Executive Director

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation | River Edge, New Jersey

Background

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (“FAF”) seeks an energetic and entrepreneurial not-for-profit professional committed to developing and delivering youth leadership and cultural diplomacy programs on a global scale. Headquartered in Greenwich, CT, FAF delivers its programs in New York City, NY, and around the world.

Since its inception, in 1973, FAF has cultivated international affiliations and partnerships in order to fulfill its non-partisan and non-sectarian mission to promote youth leadership development and peace through cultural exchange throughout the world. FAF’s history and resources make us uniquely capable of helping young people find their voice and share their values, and we can play a significant role in this dialogue moving forward. 

FAF’s signature program is the Youth Assembly, now in its sixteenth year.  Convened twice annually at the United Nations, the Youth Assembly has provided a unique platform for fostering dialogue and generating partnerships between exceptional youth, civil society, the private sector, and the United Nations. As yesterday’s FAF participants became the leaders of today, so too will today’s FAF participants become the leaders of tomorrow. 

Other FAF Programs have included: The Rhythms of One World music festival; youth-based “service ambassadors” programming; arts-based service programming; cultural exchange programs in the form of performance tours in various countries; the UN Rocks Music Group (“Strong UN Better World”); Ambassadors Sing for Peace; the Youth Symphony for United Nations; and Youth Band for United Nations. FAF is also proud of its many formal affiliations with a long list of non-governmental organizations, including Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, placing the Foundation in a unique position as it pursues its mission.

FAF programs have involved many well-known participants throughout the past four decades, including United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, author Alex Haley, Mother Teresa, Senator Jay Rockefeller, President Vaclav Havel, three American astronauts, Reverend Jesse Jackson, social entrepreneur Kathy Ireland, Dr. Arun Gandhi – the list goes on and on. However, the Foundation is proudest of the tens of thousands of private citizens and the millions of lives that have been touched and changed by the participation, engagement, and exchange our public projects engender

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and expressly prohibits any form of workplace discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Job Summary

The Executive Director is the creative force behind Friendship Ambassadors Foundation and a passionate advocate for youth leadership development and cultural diplomacy. The Executive Director is also responsible for overseeing the professional staff, interns and volunteers, programs, finances and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising and partnership development.

Reports To

The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Responsibilities

Strategic Visioning – The Executive Director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation will work with the Board of Directors to review, refine, and articulate the strategic vision of FAF. The successful candidate will communicate this vision to various stakeholders, including partner organizations, program participants, program alumni, staff, volunteers, and potential donors.

 – The Executive Director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation will manage a small professional staff and a large team of interns and volunteers, providing day-to-day supervision as well as giving attention to staff development.  The successful candidate will also serve as the chief financial officer of FAF, working with the Board of Directors to develop and implement annual balanced budgets and preserve the long-term financial health of the organization.

Program Development, Delivery, and Evaluation – The Executive Director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation will be responsible for improving existing FAF programs, developing new program concepts, and evaluating the impact and effectiveness of both.  Working closely with professional staff, interns, volunteers, and partner organizations, the successful candidate will ensure the satisfaction and safety of program participants.

Fundraising and Partnership Development – The Executive Director of Friendship Ambassadors foundation will have primary responsibility for identifying donors and sponsors of FAF programs, as well as developing and maintaining strategic partnerships on behalf of FAF.  The successful candidate will formulate case statements and write grant proposals for FAF programs and maintain close contact with external stakeholders.

Board Matters – The Executive Director of Friendship Ambassadors foundation will report to the Board of Directors and will work closely with board members, particularly to the Board Chair and Board Treasurer, to advance the mission and ensure the financial stability of FAF. The successful candidate will be ethical and transparent in all communications with the Board of Directors.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess

  • Minimum of five years demonstrated successful organizational leadership
  • Knowledge of and passion for youth leadership development and cultural diplomacy programming
  • Record of organizational leadership, administration, and financial management
  • The business skills needed to manage and grow a $1.5M not-for-profit enterprise
  • Strong planning and organization skills, on both strategic and operational levels
  • Experience working with diverse youth populations
  • Ability to work closely with diplomatic missions and offices of the United Nations (experience working with the United Nations is preferred)
  • Open and flexible leadership style and ability to solve problems through consensus
  • Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit, and capacity for bringing new program ideas to FAF
  • Intellectual curiosity and emotional intelligence
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Experience supervising a small but dedicated professional staff
  • Ability to inspire and motivate youth volunteers, interns, and professional staff
  • Experience with the cultivation and solicitation of donors and/or success in grant writing, as well as commitment to be personally involved with these efforts.
  • Ability to “sell” the mission of FAF to potential partners, donors, and supporters
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills, as well as strong public speaking abilities
  • A strong network of external connections among various sectors within the youth, arts, and cultural diplomacy space
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends while delivering programs.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in an appropriate field is strongly preferred.

Compensation

Commensurate with experience

Requirements/Other

Employment is subject to a criminal background check, education verification, and professional reference checks.

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and names and contact details for at least five professional references to the FAF Board: fafsearch2018@gmail.com.  References will not be contacted without prior notification of the candidate.

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