Executive Director

POSTING DATE: April 17, 2024

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

POSITION: Executive Director

HOURS:  40 hours/week

LOCATION: Sisters, Oregon

PAY RANGE: $55,000 – $75,000 DOE

REQUIRED TO APPLY: Resume and Cover Letter

World’s Children is accepting applications for Executive Director. The Executive Director works in our headquarters in Sisters, Oregon. This is not a remote position.

Nonprofit Mission: World’s Children has served orphans and vulnerable children around the globe since 1965. We envision a world in which every child has a safe, nurturing place to call home, and a chance to achieve their potential through education.

We currently support vulnerable children in India, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mexico, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ukraine through our sponsorship program. We also provide educational opportunities including college scholarships and vocational training to disadvantaged students where our programs are located.

Job Overview: We are looking for a highly skilled Executive Director to help us fulfill our mission to serve vulnerable children around the globe. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and oversees our strategic and operational plans, our programs and staff.

This skilled leader will not only understand international development challenges, but will also have experience in creating and implementing a successful fundraising plan.

Experience in hiring and managing staff is essential. The ability to establish and nurture relationships is imperative. Above all, the Executive Director should be highly effective in a leadership role that requires clear communication skills and decisiveness. This is a great opportunity for an individual to lead an organization while serving a worthy cause.

World’s Children Executive Director

Objectives and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with board directors and committees to assess and address issues affecting the organization
  • Oversee daily operations of the organization, providing executive direction for program strategies and efficiencies, compliance, and quality assurance
  • Identify and address staffing requirements for efficient operations, and maintain a strong work culture that attracts and retains people while driving the organization’s mission
  • Increase awareness of the organization by being the main spokesperson and key liaison with media
  • Develop an actionable plan for fundraising and managing monthly cash flow
  • Create a strategic plan for achieving goals and objectives and oversee the plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors
  • Meet annual fundraising goals, in partnership with the Board of Directors, by securing financial support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations
  • Coordinate annual budget reviews and monthly and quarterly reviews for meeting objectives
  • Build and lead an effective team that’s dedicated to fulfilling the organization’s mission
  • Work with staff and board on annual fundraising through our sponsorship programs, our annual campaign, online strategy and special events
  • Oversee all external communications, including website, marketing initiatives, newsletters, and social media
  • Serve as the face of the organization and participate in external events to increase visibility, credibility, and market brand
  • Develop strategic partnerships to further increase awareness and expand programs
  • Manage partners whose experiences, cultures, and languages reflect the international communities served by the organization
  • Comply with all national and local regulations

Preferred Skills and Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in business, human resources, finance or non-profit management
  • Five or more years of experience in senior management, preferably with nonprofit organizations
  • Strong experience in public relations, marketing, and fundraising
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles for nonprofit organizations
  • Proven success working with a Board of Directors
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, with innovative approach to business planning
  • Dynamic and charismatic team player who enjoys being the public face of an organization
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and visual communication skills
  • A passion for helping orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries

Compensation, Benefits and Time Commitment:

Salary range: $55,000 – $75,000 (DOE)

 Benefits include: 

  • Health and dental insurance
  • Relaxed work environment
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays
  • 12 additional recreation days per year
  • Flexibility
  • Annual cost of living increase
  • Work with a dedicated engaging team
  • The opportunity to make a positive impact on the world every single day
  • See children from unfortunate beginnings grow up in a healthy loving environment—knowing all the while that you were a part of it

Time commitment: Full-time equivalent of 40 hours per week, some evening and weekend hours will occur for meetings and events.

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter with your LinkedIn Profile URL to: hr@worldschildren.org

Those selected for further consideration will be invited to a preliminary interview either in person or via Zoom. If you are selected as a finalist, you will meet via Zoom with the Board of Directors. At that time, we will also ask you to provide professional and work-related references. Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

No phone calls please.

Thank you for your interest in World’s Children

Loretta Worthington, Board Member

Loretta Worthington

Loretta Worthington

Board Member

Loretta met David Purviance on a chance trip in 2006, while seeking to be of service to the vulnerable children in India.  Since then, Loretta has been a longtime supporter of World’s Children as a donor, sponsor, and previous Board member.  She had the wonderful opportunity to return to India twice to visit several World’s Children orphanages, and even identified the Happy Home orphanage and petitioned to bring it into the WC family. Loretta raised funds to build a well at Happy Home, where it now has clean water for all the children and staff.

Loretta currently works with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services as the Program Manager for the six Medical Hubs – the child abuse evaluation clinics for the County. She also serves as the Program Manager for the County’s Gender Health Program, serving patients seeking gender-affirming care in a safe environment.  Before her work with Los Angeles County, Loretta spent many years serving non-profit organizations in CA and in MN, her last as the Executive Director of a statewide non-profit in MN. She has a long history of volunteer work including Board Member and Board Chair service, grant writing and fundraising experience, program development, and creative leadership, all serving our most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.

Loretta holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.  She lives in Los Angeles County with her partner, Myck, and their rescue kitties, Scooter and Thunder.

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