Executive Director - Non Profit

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
The IF Project

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Salary Range: 
$95,000 - $115,000
Job Category: 
Organizational Overview: 

The IF Project (IF) seeks a dynamic, visionary leader to serve as its first Executive Director.   
About The IF Project:  The IF Project’s mission is to empower those impacted by incarceration by amplifying their story to illuminate, inspire and heal. The IF Project has an impressive array of programming built on and inspired by the stories of people who are or have been incarcerated, based on the question: “If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, what would it have been?” The organization was co-founded by Detective Kim Bogucki, a 30-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department; Kathlyn Horan, a Los Angeles-based film director and producer; and Renata Abramson, at the time an inmate at the Washington State Correctional Center for Women. Kathlyn directed and produced a 2018 feature-length documentary based on the work of The IF Project which debuted at the Seattle International Film Festival and screened at several film festivals, inside prisons, and in communities around the world.
While the organization celebrated its ten year anniversary in 2018, IF only became an independent 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization in 2017 and is in many ways in the start-up phase of its organizational life cycle. The organization has an annual budget of $600,000+ and will shortly grow to a staff of six.
Partnering with the co-founders and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the developing and implementing the vision and strategy of the organization and the consistent achievement of programmatic and financial objectives. The Executive Director serves as a key spokesperson, manages the financial health of the organization, leads and manages a talented staff, and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with clients, government agencies, funders and community partners, including police and corrections departments locally and across the country.

Role Responsibilities: 

Strategic Leadership - 30%

  • Lead the Board and staff to develop and refine the organizational vision, mission and goals
  • Develop and oversee short and long-term strategic plans and operations to ensure the organization is making consistent and timely progress toward goals
  • Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals
  • Develop and implementRe effective systems to monitor ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems
  • Develop, actively engage, and support a strong Board of Directors and serve as ex-officio member of each Board committee
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field

Fundraising & Communications – 30%

  • Create and implement strategic development plan to achieve fundraising goals
  • Develop and sustain relationships with individual, foundation and corporate donors
  • Personally and directly solicit and acknowledge major individual gifts
  • Expand and refine all aspects of organizational communications to raise the organization’s profile and report the organization’s work and accomplishments to a variety of audiences
  • Serve as a key organizational spokesperson, using external presence and relationships to attract funding and garner new opportunities
  • Promote active and broad participation of volunteers in all areas of organizational work

Staff Management & Relations – 20%

  • Recruit, manage, coach, retain and release all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers
  • Ensure all staff have current job descriptions, receive regular feedback and performance evaluations, and that sound human resource practices are in place
  • Lead an effective management team and ensure appropriate succession plans are in place
  • Oversee appropriate professional development for all staff, the speaking team, and volunteers
  • Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people  

Administration & Finance – 20%

  • Work with staff and the Board to develop and implement the organization’s annual budget
  • Monitor and report revenue and expense to the Board and ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines
  • Ensure a financially viable, sustainable organization with the resources to meet current and projected program growth
  • Develop and maintain sound organizational and financial policies and practices
  • Oversee annual financial audit
  • Monitor and mitigate organizational risks
  • Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with relevant federal, state and local regulations and with sound accounting procedures 
Candidate Qualifications: 

Key Credentials and Personal Qualities

  • Passion for mission and deep commitment to leading through a racial equity lens and centering the voices of those impacted by incarceration
  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business administration or related field preferred            
  • A minimum of five years of experience in senior leadership role in a not-for-profit organization
  • Demonstrated success in collaborating with a Board of Directors to achieve strategic and financial objectives
  • Demonstrated experience in both leadership and management, with the ability to hire, coach, support and evaluate a high performing team
  • Experience developing and managing budgets of $1 million+, with a solid knowledge of nonprofit accounting
  • Experience overseeing programs, continuous quality improvement, and data-driven program evaluation
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Results-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptive, and innovative approach to organizational leadership and planning
  • Warm and engaging, with significant experience building relationships and partnerships
  • Sense of humor, integrity, and impeccable work ethic
  • Aptitude with Microsoft Office Suite and other technology necessary for successful day-to-day functioning in business environment.

How to Apply

Application Contact: 
Renee Hopkins
Application Deadline: 
August 30, 2019
Application Instructions: 
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and at least three references in PDF format to Renee Hopkins, Board Chair, at renee@theifproject.com. Please make the subject of your email “(Last Name) – IF Project Executive Director”. Position is open until filled, but candidates that submit materials prior to Friday, August 30, 2019 will be given priority. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.