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Executive Director

Madison House
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 12, 2022

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Position Type
Education, Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and serves as the public face of Madison House. The Executive Director plays a vibrant leadership role in creative community engagement and communication, fundraising, and connecting students with numerous community organizations. The Executive Director is primarily responsible for ensuring Madison House continues to aim high in its strategic direction and impact.

We seek an authentic and passionate leader who exceptionally communicates these goals to Madison House’s core constituencies: benefactors and prospective funders, University of Virginia student volunteers, nonprofit community partners, members of the University administration, board members, and staff.

The successful candidate should expect to:

▪ Communicate exceptionally both orally and written to varied constituencies with passion and vigor for Madison House.

▪ Create and advance a comprehensive strategic plan, resulting in renewable and increasing revenue from private individuals, foundations, corporate and government sources.

▪ Provide guidance to the board and staff in efforts to establish, maintain and implement a strategic plan.

▪ Plan and develop a working annual work plan in alignment with Madison House’s strategic plan; provide status reports quarterly; and prepare and present an annual reflection report.

▪ Strengthen community support for the organization, and continuously grow its financial capacity to meet and exceed its mission and vision.

▪ Travel nationally to establish a wide donor base.

▪ Manage a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects with whom to solicit capital, endowed and current use funds.

▪ Lead and work collaboratively with a dedicated and talented staff. Explore

creative approaches and solutions.

▪ Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance Madison House’s Mission.

▪ Cultivate and maintain University and community partnerships.

▪ Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.

▪ Coordinate organizational Board and committee meetings and assist the Board and Committee chairpersons with agendas and posting of archival documents.

▪ Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.

▪ Review and approve contracts for services.



Having recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary, Madison House sits in a unique position both at the University of Virginia and in the Charlottesville Community. The successful candidate must thus lead with purpose, and with an understanding and ability to juggle multiple opportunities. Madison House has many stakeholders who include but are not limited to: UVA Students, the University of Virginia administration, donors, the Charlottesville area nonprofit community, and volunteers. Interested candidates must demonstrate exceptional communications skills and an eagerness for increasing revenue in addition to having the entrepreneurial spirit to take Madison House to the next level of impact.

▪ Demonstrated experience as a nonprofit leader: A minimum of five or more years in senior nonprofit management is preferred, including direct experience working with a board of directors. Other career experiences and equivalencies may be considered.

▪ Exceptional oral and written communications skills.

▪ High level strategic thinking and planning with demonstrated successes. Specifically, an acute ability to envision and convey an organization’s strategic future to varied constituencies.

▪ Confidence in fundraising, including a successful and specific track record of generating revenue streams and improving financial results. This includes comfort and skill in communicating with all levels of donors and understanding the funding community.

▪ Demonstrated strength in and propensity to establish and influence relationships with varying groups.

▪ Organizational focus and the ability to plan, execute, and delegate.

▪ Strong supervisory experience and leadership skills

▪ Experience managing a team or small organization

▪ Strong financial management skills, including budget planning, analysis, decision making and reporting.

▪ Administration of Madison House operations, and being responsible for recommending, implementing, and monitoring policies and procedures

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