially Excel), donor database software, internet tools. Specific knowledge of Donor Perfect, accounting software, WordPress, Dropbox and photo-editing software would be a plus.
- Excellent skills in written and verbal communications, attention to detail, judgment, and strong relationship-building skills.
- Strong planning, organizational, researching and multi-tasking skills.
- Ability to effectively manage a culturally diverse staff
- Ability to work independently while developing appropriate reporting mechanisms and an ability to develop strong relationships with the agency's senior volunteer leadership.
- Interest and commitment to Lamp for Haiti's mission, goals and programs while effectively representing the agency with the highest professional standards.
· Degree in international development studies strongly preferred
· A philosophical commitment to participatory, strength-based community development is strongly preferred
· Direct experience in the management of projects in low income countries is strongly preferred
· Excellent written and spoken English. In addition, French or Kreyol is strongly preferred. If needed, a willingness to commit to learn and/or improve these language skills is a must.
· Medical knowledge relevant to the management of a primary health clinic is very desirable
The Executive Director is a full time, salaried position with a range of $60,000 – 70,000USD depending on availability and experience. The position does not offer health benefits and the candidate must be willing to work from their home.
How to apply
Resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Level of Language Proficiency
Excellent written and spoke English. Preferable to also have proficiency in Haitian Kreyol , French.
Minimum Education Required