Executive Director
Lotus Outreach - Los Angeles, CA

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The Executive Director functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization. In this capacity the incumbent is responsible for implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors as well as annual goals and objectives, and financial, program, and administrative management of the corporation. The Executive Director reports to the President of the Board, and receives guidance and direction from Chairman of the Board, the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors, members, donors, volunteers, and partners. Primarily, the Executive Director shall think of her or himself as accountable to the beneficiaries – those people served by Lotus Outreach activities.

Authority
  • Contractor management
  • Public speaking and press relations
  • Partner relations as needed
  • Fundraising activities
  • Spending authority
Responsibility and General Duties Fundraising
  • Cultivate new clients and contracts that support and grow financial resources and strengthen the organization's financial position.
  • Diversify sources of income, generate unrestricted discretionary income, and build a reserve fund.
  • Plan and conduct a successful capital campaign to accumulate resources for an endowment.
  • Work with the Grants Manager and Board of Directors to source, apply for and implement grant funds.
  • Design and implement successful fundraising campaigns and cultivate major donors.
  • Facilitate the creation and implementation of annual budgets, goals and objectives.
Board Relations
  • Work with the President to develop a high functioning Board of Directors.
  • Support and engage the Board of Directors in aligning their roles and the organization's structure with its strategic direction.
  • Provide information, advice, and counsel to the Chairman of the Board, Board Committees, and the Board of Directors in the creation of policies, programs, and strategic direction of the corporation.
  • Support of all activities associated with the Board of Directors, including staffing for all Board and Committee meetings, meeting schedules, locations, development of agenda, and meeting materials.
Strategy/Planning
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director-Field Operations to refine existent and emerging program areas.
  • In concert with the Board's Executive Committee, ensure appropriate funding of projects.
  • Assist in the development/modification of strategic fundraising and programming plans.
  • Ensure that the short- and long-term working capital and financial management needs of the organization are adequately addressed.
Management
  • Provide overall administration of the day-to-day affairs of the organization.
  • Anticipate and propose solutions to organizational development, operating, program, and financial problems and issues.
  • Manage the financial affairs of the organization, including the development and implementation of the annual budget.
  • Oversee the creation and management of operations and programs to ensure compliance with and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, reporting and regulatory requirements.
  • Ensure maintenance of effective internal controls for the protection of organization assets.
  • Provide overall leadership to staff in the development and implementation of short- and long-range plans and policies and other activities.
  • Engage in clear and frequent communication with affiliated organizations around the world.
Qualifications
  • Experienced fundraiser for organization(s) with annual budgets of $1,000,000 or greater with proven track record in maintaining and building annual fundraising levels of $1,000,000.
  • Established network within the nonprofit funding community, with demonstrable success in cultivating and maintaining relationships with foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.
  • Knowledge of grantmaking and the grantmaking community.
  • Experience in the field of international development, preferably in South and Southeast Asia.
  • Experience with performance management concepts and tools.
  • Commitment to and demonstrable collaboration skills, preferably in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Global-mindedness, political savvy and professional decorum.
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in senior level management, including working with and developing a Board of Directors for a nonprofit organization.
  • Skilled communicator, writer, and dynamic public speaker.
  • Familiarity with web-based technologies and social media required. Understanding of basic HTML, website content management systems, donor management systems, and/or video/photo editing preferred.
  • Demonstrated success working in a virtual environment highly preferable.
  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience.
Evaluation The Executive Director's performance is evaluated annually by the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee and is based on the carrying out of responsibilities and duties as outlined above.

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