National Executive Director (CLOSED)

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Philadelphia, PA
Job Type
Direct Hire
Mar 28, 2014
Job ID
Adult Congenital Heart Association
National Executive Director


Position Summary

The National Executive Director has strategic, operational and developmental responsibility for ensuring that Adult Congenital Heart Association, achieves its strategic objectives to forward its mission and vision. This position is responsible for the overall management, direction and financial well-being of the organization. The National Executive Director ensures alignment of ACHA's programs with its organizational values and the implementation of the Strategic Plan. This position oversees the process of establishing program priorities, identifies necessary resources, and implements policy and procedures to ensure organizational excellence and sustainability. This position ensures that ACHA responds to the changing congenital heart landscape, maintains relevance, and maximizes organizational opportunities. 

Essential Functions

Strategic Planning
  • In conjunction with the Board of Directors develops the organization's strategic plan, goals, and objectives
  • Advises the Board of recommended refinements to the strategic plan while ensuring alignment with the budget, staff, and stated priorities

Board and Organization Development
  • Provides timely updates to the Board on matters of importance and ensures the Board is kept up-to-date on the work and achievements of ACHA
  • Provides strategic guidance as appropriate to Board members in their fundraising and ambassadorial responsibilities as well as guiding direct reports in the development of proposals to the Board
  • Regularly attends Board and committee meetings, as requested 
  • Creates and presents bi-monthly Executive Director's reports 

Financial Leadership 
  • Ensures the organization successfully meets its financial commitments including the development of long and short-term financial plans
  • Approves yearly organizational budget and submits to the Board for approval
  • Ensures accurate and timely regulatory filings 

Fund Development
  • Ensures the Development Plan meets its targets completely and on-time
  • Approves case statement(s), grant applications, and othe development materials as needed
  • Partners with the Director of Development in identifying new sources of grants, donations, and sponsorships from corporations, foundation and individual donors 
  • Identifies and cultivate new corporate, foundation and individual funders while insuring solid on-going relationships with current donors 

  • Review and approve all new operational policies and procedures
  • Review and approve ACHA's technology and operations plan

Program Development
  • Reviews proposed program activities and approves programs that meet the organization's strategic and financial goals
  • Serves as lead staff contact with Medical Advisory Board
  • Reviews and approves all research projects, goals and management policies 

Communications and Public Relations
  • Reviews and approves ACHA's annual Communications Plan to ensure alignment with the organization's short and long-term goals and financial commitments
  • Serves or selects designee as faculty/speaker at national/international Adult Congenital Heart Disease conferences 
  • Meets regularly and as-needed with Congressional staff and federal agencies 
  • Approves ACHA advocacy priorities 
  • Meets with emerging and established ACHD program leadership throughout the United States, assisted by other ACHA staff 

Leadership/Management Functions
  • Lead, coach, develop and create retention programs for ACHA's top performing managers
  • Provide management of ACHA's leadership team and staff through independent judgment and decision-making
  • Oversee the management of all ACHA staff through direct reports and make final decisions regarding all employment matters of significance including but not limited to hiring, firing, and discipline 
  • Ensure consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, programs timelines and resources
  • Attend relevant workshops as necessary to maintain professional and technical knowledge, certifications, and licensure 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 
  • Understanding of ACHA's mission, goals, and objectives and ability to lead, motivate, inspire, and communicate a shared vision to all staff
  • Consistently demonstrate, both internally and externally, integrity, credibility, and a commitment to an passion for the organization's mission
  • Ability to provide effective fiscal stewardship and financial oversight for a multi-million dollar nonprofit agency's operating budget
  • Ability to effectively work with a Board of Directors
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by professional interaction with diverse groups of co-workers, external business partners, ACHA members, government officials, funders and the community
  • Demonstrated nonprofit leadership experience in leading a health advocacy organization
  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university in Health Education, Public Health, or a related field of study. MBA/Masters Degree is preferred