ActionAid USA (AAUSA, www.actionaidusa.org) is seeking a dynamic leader who has the passion and leadership skills as well as experience in fundraising and international development to head this independent chapter of a highly respected international nonprofit organization. AAUSA is part of the global ActionAid International (AAI) federation working with over 15 million people in 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice. Established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in October 2000 and located in Washington, DC, AAUSA works to create change with and on behalf of poor and excluded people worldwide. AAUSA’s 2013 budget will be approximately $5.6 million, of which nearly $3.3 million will fund development programs overseas. The core team at AAUSA consists of 16 staff members, governed by 10 board members.
This is a remarkable opportunity to influence U.S. policy on development and expand funding that makes a lasting, positive impact on the living conditions and rights of poor people around the world, especially women. The board has outlined the following priorities for the first 12-18 months of the executive director’s tenure: establish a firm understanding of AAUSA’s strengths, opportunities and future direction; understand and embrace the AAI Strategy 2012-2017; finalize and implement the AAUSA strategy and business case, currently under development; come up to speed on the current portfolio of policy issues and prepare to engage with high level decision-makers on the policy agenda items and emerging issues; lead the effort to build a nascent major gift program into a significant revenue source for the organization, expand foundation funding, and sustain an individual donor program; and develop an action plan, for implementation in 2014 and beyond, to el evate AAUSA’s visibility in the U.S. and broaden the base of individual donors.
The executive director’s key responsibilities include: provide visionary, strategic leadership to the organization; be accountable for the achievement of the organization’s objectives; champion the mission of AAUSA and AAI, and serve as the chief U.S. spokesperson for both organizations; build strong relationships with staff and board and cultivate their talents; and develop and maintain relationships with strategically important individuals and organizations.
Ideal candidates for this position will have a passion for the mission of working to end poverty and injustice, possess the ability to align with the ActionAid vision and be a credible, passionate spokesperson for rights-based development. The candidate will have a minimum of five years senior level organizational leadership and management experience, with a strong preference for having worked within an international organization. He/she must have a global perspective on development issues and demonstrate extensive experience in representing an organization at the senior level of partners, government agencies, private sectors and donors. See the full list of requirements at www.transitionguides.com/aausa.
AAUSA offers a comprehensive salary package and superior benefits. Relocation allowance will be available for the right candidate.
To apply, email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: AAUSA@transitionguides.com. For other inquiries contact Don Tebbe at TransitionGuides, (301) 439-6635. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Job Type: Executive
Organization Type: Grantmaking Public Charities