The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors with overall strategic and operational responsibility for Steps Coalition’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.
Key responsibilities: Lead and develop management team, program evaluation, finance, administration, fundraising, communication and systems.
Requirements: Advanced degree preferred; Bachelor’s degree acceptable combined with 3 or more years of advocacy, organizing, and/or management in the non-profit sector. History of advocating for human and civil rights of all classes, social justice, and/or community organizing;
three (3) or more years working within a multi-racial, multi-cultural environment and experience in conflict resolution.
Executive Director (ED) Qualifications: The ED will be thoroughly committed to Steps Coalition’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.
Specific requirements include: Advanced degree preferred; Bachelor’s degree acceptable in relevant fields combined with 3 or more years of advocacy, organizing, and/or management in the non-profit sector
- History of advocating for human and civil rights of all classes, social justice, and/or community organizing
- Three (3) or more years working within a multi-racial, multi-cultural environment and experience in conflict resolution
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
- Strong leadership, management and fundraising skills
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
- Excellence in organizational management and proven ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
- Past success working with a Board of Directors and proven ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
- Strong marketing, public relations, and proven fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
- Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
Leadership & Management:
- Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
- Actively engage and energize Steps Coalition volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing local operations
- Lead, coach, develop, and retain Steps Coalition’s high-performance management team
- Track progress and regularly evaluate program components to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
- Responsible for selecting and hiring new personnel
Fundraising & Communications:
- Develop local revenue generating and fundraising activities to supplement existing program operations
- Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
- Use community/corporate contacts and relationships to garner new opportunities
- Develop a proactive public relations program to include an e-newsletter with a field for soliciting contributions
Planning & Development:
- Annually review Steps Coalition’s strategic plan, assess progress, and identify additional needs to achieve strategic goals
- Build additional partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and community leaders across the Mississippi Gulf Coast
- Annually communicate program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional replication
Other Work Requirements
- Full-time Salaried position 40 hours’ week/regular additional hours
- Some evening and weekend work
- Some travel, primarily in the lower Mississippi coastal counties
- Full-time salaried position 40 hours/week
- Salary $55-$60K FTE based on experience
- Benefits: sick leave, annual leave, 10 paid holidays
- $350 monthly benefit towards health insurance
To apply for the position:
Send cover letter stating qualifications and a resume to
Roberta Avila, firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Applicants will be notified, within two weeks of applying, and informed if they will be interviewed for the position.
Closing date: There is no closing date. This position will remain open until a qualified candidate is hired.