Executive Director

  • Location
    Austin, Texas
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 07

Position description

GlobalAustin connects Austin to the world, building a foundation for peace, mutual respect, and international connections -- one person at a time.

GlobalAustin was formed in 1960to welcome international students to the University of Texas campus and has grown since that time to provide access to important educational and cultural resources to Austin area community members and international visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Our work provides economic and cultural leadership that has made Central Texas a more inclusive and welcoming place to live, work and raise a family, while expanding local business and professional networks internationally.

A not-for-profit organization, GlobalAustin has connected thousands of international visitors to their counterparts in Central Texas who forge our economy, architecture, environment, city government, technology, and entrepreneurial culture. In a single year we host over 300 leaders and professionals from dozens of countries through the International Visitor Leadership Program, the premier professional exchange program of the U.S. Department of State.  Through this program and others, GlobalAustin builds international networks, shapes perspectives, and encourages long-lasting connections between Central Texas business and community members to our distinguished international guests. Learn more about us at www.globalaustin.org.

We are seeking an innovative, forward-looking leader to serve as our next Executive Director (ED) who will lead GlobalAustin into the next phase of our growth. A talented and well-organized connector, collaborator and event manager will be energized by this opportunity. His/her focus will be to ensure that GlobalAustin programs and activities grow in alignment with our mission to “connect Austin to the world” by fostering productive, long-term relationships between international visitors and local leaders in business, education, and government, as well as to educate the next generation of globally-minded citizen diplomats.  

The Executive Director (ED) manages a two-person office, part-time accountant, and an annual budget of about $150,000. The ED oversees the daily operations of the organization, provides strategic direction, and serves as a principal spokesperson for GlobalAustin to donors, international visitors, and the public. The ED will report to the Board of Directors. 

The position requires experience in nonprofit management, volunteer leadership, community engagement, outreach and fundraising, as well as an appreciation of international education and exchange programs, global issues, and intercultural communications. The qualified ED candidate will have exceptional leadership skills, especially for guiding and energizing volunteers and board members, and a proven track record of managing budgets and achieving goals.



  • Work with the GlobalAustin Board to collaboratively implement the mission, goals, policies and activities of the organization
  • Supervise staff and interns, including annual performance reviews, internships reviews and letters of recommendation.
  • Prepare annual budget and provide financial accountability to the Board.Work with CPA on annual audit
  • Oversee the programs of GlobalAustin, including the International Visitor Leadership Program
  • Provide advocacy support for the US Foreign Affairs Budget to help ensure continuing/increased support for funding for exchange programs, especially the International Visitor Leadership Program.  
  • Oversee planning, sponsorship and execution of major events
  • Coordinate donor relations and fundraising, closely collaborating with the GlobalAustin Board
  • Develop and maintain relationships with high-level donors, including corporate sponsors
  • Coordinate Board meeting agendas and reporting with the GlobalAustin Executive Committee
  • Set organizational priorities and manage resource allocation
  • Ensure continued non-profit status of the organization by complying with applicable regulations
  • Oversee management of the office, including the lease, IT and furniture
  • Assist Board with member recruitment


The desired candidate will have:

  • Highly developed interpersonal communication and negotiation skills.
  • A demonstrated capacity to build and maintain relationships with diverse communities, volunteers, organizations, government, media, and other interests.
  • Ability to serve as an articulate spokesperson for GlobalAustin’s projects and priorities and arrange/host conferences, webinars, speaker events, and other internationally-oriented events.
  • Knowledge of international issues, international education and exchange programs, and global trends.
  • Experience in developing and implementing a fundraising plan to include developing and retaining donors, funders and members, and pursuing and obtaining funds from various sources through grant-writing, fundraising appeals, events and strategic campaigns.
  • Ability to identify and foster opportunities for collaborative work and strategic alliances to further GlobalAustin’s mission and goals.
  • Communication and marketing skills to develop publications such as the annual report, monthly newsletters, International Calendar, website, and event programs/communications.


  • Proven track record of building relationships with such entities as business associations, nonprofits, businesses, media and city, state or federal government
  • 5+ years of non-profit management experience or related business leadership experience
  • Experience in hiring, developing and coaching staff (including interns)
  • Must be a self-starter
  • Track record of fundraising and development activities, such as grant-writing
  • Communication and marketing skills to develop publications such as the annual report, monthly newsletters, International Calendar, website, and event programs/communications.
  • Experience in event planning
  • Experience working in a diverse cultural environment or international organization desired
  • Strong connections to Austin area nonprofit organizations and donor community desired
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ease at building rapport among diverse groups of people
  • Verifiable and current references supporting a record of professional accomplishments
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products [emphasis on Word, Excel and PowerPoint]. Willingness to learn new software as needed for data management and organizational operations required.
  • Evening and weekend work will be required for event management.

Anticipated hours per week: 40

Application instructions

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