Managing Director

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Posted
    May 01

Position description

Organization Overview

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) is a unique residential community and high school in Rwanda which is currently home to 500 vulnerable youth, many of whom were orphaned in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide. Based on an Israeli model that originally served orphans from the Holocaust, and now fully adapted to a Rwandan context, ASYV’s mission is to enable orphaned and vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills. Education and community service are used to model and create socially responsible citizens in Rwanda and around the world. Our graduates have gone on to be scholars, entrepreneurs, volunteers and leaders in their community.  As our ASYV family grows each year, we are continually delighted by the success of our kids. ASYV is a place where hope, love, core values and self-expression are as important as professional training and a solid education.

ASYV’s work in Rwanda is supported by a small team of staff in our U.S. office in New York City and our network of donors, ambassadors, and friends.

To learn more about ASYV and our kids, please visit www.asyv.org.

 

Position Summary

As senior-most ASYV staff member in the U.S., the Managing Director will collaborate with the Rwanda-based Executive Director and the Board of Directors to build and implement strategies that will allow ASYV to sustain and grow its impact. Reporting to the Chair of the Board, the Managing Director will hold primary responsibility for fund development in support of ASYV’s $2.4M budget and will create a comprehensive fundraising plan, build relationships with donors, and oversee development operations. Additionally, the Managing Director will participate in setting organizational strategy and oversee activities and staff across the marketing/communications, administration, and finance functions based within the U.S. office.

This is an exciting time for a strong fundraiser with well-rounded management and leadership skills to advance ASYV’s mission and their career, as ASYV has a strong foundation to build from, and the Managing Director will play an essential role in helping grow ASYV’s base of support, infrastructure, and impact. The ideal candidate will thrive in a mission-driven organization that values teamwork, transparency, and communication.

 

Key Responsibilities

Development and Marketing/Communications

  • Create and implement ASYV’s development plan in alignment with the organization’s overall strategic goals
  • Serve as ASYV’s key external representative in the U.S., sharing the ASYV mission with current and prospective individual, foundation, and corporate supporters through a range of engagement and stewardship activities
  • Ensure effective operations, infrastructure, and staffing for all aspects of donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, as well as database management and gift processing
  • Oversee fundraising events and donor communications
  • Enhance ASYV’s brand identity and align all communications with this brand
  • Lead efforts to broaden ASYV’s visibility and reach both within the U.S. and Rwanda

Organizational Leadership

  • Participate in setting ASYV’s strategic plan, ensuring the infrastructure ASYV needs to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives, and monitoring its progress and performance
  • Supervise and coach ASYV’s New York-based staff
  • Partner with the Board Chair and Executive Director to develop, motivate, and manage the Board of Directors; support board recruitment, retention, and performance
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Directors and Board committees
  • Work with finance staff or contractors, as well as Rwanda-based staff, to develop and manage ASYV’s budget and financial reports
  • Manage administrative aspects of the ASYV Fellows volunteer program, including participant recruitment, screening, selection, and support

 

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • At least 7 years of experience in development, with demonstrated success in individual major gifts work and experience soliciting gifts at the five-figure level
  • Prior success in management/supervisory roles, with a demonstrated interest in playing a multifaceted organizational leadership role
  • Well-rounded nonprofit management skillset, with familiarity in budgeting/financial management, communications/marketing, staff leadership, and strategy development and implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to lead strategically and contribute tactically toward ASYV’s goals, with strong organization, time management, and prioritization skills, as well as the ability to foster teamwork and transparency
  • Outgoing, engaging interpersonal style, with strong communication and relationship-building skills
  • Past success in partnering with a Board of Directors or similar governance/advisory entity
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and partner effectively with colleagues and stakeholders across different geographies, time zones, and cultures
  • Familiarity with Jewish philanthropy preferred
  • Exposure to international work in developing countries, ideally in Africa, preferred
  • Passion for ASYV’s mission and our kids and the ability to convey our stories in a compelling way
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally

To Apply 

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to the Search Committee at http://commongoodcareers.force.com/careers/ts2__Register?jobId=a0K1600000kO53u&tSource=.   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. 

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village is an equal opportunity employer.

 

About Commongood Careers

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Managing Director. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 700 searches at 275 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.

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