Job: director, DC, with salary info
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From: Melinda Chateauvert <mchateau at aasp.umd.edu>
Executive Director Job Announcement
Salary: Based on experience $40,000-$48,000 salary plus benefits
Target Start date: August 26th, 2008 (position remains open until filled)
Application deadline: Noon,July 21 2008
Send cover letter and resume/CV to: darby at differentavenues.org (preferred)
or Different Avenues, 821 Upshur St NW #B, Washington DC, 20011
The Different Avenues position of Executive Director is responsible to
manage the office, develop and direct programs, manage staff and raise the
annual budget, consistent with Different Avenues' commitment to recruit and
hire a diverse staff.
For 7 years Different Avenues has worked in Washington D.C. for the health,
rights and safety of marginalized communities, to counteract and prevent
HIV, violence and discrimination. We work for justice for people who are
homeless, those engaging in sexual exchange, transgender communities and
lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Different Avenues combines innovative
program approaches that address immediate needs and broader social justice
concerns - our programs include direct services, advocacy and community
Summary of responsibilities
The Executive Director has the primary responsibility for management,
program development and fundraising of the organization. Specific
* assuring programs, management and administration are conducted in
accordance with Different Avenues' vision;
* providing overall financial management;
* developing and implementing organizational fundraising strategies
* crafting programs that reflect Different Avenues' values and engage
and serve the constituency;
* monitoring thecontent and quality of all public representations of
Different Avenues to individuals, groups and the media;
* supervising and managing all staff.
While the ideal candidate would possess all of these traits, we welcome
applicants who may need further support and development in certain areas
Qualities & experience
-As a peer-led organization, it is highly desirable that the candidate have
-A commitment to the mission of Different Avenues and communities we work
-Experience managing an organization and staff is essential, including a
commitment to a management style that includes facilitation, shared
leadership and effective participatory decision making. Equivalent
experience including managing a large program or leadership in a grassroots
group without formal structure will also be considered
-Proven results raising funds from foundations, government, grassroots
networks and major donors
-Track record working "on the ground" with programs and moving them forward
(both direct services and community organizing)
-Must be comfortable interacting with people in a diverse array of settings
from exotic dance clubs to city council to international conferences to
-Ability to work flexible hours including weeknights and some weekends
-A sense of humor and commitment to justice are critical to this position
-Experience and commitment to working in coalition to advance concerns of a
sector rather than only one organization
-Experience speaking to the media, particularly about complex and
misunderstood issues, preferred
-"Plays well with others"
Skills & knowledge
-Must possess knowledge of the issues at the heart of Different Avenues
including commercial sex, transgender issues, homelessness, youth and
lesbian, gay, bisexual issues
-Must possess strong analytical, administrative, organizational and time
-Must have experience managing finances and budgeting, including knowledge
of accounting software such as Peachtree or equivalent
-Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential
-Skills in program evaluation and reporting are essential
-Skills in leadership development are critical to support community members
to become leaders
-Skills in community-based research a plus
-Skills working on local issues, while participating on national and
international levels as appropriate, a plus
Detail of responsibilities
The Executive Director is the chief administrator and personnel officer of
Different Avenues. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors,
and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its
mission and financial objectives. To achieve these goals, the Executive
In strategy and business:
1. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends
in the fields of sex worker rights and health, HIV, homelessness, LGBT
issues and more.
2. Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which
achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely
3. 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.
4. Provide support to and work with the Board of Directors including
planning meetings, preparing reports, defining issues and facilitating
deliberations and decision-making processes. The Executive Director helps to
ensure that the decisions of the Board and its committees are implemented.
In programs and communications:
1. See that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of the
organization and all important factors influencing it.
2. Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and
3. Establish working relationships and cooperative arrangements with
community groups and organizations through networking and coalition work.
4. Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to
agencies, organizations, and the general public.
5. Ensure programmatic benchmarks are achieved and surpassed, including
6. Monitor grants and fulfill reporting requirements in a timely
In relations with staff and volunteers:
1. Be responsible for the hire, supervision, and termination of all
personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
2. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance
evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
3. Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist
program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the
4. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse
staff of top quality people.
5. Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of
the organization's work.
In budget, governance, and finance:
1. Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial
2. Work with the staff, Board Treasurer, and the board in preparing a
budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
3. Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization
to carry out its work.
4. Jointly, with the Board Chair and Secretary of the board of
directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly,
with designated officers, execute legal documents.
5. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with
federal, state and local regulations.
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