GEDDI is seeking a bold leader to scale a nascent non-profit to a full-blown foundation that empowers Black business development by providing resources, access and tools to Black-owned businesses and emerging entrepreneurs.
Founded in 2020, GEDDI operates Just Boss Up, a business accelerator program that gives 100 graduates per year the tools to legally establish a business.
The organization is seeking to grow from a Louisville-based, program-operating, non-profit to a wealth-generating engine that funds Black-owned business development locally, regionally and nationally.
The Executive Director will lead fund-development, manage program outcomes, and serve as the representative of the organization at all external events.
Pay: $70,000 to $90,000
Hybrid: 80% remote with in-person presence for major events and strategic collaborations
The Executive Director is the key management leader of GEDDI (Global Economic Diversity Development Initiative). The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include development and community engagement. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
1) Board Governance: Works with the Board to fulfill the organization’s mission. (35%)
● Responsible for leading GEDDI 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 all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
● Responsible for leading new Board member recruitment.
2) Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization. (30%)
● Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support GEDDI’s mission.
● Responsible for the fiscal integrity of GEDDI, to include submission to the Board of 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.
3) Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach. (20%)
● Responsible for implementation of GEDDI’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
● Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that GEDDI can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
● Responsible for the enhancement of GEDDI’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 the operations of the organization are appropriate. (15%)
● Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
● Responsible for the effective administration and evaluation of GEDDI operations and programs.
● Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
Actual Job Responsibilities
1. Report to, and work closely with, the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, and increasing the overall visibility of the organization.
2. Supervise and collaborate with organization staff while creating and fostering a positive and productive organizational culture.
3. Strategic planning and implementation.
4. Planning and operation of an annual budget.
5. Serve as GEDDI’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
6. Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance GEDDI’s Mission.
7. Engage in fundraising and developing other revenues.
8. Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
9. Oversee organization, Board, and committee meetings.
10. Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the non-profit.
11. Review and approve contracts for services.
12. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
Professional Qualifications Needed
● A bachelor’s degree and five years of progressive leadership experience.
● A relevant Master’s degree may substitute for 2 years of experience.
● Two or more years leading development, donor relations, community engagement, non-profit, or government relations or relevant experience in for-profit sector.
● Ability to collaborate with the Board of Directors.
● Ability to act strategically and convey vision to stakeholders.
● Demonstrated ability to supervise and collaborate with staff.
● Strong written and oral communication skills.
● Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
● Ability to measure and manage quality of programming.