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title: Vice President, Development

location: Washington, DC
description: Education For Employment VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT Washington, DC or New York, NY   About the Organization Education For Employment (EFE) was founded on the belief that when young people have jobs and the hope of building a future for themselves, they help lay the foundation for secure and peaceful societies. We currently operate in the Middle East and North Africa - the region with the world's highest youth unemployment rate. We are transforming the lives of young people by giving them the opportunity to work and the tools to create productive, independent livelihoods.  Through unique partnerships with business, government, education, and civic leaders in our countries of operation, we design tailor-made training programs that give unemployed young people the specific skills to get and keep a job. At the end of our training programs, our graduates are placed in jobs that our partners commit before training begins. Graduates receive ongoing support through our mentoring and alumni networks.   Over the last five years, Education For Employment has enjoyed a period of rapid growth.  In 2010, EFE had placed 1,000 graduates in jobs (since inception in 2006).  By the end of 2015, EFE projects to have placed 8,000 youth in jobs and graduated over 30,000 young people from its various job-readiness and entrepreneurship programs.  The organization also has recently expanded to new countries in the Gulf region (UAE and Saudi Arabia) and in 2016 is establishing a presence in Algeria.  EFE is poised for another period of rapid growth with an emphasis on quality and strengthening of the network’s affiliate institutions.  The Vice President, Development role will be an important contributor to this next strategic phase.   Position Summary We are hiring a Vice President, Development to create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that achieves our revenue and sustainability objectives.  The Vice President’s primary focus will be to diversify and broaden our existing donor base to engage more individuals and private foundations with an initial focus in the United States. In addition, the Vice President will be responsible for creating fundraising systems and processes that ease collaboration among EFE’s global staff.  The Vice President also will work to build organizational and staff capacity among the Affiliates to develop long-term plans for sustainability and associated funding strategies.   The ideal candidate will bring a demonstrated passion for EFE’s mission and the communication skills to effectively share EFE’s impact through creative and data-driven storytelling. S/he must also demonstrate a successful record of engaging new funders resulting in major gifts. To work well in EFE’s culture, the Vice President must also be a collaborative team-player who proactively builds relationships with colleagues and other key stakeholders. The top candidate also will possess an entrepreneurial mindset and thrive in a dynamic, high-growth environment.   Key Responsibilities Strategy. Working in collaboration with the President/CEO and EFE-Global management team, develop and execute an annual development strategy for EFE-Global. Proposal development.  Lead the development of funding proposals and grant applications targeted at private individuals and foundations, primarily in the United States. Donor cultivation. Research new prospects in coordination with program team in the US and, when appropriate, with affiliate partner organizations. Cultivate, solicit, and steward existing and new donors to achieve fundraising objectives. Systems. Oversee the establishment of the processes and systems (including databases and other technology solutions using Salesforce.com) to coordinate development and fundraising initiatives for individual, foundation, and government grants for the US organization and the Network overall. Track fundraising activities across the Network to ensure successful donor stewardship.  Coordinate EFE-Global staff in the US and Europe with fundraising responsibilities. Board engagement. Engage EFE-Global Board members effectively in fundraising initiatives. Provide training and coaching, as needed, to ensure consistency and effectiveness of fundraising messages and objectives. Affiliate engagement. Support Affiliates as they develop, refine and implement sustainability goals, strategies, and budgets. Obtain expert technical assistance for Affiliates to strengthen capabilities in these areas. The level of assistance will depend on each Affiliate’s needs at their particular stage of development. Team management. Hire and manage a staff member to support the development function.  Key Qualifications A passion for EFE’s mission Relevant experience in an individual major gift and private foundation development function Successful experience designing, developing, implementing and managing development strategies Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage new donor relationships; strong partnership-building and relationship-management skills Previous experience building organizational capacity (systems, processes, technology) and staff capacity (training) Successful fundraising with high net-worth individuals and private foundations in the United States; international fundraising experience, particularly in MENA, a plus Demonstrated ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, high-growth, collaborative environment Ability to travel to the MENA region.  Education For Employment (EFE) is an equal employment opportunity employer. It is the organization’s policy to seek out and hire, at all levels, individuals without regard to race, religion, age, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical ability. We affirm our policy of offering equal employment opportunities to all individuals through our employment practices.  
title: Associate

location: Washington, DC
description: LeaderFit Associate Washington, DC   Position Summary LeaderFit is an executive search firm serving mission-driven organizations. We work with the executive teams and Boards of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises to recruit top leadership talent.  Our team is growing, and we are searching for a new Associate to join us. The Associate will play a critical role in supporting our client engagements through a variety of activities such as advertising job openings, scheduling candidate interviews, and managing our social media accounts. The Associate must be highly organized with impeccable attention to detail and exceptional writing skills. S/he must bring a demonstrated passion for social impact and previous experience working or volunteering in the nonprofit sector.  In addition, s/he will be a proactive problem solver with a “can do” attitude.    Key Responsibilities Advertise openings on job boards and social media sites (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) Correspond with candidates by phone and email to schedule interviews and provide updates Write content for our website, social media, and email campaigns Maintain our client and candidate databases Manage logistics for client meetings, including catering and room reservations Support our team’s various administrative needs  Requirements Bachelor’s degree Demonstrated passion for social impact, as evidenced by experience working or volunteering in the nonprofit sector Experience working in a professional office environment Superb organization skills with meticulous attention to detail Strong client service ethic Resourcefulness and proactive problem solving skills Exceptional writing skills Flexibility and ability to reprioritize activities as needed Experience with Microsoft Word, social media, and email Demonstrated passion for social impact Please submit a cover letter that explains why are you are interested in this opportunity specifically and your relevant experiences and skills. Thank you for your interest!
title: Development Director

location: Preference for Newtown, CT
description: Sandy Hook Promise Development Director About Sandy Hook Promise Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s sole purpose is to educate and empower parents, schools and community organizations on how to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by providing mental health & wellness early-identification and intervention programs, gun safety storage practices and advocating for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy.  For more information and to Make the Promise to Help Prevent Gun Violence, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org.   Position Summary SHP is seeking a Development Director to provide leadership, strategic oversight, and management to sustain and expand efforts to prevent gun violence through innovative programming and advocacy.  The Director will drive revenue across individual, foundation and corporate donors, events, and campaigns while contributing to the highly collaborative, positive, and action-oriented culture.  The ideal candidate is passionate about gun violence prevention, has a successful track record of raising funds on a national level, works interdependently and is highly entrepreneurial.   This is a new position, reporting to the Founder and Managing Director and working closely with the senior team.  The position has two direct reports, with additions planned with expected departmental growth, and management of three consultant agencies.   The preference is the Director be based in Newtown, CT, though working remotely with travel to Newtown will be considered.  Approximately 30% national travel is expected for this role.   Responsibilities The Director will have responsibility for fundraising strategy, operations and stewardship, including the following: Assess current development activity and design a strategic fundraising plan that will drive significant growth and impact   Provide leadership over all development programs, including: major gifts, foundation grants, corporate and institutional giving, special events (galas and concerts), online and grassroots giving, campaigns and donor stewardship   Identify new donors and opportunities for SHP, enfranchise new champions and donors, and establish long-term relationships to advance SHP’s mission   Build a development infrastructure to support SHP fundraising efforts   Monitor philanthropic trends and develop short and long-term fundraising plans aimed at maximizing contributed income from a variety of sources   In close collaboration with the leadership team, keep the Board of Directors informed of fundraising strategies and actively engaged in stewardship   Supervise development department staff, consultants and vendors as required Requirements Passion for the mission of SHP and a record of collaborative, respectful, inclusive leadership   Bachelor’s Degree required and a minimum of 8-10 years of experience in diversified fundraising, including a minimum of 4 years in a leadership role   Track record of success in strategic philanthropy, major gifts solicitation, donor stewardship, and proposal development   Entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to recognize opportunities and proactively pursue them   Exceptional organizational and project management skills Development database management (SHP uses Blackbaud)   Superb written and oral communication skills   Ability to thrive in and contribute to a fast-paced environment; a willingness to take risks and a strong action orientation   Experience and ease wearing multiple hats and participating actively in a highly entrepreneurial and collaborative environment
title: Digital Engagement Associate Director

