Executive Director

ABOUT RE:NEW PROJECT: Re:new is a faith-based, Christian, nonprofit organization that serves
refugee women resettled in and around DuPage County, Illinois. Re:new was founded in 2009 by a
team of Christian women, for whom the mission of creating a space for refugee women to thrive
represents a tangible way to serve refugees in response to biblical teachings to show God’s love to
those in need, such as the widow, sojourner, and oppressed (Leviticus 19:33-34 ESV; Deuteronomy
10:18-19; Zechariah 7:9-10). We are a team of volunteers and Artisans working together to design,
create, and market locally handcrafted products.
MISSION: Guided by our faith in Jesus Christ, Re:new creates a space for refugee women to thrive.
We achieve this by partnering with local churches, businesses, and individuals who support our
statement of faith and biblical values. We offer a range of vocational, religious, charitable, educational,
development, and program activities that fulfill our mission of caring well for refugees so they can
grow into all God has for them to be and realize their God-given potential.
Position Description: Executive Director
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for advancing the mission and vision of Re:new (as set by
the Board of Directors). The ED is an experienced leader who will provide professional leadership and
oversight for the operations of Re:new, including fundraising and development, donor and
community relations, fiscal and personnel management, and effective implementation of the
strategic plan set by the Board. Re:new is in a time of transition. The ED should expect to work with
the Board to evaluate the current business model and programmatic focus, assess the current needs
of our community, and create a plan that will maximize the organization’s impact on the female
refugee community.
Position Details:
● Full-time, salaried position (some evenings and weekends).
● Reports to the Board of Directors.
Fundraising and Development
● Develop annual development plan to grow and diversify revenue streams with support from
the Board.
● Manage and grow a robust portfolio of donors.
● Represent Re:new with major donors, prospective donors, businesses and churches, the
media and the general public to cultivate relationships and foster giving.
● Oversee activities related to grant funding
Fiscal Management
● With the Board, develop the annual organizational budget (currently $465,000 comprised of
sales and direct support) and provide financial oversight.
● Ensure that fiscal stewardship and integrity is being maintained.
● Oversee the development of a comprehensive marketing plan to reach key audiences
(donors, prospective donors, customers).
Personnel Management
● Manages human resource/personnel activities (currently fewer than five staff members),
including interviewing, onboarding, progress monitoring and performance reviews.
● Maintain a functional and efficient organization through effective communication and
strategic team development.
● Mentor and lead staff in reaching their goals and full potential.
● Maintain up-to-date personnel policies.
Volunteer Management
● Manage volunteer team including recruitment, onboarding and training.
● Be in regular communication with key volunteer leaders, ensuring successful programming
and engagement.
Program Management
● Manage human resource/personnel activities for Artisan team (currently a team of eight),
including updating policies and onboarding and progress monitoring.
● Set program goals with theBoard, strategize, and implement the plan ensuring all goals are
met successfully, measuring, tracking and reporting metrics to Board regularly.
● Administer small care fund for Artisans in need.
● Cultivate existing and new community partnerships with organizations that support refugee
women to drive participation in programming.
Leadership and Board of Directors
● Maintain a collaborative and transparent relationship with the Board, working collaboratively
to implement the organization’s strategic direction and policies.
● Represent staff, Artisan, student and volunteer voices to the Board
● Provide weekly Board updates, highlighting accomplishments and challenges.
● Prepare and distribute materials for Board meetings.
● Assist with Board member onboarding
● Manage lease and facilities, working closely with landlord
● Oversee administrative operations of the organization.
Required Skills, Education and Experience:
● Bachelor’s Degree required. Masters Degree in nonprofit management, business, social work,
or a related field preferred.
● Previous experience in a senior leadership and/or senior development role with a
demonstrated ability to lead staff and volunteers with vision and inspiration
● A female, committed Christian who is deeply connected to a Christian community.
● Proven ability in diversified fundraising strategies with the ability to interface and engage
diverse donor groups.
● Must be able to positively interact with the Re:new community and the community at large to
build relationships that will further the mission and ensure the future of the organization.
● Proven skills in Biblical conflict resolution.
● Proven strategic planning design and implementation experience.
● Proven budget management skills, including preparation, analysis and reporting.
● Committed to transparency and integrity in leadership.
● Excellent communication, networking and public speaking skills.
● Results-oriented and committed to creative, proactive problem-solving.
● Flexible, adaptable and able to lead through the changing needs of the organization.
● Cross-cultural experience a plus.
● Must accept Re:new’s Statement of Faith and Christian Conduct Policy.
Please submit cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements to

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