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Executive Director

Children in Conflict
New York, United States
$140,000.00 - $165,000.00
Closing date
Feb 19, 2024

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Position Type
Community Development
Employment Type
Full Time

Children in Conflict is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization providing vital protection, education, psychosocial and other critical services to children living in some of the world’s most volatile areas. Children in Conflict is part of the newly formed War Child Alliance Foundation which includes War Child UK, War Child Holland, War Child Sweden and War Child Germany. Together, we have one vision; a world where no child’s life is torn apart by war.

The Opportunity and Role

Established in 2017, Children in Conflict has a dedicated team of talented fundraisers, high-profile ambassadors, donors and volunteers who have helped us build a community of committed supporters. CIC and the Foundation are set for the next phase of growth and we are seeking an experienced dynamic Executive Director to stand front and center and lead the way to continued success.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide leadership to support and strengthen the work of the organization and will be responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The ideal candidate will possess deep knowledge and extensive experience in nonprofit management, organization leadership and effective fundraising and revenue development.


  • Provide inspiring day-to-day leadership and management of organization and team members, Board of Directors, ambassadors, donors and volunteers ensuring organization remains on track to achieve mission and exceed both annual and long-term goals.
  • Plan and deliver year over year growth by serving as a strategic visionary for the organization.
  • Work closely with ambassadors to create effective, engaging, and long-term revenue support opportunities, and recruit, onboard and manage high-profile individuals in support of our mission.
  • Provide guidance to Board of Directors, ambassadors, teams and donors on growth initiatives including the ability to think long-term and provide guidance and leadership to projected new market members and funders including US government funding opportunities.
  • Prepare and implement annual organization policies and procedures and ensure policies are effective and applicable to both operations and revenue development.
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of the work CIC does, our mission and our strategies.
  • Hire and supervise staff ensuring employees are kept up to date with most recent approved human resource policies and procedures, as well as providing onboarding guidance, annual benefit administration, federal and state insurance compliance and other human resource guidance and implementation as required. This includes recruitment and general team management for full-time and part-time staff. Provide annual reviews and ensure compliance with personnel related policies and procedures for all employees at all times.
  • Provide input and guidance to international fundraising groups and actively participate and engage as a leader within specialized groups, providing annual budget and revenue projections, fundraising initiatives, and ensuring CIC is on target to meet annual goals and actively using donor dollars effectively and as indicated.
  • Facilitate compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations including trademark registration, ensuring CIC is in good-standing and in compliance with required state registrations and international requirements.


  • Work closely with Board and Director of Development, ambassadors and volunteer leaders to build robust and diverse annual fundraising plan ensuring plan is effectively executed to achieve and exceed annual and long-term goals.
  • Steward high net worth and high-profile supporters as well as organization’s major donors and key funding relationships, building long lasting relationships in support of programming initiatives.
  • Partner with volunteer leadership to solicit funding and other support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources of funding. Engage national C-suite level leaders to join organization in support of programming and create network of corporate leaders to serve as community spokesperson for organization and its work.
  • Provide leadership for donor-centered special event fundraising initiatives ensuring fundraising priorities are incorporated and successfully implemented and meet revenue projections with minimum 3:1 ROI.
  • Ensure development team plan is in line with target objectives and on track to meet fundraising metrics.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in both the US and international fundraising and philanthropy landscape.

Board and Volunteer Leadership

  • Serves as staff manager/partner to Board providing leadership, support, materials, reports, and assistance in building and implementing annual plans and ensuring the ongoing development of a strong and engaged Board.
  • Work closely with Board Chair and Board Treasurer to ensure organization’s finances are on target to meet quarterly and annual financial goals.
  • Prepare and present quarterly finance and organization progress reports, ensuring Board is kept fully informed on condition of organization’s operations.
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures that promote a good working relationship with Board and ensures annual Board requirements are met including annual Board documentation.
  • Provides guidance to Board regarding identification and nomination of new Board members and acts as leadership in attracting and retaining high-impact board members.
  • Works with volunteer boards to actively engage support and provides leadership to ensure boards are supportive of organization’s work and long-term goals.
  • Expand volunteer boards for further national expansion and footprint of organization.

Community and Public Outreach

  • Serves as organization’s primary staff representative both nationally and internationally; builds strategic relationships with stakeholders and donors on behalf of CIC and expands CIC’s footprint in philanthropic community, providing leadership for the cultivation of productive relationships in the media and serves as the organization’s spokesperson.
  • Review and approves all external communications ensuring messaging meets CIC’s priorities and mission objectives.

Finance and Revenue Development

  • Provides overall financial management of organization including developing annual operating budgets for both CIC and CIC’s annual contribution to WCAF including regular monitoring of monthly, quarterly, mid-year and annual objectives ensuring organization is on track to meet revenue and expense targets. This includes oversight of monthly PNL reporting and month-end financial closings. Consistently delivers against established revenue/expense targets.
  • Management of annual audit and ensuring audit meets timely annual filing of financial statements including monitoring filings for registered states and required documents supporting annual registrations.
  • Work closely with international team leaders to develop revenue initiatives which support Foundation operations to further financial support and growth of organizations.

Required Skills and Experience

  • 10+ years of successful experience in direct organizational leadership as an Executive Director, CEO or leadership/C-suite role preferably in the nonprofit field with a proven track record of organization management, leadership skills and meeting/exceeding projected goals with year over year success.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with MBA preferred; will consider combination of education and experience dependent upon equivalent direct job-related experience.
  • A strong background in finance with active experience in budgeting and working knowledge of best practices and procedures as well as a strong background in accounting preferable.
  • A strong visionary entrepreneurial individual with a “can-do” attitude with the willingness and flexibility to wear multiple hats, and the innate ability to pivot as needed with poise and ease.
  • Ability to actively travel both nationally and internationally. Regular travel is required for this position.
  • A builder of authentic relationships with partners, funders, supporters, and team members, able to speak in a clear, concise, and compelling manner about the organization’s mission and those we help.
  • Experienced in implementing successful fundraising operations including building successful revenue generating programs, partnerships and the cultivation and stewardship of philanthropic partners.
  • Deep understanding of the philanthropic landscape and revenue development; strong nonprofit operation knowledge with in-depth experience in operations management.
  • Skilled in strategic planning, project management, and organization; able to focus on and communicate clear priorities while not losing sight of the details and align vision with defined values.
  • Ability to proactively lead and manage teams including volunteer committees provide guidance and support for organizational growth.
  • Experience in managing boards and volunteer committee leaders with effective outcomes.
  • Writing, public speaking, marketing/communications experience a plus with effective presentation skills.

Additional Details

  • Job Type: Full-time, Exempt, Hybrid; 1-2 days week in office. Additional days as needed for events and/or meetings.
  • Location: New York City. Candidates in NYC and surrounding area will be of primary consideration. Consideration will also be given to candidates who meet qualifications outside of NYC metro area. Relocation assistance not provided.
  • Work Authorization: Current US required
  • International travel is required as part of this role; Active US passport is required.
  • Salary range: $140,000 - $165,000 depending on experience.

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