location: Preference for Newtown, CT
description: Sandy Hook Promise Digital Engagement Associate Director   About Sandy Hook Promise Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s sole purpose is to educate and empower parents, schools and community organizations on how to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by providing mental health & wellness early-identification and intervention programs, gun safety storage practices and advocating for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy.  For more information and to Make the Promise to Help Prevent Gun Violence, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org.   Position Summary SHP is seeking an Digital Engagement Associate Director, to work collaboratively across the organization, bringing an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to online fundraising and engagement.  The Associate Director will contribute to the highly collaborative, positive, and action-oriented culture.  The ideal candidate is passionate about gun violence prevention with a successful track record of digital fundraising and engagement.   The preference is the Associate Director be based in Newtown, CT, though working remotely with travel to Newtown will be considered.   Responsibilities Reporting to the [Development Director], the Associate Director will be responsible for SHP digital engagement strategy and implementation and will work across the organization to ensure the SHP online strategy and engagement is effective.  Other responsibilities include:   Institutionalize SHP digital strategic and implementation plans that unite SHP online work including fundraising, website, and social media   Drive revenue goals through SHP interactive platforms that promote SHP mission, vision and programs   Build and lead SHP’s online fundraising and stewardship program   Develop and implement web-based strategies to strengthen SHP communications, fundraising and advocacy   Monitor social media trends and best practices, test and integrate new ideas to improve efficacy of SHP digital engagement   Serve as a digital ambassador of SHP, building a diverse portfolio of supporters   Evaluate and push for continuous improvement on digital engagement   Experience with Salsa and/or Blackbaud preferred  Requirements Passion for the mission of SHP and a record of collaborative, respectful, inclusive leadership   Bachelor’s Degree required and a minimum of 6 years experience in digital fundraising and engagement   Track record of success in online fundraising strategy and implementation   Strong technical knowledge of digital marketing practices and techniques   Superb writing and editing skills and a record of success with online content   Experience and ease wearing multiple hats and participating actively in a highly entrepreneurial and collaborative environment
title: Director, Local Programs

location: Washington, DC
description: Director, Local Programs My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Organization Description My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (“MBKA”) was recently formed and functions as a non-profit operating under the fiscal sponsorship of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). MBKA’s vision is to make the American Dream available to all boys and young men of color (BYMOC) by eliminating opportunity gaps. The organization’s mission is to unite leaders across sectors, mobilize resources, and provide infrastructure support for a national movement to improve life outcomes for BYMOC. MBKA is based in Washington, D.C. and New York City. The organization is in a startup phase and plans for significant growth in the coming months.   Position Summary The Director, Local Programs (Director) will be instrumental in leading the execution of MBKA’s priority programming efforts at the municipal level to ensure that said priorities lead to tangible and measurable impacts in the lives of BYMOC. In the near term, this individual will be responsible for establishing relationships, coordinating the development of the BYMOC landscape, conducting ecosystem mapping activities, and developing infrastructure from the ground up as it relates to programming initiatives in six “MBKA cities” across the country (five metro areas and one tribal nation). Long-term, this individual will develop and oversee end-to-end activation of local programming initiatives such as on-the-ground, capacity-building support through an existing partnership with a federal agency providing national service resources, MBKA’s local grantmaking process, and the establishment of an infrastructure of robust technical assistance offerings. The Director will work in close collaboration with the Director, National Initiatives and Innovation to develop action plans and accompanying metrics system to drive and measure results for programmatic work, with specific emphasis on measuring the tangible outcomes of grants and technical assistance. In addition, the position will require close support of and coordination with the leadership and fundraising teams, as well as the operational support team. This role will report to the Advisory Board until a full-time Managing Director, Programs is hired.   Primary Responsibilities: Place-Based Strategy Development and Implementation: Drive strategic direction of overall “place-based” programmatic strategy in MBKA cities, including but not limited to creation of a long-term vision to design, develop, and scale programmatic offerings beyond MBKA cities Catalyze Impact: Assure that MBKAs efforts in MBKA cities contribute to/catalyze tangible and measurable impact in the lives of BYMOC Community Engagement: Develop and lead execution of initial community entry and engagement strategies in MBKA cities Systematization of What Works: Assures that MBKA is well positioned to identify and systematize knowledge of what works at a local level to enhance wider opportunities for scale Technical Assistance Coordination: Drive selection process for and manage relationship(s) with additional MBKA partners in order to deliver intensive technical assistance offerings to MBKA cities Resource Management: Oversee national service organization relationship; serve as liaison to site supervisors within partner organization(s) Grants Management: Contribute to strategy and execution of MBKA’s grantmaking process at the local level Stakeholder Management: Establish and maintain relationships and open lines of communication with key local stakeholders Event Coordination: Contribute to planning and execution of internal events and meetings in MBKA cities and serve as a representative of MBKA at external local and national events Travel to MBKA cities on ongoing, as-needed basis to assess local needs, conduct stakeholder interviews, host roundtables, etc. Lead efforts for other special projects as needed 40-50% travel required to oversee work in MBKA local programs   Key Qualifications The Director operates as a transformative catalyst and orchestrator of tangible impact on both the lives of BYMOC and the ecosystem of actors currently operating to support these communities.  S/he must be comfortable operating both collaboratively and independently, should be able to manage ambiguity and be a self-starter.  MBK Alliance is a start-up and operates in a lean and nimble fashion and requires its leaders to demonstrate strong self-management skills and a consistent commitment to diligence and excellence.  The Director is critical to the success and impact of MBKA and must be passionate about the organization’s mission and vision. S/he will also be responsible for helping ensure MBKA’s future success through solid infrastructure and relationship building and therefore must have the ability to effectively anticipate needs, prioritize, and multi-task. Other qualifications include:   Content expertise and experience in two or more of following areas: community development, local economic development, public private partnerships, workforce development, education and mentorship, national service initiatives, grantmaking, community finance/impact investing, especially with communities of color Proven record of success with strategy development, workplan creation, and infrastructure building (i.e. cultivating, engaging and soliciting the support of a local group of stakeholders and aligning them toward a common vision) Experience successfully managing stakeholders at all levels (e.g., senior level executives, government officials, community leaders, nonprofit and philanthropic partners) Exceptional presentation and interpersonal skills; strong writing / communications skills with the ability to effectively leverage a variety of communication channels Highly organized with a strong attention to detail and the ability to respond to needs efficiently and effectively Strong focus on relationship building; team player mentality and ability to work collaboratively with others across all functions of the organization Highly motivated, can-do attitude, self-starter and able to work with little or no supervision; must be proactive and solution-oriented, looking for ways to add value and assist the team; ability to work well under pressure and respond to tight deadlines Fully proficient on all Microsoft products including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook A Bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of experience in a fast-paced work environment in a related field (community development, public private partnerships, workforce development, etc) Programmatic and / or mission-aligned work required. Experience working at a start-up and proven ability to manage others effectively preferred   Application Instructions   To apply, please submit your résumé and a 200-word write-up stating how you would contribute to the organization to change life outcomes for BYMOC. MBKA is a sponsored project of RPA. RPA is a public charity and an equal opportunity employer.    
title: Director, National Initiatives and Innovation

location: Washington, DC
description: Director, National Initiatives and Innovation My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Organization Description My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (“MBKA”) was recently formed and functions as a non-profit operating under the fiscal sponsorship of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). MBKA’s vision is to make the American Dream available to all boys and young men of color (BYMOC) by eliminating opportunity gaps. The organization’s mission is to unite leaders across sectors, mobilize resources, and provide infrastructure support for a national movement to improve life outcomes for BYMOC. MBKA is based in Washington, D.C. and New York City. The organization is in a startup phase and plans for significant growth in the coming months.   Position Summary In coordination with MBKA leadership, the Director, National Initiatives and Innovation (Director) will be responsible for leading MBKAs efforts in three distinct and catalytic national efforts: the design and development of the “What Works Portal” (an online “one-stop-shop” for practical tools, community engagement, and resource alignment within the BYMOC space), driving a “narrative change” initiative central to changing perception of BYMOC across the United States, and coordinating how MBKA might play a strategic role in select policy efforts and interventions (aka “Ban the Box). The Director will work in close collaboration with the Director, Local Programs as MBKA’s programmatic strategy requires the integration and interplay between local and national efforts. Initially, this position will focus collaborating with similar external efforts to design and develop the What Works Portal (WWP) and the Changing the Narrative efforts. This role will report to the Managing Director, Programs, but will report to interim management structure until the new Managing Director is hired.   Primary Responsibilities:   National Program Management: Responsible for overall coordination and development of MBKA’s strategic national agenda that is focused on a) the design, development and management of the What Works Portal; b) coordination of a broad-based national effort to “change the narrative” surrounding BYMOC; and c) engaging in specific policy efforts that are informed through evidence based efforts of “what works” and can contribute to or accelerate the process of narrative change Program Area Stewardship: Provide guidance and support to the overall development and implementation of MBKA program areas from a national perspective (integrating lessons learned from implementation in each of the MBKA cities) Policy Development: Develop and coordinate a selective and focused policy framework that can demonstrate how MBKA can be supportive of targeted policy efforts/initiatives that can advance its overall mission in support of BYMOC Design National Convenings: Develop and coordinate high-profile national convenings designed to raise awareness, promote cross-sectoral collaboration, and drive specific outcomes that can directly or indirectly impact the lives of BYMOC Partnership Development: Coordinate strategic partnership opportunities with a limited number of national organizations that can help advance the mission of MBKA and accelerate impact on the lives of BYMOC   Key Qualifications The Director operates as a transformative catalyst and orchestrator of tangible impact on both the lives of BYMOC and the ecosystem of actors currently operating to support these communities.  S/he must be comfortable operating both collaboratively and independently, should be able to manage ambiguity and be a self-starter.  MBK Alliance is a start-up and operates in a lean and nimble fashion and requires its leaders to demonstrate strong self-management skills and a consistent commitment to diligence and excellence.  The Director is critical to the success and impact of MBKA and must be passionate about the organization’s mission and vision. S/he will also be responsible for helping ensure MBKA’s future success through solid infrastructure and relationship building and therefore must have the ability to effectively anticipate needs, prioritize, and multi-task. Other qualifications include:   Content expertise and experience in two or more of following areas: web-based platform design coordination, policy development, advocacy, social marketing (with a specific focus on behavior change), especially with communities of color  Proven track record of successful program management including strategy and infrastructure development Successful project management experience  Vendor management experience preferred, ideally technical/website vendor management experience Exceptional presentation and interpersonal skills; strong writing / communications skills with the ability to effectively leverage a variety of communication channels Highly organized with a strong attention to detail and the ability to respond to needs efficiently and effectively Strong focus on relationship building; team player mentality, and ability to work collaboratively with others Highly motivated, can-do attitude, self-starter and able to work with little or no supervision; must be proactive and solution-oriented, looking for ways to add value and assist the team; ability to work well under pressure and respond to tight deadlines A Bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of relevant work experience Programmatic and / or mission-aligned work required. Experience working at a start-up and proven ability to manage others effectively preferred   Application Instructions To apply, please submit your résumé and a 200-word write-up stating how you would contribute to the organization to change life outcomes for BYMOC. MBKA is a sponsored project of RPA. RPA is a public charity and an equal opportunity employer.    
title: Manager, Partnerships and Business Development

