Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

CHOICE Humanitarian - Salt Lake City, UT5.0

Full-timeEstimated: $130,000 - $180,000 a year
CHOICE Humanitarian is an international NGO ending extreme poverty in remote villages across Kenya, Nepal, Guatemala, Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador. Our Leadership Model of Development supports communities in developing their own vision, goals, and plan out of extreme poverty. Operating since 1982, we use a holistic approach that integrates five core areas: economic development, health, education, environment, and culture preservation. Projects are a vehicle used to organize communities and mobilize resources to create lasting change. During this 3-5 year project planning and implementation process, a solid foundation is established and communities have the momentum to continue on their own path to self-reliance. Headquartered locally in each of the countries where we work and in West Jordan, Utah, CHOICE Humanitarian operates with an annual budget of $5 million dollars and a global staff of 80.

Noteworthy Highlights:
Aggressive pilot in Nepal completed raising the standard of living for 68,000 people
Over 100 projects a year impacting over 100,000 people
Gender equality central to our efforts
Robust measurement and evaluation program
3-year strategic plan in place
This exceptional non-profit is in search of a CEO that knows how to aggressively build an organization to the next level of growth. The CEO is the Chief Mobilizer who knows how to leverage the power of relationships and networks across private, public, and corporate sectors to engage participation. Our ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker that isn’t intimidated by new ideas and has the natural ability to build empathy-based relationships with our global leaders, internal staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors. A key piece of this role will be the ability to attract and foster new national donor relationships from large foundations and businesses. This role will also offer the unique experience to travel the world, get your hands (feet and face) dirty, and truly impact extreme poverty.

Foremost among the CEO’s personal characteristics will be the ability to communicate, motivate, and inspire the confidence of a wide variety of constituencies.

Donor Development (40% of time)

Assume primary responsibility for organizational fundraising, including developing a fundraising strategy and ensuring goals are being met;
Serve as chief relationship builder and major gifts fundraiser while supporting cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship with all current and new donors;
Focus on larger, national initiatives within individual, corporate, foundation, and agency relationships;
Assist grant writer in foundation proposal development;
Guide Board of Directors’ engagement in fundraising activities; and
Represent CHOICE in press, speaking, relationship-building, PR, education, and brand awareness.
Operational Management (30% of time)

Recruit, hire, and retain talent;
Provide positive leadership, alignment, and coaching for staff members;
Assume responsibility for, and general oversight of, organizational fiscal health;
Prepare organization-wide budget and provide guidance on programmatic budgets with Finance and Grants Manager;
Facilitate review and execution of strategic plan and ensure implementation;
Manage and coordinate multi-program projects and fundraising;
Participate in, and provide guidance to, Board of Directors and the committees of the Board;
Prepare and facilitate monthly Board meetings;
Recruit and develop Board membership; and
Provide guidance and support for maintaining effective organizational structure and processes.
International Development Project and Program Management (30% of time)

Manage Field Director and seven country directors in the design, approval, execution and evaluation of over 100 annual projects and programs;
Ensure commitment to and oversight of measurement and evaluation;
Ensure systems are in place for consistency in program delivery;
Steer the continual development philosophy and be the thought leader for the organization;
Relentlessly focus on improving the CHOICE Model to accelerate the elimination of extreme poverty;
Build relationships with experts around the world who can influence and drive positive change in our work; and
Build and maintain relationships with public agencies, development groups, and other partners engaged in community-based development in the regions where we work.

A minimum of ten years demonstrable, successful people management and leadership expertise;
Experience with financial oversight and fundraising, including managing P&L, income statements, and cash flow;
Proven track record of designing, building, and launching new programs, products, or projects, including the application of the Lean Startup methodology;
Demonstrated ability to energize and mobilize people and new resources under a clear vision or direction;
In-depth understanding of, and experience with, global development issues, priorities, best practices, and philosophies;
Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to articulate our mission and be a powerful storyteller to the market at one-on-one meetings, public presentations, and donor events;
Curiosity and tirelessness in the pursuit of knowledge and learning and capable of seeing beyond the surface
Ability to create magic from limited resources and able to find a way to overcome obstacles;
Detail-oriented, always ready to question, unafraid to acknowledge what you don’t know, and prepared to create new pathways to success;
Ability to develop an annual operating budget with the Chief Financial Officer and ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines;
Can identify and cultivate major prospective donors and maintain positive relationships with current and past contributors of significant gifts;
Ability to nurture and expand the donor base as a foundation for greater unrestricted support;
A minimum of 5-to-8 years of successful experience with considerable knowledge of the nonprofit sector;
Experience working in an international organization, company, or institution, including experience recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse inter-cultural team;
Track record in financial management, stewardship, and developing strategies to successfully increase revenue;
Proven success in building strong and productive work teams with a focus on mentoring and nurturing staff development;
Demonstrated ability to operate a complex organization, combining the functions of a US-based headquarters with 7 internationally-based field offices.
Career track record that shows stability with an organization and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success;
Experience with accountability systems and reporting back to donors;
Business and financial acumen verified through past contributions to the programmatic and fiscal stability of nonprofit organizations;
Ability and willingness to step up to difficult issues, saying what needs to be said, and championing ideas and principles with candor and authenticity;
MPA, MBA, MPP, Masters/PhD in International Development/Program Management, Economics, Health etc., or related field strongly required; and
Professionally proficient Spanish language ability, with additional preferred languages being Swahili and Nepalese.

Time Off Benefits:
12 Paid Holidays
15 Days Paid Time Off
3 Days Paid Bereavement Leave
20 Days Paid Maternity Leave
Simple IRA - Current company match is 3%
1 Expedition at no cost to employee per year
Employee may bring a guest for $500 expedition fee