Executive Director

Posted on 09-15-2014

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The Compass Partners training program is five years old, operates on 17 campuses in the US and one in Sweden.  The model identifies entrepreneurial first year undergraduates and trains them to start a social venture to solve the world’s greatest problems.

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The board is made up of ten members, each with a strong background in social enterprise. There is a give/get donation requirement for board members.

Role Overview

The Executive Director is the sole full-time employee at this time with a team of over 50 volunteer leaders. The Director’s primary role is the execution of the organization’s mission and financial objectives.

Program Advancement and Administration

The Executive Director is expected to:

  1. Develop fresh, visionary ideas and a long-range strategy
  2. Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
  3. Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.
  4. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  5. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in higher education and social entrepreneurship education.
  6. Recruit new college campuses.
  7. Develop income strategies from the membership.


The Executive Director is expected to:

  1. See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  2. Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
  3. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  4. Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.

Staff Development and Management

The organization is planning on hiring additional staff in the future. The Executive Director is expected to:

  1. Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  2. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
  3. See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
  4. Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff to relate their individual roles to the overall program.
  5. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.

Budget and Finance

The Executive Director is expected to:

  1. Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
  2. Prepare a budget; see that the organization operates within these guidelines.
  3. Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  4. Conduct official correspondence jointly with the Board Chairman and Secretary, and execute legal documents jointly with designated officers.


-        Strong background in sales and/or fundraising

-        Polished public speaking skills

-        Experience in volunteer management

-        Track record of successfully working with and/or managing students.

-        Track record of successfully working with boards

-        The ability to synthesize complex ideas into straightforward selling points

-        Passion for changing the world

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