location: Washington, DC
description: Aga Khan Foundation USA Manager, Partnerships and Business Development Washington, DC Position Description Reporting to AKF USA’s Programs Director, the Manager, Partnerships and Business Development Manager will be responsible for cultivating partnerships with institutional donors and peer organizations and developing new business in the United States. Working with a multi-disciplinary team at AKF USA, as well as colleagues overseas, the Manager will (i) identify new funding opportunities from US-based donors that are in line with AKF and AKDN strategy; (ii) develop and strengthen relationships with potential and current institutional donors, including US government, foundations, corporations, and impact investors; (iii) coordinate proposal development processes and related negotiations; (iv) strengthen capacity for proposal development, where necessary, of field-based teams; and (vi) oversee grant management, reporting and technical support to specific projects.   Main duties and responsibilities Support AKF and AKDN in articulating resource mobilization strategies that reflect evolving US donor context (both public and private, as well as impact investors), and ensure that resource mobilization efforts are in line with those strategies;  Liaise with AKF field units and other AKDN agencies to identify new funding opportunities, provide support to engagement with US Missions and potential partners, and develop tools to support field units’ overall resource mobilization and grant management efforts;  Organize and lead meetings and communications with US-based donors that lead to continued or new financial or technical support to AKF/AKDN;  Organize and lead meetings and communications with US-based peer organizations and other cooperating agencies that lead to continued or new financial or technical support to AKF/AKDN; Working closely with Programs, Investments, and Strategic Communications teams, contribute to AKF efforts to influence policy that affects AKF/AKDN’s work; Stay informed of and gather intelligence on forthcoming funding opportunities which match AKDN goals and objectives;  Track emerging priorities and trends in US funding from private foundations and US Government that could impact AKDN pipeline opportunities; Manage all aspects of new proposal development and submission including negotiation with funding and partner agencies and coordination of AKDN financial and narrative components;   In consultation with Finance Department, strengthen systems for resource mobilization, and grants and investment management; Support grant management including donor compliance, technical and financial reporting, as needed; Travel to support duties, as appropriate – up to 25% of the year. Required Qualifications Minimum of 7-10 years work experience in a resource mobilization role, including significant experience working with USAID; experience in foundation and corporate fundraising a plus; demonstrated success as lead writer or proposal manager for a reputable cooperating agency or nonprofit organization working in international development, including opportunity development, creation of RFA/RFP proposal/bid planning, partner negotiations, and budget and project management; ability to maintain a service orientation, add value and be effective in a multi-cultural team; well-developed interpersonal and organizational skills, flexibility and the ability to meet deadlines; strong computer skills; ability/willingness to travel, including to potentially insecure countries.   Master’s degree in a relevant field and experience working overseas preferred. Background in M&E and knowledge management a plus.   Behaviors and Attitudes Among AKF USA’s core values are respect for human dignity, compassion, self-reliance, tolerance and openness. The organization is interested in individuals whose behaviors reflect these values, who are dedicated to fulfilling the AKF USA mission, and who demonstrate integrity, honesty and are dedicated to serving humanity. In addition, the ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to take initiative, communicate clearly, act with positive intent and encouragement towards others, and be responsive to new ideas and innovations.
title: Program Associate

location: Washington, DC
description: Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. Program Associate Washington, DC ABOUT AGA KHAN FOUNDATION U.S.A. (AKF USA) Established in 1981, AKF USA is a private, non-denominational, non-profit international development organization committed to alleviating poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy, primarily in Africa and Asia. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of grassroots communities to solve their own problems and to promote opportunities that lead to long-term improvements in their income, health, education and the sustainability of local institutions and the environment. The Foundation supports community-based programs in the areas of health, education, rural development and civil society. Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org), a group of 11 private development agencies working to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in Africa and Asia.    POSITION DESCRIPTION AKF USA is seeking to hire a Program Associate to manage its development portfolio in Asia and Africa, consisting of donor and partner engagement, concept and proposal development for new projects, reporting and technical expertise provision and grants management. Priority areas, include, but are not limited to: economic development, civil society development and health. This is a professional/grant management position with no direct supervisory responsibility, which may involve international travel (East and West Africa, Central and South Asia, including Afghanistan and Pakistan) to fulfill responsibilities.   MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Take a lead in identifying, cultivating and developing new funding opportunities and relationships with prospective partners. With support from Programs Team colleagues, manage all aspects of new proposal development, submission and negotiation with donors to support programmatic needs in focus countries. Manage US-funded grants, cooperative agreements and contracts to ensure all internal and donor requirements – technical and reporting – are met. Provide technical assistance, tools, training and advice to support field teams in fulfilling responsibilities in overall resource mobilization, grant management, and project quality control. Liaise with the Communications and Resource Development Department to develop materials and resources capturing program information, results and impact that promote awareness and facilitate a dialogue with donors and investors. Contribute to Programs Team efforts to achieve departmental and organizational objectives. Remain flexible and comfortable with a role that may evolve over time.   REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Graduate degree or equivalent experience in international development. At least three years of professional experience. Related experiences in grants management for US donor-funded programs and in the field context are considered assets, demonstrated success in proposal writing for a reputable organization, as well as a proven ability to lead and manage proposal development processes. Well-developed interpersonal, project management skills – organization, ability to meet deadlines, etc. – and flexibility are required. Client/service orientation and an ability to add value and be effective in culturally diverse settings are vital. Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, are essential. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are a must, with other languages skills considered a plus.       BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES Among AKF USA’s core values are respect for human dignity, compassion, self-reliance, tolerance and openness. The organization is interested in individuals whose behaviors reflect these values, who are dedicated to fulfilling the AKF USA mission, and who demonstrate integrity, honesty and are dedicated to serving humanity. In addition, the ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to take initiative, communicate clearly, act with positive intent and encouragement towards others, and be responsive to new ideas and innovations.
title: Manager, Prospect Research

location: Preference for Washington, DC
description: ​My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Manager, Prospect Research Organization Description My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (“MBKA”) was recently formed and functions as a non-profit operating under the fiscal sponsorship of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). MBKA’s vision is to make the American Dream available to all boys and young men of color (BYMOC) by eliminating opportunity gaps. The organization’s mission is to unite leaders across sectors, mobilize resources, and provide infrastructure support for a national movement to improve life outcomes for BYMOC. MBKA is based in Washington, D.C. and New York City. The organization is in a startup phase and plans for significant growth in the coming months.   Position Summary The Manager, Prospect Research (Manager) will develop and manage a comprehensive program for identifying and soliciting donor prospects for MBKA’s ongoing fundraising activities through a sophisticated program of research and analysis using the latest technology and resources. The Manager will identify new prospects and conduct research on individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations in support of MBKA development efforts. The Manager will create research products and profiles that will drive donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.    Primary Responsibilities:         Development Team Responsibilities Develop the donor management system to provide MBKA with a robust constituent pool for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship Conduct research to support frontline development staff on an on-going basis and in a timely manner Prepare well-written donor research reports, including prospect profiles, corporate briefs, and executive bios Work with development teams to build action plans for engaging, soliciting and stewarding donors Play a key role in identifying prospects for specialized fundraising activities throughout the year Proactively identify, track and assess donor leads in order to expand the prospect pool Analyze information to assess prospect capacity and interest in support and suggest ask amounts Monitor philanthropic trends and remain current on prospect research trends Build and implement an effective gift collection system Work with campaign staff to prepare donor profiles for major solicitations Manage confidential information with the highest level of discretion and professionalism   CEO Support Responsibilities Support and equip the CEO with donor research and key information that will enhance fundraising activity Support follow-up activity of CEO fundraising efforts Potential travel of up to 25%   Key Qualifications The Manager operates as a key player in building the development foundation at MBKA.  S/he must be comfortable operating both collaboratively and independently, should be able to manage ambiguity and be a self-starter.  MBK Alliance is a start-up and operates in a lean and nimble fashion and requires its team members to demonstrate strong self-management skills and a consistent commitment to diligence and excellence.  The Manager must be passionate about the organization’s mission and vision. S/he will also be responsible for helping ensure MBKA’s future success through research, data analysis, and the creation of concise, well-written reports for frontline development staff and MBKA leadership. Other qualifications include:   Proven track record of success conducting comprehensive research and producing concise reports and profiles Knowledge of research techniques and databases, including data entry and effective report generation. Highly organized with a strong attention to detail and the ability to respond to needs efficiently and effectively Team player mentality and ability to work collaboratively with others across all functions of the organization Highly motivated, can-do attitude, self-starter and able to work with little or no supervision; must be proactive and solution-oriented, looking for ways to add value and assist the team; ability to work well under pressure and respond to tight deadlines Fully proficient on all Microsoft products including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook as well as skill in utilizing multiple electronic resources such as Lexis/Nexis, Noza, or Foundation Search to locate and compile business and biographic information. Experience with relational databases such as Raiser’s Edge, Banner, Salesforce, or Millennium required A Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience in a fast-paced work environment in a related field (community development, public private partnerships, workforce development, etc) Development and / or mission-aligned work required. Experience working at a start-up and proven ability to manage others effectively preferred   Application Instructions   To apply, please submit your résumé and a 200-word write-up stating how you would contribute special value to the work of MBKA through strategic prospect research.   MBKA is a sponsored project of RPA. RPA is a public charity and an equal opportunity employer.  
title: Chief Development Officer

