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Job: WorldBoston Executive Director

WorldBoston’s outgoing President and CEO is JET alum Bill Clifford. He gave a talk at NEJETAA’s 2010 Career Workshop. NEJETAA wishes him success in his new position as President and CEO of World Affairs Councils of America in DC.

WorldBoston, an independent nonprofit World Affairs Council and Center for International Visitors serving eastern Massachusetts, seeks nominations and applications for a full-time chief executive and administrative officer. This position, a highly visible platform in Boston, reports directly to the Board of Directors. The successful candidate will be entrepreneurial, energetic, and a strategic thinker – one who will provide vision and creative leadership to advance the mission of WorldBoston.

The successful candidate will: expand WorldBoston’s programming and outreach to the organization’s members and the public; strengthen its civic presence and brand; cultivate relationships with local, national, and international stakeholders. As the chief liaison with private and public funders, s/he will manage, develop, and be accountable for financial resources and programs. Salary is commensurate with experience and ability.

Desired Qualifications and Characteristics

The ideal candidate to lead WorldBoston will be passionate about its mission of engaging the public in international affairs and opportunities. With influential visibility and experience in policy, diplomatic, and business circles, the candidate will also possess the following experience, traits, and skills:

    Leadership: 7+ years as Executive Director/CEO, COO, or Development Executive with strong record of providing leadership to complex organizations that serve people with interests in international and current affairs. Experience working with a nonprofit board of directors and leading strategic planning efforts strongly preferred. Collaborative, inclusive team-based management style. Talent for mentoring younger professional staff to develop them as leaders.     Fundraising: Demonstrated ability to grow organizational revenues by identifying and securing private support as well as increasing public funding. Experience in grant writing, annual fund campaigns, corporate and foundation gifts, fundraising events, and planned-giving efforts.     Fiscal management:High degree of business and financial acumen. Experience in effectively managing annual operating budgets of $500K+ and expanding organizational capacity. Solid understanding of federal grant funds, including their management, reporting, and compliance requirements, is preferred.     Program management and development: Entrepreneurial talent to create new programs and build relationships to develop existing services  to increase membership. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, solve complex problems, and exercise sound judgment.     Communications: Excellent public speaking, networking, and written communication skills. Ability to serve as spokesperson in any forum, articulating an organization’s vision and mission to the broad public, as well as diplomatic constituencies, government agencies, donors/prospects, clients/members, and internal teams (staff, volunteers).  Adept with social media technologies and strategies.     Superior negotiating and relationship-building skills.     Impeccable ethics, integrity, and responsibility.     Energy, creativity, patience, and sense of humor.     Advanced degree preferred.


    Interaction with the Board: Recommends strategy to the Board. Reports on organizational objectives, budget and financial resources, operations, employee development and morale, and member/supporter/visitor satisfaction. Informs the Board on relationships with outside agencies, funders/donors, and the community, and on political and social environments that affect the membership base. Supports the Board with recruitment, orientation, development, and retention of Board members.     Strategic planning: Will take WorldBoston to “the next level,” leading the development and implementation of short and long-term organizational strategies.     Community outreach: Provides public forums and access to leaders that benefit a diverse, multi-generational membership and the general public. Develops opportunities to engage students of all ages in world affairs.     Operations: Ensures compliance with professional and governmental regulations. Accountable for operations and delegation of responsibilities. Ensures prudent financial management and grant administration. Handles banking, procurement, lease, and vendor relationships. Ensures quality management of all programs and services.     Personnel: Recruits and supervises staff, sets objectives, and evaluates performance. Ensures development of an effective management team and adherence to equitable employee relations policies. Respects employee interests and welfare.

Contact Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter in complete confidence by October 4 to Mr. James Kaufman, Search Committee Chair and Chair of WorldBoston’s Board of Directors, at wb at worldboston dot org

    Search Committee/Board interviews candidates and makes final decision by November 15.     Executive Director assumes role by January 1, 2014.

If you have questions or wish to discuss the position in more detail, please send an e-mail to Bill Clifford at bclifford at worldboston dot org

Thank you for your interest in WorldBoston!

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