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Sample executive director job description

[Organization X] is on a mission to create a vibrant arts nonprofit that enhances quality of life throughout the community. We’re looking for a highly skilled executive director to help us fulfill this important undertaking. Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will oversee the strategic and operational efficiencies of our programs and staff. This seasoned leader will not only understand current trends in the arts but will also have experience in developing and implementing a successful fundraising plan. Experience in hiring and managing staff is essential, and established relationships with local community groups is a plus. Above all, the executive director should be highly effective in a leadership role that requires clear communication skills and decisiveness.

Objectives of this role

  • Work closely with board directors and committees to assess and address issues affecting the organization
  • Oversee daily operations of the organization, providing executive direction for program strategies and efficiencies, compliance, and quality assurance
  • Identify and address staffing requirements for efficient operations, and maintain a strong work culture that attracts and retains people while driving the organization’s mission
  • Increase awareness of the organization by being the main spokesperson and liaison with local media
  • Develop an actionable plan for fundraising and managing monthly cash flow
  • Comply with all national and local regulations


  • Create business plans for achieving goals and objectives set in collaboration with board of directors
  • Meet aggressive annual fundraising goals, in partnership with board of directors, by securing financial support from foundations, corporations, individual donors, and government funding sources
  • Work with staff and board on annual fundraising benefit and additional events, and oversee all external communications, including website, marketing collateral, newsletters, and social media
  • Serve as the face of the organization and participate in external events to increase visibility, credibility, and market brand, and develop strategic partnerships to further increase community awareness and expand programs
  • Build and lead an effective team that’s dedicated to fulfilling the organization’s mission through highly successful programs, community engagement, and fundraising
  • Manage staff members and clients whose experiences, cultures, and languages reflect the community served by the organization

Required skills and qualifications

  • Seven or more years of experience in senior management, preferably with nonprofit organizations
  • Strong experience in public relations, marketing, and fundraising
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles for nonprofit organizations
  • Proven success working with a board of directors
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, with innovative approach to business planning
  • Dynamic and charismatic team player who enjoys being the public face of an organization

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in business, human resources, or finance
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and visual communication skills
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