location: Washington DC, DC
description: Service Year Alliance Chief Development Officer Service Year Alliance is building a movement to make a year of service a common expectation and opportunity in America. We envision the day when “where will your service year be?” becomes a commonly asked question in our society among each rising generation.  This is a critical time for our nation – a time when we have big challenges to solve, a generation desperate for opportunities, and a country in need of common cause that unites us, builds trust, and ignites optimism about our future. Imagine what this nation could accomplish if an army of Americans spent the next year serving in our schools, our health clinics, our communities struggling with poverty or confronting natural disasters.  The experience also prepares the next generation with the skills, empathy, and leadership that our country needs while uniting diverse Americans in common purpose.  If we can harness the spirit of service, selflessness, and teamwork of each generation, there’s no challenge we can’t solve together. Position Summary We are seeking an entrepreneurial Chief Development Officer to design the fundraising strategy and build and lead day-to-day fundraising operations for this newly established Service Year Alliance. Specifically, the Chief Development Officer will design and execute a strategy that allows us to fund the ongoing work across a range of needs including: the state-of-the art technology platform, advocacy/policy, marketing, and more; meets existing and future challenge grants; and ensures the long-term sustainability of the organization. As a Chief Development Officer, you will be considered one of the organization’s key leaders, reporting directly to the Executive Director, and serving as a member of the Service Year Alliance’s senior leadership team, providing strategic advice to organizational leadership, to include the CEO/President and board of directors. We are attempting to raise $50 million over four years.  This is more money for this type of work than has ever been raised previously.  If that scares you more than excites you, this isn’t for you.  If it excites you more than it scares you, this will be an amazing experience and a highlight of your career.  Most importantly, you will play a key role in impacting millions and millions of lives and redefining what it means to grow up in America.    Key Responsibilities Development Planning & Implementation In conjunction with leadership, develop, refine, and implement the Service Year development plan Conduct research and analysis that informs a thoughtful development strategy across major individuals gifts, foundation and corporate champions Build a deep understanding of relevant funding terrains Ensure alignment of strategy across a diverse group of key stakeholders   Cultivation & Solicitation Identify new individual major donors, foundation prospects and corporate partners Develop a cultivation strategy for key potential donors and identify and empower the best relationship manager for each prospect/donor Plan and attend meetings with current and potential supporters and accompany leadership at high-level fundraising meetings Write fundraising letters and appeals and maintain regular correspondence with foundations, donors, and prospective donors Prepare grant proposals and progress reports to funders Develop a donor communications plan   Management & Operations Lead the operations and execution of the Service Year fundraising strategy In collaboration with a team of three development professionals and active engagement from leadership and the board, manage the development pipeline Design and build the systems and processes necessary to support the entrepreneurial, fast-paced work of the initiative Ensure the team effectively and consistently utilizes Salesforce   Requirements An unrelenting belief that national service can transform individuals, communities, and the nation; participation in a national service program or with an organization that hosted national service positions preferred A minimum of seven years raising funds at a nonprofit organization A successful track record of raising five, six, and seven figure gifts from a variety of funding sources Outstanding communications skills and a record of identifying, building and sustaining strong relationships over time Exceptional writing, research, organizational and presentation skills The ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment where there is a lot to figure out, systems to put into place, and strategies evolving Strong interpersonal, negotiation and diplomacy skills, including a sense of humor   About Service Year Led by CEO Shirley Sagawa and Board Chair General Stan McChrystal, Service Year Alliance is the result of a merger among Service Year Exchange, ServiceNation, and the Franklin Project – and is a joint venture of Be The Change, Inc. and the Aspen Institute.    
title: Director, Volunteer Engagement and Resource Development

location: Washington, District of Columbia
description: Aga Khan Foundation USA   Title:               Director, Volunteer Engagement and Resource Development Location:        Washington DC Reports to:     CEO   About Aga Khan Foundation USA (AKF USA) The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative and sustainable solutions to problems that impede social development. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise, and the revitalization of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programs without regard to faith, origin or gender.   Position Description Reporting to AKF USA’s CEO, the Director, Volunteer Engagement and Resource Development will be responsible for the strategic direction and execution of all aspects of volunteer management, resource development and donor stewardship, as well as liaising with Ismaili community and institutions. The incumbent shall be a key member of the Senior Management team, providing support and thought leadership to achieve AKF USA’s overall goals.   Main duties and responsibilities   Volunteer Management Assess AKF USA’s ongoing need and capacity for volunteers and assume a leading role in developing new fundraising strategies for voluntary fundraisers Work closely with Regional Coordinators and their teams to set fundraising targets and steward office resources to support volunteers in their engagement activities Provide direction, coordination and consultation for all volunteer functions within AKF USA Work with AKF USA volunteer team leadership across the country to promote volunteer recruitment and engagement, including recognition, and to establish related protocols/policies as needed to ensure efficient communication and operation Oversee training, coaching, and guiding of volunteers, ensuring volunteers act in accordance with AKF USA’s values and possess a thorough understanding of the organization and its goals to meet fundraising objectives Include and promote volunteer management as a key component of AKF USA’s overall strategy   Resource Development, Donor and Sponsor Stewardship Promote organizational culture centered around donors and volunteers Work with CEO and senior staff to agree on AKF USA’s fundraising goals Plan, implement and evaluate resource mobilization strategies to meet fundraising goals in a manner consistent with AKF USA’s values, mission and plans Cultivate existing donors and establish new individual and corporate donor relationships to ensure long-term funding stability Oversee, actively manage, and support staff and volunteers involved in the Aga Khan Foundation events, including Walks, Golfs, the Gala and other events held nationally or locally throughout the year Develop, cultivate and implement corporate sponsorships and corporate engagement for fundraising Work closely with the Director of Strategic Communications and Director of Programs and Partnerships to support resource mobilization and volunteer engagement   Interface with Community Institutions Cultivate warm working relationships with leaders of the Ismaili community in the US founded on mutual respect, trust and shared values Increase the engagement with leadership of the Ismaili community, developing and managing strong positive relationships with leaders at both the national and local levels of the Jamat Working closely with the CEO and the National Committee (NC) ensure community leaders have a thorough understanding of the organization’s mission, vision and goals to build strong collaboration amongst institutions   Events, Outreach and Communications In close collaboration with Strategic Communication team oversee, actively manage, and support staff and volunteers involved in the AKF events, including Walks, Golfs, the Gala and other events held nationally or locally throughout the year In close liaison with Strategic Communications and Programs and Partnerships teams take an active part in other outreach activities of AKF USA Lead, oversee, control and integrate across regions all aspects of volunteer programs management, including quality control, financial and budget oversight, human resource development, performance management, event planning, site preparation, logistics, legal/regulatory requirements etc. Ensure that there is an efficient flow of information and communication up and down the chain of activities, which will include all staff, volunteers and the NC. This may involve travel to the field sites with volunteers   Strategic Leadership and People Management Contribute to Senior Management Team’s efforts to promote an organizational culture of collaboration, open and frequent communication, adaptation, alignment with a common vision, and celebration of success in achieving specific project and broader organizational objectives Supervise, coach and mentor the Programs and Partnerships staff and build a highly skilled and motivated team which exemplifies AKF USA values and behaviors Oversee and set annual performance objectives, in alignment with AKF USA Strategy for the team and evaluate their performance in accordance with the AKF USA’s staff performance management procedures Role model performance appraisals and feedback sessions for designated managers Identify staff with potential for advancement and, as part of the succession planning process, contribute to their development Build a culture throughout the Department of continuous improvement, in which teams are cognizant of and influence the broader learning agenda alongside delivery objectives   Carry out any other duties as assigned by the CEO.   Required Qualifications   Qualifications Master’s level qualification in Middle East Studies, International Relations, Development Studies or a related discipline from a recognized university   Experience At least ten years of progressively evolving management and team leadership experience in a service oriented organization At least five years’ experience in volunteer management and administration, and a good understanding of the field International and/or non-profit experience preferred Experience in the recruitment, induction, motivation and management of volunteer workforce Experience of supervising teams Experience in arranging and delivering events or training   Skills Demonstrate proven ability in relationship management, fundraising and relationship building Effective communication skills, both spoken and written A high level of interpersonal skills Excellent organizational, planning and project management skills Ability to prioritize workload and function effectively within and outside the office in a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary environment Ability to work under pressure to complete multiple tasks, meet demands and deadlines with a positive, constructive attitude Strong managerial and leadership skills with ability to manage and develop high-performing teams Demonstrable ability to motivate self and the team to work effectively across departments in the US office and offices overseas Demonstrable ability to foster a healthy organizational culture of teamwork, collaboration, problems-solving Proficient in Microsoft Office package, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint   Knowledge Knowledge of volunteer management practices Strong knowledge and strategic understanding of not-for-profit sector, including donor relations and management Knowledge of the legal framework within which not-for-profit organizations are governed and managed   Behaviors and Attributes Among AKF USA’s core values are respect for human dignity, compassion, self-reliance, tolerance and openness. The organization is interested in individuals whose behaviors reflect these values, who are dedicated to fulfilling the AKF USA mission, and who demonstrate integrity, honesty and are dedicated to serving humanity. In addition, the ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to take initiative, communicate clearly, act with positive intent and encouragement towards others, and be responsive to new ideas and innovations.  
title: Director, Strategic Communications and Outreach

