• Executive Director, Greater Iowa

    About this Job

    FLSA Status: Exempt

    Location: Greater Iowa

    Job Description:

    Basic Function
    Title: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Reports To: Affiliate Board President
    Employment Status: Full-Time
    FLSA Code: Exempt

    Position Summary

    The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall operation of the Affiliate, including representing the organization to the public and community organizations, policy development and administration, guidance to volunteers and committees, oversight of financial and personnel resources and compliance with national guidelines and timelines. With the Board President, the ED enables the Board to fulfill its governance function and facilitate the optimum interaction between management and the Board. The ED gives direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s promise, vision, value, strategies, goals and tactics. The position is responsible for ensuring the success and diversification of revenue development strategies with emphasis on annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, third party events, foundation support, national programs and special events, including Race for the Cure® and/or the More than Pink Walk®. The Affiliate includes a service area of Iowa and several counties in Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Travel will be required within the service area. This position requires an ability to build strong relationships with individual and corporate donors, advertising and marketing agencies, vendors, the Board of Directors, volunteers, sponsors and colleagues.

    Primary Responsibilities
    Organization Management
    • Oversees recruitment, training, development, and evaluation of staff and volunteers
    • Effectively develops business systems and strategies and ensures appropriate implementation
    • Maintains ethical standards and accountability, manages risk, preforms due diligence and implements operational best practices
    • Ensures that the organization complies with all laws and guidelines governing nonprofit organizations and the Susan G. Komen Affiliation Agreement and Komen Operating Guidelines (KOG)
    • Participates in the strategic planning process in partnership with the Board to ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress
    • Based on the Board’s direction and staff input, ensures that the organization has an annual operations plan that is in alignment with its strategic plan
    • Oversees orientation of new employees and updates and distributes Employee Handbook as needed
    • Monitors and adapts to changes in the business environment

    Fund Development – with appropriate staff, committees and Board
    • Ensures development of diverse revenue streams to best support the mission and goals of the organization
    • Actively participates in donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
    • Oversees responsibilities of staff and volunteers regarding Race for the Cure®, More than Pink Walk® and other Affiliate events
    • Oversees the identification, research, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgment and stewardship of donors at all levels
    • Prepares for and personally solicits gifts at all levels, in conjunction with staff and key volunteers.
    • Creates and provides direction to any and all fund development committees
    • Manages the donor management system (Salesforce) and Race/Walk registration site (Convio Luminate) and work to ensure ongoing accuracy within the systems; works in close contact with other development, financial and administrative staff to achieve this objective
    • Works with event staff to ensure corporate and media sponsorship goals for Affiliate events are met, including prospect identification, cultivation and solicitation of new corporate sponsorships, stewardship and maintenance of current corporate sponsors
    • Leads the development and implementation of fund development plans and initiatives, as well with sponsorship inquiries and requests for materials
    • Maintains involvement with external organizations and professional groups that may provide continuing education and/or opportunities to build long-term relationships with donors/supporters
    • Works closely with development staff at Komen Headquarters to ensure coordination on revenue development activities and compliance with the Komen Operating Guidelines (KOG)
    • Supervises staff and works with leadership volunteers to ensure Affiliate revenue development events, including Race for the Cure and More than Pink Walk as well as other third party and national initiatives, are executed to maximize optimal success within current resources
    • Serves as the primary Affiliate staff person responsible for new and existing relationships with third party fundraisers

    Mission – with appropriate staff and committees
    • Ensures well developed, high-impact, community health initiatives and outcomes in alignment with the Community Profile and Komen HQ policies
    • Provides oversight of the Affiliate’s Mission Action Plan and implementation, including, but not limited to, ensuring oversight of community grants, education and outreach programs
    • Monitors and encourages collaboration and cooperation among community organizations, grant recipients, breast cancer organizations and other Affiliates in order to serve as an agent of change and lead the strengthening of the community continuum of care
    • Assists in the development of new programs that address community needs, including new or emerging issues related to breast health or breast cancer
    • Maintains a current knowledge of breast health information, health care services, applicable state and federal regulations and public policy issues
    • Participates in shaping decision making of government and other external stakeholders. Oversees the development of measurements and evaluation for all mission programs, in order to track the Affiliate’s mission effectiveness and impact in alignment with the Board’s strategic plan and the Affiliate’s Mission Action Plan

    Finance – with Board Treasurer, finance staff and appropriate committees
    • Ensures optimal financial performance of the Affiliate
    • Maintains proper record keeping and ensures internal financial controls
    • Assists the Board of Directors with the development and management of the annual budget
    • Reviews analysis of financial status on a regular basis to discern trends, identify areas for improvement and address problems, in partnership with the Board Treasurer

    Public Relations – with appropriate staff and committees
    • Functions as the primary spokesperson for the Affiliate
    • Develops an annual communications plan that includes crisis planning, media preparation/training for staff and key volunteers
    • Develops media relations; identifies and maximizes appropriate media opportunities

    Other – with appropriate staff and volunteers
    • Partners with Komen HQ staff to maximize resources and ensure alignment with priorities and compliance with policies
    • Personally attends and encourages attendance of staff and board at trainings, forums and meetings provided by Komen HQ
    • Participates in and supports Affiliate’s Board of Directors meetings; supports and attends committee meetings as appropriate; partners to accomplish goals and objectives; works with Board to ensure appropriate interface between Board governance and staff operational functions
    • Engages in public policy discussion and activities with government representatives, community organizations and the public in the areas of breast health and philanthropy
    • Assists the Governance Committee in developing and implementing an annual plan for identifying and recruiting candidates for the Board, as well as providing Board orientation and on-going Board training and development

    Job Qualifications:

    Minimum Experience Required


    • Bachelor’s Degree required
    • Minimum of four (4) years professional experience, including experience in non-profit governance, public health education and programming, grant making, staff and volunteer management, fundraising, and communications
    • Ability to be strategic and maintain a view of the whole Affiliate while managing day to day operations
    • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal and public speaking skills
    • Interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a diverse population
    • A high degree of integrity that garners the trust and respect of others
    • Dedication to principles of inclusion
    • A track record of planning and supporting growth
    • A professional nature with the ability to meet deadlines and quickly establish priorities
    • Organizational skills with thoroughness, timeliness and detail when working under pressure
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Prior experience working with or reporting to a Board of Directors
    • Desire to shape public issues and enliven public debate
    • Preferred: Master’s or Doctorate Degree in a related field of study; experience with an annual budget of $2 million +; strong understanding of service area and diverse populations. Direct exposure to volunteer-driven organizations. Experience with Salesforce and Convio.

    Physical Requirements

    • Sitting, standing, bending, stooping, walking
    • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing)
    • Hearing, listening, seeing, talking, reading
    • Lifting up to 40 pounds

    Work Environment

    • Office environment – employees are protected from weather conditions or contaminants, but not necessarily occasional temperature changes
    • Travel: required 2-3 times per month within Affiliate service area; 1-2 times per year for Komen HQ related training or events
    • Work hours: some evening and weekend work
    • Main office located in Des Moines with satellite office in Davenport, Iowa.

    Internal and External Contacts

    Affiliate Board of Directors | Affiliate Staff | Komen HQ Staff | General Public | Volunteers | Survivors | Health Care/Community Health Professionals | Donors/Prospective Donors | Public Policy Makers | Grant Partners | Vendors

    Preferred Experience

    Specialized Knowledge Requirements

    Qualified applicants can submit their resume and cover letter to president@komengreateriowa.org by no later than 11/24/2019.