Executive Director (Nonprofit) Job Description

Executive Directors are the leaders of nonprofit organizations. They oversee all strategic planning and general administration in coordination with the Board of Directors.

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Executive Director Job Description Template

We are currently searching for a highly capable Executive Director to drive fulfillment of the vision and mission of our nonprofit organization. You will be responsible for leading staff and implementing strategies that help our organization achieve the goals defined by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. 

Key skills for the role are the ability to fund raise and search for alternative financial resource opportunities. Your duties will also include hosting community events, marketing through various channels, and ensuring the financial health of the company by preparing annual budgets and monthly financial statements. 

The ideal candidate will be extremely competent and show excellent leadership skills when conducting general administration operations like hiring staff, signing agreements, and overseeing operations. Overall, you will be the face of our organization when working closely with the community, donors, and other professional organizations. 

Executive Director Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement business strategies 
  • Create a strong company culture 
  • Network in and grow relationships with our community of donors and clientele
  • Prepare financial budgets
  • Oversee daily business operations
  • Serve as a spokesperson to media and public
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors on strategic direction and policy decisions
  • Design and conduct fundraisers
  • Review and approve service contracts

Executive Director Requirements:

  • Possess excellent leadership and management skills
  • Highest levels of integrity and ethics
  • Proven ability to analyze and prepare budgets
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to engage and inspire staff, volunteers, and donor groups
  • Experience working with media and public relations personnel
  • Background in developing marketing plans
  • 5+ years of nonprofit management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field

Wage Information

Median Annual Pay:  $66,288

Annual Base Pay Range:  $49,924 – $139,938 

Additional compensation options reported for Executive Directors include:

  • Cash bonus  No data reported

  • Commission sharing $27,988 average per year

* Source for wage information: Glassdoor