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THE INSTITUTE on Religion and Public Policy Executive Director Job Description

THE INSTITUTE on Religion and Public Policy is looking for a new full-time Executive Director to take over the day-to-day operations of the organization after I stepped down as President. The job description is below:

THE INSTITUTE on Religion and Public Policy
Executive Director Position

SUMMARY: The Executive Director of THE INSTITUTE on Religion and Public Policy functions as the Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. In this capacity the incumbent is responsible for implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors as well as annual goals and objectives, fundraising, and financial, program, and administrative management of the corporation. Guidance and direction is provided by the Chairman of the Board and by the Board of Directors. Leading candidates will be broadly informed leaders with a high level of intellectual curiosity and the capacity to work globally to promote fundamental rights, and religious freedom in particular, with government policy-makers, religious leaders, business executives, academics, non-governmental organizations and others.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Executive Director is responsible for overall operations, fundraising, asset protection and marketing/public relations for THE INSTITUTE, an international, inter-religious non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring freedom of religion as the foundation for security, stability, and democracy. The incumbent also:

• Builds and maintains profitable, long-term fundraising relationships with donors and potential donors. Coordinates web-based fundraising and raises awareness of THE INSTITUTE and its work on an international level. Develops new and imaginative fundraising activities, many of which will be events-based. Researches and targets charitable trusts whose criteria match the charity’s projects and activities.

• Serves as principle liaison for THE INSTITUTE with congressional members and staff, administration officials, diplomatic community and counterparts from other non-governmental organizations. This includes representing THE INSTITUTE at relevant meetings, briefings, events, and other policy venues. In some cases, arranges and leads such activities.

• Supervises and works closely with staff and interns to ensure they are provided with appropriate support systems and responsive, quality service in the areas of grant preparation, project accounting, human resources, purchasing and related administrative functions.

• Provides advice and counsel to the Board to assist in setting policies and monitoring the performance of THE INSTITUTE. Recommends new policies, programs, and action plans consistent with the vision of the organization; executes all policies/decisions of the Board.

• Assists in the development of current and long-term organizational goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures for THE INSTITUTE operations. Establishes plans to achieve goals set by the Board of Directors and implements policies, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

• Is responsible for grants and contracts management including negotiating research agreement terms that reflect the needs of THE INSTITUTE. Coordinates with legal advisors to finalize agreement terms. Monitors progress of agreements and maintains agreement documentation to ensure fulfillment of agreement terms including receipt and expenditure of funds.

• Oversees all accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, capital asset and property management and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, THE INSTITUTE policies and procedures, and all other applicable rules and guidelines.

• Handles all aspects of human resource management of employees and interns including but not limited to hiring and termination, developing position descriptions, setting compensation and applying board-approved employee policies and benefits in accordance with federal and state requirements.

• Analyzes and evaluates vendor services, particularly for insurance, employee benefits and management of THE INSTITUTE funds, to determine programs and providers that best meets the needs of THE INSTITUTE and makes recommendations to the board, as appropriate; negotiates services, terms and premiums and executes contracts with benefit plan providers, supply and service vendors, auditors and consultants; manages payroll and benefits programs.

CORE COMPETENCIES: The following core competencies represent effective administration of THE INSTITUTE and its programs fulfilling THE INSTITUTE’s mission:

• JOB KNOWLEDGE: Understands the technical aspects of managing a nonprofit organization; provides advice to its investigators and staff directly and/or solicits guidance from experts. Understands the duties and responsibilities of the position and keeps job knowledge up-to-date. Clearly understands the research and education mission of the organization and continuously works to promote THE INSTITUTE and achieve its goals. Candidates must have experience in general management, financial management, strategic planning and fundraising. Successful candidates have experience that demonstrates the ability to conceptualize, develop, and evaluate programs.

• INITIATIVE: The Executive Director recognizes and brings to the attention of the Chairman of the Board issues that affect the organization, and implements plans to reach organizational goals as determined by the Board of Directors. Displays initiative in developing action plans and resolving problems as they occur, in consultation with the chairman and other members of the board.

• MANAGEMENT: Maintains effective systems of internal controls to account for all receipts and expenditures of funds. Develops options available to the board for using corporate resources to support research and education.

• COMMUNICATION: Communicates effectively with multiple audiences using a variety of formats. Examples include written communications that clearly outline the situation and action items; verbal presentations and briefings to the research and education managers, the Board of Directors and other parties; presenting at local meetings and to outside groups regarding a variety of issues affecting THE INSTITUTE. Foreign language skills preferred.

• DEPENDABILITY: The Executive Director seeks increased responsibility while remaining conscientious, thorough, accurate, and reliable with respect to achieving the organization’s goals, and the needs of the investigators, the VAMC and staff. This includes being available and responsive to issues and concerns as they arise.

• EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An undergraduate degree is required, and the attainment of an advanced degree is preferred. The Executive Director must also possess at least five years experience in business, non-profit operational and financial management, or related areas.

• TRAVEL: The Executive Director must be able to travel to attend conferences, training and other events as required to acquire and maintain proficiency in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.

• WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment is a small, busy office located in Alexandria, Virginia. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Reasonable accommodations in the work environment may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Review of resumes will begin January 15, 2010. Please send cover letter, resume, salary history and salary requirements to Sarah Channing Grieboski, Director of Communications at sarah@religionandpolicy.org or fax to 703.888.1704.

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