Executive Director Job Description

College Guild
Executive Director Job Description

Direct staff and activities of College Guild, a Brunswick, Maine based non-profit organization which offers free non-traditional correspondence courses to prisoners nation-wide. This position will help manage the transition from a founder directed organization to more traditional non-profit management.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

• Work closely with the founder and Board of Directors to sort out duties, conceive and help implement a plan for transition.
• Ensure College Guild has a long-range strategy which supports consistent and timely progress to further achieve its mission.
• Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board of Directors.
• Successfully solicit financial support with a planned program to support the financial needs of College Guild. This includes meeting with community members, organizations and the general public.
• Act as the leader of College Guild, taking primary responsibility for ensuring that administrative functions and educational programing are accomplished, while providing direction and supervision to staff and volunteers.
• Work with the, Finance Committee and the Board in preparing a budget; see that College Guild operates within budget guidelines.
• Support the recruitment, training and development of the Board of Directors.
• Direct the hiring, supervision, retention and if needed dismissal of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
• Promote active and broad participation by volunteers, including attracting new volunteers, in all areas of College Guild’s work.
• Publicize the activities, programs and goals of College Guild.

Reports to: Chair, Board of Directors

Supervises: College Guild staff (two part time staff and hundreds of volunteers)
Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education or experience.
• A minimum of three years of administrative/management experience.
• Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking, along with the ability to collaborate with and motivate all stakeholders.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

• Knowledge and experience with adult education.
• Proactive and long-range leadership abilities.
• Operational skills – organized and competent.
• Ability and experience in identifying, cultivating and increasing diverse fundraising opportunities.
• Ability to cultivate strong board engagement, recruitment and development.
• Proven people management skills; ability to supervise, manage and collaborate with staff and volunteers both individually and as a team.
• Ability and experience with accounting, database and workflow software. (Salesforce, Excel & QuickBooks)

Additional information:
This position is expected to require approximately 32 hours per week.