location: Washington, DC
description: Aga Khan Foundation USA   Title:               Director, Strategic Communications and Outreach Location:        Washington DC Reports to:     CEO   About Aga Khan Foundation USA (AKF USA) The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative and sustainable solutions to problems that impede social development. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise, and the revitalization of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programs without regard to faith, origin or gender.   Position Description Reporting to AKF USA’s CEO, the Director, Strategic Communications and Outreach is accountable for managing the functional areas of outreach, communications and external relations, and for supporting the Programs and Partnerships Team on government agency relations.   The position is responsible for working closely with the CEO, National Committee and the Senior Management Team to augment existing plans and implement a comprehensive communications plan for AKF USA.   Main duties and responsibilities   Strategic Communications Undertake the responsibility for continually strengthening AKF USA communications that can be embedded within the overall vision and directions for the organization Lead in the development and strengthening of communication processes and tools including collaboration with other AKF Units (in UK, Canada, the developing countries) to produce materials for multiple Foundation offices Lead in the development and implementation of the digital strategy, and analysis of constituent data to inform strategic communications Support the Programs and Partnerships Team in their efforts to develop relationships with key government and development agencies, preparing quality communications material that augment proposals to agencies and help in reporting successes of programs Support other departments’ efforts to extend a wider net of potential collaborators for AKDN work internationally Develop and implement a strategy for knowledge management and learning in close collaboration with Programs and Partnerships Team Develop and implement a strategic plan for public engagement, communications and policy engagement related to geographies and sectors of high priority Plan and implement PR and communications campaigns; monitor their effectiveness Develop and implement AKF USA’s social media strategy Prepare, produce and adapt materials to meet strategic communications needs   Communications Management Provide support and strategic guidance on of all communications executed by other AKF USA departments Train staff on brand identity and provide them with key messages on AKF USA and AKDN Ensure that all communications material is of the highest standards established by AKF and liaise with colleagues in other AKF units to enhance overall impact of AKF communications internationally Ensure quality, management and maintenance of digital resources: website, social media channels, and digital analytics Lead the development of on-going relationships with key national and regional media outlets that result in an increased positive representation of AKDN programs and events Support and strengthen the work of the Volunteer Engagement and Resource Development Team to develop new fundraising and outreach campaigns and ideas Support and advise the Director of Volunteer Engagement and Resource Development in ensuring that there is an efficient flow of information and communication up and down the chain of activities, which will include all staff, volunteers and the NC Provide regular analytical reports on the performance of the Department to the CEO and Senior Management Team Identify opportunities for improving internal communications within AKF USA and implement solutions Continually implement processes and tools for improving the quality of AKF USA’s communications   Public Relations Develop, cultivate, institutionalize and manage relationships with strategic media partners and development leaders as appropriate Liaise with any PR agencies that AKF USA engages to ensure the successful implementation of PR activities Arrange press conferences, media briefings, and workshops to engage key journalists on international development topics Monitor AKF USA’s media presence, and prepare quarterly reports on the effectiveness of AKF USA’s PR and media campaigns for the CEO and Senior Management Team Consult with AKF Geneva and donor offices on media strategy and cultivation   Policy Dialogue Support Support Programs and Partnerships Director in the development of objectives, plans and strategies for key policy engagement activities with US Government, Foundations, academic institutions and think tanks in sectors and/or geographies of interest Support Programs and Partnerships Director in position AKDN as a leader and partner of choice under certain sectors, themes and settings   Stakeholder Engagement Maintain AKF USA’s database of industry contacts, associations, partners and global experts on international development, ensuring that the database is current and accurate Develop and maintain good working relationships with media, communications agents (such as PR agencies and design firms), and communications counterparts in AKF USA’s partner organizations   Strategic Leadership and Management of People Contribute to Senior Management Team’s efforts to promote an organizational culture of collaboration, open and frequent communication, adaptation, alignment with a common vision, and celebration of success in achieving specific project and broader organizational objectives Supervise, coach and mentor the Strategic Communications and Outreach staff and build a highly skilled and motivated team which exemplifies AKF USA values and behaviors Oversee and set annual performance objectives, in alignment with AKF USA Strategy for the team and evaluate their performance in accordance with the AKF USA’s staff performance management procedures Role model performance appraisals and feedback sessions for designated managers Identify staff with potential for advancement and, as part of the succession planning process, contribute to their development Build a culture throughout the Department of continuous improvement, in which teams are cognizant of and influence the broader learning agenda alongside delivery objectives   Carry out any other duties as assigned by the CEO.   Required Qualifications   A graduate degree or equivalent in communication and information management, journalism/publishing, editorial, marketing and/or PR or related field from a recognized university   Experience A minimum of ten years’ relevant experience (e.g. communication and information management, journalism/publishing, editorial, marketing and/or PR) preferably combining private sector experience with a large international development organization, donor or philanthropic organization, with at least five years in a senior manager role Demonstrable experience of dealing with the media (newspapers, radio and TV) Strong demonstrable experience of building and managing relationships, including effective engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders at the highest level Experience of working in multi-cultural environments   Skills Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written) with proven ability to produce concise, well-structured and very high-quality written materials Highly creative with an ability to overcome obstacles to cooperation and to foster harmonious relations Excellent organizational skills Strong proofreading skills with high level of attention to detail Strong presentation skills Strong managerial and leadership skills with ability to manage and develop high-performing teams Ability to prioritize workload and function effectively within and outside the office in a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary environment Ability to work under pressure to complete multiple tasks, meet demands and deadlines with a positive, constructive attitude Demonstrable ability to motivate self and the team to work effectively across departments in the US office and offices overseas Demonstrable ability to foster a healthy organizational culture of teamwork, collaboration, problems-solving Proficient in the use of graphics and/or publishing software, and Microsoft Office applications   Knowledge Knowledge and understanding of media’s ways of working Knowledge of website management and social media tools Knowledge of international development field and a good understanding of its trends   Behaviors and Attributes Among AKF USA’s core values are respect for human dignity, compassion, self-reliance, tolerance and openness. The organization is interested in individuals whose behaviors reflect these values, who are dedicated to fulfilling the AKF USA mission, and who demonstrate integrity, honesty and are dedicated to serving humanity. In addition, the ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to take initiative, communicate clearly, act with positive intent and encouragement towards others, and be responsive to new ideas and innovations.
title: Manager, Human Resources

