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Executive Director

Req ID: 4836
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type:
Salary Schedule: Executive
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We are delighted that you are interested in exploring a future with us.

Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is a rapidly growing organization that has reached an important inflection point. Having successfully evolved past its start-up and adolescent phases, the organization is well poised to enter its next phase—raising our visibility, deepening our impact, and securing our future. As the world experiences unprecedented migrations of displaced persons, continuing regional conflicts, and growing uncertainty about the U.S. role in addressing global human rights, HAI’s mission to secure safety, access to justice and access to healing for the most marginalized populations has never felt more urgent. That is why we are motivated to find a highly experienced and visionary leader who is driven by human rights

values, sees the great potential of our mission, and possesses a strong desire to expand and deepen the impact of the organization. HAI was born out of a 130-year tradition of courageously confronting issues that have seemed too challenging or frightening for others. Fearlessness in the face of adversity is a point of pride and it is core to our identity. Our next executive director will be very fortunate to work with an extraordinarily talented staff and a supportive, committed Board of Directors eager to help him or her usher in the organization’s next phase of evolution.

If you are inspired by this opportunity and see yourself in the position description, we look forward to meeting you.


Strategic Leadership & Organizational Alignment

• Lead HAI’s strategic planning to ensure the viability and success of the mission into the future, ensure organizational sustainability, and align with Heartland Alliance’s strategic vision.

• Execute HAI’s strategic goals and objectives against key performance indicators.

• Demonstrate and represent HAI’s values and impact both internally and externally; inspire confidence and a forward-looking orientation for a growing organization.

• Serve as a member of the HA Executive Team, contributing actively to enterprise-wide strategy development and decision-making; ensure alignment between HA and HAI strategies.

• Model and promote effective collaboration and partnership in Alliance-wide, cross-company initiatives.

• Maintain continuous, open lines of communication with the HA President and HAI board chair, keeping them informed of all critical risks and/or crises.

External Engagement & Resource Mobilization

• Develop and implement strategies to ensure that HAI strengthens its global visibility, reputation, and brand as a preeminent voice on key policy issues pertaining to trauma-informed mental health care and access to justice for survivors of rights abuses.

• Monitor U.S. and international foreign policy and development assistance priorities to ensure HAI’s relevance and competitiveness.

• Serve as HAI’s lead spokesperson and participate in policy and advocacy work on an international and national basis.

• Lead resource mobilization efforts to secure a sufficient pipeline of resources to ensure the financial health of the organization.

• Serve as lead fundraiser responsible for developing other resources necessary to support HAI’s mission and growth with particular focus on raising private, unrestricted dollars.

• Develop and promote thought leadership around specific topics and emerging practice areas; represent HAI in industry-group conferences, professional associations, and other public venues.

Organizational Operations & Fiscal Performance

• Lead, mentor, and retain a high performing team of HAI senior staff; promoting a culture that values staff engagement, professional development, and retention.

• Lead overall fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

• Identify and take proactive measures to mitigate financial, operational, and reputational risks to the organization.

• Oversee and implement appropriate resources (human, financial, and assets) to ensure the operations of the organization are appropriate and will support mission and propel growth.

• Ensure effective administration of HAI global operations.

• Ensure solid HR business processes are in place that identify, attract, hire, and retain talented, qualified staff while mentoring an excellent senior team.

• Enhance organizational excellence and performance management culture by establishing operational benchmarks, timelines, and resources needed to achieve strategic goals, proactively recommending and driving improvements as necessary; setting standards for accountability and measurements of success.

• Perform all board-authorized fiduciary obligations, including signing all notes, contracts, grant agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of the organization.

• Provide accurate and timely submissions to the HAI Board of Directors of proposed annual budgets and regular reports to the Finance Committee of the board, which transparently reflect the financial condition of the organization.


• Serve as the staff liaison to the following boards: Heartland Alliance International, Heartland Alliance International

  •  Europe (HAI-E); Heartland Alliance Nigeria (HAN); Alianza Heartland México (AHM).

• Present organizational strategy to the HAI board for endorsement on regular, cyclical basis.

• Present an annual budget for approval to the HAI Finance Committee and Board of Directors; and subsequent reporting of progress against the approved budget.

• Communicate effectively with the HAI board and providing in a timely and accurate manner all information necessary for the board to function properly and to make informed decisions.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform satisfactorily each essential duty above and other duties as assigned by the HA President. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and capabilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

• Education – A master’s degree in international development, public health, social work, or a related human service or public policy field and relevant years of proven experience that may include fundraising and development, program planning and implementation, staff supervision, human service administration, fiscal management, and policy development.

• Communication & Language – Excellent verbal and written command of the English language is required.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to highly sensitive inquiries. Ability to write speeches and publications using original and innovative techniques or style.

Strong public speaking capability. Ability to make persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics.

Ability to convey a vision of HAI’s strategic future to a global staff, its board, volunteers, donors, and collaborators in the sector. Strong preference for second language capability in Spanish, French, or Arabic.

• Travel – ability to travel 25% of the time to HAI Country Offices, sometimes in high risk locations as well as

Washington, DC, New York and other strategic cities in the United States.

• Other Experience – Ability to apply general mathematical skills to analyze and interpret practical situations including budget development and analysis. Ability to identify problems, ask questions, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Proficiency in MS Office applications is essential and required. Strong analytical reasoning ability required.

Fore more information please visit: https://www.heartlandalliance.org/international/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2018/01/Heartland-Alliance-International-Executive-Director.pdf

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