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Executive Director, Heartland Alliance International

Req ID: 8057
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
Shift:
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: 14
Job Notes:

Description

Summary:  We are delighted that you are interested in exploring a future with us.

Heartland Alliance is a global human rights organization that advances social, economic, and racial justice on behalf of those denied it. We partner with communities and populations that have been systemically marginalized and oppressed, often going where others can’t or won’t. We address the whole person through health and healing, safety and justice, housing, and economic opportunity programs and services. We respond to urgent challenges at scale.

We are seeking the next Executive Director of Heartland Alliance International (HAI) to drive our next phase of growth.

HAI leads programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and in Chicago at the Marjorie Kovler Center. HAI’s technical areas include mental health and psychosocial support, gender equity, access to justice, and stigma-free HIV prevention, care, and treatment. Across all programs, HAI promotes progressive, innovative approaches to human rights protections and gender equity. Our mission is to secure the rights and well-being of marginalized people and communities.

HAI believes there can be no healing without justice, and no justice without healing.

The Executive Director reports to the Chief Program Officer and is a member of the Alliance Leadership Team. The Executive Director has the autonomy to execute strategies and programs in alignment with Heartland Alliance’s mission, vision and values, in consultation with the CPO and the President.

The ideal candidate will be energetic, creative, collaborative, and courageous. The candidate should be a proactive values-driven leader who has deep experience in advancing human rights and equity.   The candidate will possess a deep understanding of the international development, human rights and United States Government funding environment and philanthropic sectors.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual success objectives, within the framework outlined below.

If you are inspired by this opportunity and see yourself in the position description, we look forward to meeting you.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership, Vision & Organizational Alignment

  • Lead HAI’s strategic planning to ensure the viability and success of the mission into the future, ensure organizational sustainability, and align with Heartland Alliance’s strategic vision.
  • Execute HAI’s strategic goals and objectives against key performance indicators. Grow revenues from approximately $20 million to $25 million over the next three years.
  • Demonstrate and represent HAI’s values and impact both internally and externally; inspire confidence and a forward-looking orientation for a growing organization.
  • Serve as a member of the HA Executive Team, contributing actively to enterprise-wide strategy development and decision-making; ensure alignment between HA and HAI strategies.
  • Model and promote effective collaboration and partnership in Alliance-wide, cross-company initiatives.
  • Maintain continuous, open lines of communication with the Chief Program Officer, keeping them informed of all critical risks and/or crises.

External Engagement & Resource Mobilization

  • Develop and implement strategies to ensure that HAI strengthens its global visibility, reputation, and brand as a preeminent voice on key policy and human rights issues.
  • Monitor U.S. and international foreign policy and development assistance priorities to ensure HAI’s relevance and competitiveness.
  • Serve as HAI’s lead spokesperson and participate in policy and advocacy work on an international and national basis.
  • Actively engage donors and drive private revenue from individuals and foundations to $1 million over the next five years.
  • Engage regularly with DC-based donors, including U.S. Government agencies.
  • Travel to international locations to engage with staff and in-country donors.
  • Drive strategy and implementation of aggressive growth, including expansion into new markets, development of material earned revenue flows, and growth in unrestricted philanthropic support. Drive and participate in identifying and cultivating prospective donors and key leaders of corporate, individual, foundation and US governmental partners.
  • Develop and promote thought leadership around specific topics and emerging practice areas; represent HAI in industry-group conferences, professional associations, and other public venues.

Organizational Operations & Fiscal Performance

  • Lead, mentor, and retain a high performing team of HAI senior staff; promoting a culture that values staff engagement, professional development, and retention.
  • Lead overall fiscal performance that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Identify and take proactive measures to mitigate financial, operational, and reputational risks to the organization.
  • Oversee and implement appropriate resources (human, financial, and assets) to ensure the operations of the organization are appropriate and will support mission and propel growth.
  • Ensure effective administration of HAI global operations.
  • Ensure solid HR business processes are in place that identify, attract, hire, and retain talented, qualified staff while mentoring an excellent senior team.
  • Enhance organizational excellence and performance management culture by establishing operational benchmarks, timelines, and resources needed to achieve strategic goals, proactively recommending and driving improvements as necessary; setting standards for accountability and measurements of success.
  • Present an annual budget for approval to Chief Finance and Administrative Officer and the Chief Program Officer and subsequent reporting of progress against the approved budget.

Governance

  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Heartland Alliance International board.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform satisfactorily each essential duty above and other duties as assigned by the HA President. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and capabilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Education – A master’s degree in international development, public health, social work, public policy or a related human service or public policy field and relevant years of proven experience that may include fundraising and development, program planning and implementation, staff supervision, human service administration, fiscal management, and policy development.
  • Communication & Language – Excellent verbal and written command of the English language is required.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to highly sensitive inquiries. Ability to write speeches and publications using original and innovative techniques or style.
  • Strong public speaking capability. Ability to make persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics.
  • Ability to convey a vision of HAI’s strategic future to a global staff, its board, volunteers, donors, and collaborators in the sector. Strong preference for second language capability in Spanish, French, or Arabic.
  • Travel – ability to travel 25% of the time to HAI Country Offices, sometimes in high risk locations as well as

Washington, DC, New York and other strategic cities in the United States.

  • Other Experience – Ability to apply general mathematical skills to analyze and interpret practical situations including budget development and analysis. Ability to identify problems, ask questions, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Proficiency in MS Office applications is essential and required. Strong analytical reasoning ability required

Competencies:  To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

    • Ability to multi-task
  • Track record of leading organizational growth in a senior leadership position at an international development and/or social impact organization.
  • Experience planning, implementing and managing high growth organizations and change.
    • Be organized and detailed-oriented
    • Excellent written and oral skills
    • Able to work independently with minimal supervision
    • Able to switch from one task to another and able to work well in a fast paced environment.
    • Proven team player

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • The person in the position relies heavily on the computer, which requires the person to sit in front of the computer communicating with clients and translators.
    • Frequently required to sit, stand, and walk. 

 

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

 



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