location: Washington, DC
description: Aga Khan Foundation USA   Title:               Manager, Human Resources Location:        Washington DC Reports to:     CEO   About Aga Khan Foundation USA (AKF USA) The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative and sustainable solutions to problems that impede social development. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise, and the revitalization of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programs without regard to faith, origin or gender.   Position Description Reporting to AKF USA’s CEO, the Manager, Human Resources will be responsible for ensuring that AKF US has the appropriate level of human resources (in terms of capability, quality and experience) to deliver its strategic objectives. The incumbent will actively support the organization to meet goals through the effective delivery of highly efficient human resources, administrative and logistical support. The HR Manager will ensure that HR policies and procedures are implemented in the areas of HR planning, talent recruitment, engagement, development and retention, employee learning and development, performance, reward, discipline, separation, employee welfare and employer branding.   Main duties and responsibilities   Leadership of the HR function Support the CEO in developing a learning culture through sharing of best practices and successes between different parts of the organization Support the annual work planning process, ensuring that all workplans are of a high standard and are reviewed by line managers Implement an employee feedback mechanism and propose ideas to the CEO that will improve the effectiveness of AKF USA Working with the CEO, drive change management programs to achieve the desired behavior, performance and culture change objectives required to ensure the success of the organization Support the CEO in conducting a semi-annual orientation for all staff, covering AKF USA’s mission, vision and values Plan and manage semi-annual staff team-building retreats to improve staff capacity to support each other in their day-to-day tasks   Organizational Development Annually review AKF USA job descriptions to ensure they are clearly aligned to the organization structure and ensure job clarification is carried out in a timely manner to enhance capacity utilization Carry out human resources planning to ensure adequate staffing at all times that supports sustainable departmental and organizational performance   Recruitment and Selection When needed, manage the recruitment process to ensure recruitment of candidates with the right skills, experience and values to achieve AKF USA’s objectives Liaise with HR partners/consultants to ensure that vacancies are properly advertised and recruitment processes are followed to fruition. Directly and actively participate in screening job applications and conducting interviews Support the selection process, directly and actively participating in screening job applications, conducting of interviews, reference and background checking Ensure that all recruitment activities and processes are carried out in compliance with AKF USA’s approved policies and procedures Prepare appointment letters for new employees for the CEO’s sign off, provide support to the CEO and the senior team in making annual pay awards decisions Ensure a comprehensive induction plan and induction pack for all new employees so that all staff receive an appropriate and thorough induction during the first three months of their employment In liaison with the relevant departments manage coordinate the off-boarding process when an employee is leaving the organization   Talent Management and Succession Planning Ensure talent management policies, processes and procedures are implemented and utilized to achieve the required results Promote a culture of continuous learning and development within AKF USA and encourage staff to take actions to improve their skills and capabilities at all times Ensure managers assess staff skills against the required job competences and identify gaps and institute staff learning and development programs that address such gaps Provide professional development advise and consultation to all staff, including guiding directors and managers on mentoring skills   Performance Management Assist line managers in the implementation of the performance management process, including ensuring that performance appraisals are aligned with job plans, commence at the appropriate time, and are completed by the specified deadline Clearly measure, monitor, evaluate and reward performance to maximize employee productivity Provide analysis of performance management data to the CEO in a timely manner   Employee Reward and Quality of Life Review the organization’s pay structure as required and regularly carry out/participate in salary surveys to stay abreast with market pay practices and standards Carry out employee satisfaction and engagement surveys to generate information for management’s informed decision making Ensure that staff grievances are dealt with effectively; in cases where staff grievances have been escalated, meet with staff to resolve grievances   Data Management, Administration, Internal Communications Maintain in-depth knowledge of US labor regulations and ensure that all AKF USA HR policies comply Carry our regular review and update AKF USA’s HR Policies and Employee Handbook as required, to ensure that it remains relevant to the organization’s needs and complies with changing compliance requirements Ensure that all staff activities are ethical and comply with AKF USA values and the policies in the Staff Handbook Maintain AKF USA organizational chart and generate or modify job descriptions as needed, in consultation with the relevant departments Ensure that appropriate systems are in place for the applications, securing and maintain of work permits and visas for all international staff and that implementation is timely and efficient Ensure effective HR administration to meet the needs of all employees Maintain a comprehensive database of employee information (contracts, leave dates, performance reviews, references, queries, etc.) and ensure that information on all employees is up-to-date   Carry out any other duties or special assignments as assigned by management.   Required Qualifications   Qualifications A Bachelor or Master’s degree in HR Management or relevant discipline from a recognized university A professional HR qualification, such as post graduate diploma in HR Management Membership of a professional HR Management body   Experience A minimum of five years as an HR professional, with at least two years in a senior role Practical experience in developing HR strategies for talent management, to attract and retain high caliber professionals, foster skills development and facilitate succession planning Experience of working with international staff and regulations on work permits etc. Experience in developing HR policies, practices, procedures and processes Practical experience in developing and implementing HR strategies and plans for organizational development and change Exposure to compensation and benefits package development and salary surveys, employee engagement, welfare and employee relations Experience in the management of staff from different nationalities and diverse cultural backgrounds Experience of using systems thinking approaches in a multidisciplinary organization Experience of working within an organization that relies on volunteers for its success Experience in designing and delivering training sessions   Skills Excellent strategic and analytical thinking skills, with demonstrable problem identification and solving skills Strong relationship management skills; the ability to deal with all levels of the organization effectively and diplomatically; the ability to build trust and provide consultancy to different stakeholders Accomplished people manager and a capable leader with demonstrable team working, coaching and mentoring skills Proven interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment, with sensitivity and respect of diversity Ability to manage complex organizational issues with excellent ability to prioritize and multi-task Superior negotiation and assertiveness skills with the ability to interact with and influence high level decision makers and staff Advanced written communication skills including policies, procedures, report writing and plans Advanced planning and organization skills with attention to detail Presentation and facilitation skills   Knowledge Sound understanding of the AKF USA’s business and operational needs with proven capacity to innovate, promote and direct transformational organizational change initiatives and improvement of processes Knowledge of and experience in HR regulations and legal requirements, as well as understanding of best practice approaches in the US market Knowledge of HR management in international organizations Knowledge of management development and learning tools Knowledge of AKF USA’s strategy and initiatives Command of standard computer software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)   Behaviors and Attributes Among AKF USA’s core values are respect for human dignity, compassion, self-reliance, tolerance and openness. The organization is interested in individuals whose behaviors reflect these values, who are dedicated to fulfilling the AKF USA mission, and who demonstrate integrity, honesty and are dedicated to serving humanity. In addition, the ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to take initiative, communicate clearly, act with positive intent and encouragement towards others, and be responsive to new ideas and innovations.  
title: Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Lifeline

location: Washington, DC
description: Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Lifeline Universal Service Administrative Company Washington, D.C.   Overview   Despite pervasive connectivity in most urban areas in the United States, as of January 2015 the FCC estimated that nearly 55 million Americans across the country had no access to broadband services. USAC administers the $10 billion Universal Service Fund, which the FCC created to address serious gaps in needed coverage. We deliver funds through four programs (E-rate, Lifeline, Rural Healthcare and High Cost), to people and places who need it most – rural, hard-to-reach communities, low income households and schools and libraries who need access to facilitate learning. We are passionate about our universal service mission, and we are in the midst of transforming our organization to better support its realization.   Position Summary   We seek an experienced, dynamic and collaborative professional to serve as our Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Lifeline within our Lifeline team to help USAC’s Lifeline program listen to, learn from, and engage with its key stakeholders, including carriers, consumers, state and federal partners, non-profit organizations, and the FCC. Reporting to the Vice President of Lifeline, you will bring world-class strategy to high quality, two-way engagement through a variety of communications vehicles that help stakeholders achieve their objectives.   This is an outstanding career opportunity for an individual interested in a genuine professional challenge in support of a public-spirited mission.   Responsibilities   Working in a creative and fast-paced environment, the Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Lifeline will be responsible for digital marketing (website, email, social media), training (conferences, workshops, webinars), direct relationship building with key stakeholders (phone, interview, and meetings), content development (video, blog posts, social posts), and print (brochures, print publications) and others you may identify and develop in collaboration with the team.  Among others, your responsibilities will include the following: Working closely with the Vice President, Lifeline, and the Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, build a strategic annual Stakeholder Engagement Plan, including identifying, modeling and conducting research on Stakeholder needs, communication opportunities, content needs and performance measurement and will refresh this plan quarterly Executing the Stakeholder Engagement Plan by developing content plans and communications materials about program news, best practices for filing, deadlines, and training resources Representing Lifeline at events hosted by other organizations that reach our stakeholders Overseeing the creation and refreshing of website content Sitting on the website redesign team as a representative of the Lifeline Program Division Supervising and consulting on the development of training materials for live and web-based training and outreach, working cross-functionally with operations, Stakeholder Engagement and IT staff Delivering webinar training and capturing feedback for continuous improvement Identifying ways to increase awareness of the Lifeline program and removing barriers to applications among target stakeholders Tracking Lifeline stakeholder initiatives, Lifeline reforms, activities and deadlines, including reminder notices for stakeholders Measuring the impact and success of outreach activities to meet strategic and program goals Acting as the liaison between Lifeline Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement Leadership Other duties, as assigned   Qualifications   The successful candidate will excel at operating in a diverse and fluid environment, and will be crucial for enhancing awareness and understanding of the program, demonstrating the benefits of the program, fostering long term collaboration and relationships with new and existing stakeholders, and understanding the challenges our stakeholders face in order to develop resources to help them achieve their business objectives while increasing overall US connectivity goals.   You are passionate about enabling underserved Americans with new technology, and demonstrate interest through previous relationships, experience or coursework You love telling stories about how technology can enrich lives and encouraging stakeholders to learn from each other You are a quick study, love brainstorming new ideas, and are eager to find solutions You are interested in service delivery models and service design You enjoy, and are successful in, presenting ideas to senior management and developing their confidence and buy-in You are agile at working across other departments, and you lead through leadership involving external organizations to optimize communications outreach and education You demonstrate the ability to manage up to five or more people, developing their potential and performance You demonstrate capability in content management systems and email publishing platforms, and can work with Stakeholder Engagement to create performance reports and manage by objective You are an exceptional writer and editor who can provide guidance to team members to create content that is simple and effective You have strong copywriting skills and experience You have excellent written and verbal communication skills You have strong experience with the Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Visio, Project, Word) and design packages (Photoshop, InDesign or similar) You have 8 to 10 years of marketing experience and performing duties similar to those listed above You have 6 to 8 years of experience creating stakeholder or marketing strategy and have executed these strategies by developing marketing content for conferences, webinars, websites, and other outreach-related content You have 5 to 7 years of experience developing partnerships You have 3 to 5 years of experience coordinating research projects to enhance your understanding of stakeholders (focus groups, digital surveys, training programs, and conferences) You possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a related field   About USAC The Universal Service Administrative Company is dedicated to achieving universal service. This important principle suggests that all Americans deserve accessible, affordable and pervasive telephone and high-speed broadband connectivity. Our non-profit company is in the midst of a dramatic transformation to ensure that we are configured to achieve this goal.   USAC employees are passionate about our mission. Our work contributes to the success of all Americans. We’ve worked together to build a culture that is collaborative, ambitious, outcome-oriented, and feedback-focused.   USAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
title: Chief Program Officer

