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- With the Board of Directors, launch a new nonprofit organization that will become the primary coordinating body in the United States for advocacy, services, innovation, and thought leadership relating to refugees, asylum seekers, and other forcibly displaced people
- Effectively manage RCUSA staff, budget, and operations.
- Build and maintain the membership of RCUSA.
- Fundraise for RCUSA operations and programs.
- Create and strengthen collaboration among RCUSA members and foster active member participation in RCUSA activities (which include a re-visioning of refugee resettlement, political advocacy, and communications work to shift the narrative around refugees and asylum seekers).
- Represent RCUSA in the media and with other external audiences to raise visibility and promote policy and other organizational objectives.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director is the key management leader of RCUSA. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration and programs of the organization and creating and executing the strategic plan. Other key duties include fundraising, external communications, and building and sustaining membership.
Board Governance: Works with the board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission. Responsible for:
- Leading RCUSA in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors and Membership.
- Communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization. Responsible for:
- Fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support RCUSA’s mission
- The fiscal integrity of RCUSA, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
- Fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
- Works with the fiduciary agent to ensure all financials are current and reportable and auditable.
Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, communications, and outreach. Responsible for:
- Implementation of RCUSA’s activities and programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
- Strategic planning to ensure that RCUSA can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
- Enhancement of RCUSA’s image by being active and visible in the media, with policymakers, and in the community and by working closely with members and other organizations.
Management and Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are effective. Responsible for:
- Hiring and retaining competent, qualified staff.
- Effective administration of RCUSA’s operations.
- Signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of the organization.
- Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
- Supervise and collaborate with organization staff and coordinate as appropriate with membership.
- Strategic planning and implementation.
- Planning and operation of annual budget.
- Serve as RCUSA’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, the general public, and other key audiences.
- Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations, to include refugee-led groups or movements, and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance RCUSA’s Mission.
- Engage in fundraising and developing other revenues.
- Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
- Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
- Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
- Review and approve contracts for services.
- Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
- Transparent and high integrity leadership.
- Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience.
- A solid understanding of global refugee protection issues, including U.S. refugee resettlement, overseas assistance, and asylum, along with familiarity with U.S. government and UN policies and processes.
- Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
- High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.
- Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community.
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff, supporting a positive, healthy work environment.
- A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
- Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
- Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
- Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
- Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Strong public speaking ability.
- Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.
Executive Assistant (Part Time)
Under the direction and supervision of the Executive Director of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) the Executive Assistant is responsible for providing high-level confidential administrative support for RCUSA staff. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to: coordinating projects and events; handling information requests; and performing general administrative functions such as reconciling financial receipts, scheduling meetings and arranging logistical requirements, producing Board of Directors meeting minutes, maintaining the filing system, making travel arrangements, and arranging conference calls.
- Provides high-level administrative support to the RCUSA’s Executive Director and administrative support to RCUSA’s Director of Programs and Advocacy and Communications Manager.
- Reviews and sorts all correspondence and answers correspondence not requiring signature. Prepares draft replies for signature.
- Prepares a wide variety of documents and reports. Provides assistance in the preparation of speeches and presentations.
- Maintains and manages the Office calendar by receiving and prioritizing all requests for meetings.
- Coordinates events and meetings organized by RCUSA such as Board of Directors meetings, Committee meetings, etc. making sure that logistical requirements are met and meeting participants have appropriate background materials.
- Attends meetings and prepares minutes.
- Provides administrative support to the Board of Directors, its Committees, and its adjunct bodies, including but not limited to recording, disseminating, archiving and retrieving information.
- Provides financial reconciliation services, photocopying and organizing receipts and reconciling them against statements in a timely manner.
- Efficiently performs other administrative functions such arranging conference calls, maintaining the filing system, making travel arrangements, preparing expense reports, etc.
- Perform other duties and tasks as assigned.
The incumbent will be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support tasks. They must be exceedingly organized, flexible, and able to effectively work with diverse people and organizational programs. The position requires a proactive and resourceful thinker who demonstrates ability to exercise confidentiality and professionalism at all times. They must have highly developed writing and communications skills, as well as proficiency in transcribing minutes.
The ability to interact with staff, partners, board members, and member organizations with respect and diplomacy, in a fast paced environment, sometimes under pressure, is crucial.
They are required to quickly develop and master extensive knowledge and familiarity of Refugee Council USA’s work and policies as well as those of our constituent partners.
The position reports to the Executive Director and will provide support to the Director of Programs and Advocacy and Communications Manager. The Executive Director will work with the incumbent to manage workflow and prioritize tasks in a collaborative work relationship. The incumbent must be comfortable working in a matrix reporting structure.
The position sometimes requires work outside of normal business hours, and limited travel.
Must be computer savvy with above average level of proficiency in Google and MS Office Suite.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalency.
Minimum of four years of work experience in a similar setting with executive leadership, preferably in a not-for-profit environment.
Proficiency in Google Suite, MS Office Suite, including MS Outlook and other computer software.