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Executive Director Job Description
Miracle of Innocence (MoI) is a non-profit organization driven to alleviate the injustice and suffering of the wrongly incarcerated. It was founded in 2017 and is led by exonerees, individuals who have been personally impacted by this tragedy and have been vindicated and freed by the effort of others who believed in them. We are driven by the knowledge that we are the “last hope” for those truly in need and truly suffering from injustice.
Our objective is to “bring home” innocent men & women who are factually innocent of the crimes for which they have been imprisoned. Our strategic priorities goes beyond securing freedom for these individuals. We also focus on Exoneree Comprehensive Care, including emotional and financial support when they come home and ongoing therapeutic counseling. We are heavily supported by volunteer talent and use social media and public speaking engagements to share our message of Social Justice through the voices of our exonerees.
MoI is a young organization and stands at a moment of great opportunity. We are supported by a very strong Board of Directors made up of our two Exoneree Founders, Business and Community Leaders, and those who bring specific skills to support our Strategic Plan.
For further information, please visit www.miracleofinnocence.org
This position will report to the Board of Directors and will be responsible for the general management and leadership of the organization to ensure it is professionally and efficiently organized and administered. He/She will work closely with the Board to build infrastructure, institute a planning and communication process, and develop essential strategies for operations, programs, public relations, and fundraising. The ED will also develop and oversee the annual budget and appropriate fiscal controls and reporting systems and use technology to facilitate organizational management, fundraising, human resources, and outreach.
The Executive Director will work with the Development Director to develop strategies to identify, engage, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective and current donors, including individuals, corporations, and other organizations. This position will be responsible for meeting annual revenue targets by overseeing the efforts of the Development Director and by managing MoI resources and staff and serving as a spokesperson for the organization to increase awareness of the work of MoI among likely donor prospects through one-on-one meetings and group presentations with Exonerees.
- Staff and Board Recruitment: Recruit, motivate and inspire staff and Board members to work collaboratively toward MoI’s vision and goal
- Staff Coaching and Development: Build the skills of key staff in the organization and oversee performance management and professional development for staff; deploy resources efficiently and effectively toward organizational goals, and work with staff to balance workload and effort
- Organizational Culture: Establish a dynamic culture that embodies MoI’s values of alleviating the injustice and suffering of the wrongly incarcerated. This will require empathy for the wrongly convicted and the recently exonerated throughout the organization
- Board Collaboration: Ensure effective communication and follow through with the Board, leading to a deeply engaged board focused on building and executing a multi-year plan focused on fundraising efforts, community engagement and brand awareness. Ensure cultivation and engagement of future board leadership
- Accountability: In partnership with the Board, lead organization through a goal setting process and establish systems to report back both internally and externally against those goals regularly
- Policy Development: Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization
- Fiscal Planning: In partnership with the Board, engage in long-term fiscal planning to provide for the fiscal stability of the organization
- Budget Management: In partnership with the Board, develop annual budgets and manage the budget to ensure that MoI remains financially viable and has the resources to meet current and projected program growth
- Legal Defense Program: Work with the Legal Defense Team to research and identify new cases, and the case attorneys to manage active cases and related expenses
- Exoneree Care Program: Work with social workers and Exoneree Care Team to provide care and support for individuals recently released from prison
- Relationship Development and Solicitation: Develop and cultivate relationships with individual, corporate, and foundation donors to secure new donors and steward all donors through a standardized donor stewardship process
- Public Speaking: Increase awareness and support for the organization by developing and overseeing MoI public speaking opportunities including personally engaging in public speaking about the mission of MoI for large and small audiences, locally and nationally
- Proposal Writing: Conduct research, as necessary, on viable foundation funding opportunities and work with Development Director to identify and respond to grant opportunities
- Media Relationship Development: Cultivate relationships with appropriate media and provide oversight for MoI’s presence in social media. Seek contact with media, finding opportunities to promote the agenda of the organization and increase public awareness of MoI’s mission in ways which will motivate them to support organizational operations, goals, and objectives
- Fundraising Planning: Oversee the design and implementation of a fundraising plan, in conjunction with the Board and the Development Director, that includes overall engagement and fundraising strategies to ensure necessary growth in revenue
- Events: Oversee Development Director’s planning for annual fundraising events, including the annual Gala
- Fundraising Systems: Oversee the management of donor recognition and stewardship policies and procedures; manage the organization’s donor database and ensure quick and appropriate acknowledgement of all gifts
- An undergraduate degree is required; a graduate degree in a related field such as criminal justice or law is highly desirable
- Seven to ten years of successful progressively responsible senior leadership experience
- Significant experience working effectively with a Board and engaging their talents in the work of the organization
- Strong management and organizational skills, business sense and financial acumen
- Excellent oral, written, analytic, organizational, planning, and interpersonal skills
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and donor databases
- Ability to speak authentically about MoI and its mission of social justice through demonstrated public speaking expertise
- Demonstrated success raising major gifts from a variety of sources including individuals, corporations and foundations
- Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends as needed, as well as being able to travel to meet donors and attend functions. Some overnight travel may be required, and remote work is an option for many operational duties.
Compensation is commensurate with experience and other qualifications.
Job Type: Full Time
Salary Range: $50,000 - 74,999