location: Washington, D.C.
description: Exponent Philanthropy Chief Program Officer Washington, DC   Position Summary                      The Chief Program Officer (CPO) reports directly to the CEO and serves as a critical force for innovation, leadership and management at Exponent Philanthropy.  As the leader of the Programs & Services Team, the CPO brings together the Educational Programs and Content teams to develop and deliver programs, resources and services to guide, connect, champion, and elevate the work of philanthropists who work with few or no staff.   As a member of the senior leadership team, the Chief Program Officer is expected to be an active participant in ensuring Exponent Philanthropy’s overall health and efficient operations. This includes helping to set its strategic direction and working across all staff teams. The Chief Program Officer also interfaces with the Exponent Philanthropy Board and staffs the Programs & Services Committee. The CPO is expected to lead comfortably and capably and represent Exponent Philanthropy well both internally and externally. Key Responsibilities Build and directly manage the Programs & Services Team (PST) to achieve team and organizational goals, allow team members’ strengths to shine, and provide opportunities for continued learning and improvement. Oversee the annual PST work planning and budgeting process resulting in a plan that makes the best use of resources, meets organization and team goals, generates a strong sense of ownership by team members, and has the input and buy-in of the Programs & Services Committee. Serve on Exponent Philanthropy’s senior leadership team, helping to set the strategy and goals for the organization. Serve as a highly visible and effective ambassador of Exponent Philanthropy and our members to the broader field and sector. Manage various philanthropy sector relationships and the execution of Programs & Services deliverables for corporate partners and funders. Staff the Board’s Programs & Services Committee, making best use of committee members’ time and talents to inform decisions affecting the organization’s value proposition. Work with Development, Marketing & Communications, Operations, and Membership teams to ensure Programs & Services can best support their goals while those teams support PST. Work with the leadership team to manage organizational learning efforts and foster a culture that is collegial, collaborative, entrepreneurial, and champions excellence.   Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Demonstrated knowledge of and passion for the field of philanthropy; in particular, an understanding of the current trends, opportunities, and challenges facing small foundations Extensive experience creating high-impact, engaging educational programs for adult learners Experience managing, coaching, and developing a large and diverse team, including a mix of full-time staff, contractors, and vendors Exceptional written and oral communication skills with an ability to engage diverse audiences through various formats, including presentations, webinars, reports, blogs, newsletters, and social media Experience leading the strategy and implementation of a range of innovative organizational and program-specific initiatives Comfort learning new technology, including Exponent Philanthropy’s database; experience with Salesforce or other association management databases preferred   Desired Attributes An entrepreneurial mindset with a passion for fostering an innovative environment and encouraging creative problem-solving A collaborative working style and an ability to engage with diverse internal and external constituencies An ability to make decisions and meet deadlines in a dynamic and evolving environment Adeptness at anticipating problems and proactively developing solutions Openness to listening, sharing, and debating ideas Strong project management skills Ability to travel (20%)   Organization Overview Exponent Philanthropy is the country’s largest association of funders—more than 2,000 members strong—and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors. Our vibrant network has in common lean operations and a style of philanthropy motivated by personal passion, community needs, and the strong desire for better outcomes. We provide high-quality and cost-effective programs, resources, and connections that maximize our members’ dollars and time for the benefit of diverse communities and causes. Founded in 1995, originally as the Association of Small Foundations, by a group of small-staffed foundations who wanted to create an organization that encouraged participation and where all members had an equal voice. Our growth has resulted in great part by our warm and welcoming culture that is based on the following principals: relationships come first, one size does not fit all, learning is a life long journey, quality is essential, and our inspiration comes from the collective impact of our members. In our staff, we look for highly collegial, ethical, bright, and customer service oriented individuals who have a commitment to quality work. Our staff members are passionate about the power of philanthropy, are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, and have a strong outcomes orientation.  Exponent Philanthropy is an organization that values and rewards performance, collaboration, and innovation. Exponent Philanthropy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.  
title: Program Manager

location: Washington, DC
description: Program Manager Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) About GEO GEO is a diverse community of more than 500 grantmakers working to reshape the way philanthropy operates. We are committed to advancing smarter grantmaking practices that enable nonprofits to grow stronger and more effective at achieving better results. The GEO community provides grantmakers with the resources and connections to build knowledge and improve practice in areas that are proven to be most critical to nonprofit success. GEO does this by developing conferences and peer learning programs, producing original research for publications and other resources, and providing networking tools to connect members with like-minded peers. For more information visit www.geofunders.org.   Position Description The program manager works as part of the program team to develop high quality and impactful GEO publications and programming. The manager’s contribution is critical to ensuring GEO delivers products in a timely fashion with high intellectual quality, and with clear and relevant messages for our audiences. The program manager is a strong writer, editor and project manager who thinks carefully about our content and how to convey ideas in a compelling way. S/he is a natural self-starter, has a knack for keeping track of loose ends and can easily toggle between multiple projects. S/he is committed to providing excellent customer service, both to external stakeholders (such as GEO members and other grantmakers) as well as GEO staff. This position reports to the associate vice president of programs.   How to Apply Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and short writing sample (no more than 4 pages). We will accept applications until the position is filled. We will not consider applications without a cover letter. In your cover letter please address the following: Where did you see you the position posted? Why are you a good fit for this position? How you’ve contributed to the process for a written resource? What appeals to you about working at GEO?   If you were working with us, here are some of the things you would have done last week Lead a conference call with GEO members to get feedback on a publication draft Synthesized key themes from interviews conducted by a consultant for a new publication Reviewed publication design drafts to be sure the design enhanced and supported content Interviewed a GEO member to include in a new Smarter Grantmaking Playbook piece Read the latest issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy to stay abreast of news in the field Attended a staff brownbag to learn more about the conference app for the National Conference so that you could help attendees troubleshoot   Qualifications Strong writer with experience developing and synthesizing research into concept documents Demonstrated experience as a strong editor including managing writers and synthesizing key themes Excellent project manager who can easily toggle between multiple projects Effectively manages to deadlines Skilled at relaying feedback to colleagues and key stakeholders Five to eight years of relevant work experience Knowledge of philanthropy and organizational effectiveness   Salary and Benefits GEO offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, including 100 percent employer paid health insurance, three weeks vacation, twelve sick days and a generous employer retirement contribution, along with a Metro accessible location in downtown D.C.   Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is an equal opportunity employer. GEO is committed to equal employment opportunities in recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, compensation and disciplinary action with regard to the terms and conditions of employment. GEO does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation or any other legally protected characteristic.  
title: Chief Financial Officer

