Release Date: January 20, 2009
Position Closed After: February 5, 2009
Please send all inquires and resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vietnamese American Non-Governmental Organization (VA-NGO) Network is seeking a qualified executive director to help build the organization. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of organizational development, a passion to assist the people of Vietnam, a history of achievement in fundraising and a collaborative approach suitable for a membership-based organization.
This is a newly-created position, and is suited for someone with an entrepreneurial drive, an ability to work independently in a small office, the ability to recruit volunteer help and the capacity to create the necessary programs, fundraising and administrative systems to enable the VA-NGO network to thrive.
The VA NGO Network’s purpose is to strengthen it’s the capacity of the member organizations to deliver effective assistance to the poor and disadvantaged in Vietnam. The VA NGO accomplishes this by:
• Building a united voice on issues of common interest, and • Delivering practical benefits to the members through technical assistance and effective advocacy. The basic principles that guide the VA NGO are transparency, accountability, effectiveness and sustainability. Our program activities and specific elements in programs will be designed to promote a combination of these principles. The selection of these principles is itself derived from our deep belief that these pillar principles provide the common higher ground for engaging our communities here in the US, elsewhere in the Vietnamese Diaspora, as well as in Vietnam towards the development of a just and thriving society in Vietnam.
Qualifications & Requirements
• The highest ethical standards. • College graduate in relevant field. • Experience in NGO work, humanitarian or development programs highly desirable. • Successful experience as a senior staff member in a non-profit or membership-based organization is highly desirable, including staff management experience. • Strong organizational and planning skills, combined with a proven ability to develop and implement new programs. • Excellent communication and writing skills in English, and the ability to convince, motivate and inspire groups including board members, staff, members and donors • Successful fundraising experience. • Ability to build trust and positive working relationships among diverse groups of people.
Provide leadership in suggesting and implementing strategies of VA NGO; ensure clarity as to the organization’s mandate, mission and vision. Direct the organization’s humanitarian and development programs; instill values appropriate to this role; promote understanding and collaboration. Provide the Board with quarterly reports describing results and costs of activities.
Develop clear statement of strategy, objectives and organizational goals. Describe agreed activities, identify new areas of work, manpower, and financial resources.
Management of organization and staff
Develop within 6 months of assuming position policies and procedures of governance and management for the Board to approve; hire and manage a multi-disciplinary staff and/or interns. Maximize staff’s ability to accomplish the organization's goals and objectives effectively and efficiently. Establish personnel policies and procedures to ensure quality, legality, and efficiency.
Consultation with and Updating the Board and Advisory Committee
Use the quarterly reports and routine communication to ensure the Board and Advisory Committee receive clear, concise and timely information all relevant matters. Provide carefully structured agendas, briefing papers, and policy proposals as required.
Implement the Board’s financial direction through developing policies and program consistent with the organization’s plans and resources. Manage the operations and formulate an annual budget consisting with the Board’s guidance and resources.
Assume overall responsibility for fundraising plans, including developing fundraising strategies and activities. Secure adequate funding for planned programs, prepare/supervise preparation and submission of proposals, ensure timely submission of reporting on grants, develop and sustain relations with donors; keeping abreast of fundraising developments in the non-profit sector.
Overseeing the production and ensuring excellent quality of excellence of the organization's published and electronic products and visual and verbal presentations.
Salary and other benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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