Sep 09, 2019

Executive Director

  • New Jersey Orators
  • 120 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater Township, NJ, USA
Full-time Executive Leadership Operations and Facilities Strategy and Planning

Job Description

New Jersey Orators, Inc. Executive Director



  • To implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization
  • With the Co-Founders/Board of Directors enable the Board to fulfill its governance function
  • To give direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization's philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives


JOB TITLE: Executive Director



 The Executive Director is the chief staff member. She provides leadership and is the organization's liaison to private and public funding sources, financial institutions, community organizations, and the media. She oversees all management and program operations, and hires and supervises administrative staff, interns, volunteers and consultants who assist staff.


The Executive Director reports to the Co-Founders/Board of Directors and is responsible for:

  • Raising funds, developing a diverse resource base, and planning the budget;
  • Directing all program components, including training, Orator Chapter development, technical assistance, lending programs, ongoing management assistance, and business and personal support services;
  • Interfacing with our newly formed Advisory Board to ensure communications continue to flow to support fund raising or corporate giving;
  • Manages and coordinates the activities of a Management Operating Board;

The Management Operating Board reports to the Executive Board through the Executive Director. All committee activities must be approved by the Executive Board. The Management Operating Board is primarily comprised of the heads of four Management Committees.  The role of these committees is to help administer various functions of the organization.  The committees are:

  • Finance
  • Competition
  • Membership
  • Fundraiser
  • Education
  • Hiring, supervising, recruiting and motivating staff, committee members, and volunteers, and promoting development of their skills and leadership abilities;
  • Grooming, mentoring, and succession planning for the organization’s staff;
  • Overseeing development of management information systems, including financial and program information, to facilitate planning, provide evaluative data for monitoring agency performance, and support resource development efforts;
  • Developing and maintaining external relationships with organizations, community agencies and groups, business assistance organizations (i.e., ProBono Legal Services), financing institutions (NJ State Faith Based Initiatives) and public agencies; and
  • Developing collaborative relationships and partnerships that enhance the organization and its ability to meet the needs of its constituency.



The Executive Director should be a mature professional and have a minimum of 5-8 years of relevant work experience, and a background in nonprofit management, fundraising, and economic development. This should include experience in strategic planning, board and community relations, personnel supervision, and financial management. She must also have experience working with the target population of youth between the ages of 7 to 18, and be a capable, compassionate, energetic and a positive leader – able to motivate and work with a wide variety of professionals and volunteers.


The Executive Director must:

  • Be passionate about the organization’s mission and eager to represent the organization to a diverse group of external audiences;
  • Present a solid and business-like image and maintain respect for the organization within the business, financial, and nonprofit communities;
  • Be an effective advocate for our target population of youth; and
  • Write well and have excellent verbal communication skills.


The Executive Director must possess a high level of commitment to meeting the economic needs of your target population, have a reputation for high ethical and moral standards, have an inclusive non-hierarchical management style (for example be able to matrix manage and be managed), and be enthusiastic about working with a diverse staff and strong Board of Directors.


Executive Functions

  • Board of Directors: Manage relationship with the Board of Directors, including preparing policies for their approval, providing regular reports on activities, reporting on the financial status of the corporation, recommending program guidelines, etc. Recruit new Board and Committee Members as appropriate. Staff all Board committees.


  • Financial Management: Be involved with the preparation of and manage the annual operating budget to maintain fiscally sound operations. Manage all resources in a fiscally responsible manner, in compliance with all internal policies.


  • Human Resource Management: Supervise personnel (or management team) and volunteers, provide appropriate training opportunities to personnel, develop salary and benefits policies that attract and retain skilled personnel.


  • Organizational Development: Strategic Planning, Develop and maintain partnerships, Program Development, Recommend and create new Coaches and Judges operational processes, as appropriate, that continuously improve the delivery of the organization’s services. For example, take over the role of visiting each chapter on a weekly basis to observe  the operations and make quality improvements in the coaching methodology


  • Mission: Make sure that the mission is clearly stated and understood by all staff and Board Members; insure that all programs and policies are in concert with organizational mission; review mission or revise as appropriate as conditions change.


Capitalization and Development

  • In partnership with a Grant Writer or grant writing personnel, develop proposals for funding, including operations capital.
  • Work closely with our grant writer and/or Board Member writing grants to increase the number of grants we solicit for funds. (Increase by at least (2) grants, at least one corporation and another foundation (min. of $25,000 unrestricted funds - used for operating costs).
  • Cultivate and maintain contacts with a variety of existing and potential funding sources.
  • Ensure that all funding restrictions and reporting requirements are met.


Infrastructure Development

  • Develop and implement administrative policies as appropriate.
  • Recommend and create new operational processes, as appropriate, that continuously improve the organization.


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