location: Washington, DC
description: Chief Financial Officer Position Announcement   HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed education nonprofit organization, seeks a hands-on Chief Financial Officer at its National Office in Washington, DC.   The Organization Higher Achievement believes that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. We work to close the achievement gap for motivated - yet underserved - students from low-income communities. We intervene during the critical transition to middle school by providing year-round, multi-year support for students in the 5th – 8th grades. As students prepare to graduate from our program in the 8th grade, we help them transition successfully to advanced high school programs that keep students on track for college. As a result, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars graduate high school on time.   Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC, Higher Achievement has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 young people and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, and Richmond, VA. Higher Achievement opened in Baltimore in 2009. Higher Achievement’s award-winning model of rigorous academic mentoring, individualization of services, and comprehensive academic support is guided by leading research for effective out-of-school time programs. More information about Higher Achievement may be found at: http://www.higherachievement.org.    Additionally, Higher Achievement scholars, mentors, and staff have recently been featured in: PBS NewsHour: http://higherachievement.org/blog/higher-achievement-featured-on-pbs-newshour/ The Baltimore Sun: http://higherachievement.org/blog/baltimore-sun-op-ed-from-higher-achievements-erin-hodge-williams/ The Washington Post: http://higherachievement.org/blog/higher-achievement-scholars-featured-in-washington-post/   Position Summary: Higher Achievement has an annual operating budget of $10.5 million, with projected growth to approximately $13 million in the next three years. Reporting to and in partnership with the CEO, the CFO candidate will innovatively drive the organization’s financial strategy during this time, while at the same time managing and strengthening the day-to-day financial operations and infrastructure of the organization. The CFO will also work closely with the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. The CFO will lead all financial administration, accounting, grant management, and budgeting. The CFO will oversee a team of three, including the following direct reports: Controller/ Director of Accounting, Senior Accountant/Grants Manager, and Accounts Payable/ Specialist. S/he will also oversee outside finance-related IT consultants and vendors as necessary. The ideal candidate is an experienced finance professional with an entrepreneurial spirit who thrives in a collaborative culture.  S/he is one who can operate at a strategic level and lead tactical implementation.   Since being awarded the i3 validation grant from the Department of Education in December 2014, Higher Achievement’s annual budget has grown by almost 60% and has become increasingly complex. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance leader to develop the internal capacity and financial sustainability of a well-respected, high-impact organization that is embarking on a significant national expansion.   Key Duties and Responsibilities   Strategic Leadership & Management Assess HA’s current financial systems and work collaboratively with the CEO and COO  to develop appropriate processes and controls to ensure accurate and effective financial management Partner with the CEO and the executive leadership team on all financial issues as they arise; provide strategic recommendations to the CEO and the Finance Committee based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation and revenue/expense analysis Develop and report key financial and operational metrics that drive organizational performance Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models, and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and programs Partner with the National Director of Development to align financial management with short- and long-term development planning and projections Lead efforts to build an organizational-wide culture of fiscal discipline Serve as a main point of contact for external auditors and the IRS; manage preparation and support of all external audits Remain up-to-date on nonprofit audit and accounting best practices and state and federal nonprofit reporting requirements   Accounting & Finance Ensure that finance staff maintains financial record systems in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and monitor the use of all funds Direct all financial accounting, including managing cash flow and forecasting Manage all month-end and year-end closing activities including general ledger maintenance, balance sheet reconciliations and overhead cost allocation Oversee all purchasing and payroll activity Oversee accounts payable and accounts receivable activities Monitor banking activities of the organization Planning & Budgeting Direct long-term budgetary planning and sustainability/cost management in alignment with the strategic plan Create an annual operating budget, including detailed affiliate and center level revenues and costs Work collaboratively with staff at the National and Affiliate level throughout the year to monitor, evaluate, and update budgets Determines cause of variance between actual expenses and budgeted expenses for accounts and programs; prepare analyses and summary reports and translate analysis into actionable information Act as a partner  to  Affiliate Executive Directors in year-round planning, financial management  and decision-making   Grant Compliance & Management Oversee the management of all financial and grant reporting for private and public funds. Direct all compliance activities and systems including time and effort, procurement, indirect cost rates, etc. Build a culture of compliance through systems and trainings. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.   Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities   This candidate will have experience managing multiple funding streams, including complex federal grants and restricted funds. S/he should be a strategic thinker as well as an agile tactician, innovative, and systems-oriented. The CFO must be an approachable, skilled communicator, with the ability to be diplomatic yet decisive, exhibit solid listening skills, and be able to take into account input from various constituencies towards informed decision-making that ultimately supports our mission and impact. The CFO must have the ability to build relationships and effectively collaborate with programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.   S/he should be politically astute, good at setting priorities, and have the ability to deal with multiple tasks and functions simultaneously in a fast paced environment. The person in this position must also be a model of integrity and discipline and have high ethical standards.   In addition, the ideal candidate will have the following: Commitment to the mission and work of Higher Achievement Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance required; CPA required (active or inactive); MBA a plus Strong knowledge of GAAP required Minimum of ten years of finance experience required Familiarity with Great Plains strongly preferred; high comfort level using and learning new technology required Significant experience in a nonprofit setting (employee or board member) required, including strong knowledge base regarding Federal grant compliance/best practices Demonstrated experience and success managing a high-performing team in a senior leadership role required Proven ability to take initiative, exercise sound judgment, and follow-through on commitments; Higher Achievement Core Competencies: Higher Achievement values our core competencies, and as such, we expect that competitive applicants will be able to demonstrate strengths in these areas: Relationship Building Candid Communications Pursuit of Excellence Growth Mindset Solutions-Oriented   Compensation and Benefits: The salary for this regular, full-time, exempt position is competitive and is commensurate with skills and experience. Higher Achievement offers generous benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid holidays; five weeks paid time off; commuter benefits; retirement plan with company match; tuition reimbursement and professional development funds.   Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is regularly performed in an office environment. Employee may spend long periods of time sitting, standing, and walking. Employee regularly lifts, carries, and positions objects weighting up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communication; employee must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   Additional Information:  This position requires a criminal background check prior to hire. Occasional evening availability required. In addition to our National Office, Higher Achievement has affiliate offices in DC, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Richmond; the CFO is expected to visit each Affiliate office up to four times year.   Higher Achievement provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver or family status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

WE SEARCH FOR AND NETWORK WITH THE BEST TALENT

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Rick Cruz

VP, Mission Advancement

America's Promise Alliance

Erin Gore

Associate Director, Development

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Elizabeth Lindsay

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Byte Back

Danielle Reyes

Executive Director

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Sultan Shakir

Executive Director

SMYAL

Our Approach

1. Understanding Your Needs

Our first step is to learn about your organization's unique culture. We interview key stakeholders to understand the ideal candidate’s experience, skills, and personal attributes. We develop a position description for advertising the role in addition to an internal tool for evaluating and comparing top candidates.


2. Sourcing Top Talent

To develop a robust and diverse pipeline of highly qualified candidates, we build our sourcing strategy in a few different ways. First, we contact our extensive network of executives and key thought leaders across the nonprofit sector. Next, we conduct in-depth research to look for new sources of talent. Then, we place targeted advertisements to generate leads from outside our network.

3. Evaluating Candidates

Leveraging our researched-backed interview methodology, we carefully evaluate and assess each candidate. We select the top candidates for you or your search committee to interview. We then prepare your team with the information and tools to conduct a thorough evaluation. We also conduct detailed reference and background checks, as necessary, to ensure proper due diligence.


4. Negotiating the Offer

Finally, we help you craft a competitive offer and facilitate negotiations with the candidate. Since we get to know your organization and the selected candidate so well during the recruiting process, we are well-positioned to develop an onboarding plan to ensure a successful transition.

Our team

Katie McNerney, Partner

Katie founded LeaderFit in 2009 with a passion for finding an efficient and cost-effective way for nonprofits to recruit top talent. Katie's previous experience includes strategy consulting and executive coaching at Community Wealth Partners, managing a B2B marketing program at eBay, and leading client engagements at Corporate Executive Board. She also served as the founding CEO of EdFuel, a nonprofit that attracts and trains new talent for leadership roles in the education reform sector. Katie earned a BA at UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA at Harvard Business School. She volunteers with Girls on the Run and is a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2014.

Annie Linehan Czerwinski, Partner

Prior to joining LeaderFit, Annie led CityBridge Foundation’s ServiceCorps practice, which designed and implemented corporate civic engagement programs. Annie started her career with AmeriCorps in Washington, D.C., where she taught nutrition through a program developed by the Capital Area Community Food Bank. At UNICEF Argentina, Annie helped build public private partnerships. Her experience also includes corporate marketing with The Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board. Annie earned a BA at the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Public Policy at Georgetown University. She is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Higher Achievement.

Shaina Amaya, Principal

Shaina brings more than a decade of experience in operations, project management and marketing in the private and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining LeaderFit, Shaina was the Vice President of Operations for a boutique consulting firm, where she was responsible for financial management, oversight of recruiting and human resources, and support of all marketing and business development. Shaina began her career at Unitus, where she supported the microfinance organization’s marketing and communications. Shaina earned a BA from Western Washington University in Spanish and Latin American Studies.

What Our Clients Say About Us

"LeaderFit helped our Board navigate a challenging leadership transition. They worked tirelessly to identify a diverse group of talented candidates and provided guidance throughout the entire process. When it came time to make our final decision, their insight added a valuable perspective."

Noralisa Leo
Chair, Latino Economic Development Center

"LeaderFit is a terrific partner in the search for a senior executive. They learn the client and its needs, organize and facilitate the search process, and keep the entire Search Committee focused on its goal. And they are nice people to boot. I highly recommend LeaderFit."

Marc L. Fleischaker
Chair, DC Bar Foundation

“I have worked with LeaderFit on several successful searches. They have done a great job identifying candidates from both traditional and non-traditional sources. They are very client-focused – eager to engage in carefully defining both the skills and style that are the best fit for the position but also able to shift gears if the needs change during an assignment. I would be happy to work with them again.”

Michela English
President & CEO, Fight for Children

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