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Posted on: January 30, 2019

BSWP Executive Director Position

Executive Director Position Description

The Executive Director is the key management leader of the Best Southwest Partnership. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the daily operations, administration, programs, events and implementation of the strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Chair and Board of Directors.


  1. Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization mission.
    Responsible for leading  the Best Southwest Partnership in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
    Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  2. Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
    Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Best Southwest Partnership, to include submission to the Board a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
    Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
    Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support Best Southwest Partnership’s mission.
  3. Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
    Responsible for implementation of Best Southwest Partnership’s programs / events that carry out the organization’s mission.
    Responsible for implementation of the strategic planning to ensure that Best Southwest Partnership can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
    Responsible for the enhancement of Best Southwest Partnership’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.
  4. Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
    Responsible effective administration of the Best Southwest Partnership daily operations.
    Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
    Per bylaws and with Board approval, responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Professional Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey the vision of the Best Southwest Partnership’s strategic future to board, volunteers and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • Strong public speaking ability

Actual Job Responsibilities:

  •  Planning and operation of annual budget.
  • Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
  • Serving as Best Southwest Partnership’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance Best Southwest Partnership‘s Mission.
  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the Foundation throughout the State.
  • Supervise, collaborate with organization staff.
  • Strategic planning and implementation.
  • Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
  • Review and approve contracts for services.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
  • Commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Quality benefits package includes health and PTO
  • Extensive experience with event planning
  • Must be a self-starter
  • Must be highly professional in appearance and communication
  • Must have experience with Board relations.

Please send resumes to Dr. Cynthia Mickens Ross

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