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Non-Profit Executive Director job description

A Non-Profit Executive Director leads and manages a non-profit organization, overseeing operations, finances, programs, staff, and volunteers. They drive strategic planning, fundraising, and stakeholder relationships to achieve the organization’s mission and goals.

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May 30, 2023

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What is a Non-Profit Executive Director?

A Non-Profit Executive Director is a leader responsible for overseeing the operations, finances, and programs of a non-profit organization. They provide guidance and strategic direction to achieve the organization’s mission and goals.

What does a Non-Profit Executive Director do?

A Non-Profit Executive Director manages staff and volunteers, leads fundraising efforts, and maintains relationships with stakeholders. They oversee financial management, develop policies and procedures, and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. They also collaborate with the board of directors, develop strategic plans, and represent the organization to the public. Their role is to drive the organization’s success and make a positive impact in the community they serve.

Non-Profit Executive Director responsibilities include:

  • Planning, organization, and directing the organization’s operations and programs
  • Developing and implementing consistent inventory and cost accounting policies, procedures, and operational reporting/metrics
  • Overseeing and reporting on the organization’s results for the board of directors

Job brief

We are looking for a Non-Profit Executive Director to join our team and guide our organization forward by overseeing all operational, financial, and technical aspects of the organization. 

Non-Profit Executive Director responsibilities include preparing accurate financial reports for the board of directors, assisting with volunteer recruitment activities, and leading annual budget reviews. 

Ultimately, you will work with various volunteers and other professionals in the organization to ensure we hit our annual fundraising goals and continue to build our volunteer base for future success. 


  • Prepare accurate and timely analyses that capture and communicate fundraising results, variances, and performance trends
  • Provide leadership to and manage the efforts of site staff to ensure appropriate support of all departments
  • Supervise the development of operations-based financial modeling
  • Coordinate and leads annual budget reviews, monthly and quarterly reviews, and periodic forecast updates with operational and senior management for all locations
  • Approve major systems implementations related to cost and inventory control
  • Retain a diverse, highly qualified staff and volunteers by providing career coaching, growth, and personal development for workers
  • Ensure that services and funding relationships are robust enough to meet or exceed strategic goals and objectives

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a Non-Profit Executive Director or similar role
  • Experience running fundraising initiatives
  • Knowledge of volunteer recruitment and how to get individuals involved for the organization’s success
  • Strong knowledge of financials and how to build financial forecasting documents for the board of directors
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a Non-Profit Executive Director

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