This position involves very little operational responsibility. It is an external-facing, community relations position. The successful candidate must be comfortable being the face of the Red Cross in their assigned territory.
Reporting to the Regional Executive-CEO, the Executive Director is the face of the Red Cross in their chapter territory and in markets without volunteer leaders. This position is responsible for the following key areas within the defined territory: blood sponsor relationship management, fundraising, and management of the local Board of Directors and United Way relationships, as applicable. The Executive Director recruits and manages a team of volunteer Community Volunteer Leaders (CVL)s. This position is responsible for monthly, quarterly and annual attainment of both revenue and blood collection goals with a portfolio that is balanced evenly between revenue goals and blood collection goals.
1. Blood Sponsor Relationship Management: Cultivates, manages and stewards key community stakeholders to increase blood drive sponsors/donors, volunteer partners and engagement (example: faith-based; colleges/universities, civic, NGOs/NPOs and organizations reflective of community). Working in partnership with donor recruitment, the Executive Director is responsible for managing designated sponsor relationships. The Executive Director will be responsible for achieving blood collection goals. These goals are met by 1) securing commitment from an executive or other sponsor decision maker to organize multiple blood drives throughout the year, which facilitates that account manager “booking” blood drives on specific dates with the sponsor’s blood drive coordinator and 2) work collaboratively with the executive/sponsor decision maker, Red Cross account manager and sponsor blood drive coordinator to ensure sufficient sign-ups are attained to successfully execute the blood drive.
2. Enhances community presence: builds/gains or rebuilds/regains presence in defined market. Cultivates, manages and stewards external partner relationships to help create and maintain connectedness within defined community including elected officials and key governmental partners.
3. Fundraising: Supports fundraising efforts through the following: manages local United Way relationships as appropriate; manages select local major donors; and manages the Board of Directors (including annual Board contributions), manages set of accounts for fundraising goal. Ensures Board of Directors are leveraged effectively throughout the fundraising and blood drive sponsor recruitment process. Cultivates and nurtures major donors to include individual, corporate or foundations as appropriate. Ensures all donor activity is reported in Salesforce in a timely and accurate manner.
4. Manage Board of Directors and Community Volunteer Leaders: Recruit, engage and steward Board of Directors and Community Volunteer Leaders (CVL)s. Manage annual Board Campaign, ensuring 100% participation. Engages Board of Directors throughout the fundraising and blood drive sponsor recruitment process. Encourages Board members to host blood drives or donate blood to help achieve regional blood collection goal. Supports the efforts of other community boards that may exist within the chapter’s jurisdiction as needed. The Executive Director provides leadership and direction to a team of Community Volunteer Leaders (CVL)s. The Executive Director and CVLs partner with designated donor recruitment staff to effectively meet blood drive sponsorship goals and objectives.
Education: Four-year college degree (BS/BA) in Business, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Finance or non-profit administration or equivalent experience required. Prefer Master’s degree in the field of community organization, public or business administration or non-profit management.
Experience: Minimum of 3 years related experience. Demonstrated ability to exercise good and timely judgment in complex situations. Demonstrated ability for strong communications and influencing skills along with public speaking and writing. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies. Demonstrated ability to build sustain community relationships/partnerships. Proven experience in influencing others and building relationships.
Management Experience: Minimum 1 year related management/supervisory experience.
Skills & Abilities: Experience working in an environment requiring flexibility and managing change. Proficient with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Familiarity with federal state and local employment laws.
Travel: Travel within communities serviced and region. May include sitting for long periods of time, driving a vehicle and working under challenging conditions. A current valid driver's license and good driving record is required.
The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that offers employees growth and development; team spirit; a competitive salary; and a comprehensive benefits package.
Executive Director will serve the following counties: Bowie, Cass, Marion, Morris, TItus, Camp, Red River, Franklin, Hopkins, Delta, Lamar, Rains, Hunt, Fannin (and Miller County, AR).
The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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