Hiring Organization Information
Friends of the Children–Seattle is a chapter of a nationwide organization dedicated to positively impacting change to youth facing systemic barriers through salaried, professional mentoring. The national organization was founded in 1993 and the Seattle chapter in 2000.
Friends of the Children has redefined the youth mentoring field by creating the first and only long-term professional mentoring program in the country. The mentors specialize in working with youth who have faced significant adversity and commit to every child for the long term, from kindergarten through graduation. 12+ years. No matter what.
Friends of the Children–Seattle (Friends-Seattle), is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the organization into its next phase of growth and impact. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the new Executive Director will join Friends-Seattle at an exciting time and be responsible for overseeing an ambitious growth plan that will allow us to expand the number of children and families participating in the program, while also leading the organization’s efforts to nurture an anti-racist culture. The position is based in Seattle, Washington.
- Team, Board, and Operational Leadership: develop a high performing team, engage the board, ensure clear and consistent communication across all groups, and be a leader in the organization’s work towards becoming anti-racist.
- Fundraising: spearhead fundraising efforts, identify and engage new and existing supporters by further developing and nurturing positive donor relationships.
- Relationship Building: a actively engage families and parents, demonstrate dedication to children’s success, and create and maintain collaborative partnerships in and out of the community to help meet the needs of our mission
Friends-Seattle seeks a compassionate, natural leader with a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the mission. They seek a leader who brings a deep, community-centered understanding of the challenges faced by their youth, is an advocate for children, and demonstrates a deep commitment to equity and will nurture an open, trusting, and welcoming work environment that prioritizes advancing the organization’s anti-racism work.
- 10+ years’ experience in progressively responsible leadership roles in a nonprofit of a similar size.
- Fundraising track record across multiple funding sources.
- A demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice with a deep understanding of intersectionality.
- Financial management skills.
- Previous experience reporting to or as part of a governing and fundraising board.
- This is place-based work and a physical presence in Seattle/King County is required (the search is national and relocation support will be available).