Regional Director, Midwest
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) - Chicago, IL

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The resume submission deadline is April 27, 2012

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization, which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.


TITLE: Regional Director, Midwest Region

DEPARTMENT: Programs Division

STATUS: Full-Time

SUPERVISOR: Associate General Secretary for U.S. Regions

REGION/UNIT: Programs Division




The regional director provides strategic and creative leadership in the Midwest Region, a 12 state area in which there are 15 programs at present. The regional director works with staff, committee members and other volunteers to give regional and local expression to broader organizational goals and is accountable for the implementation of the AFSC's strategic plan. The regional director is the primary spokesperson for the region, interpreting its programs and communicating the principles expressed by the work of the AFSC.

She/he participates in AFSC-wide staff groups to help assure organization-wide coherence, collaboration and program excellence. She/he works closely with the clerk and members of the regional executive committee, providing guidance and support to the committee, and implements their decisions, consistent with AFSC board policy.

She/he also provides supportive supervision to staff; manages the region's financial resources; has a strong role in regional and organizational fundraising; leads regional grant management and compliance; and oversees outreach activities including communications with the Religious Society of Friends and with peace and justice organizations within the region.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES : The key responsibilities of the regional director include the following:

Program Leadership, Planning and Direction

Provide strategic and creative leadership to the Midwest Region of AFSC.

Lead program development and support, working with staff members to ensure that all projects and programs are of high quality and effectiveness, and are focused on the mission, goals and objectives of the AFSC.

Foster staff understanding and competency in program-based budgeting and program planning, strategies, monitoring, evaluation and reporting, for implementation of the strategic plan of the organization within resource constraints.

Participate in AFSC-wide leadership groups, communicating regional realities and perspectives to colleagues, engaging in program consultation and decision-making at an organization-wide level, and conveying those perspectives and decisions to regional staff and committees.

Encourage and facilitate intra- and inter-regional program collaboration aimed at higher-level program impact.

Work closely with the regional executive committee in support of its governance role in program choice, finances, budgets, monitoring, and evaluation.

Promote and support effective program advisory/volunteer committees across the region in support of local projects and region-wide programs.

Visit project offices within the region regularly and as required.

Staff Management, Development and Support

Cultivate a work environment that attracts and maintains a diverse and highly motivated staff.

Promote teamwork, common purpose, and continuous professional growth.

Delegate administrative and program responsibilities to other staff as appropriate.

Be responsible for recommending through channels the hiring and termination of regional staff members, as well as contract workers.

Ensure effective regional staff intake, orientation and training.

Ensure that staff members set clear, results-oriented goals for their work; these should include objectives, strategies, work plans and financial projections to accomplish goals; conduct annual performance reviews based on these objectives.

Ensure that consultative decision processes are used in the region.

Ensure that regional staff members follow all AFSC policies and procedures.

Ensure that each program location has an up-to-date security plan.

Affirmative Action

Work in consultation with the staff of the Human Resources and Inclusion Department, and other staff as appropriate, to apply AFSC's Affirmative Action (AA) policies to regional staffing, administrative functioning and program within the region.

Work with the clerk and executive committee to ensure that all regional committees apply AFSC AA policies.

Financial Management

Manage the regional budget. This includes preparing an annual budget as part of the program based planning process, monitoring the approved budget, and taking appropriate necessary action to meet budget requirements.

Ensure regional compliance with AFSC financial policies, procedures, and directives.

Ensure good stewardship of AFSC facilities, equipment and other assets.


Collaborate with Development staff to develop and implement regional fund-raising strategies, plans and fundraising goals.

In partnership with Development staff, seek grant funding and collaborate in major donor identification, cultivation and solicitations as appropriate.

Ensure regional compliance with organizational grant guidelines and standards, and be accountable for regional grant management and compliance.

Outreach and Communications

Maintain frequent contact with Corporation members and with the Religious Society of Friends in coordination with the national Friends outreach program, and assure AFSC participation in the Yearly Meetings; encourage Friends' participation in AFSC activities.

Function as the chief spokesperson for the Midwest Region, representing the viewpoints of the AFSC to all constituents and media outlets in the region.

Ensure that all public communications originating from staff and volunteers in the region, including web and social media, are accurate and in accord with AFSC policies and procedures.


Actively seek opportunities to collaborate with organizations, professional groups, institutions, etc. that will expand the reach and maximize the effectiveness of the AFSC.

Encourage collaboration among staff members and across regions of AFSC for the sharing of analysis, strategies, methods and opportunities for joint programs.


EDUCATION : Baccalaureate degree in non-profit management, social science or related field required; advanced degree is desirable.

A minimum of 10 years of broad management experience supervising professional staff, with at least 4 years at the middle-management level, in the non-profit sector.

Demonstrated leadership and management skills, and experience in budget management.

Demonstrated experience in staff and work team supervision and development, including use of coaching and mentoring techniques.

Commitment to and ability to represent the faith-based principles and guidelines that define the work of AFSC, including a commitment to peace and social justice and a belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.

A broad understanding of national and international social, political and economic issues.

Compatibility with AFSC's approach to grassroots organizing, and strategies for strengthening community-based capacities and efforts toward peace, social and economic justice.

Demonstrated ability to connect with diverse audiences and to influence situations using tact and diplomacy; ability to persuade and motivate others.

Strong interpersonal skills, with knowledge of and experience in using consultative decision-making processes; experience working under pressure and adapting to changing situations and priorities.

Experience working collaboratively with individuals, groups and organizations.

Ability to travel frequently and to work some weekends.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Excellent computer skills.

Initiative, creativity, drive, energy and a sense of humor.

COMPENSATION : Salary Range 20 (Base $85,000) - Exempt -- Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker's compensation and social security.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

The central office of the AFSC and some offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This is a management position and is not represented.

The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.