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Executive Director (Non-Profit Executive) in Woodbridge Township, NJ at National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Date Posted: 2/11/2019

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Job Description

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a non-profit health organization, is seeking an Executive Director for its New Jersey market. This position is to be located in the Woodbridge, New Jersey.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. We partner with volunteers to accomplish our work. Staff members engage volunteers through effective and timely communications, facilitating meaningful opportunities, and continually seeking and providing feedback for reciprocal growth and learning.

The executive director engages community leaders in achieving Society priorities -- most importantly, in raising funds. She or he must passionately communicate about the Society's mission, research, services, advocacy and strategic plans and priorities. This position requires a deep understanding of the communities in the assigned territory and an ability to engage with and influence a wide range of people.

The executive director implements Society plans developed by functional areas -- always contributing to continuous improvement. The executive director delivers year-over-year revenue growth managing a portfolio of key relationships. As a member of the Society Leadership and Management Team, the executive director must have a Society-wide perspective.

The executive director clearly articulates and models the Society culture. She or he ensures they and leadership volunteers reflect the Society's Operating Principles. The executive director works closely with a board of trustees to build trust, confidence, and to expand volunteer engagement and fundraising throughout the assigned territory. The trust and confidence in the Society of all constituent groups reflects the executive director's effectiveness.


1. Ensure leadership volunteer engagement in communities throughout the market 30%

  • Build trust and confidence in the Society as the leadership executive in an assigned territory
  • Support the development and cultivation of an active and engaged Board of Trustees, standing and advisory committees
  • Assist with implementation of Society strategies and practices to ensure strong board engagement; ensure trustees are effective and contributing to Society priorities
  • Identify talent for Society committees to expand and deepen involvement of volunteers throughout the Society
  • Through the community engagement committee, help to develop and oversee community councils to raise new revenue and build awareness
  • Identify, engage, leverage and cultivate community resources, influence and connections to further the Society's initiatives and mission. Connect and convene people to learn, participate, advise and contribute at their highest level
  • Ensure a consistent experience for people affected by MS, volunteers and participants, regardless of where they live

2. Drive revenue growth 60%

  • Manage a portfolio of relationships, increase revenue of top 30, year over year, identify new and potential donors through community connections. Identify, cultivate, steward and recognize top relationships (donors, fundraisers, teams, corporate and community partners).
  • Provide leadership and/or support to relationship management teams. Lead Relationship Review meetings with other market-based staff. Participate in Revenue Performance and market implementation meetings. Identify and bring action steps from Revenue Performance and Relationship Review meetings to trustees.
  • Ensure the Board of Trustees supports and is engaged in the achievement of revenue targets through participation of events and board giving.
  • Participate with development leadership in setting the market revenue budgets and targets.
  • Ensure the achievement of revenue targets through the Society's fundraising campaigns
  • Contribute to the success of market-based special event committees. Ensure an active and engaged Donor Relations Committee and other revenue-related committees. Contribute to the success, and at times lead, Leadership Fundraising events and other fundraising events.

3. Increase effectiveness and capacity of Society Leadership & Management Team 10%

  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the SLMT; demonstrating progress in building strong relationships with team members
  • Provide input on, demonstrate understanding and ability to communicate Society Priorities
  • Achieve agreed upon annual results
  • Lead and support the successful implementation of the annual operational plan. deliver on the Strategic Plan
  • Be a positive representative of the National MS Society in all settings (internal and external)
  • Engage others -- expand the movement
  • Ensure operational effectiveness and continuous improvement
  • Provide leadership to the market and ensure office operations are effective and aligned with Society practices and procedures
  • Foster and promote a positive, supportive working environment; ensuring all staff are aligned to the desired culture outlined in our operating principles
  • Contribute to the professional development of others by coaching and providing feedback
  • Ensure effective use of the Society's decision-making process; participate in decision-making