Executive Director | Congo Initative, USA

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Title: Executive Director USA

Reports to: Board of Directors

Direct Reports: Communications Director, Administrative Manager, Development Director, Ambassador

Position Location: Durham, NC (preferred); East Coast; or possibly remote


The CI-USA Executive Director is the senior most staff member, responsible for setting vision and strategy for Congo Initiative’s US-based work in fundraising, communications, partnership development, and human resource support on behalf of Congo Initiative. The Executive Director works in close collaboration with the President of Congo Initiative-DRC and the Rector of Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (CI-UCBC) in Congo to ensure that CI’s US-based strategy aligns with the goals and priorities of the organization globally.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead CI-USA in fulfillment of its vision and mission, with a clear understanding of how to set organizational priorities and achieve goals.

  • Represent CI publicly at conferences, fundraising gatherings, and other events.

  • Set the direction for sustainable, organizational growth.

  • Actively engage and mobilize Board Directors, staff, and volunteers.

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong and healthy Board of Directors.

  • Facilitate strategic planning process, ensuring that staff, Board, and partner voices are represented fairly.

  • Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents.

  • Oversee general operations, annual budget, and all expenditures.

  • Hire new staff and recruit/manage volunteers, as needed.

  • Lead in the creation and execution of an overall financial resource development strategy.

  • Oversee comprehensive communication plan, deepening and refining all communication outputs.

  • Serve on International Council (Congo Initiative leaders from UK, USA, and DRC), meeting virtually monthly and 1-2x year in-person to coordinate resource development efforts, budgeting processes and program strategy.

  • Communicate frequently with CI and UCBC leadership teams in Congo.


  • An unwavering and passionate commitment to CI’s mission.

  • Skilled in cross-cultural understanding and relationships.

  • Strong fundraising experience preferred, understanding of marketing, public relations, and possesses the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.

  • Ministry experience working in Africa and working cross culturally in a fragile context or conflict zone preferred.

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop effective teams/committees, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.

  • Ability to quickly learn about CI’s operations and constituencies, with the ability to relate well and communicate clearly with CI personnel and partners.

  • Deep understanding of how to represent and translate the mission of CI to a largely American audience.

  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills, including experience in public speaking.

  • Excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

  • An impeccable degree of personal integrity.

  • Highly self-motivated and self-directed.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred in Nonprofit Management, Organizational Leadership, or related field.

  • Ability/willingness to travel both domestically and internationally.


Salary: $75–85,000, depending on experience.

Benefits: A healthcare stipend of $6,000 per year for an individual or $10,000 per year for a family.

Vacation: Fifteen (15) days for years 1–5, expanding to twenty (20) days thereafter.

Relocation: Negotiable, but not to exceed 10% of salary.

Travel: A minimum of 7–10 trips per year, including one to DRC (perhaps more in Year One).

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