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.
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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