Executive Director

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 30

Position description

FEA seeks a visionary Executive Director (Director) with nonprofit leadership experience, strong communication skills, and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to lead an engaged Board of Trustees, dedicated program manager, and contracted development professional in furtherance of FEA’s mission.

Experienced in nonprofit governance and management, the Director will grow the Fund through philanthropic activities and effective use of the Board. The Director will be an action-oriented leader who will manage a small team and guidedby the organization’s strategic plan to implement policies and procedures that fully realize FEA’s mission and vision.They will oversee the integrity of the scholarship program while developing new programs for alumni engagement. The Director will be accountable for the organizational budget, finances, and tax filings, working collaboratively with the Board to ensure compliance with the legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the organization. The Director will be the face of the organization and should be comfortable stating the case for support to funders and the public. This exempt, salaried position operationally reports to the FEA Board Officer & Finance Director, and President of Academic Travel Abroad, with a dotted line to the Chair of the Board of Trustees (a two-year position).


Development & Fundraising (35%)

  • Determine fundraising goals aligned to strategic plan and campaign case for support

  • Serve as principal front-line fundraiser, strategically engaging the Board and alumni in meetings and outreach to

    prospective and current donors

  • Develop and oversee donor cultivation and recognition plans, and ensure strong donor stewardship

  • Plan and implement one major annual fundraising event, the Scholar Gala, in Washington, DC and oversee the

    execution of regional events

  • Write proposals for prospective donors and ensure systematic follow-through on requests

  • Research and pursue strategic partnerships with government, foundations, and corporations

  • Regularly review campaign initiatives to help project outcomes and improve each year

  • Investigate new funding sources

  • Recruit, train, and direct volunteers throughout the year, including the host committee of the Scholar Gala, regional

    event planners, and work with Program Manager to engage application reviewers

    Board & Leadership Committee(s) Management (25%)

  • Serve as liaison to the FEA Board of Trustees and direct Board engagement

  • Manage five standing committees of the Board including goals, agendas & minutes

  • Lead and organize quarterly Board meetings in concert with the Board Chair and Committee Chairs, arranging all

    meeting details including agenda, reports, and attachments

  • Support Steering Committee and Access Advisory Board, working with volunteer and staff leaders to generate support for the organization

  • Oversee recruitment and orientation of new Trustees and leadership volunteers

  • Engage Board in review of FEA strategic plan every other year

  • Develop annual plans to implement strategic initiatives and report quarterly on progress

    Finance & Administration (15%)

  • Work with accountants and Board’s Finance Committee to publish Annual Report and 990 tax filing in a timely manner

  • Provide oversight of endowment management firm and communicate updates to Finance Committee and Board

  • Lead the setting and adhering to annual budget

  • Monitor and control expenses to maximize value for scholarships

  • Process invoices and monitor scholarship disbursements by Program Manager, with final approval from Finance Director

  • Implement charitable registration in relevant states and oversee successful completion by vendor on this annual


    Scholarship Management & Alumni Programming (10%)

  • Engage with Program Manager in the scholarship application and matching of available funding to selected finalists

  • Review and revise scholarship parameters, priorities, and requirements as necessary in conjunction with the Board’s

    Scholarship Committee and Program Manager

  • Oversee robust engagement program for FEA scholars including orientations and blogging while abroad; connect

    with alumni upon their return and involve them in FEA activities such as the Scholar Gala or Alumni Conference

  • Oversee metrics and outcomes measurement, to quantify impact for the Board and funders

    Staff Management (10%)

  • Oversee Program Manager who serves as liaison to the Access Advisory Board, and directs the scholarship application and review, donor administration, and communications

  • Oversee newly hired grant-funded development professional to further donor engagement, proposals, and annual and campaign giving

    Brand Engagement (5%)

  • Work with Program Manager to ensure website and collateral pieces are up to date and effective

  • Work with Development & Marketing Committee to implement a communication plan that maximizes FEA’s visibility

    in print and electronic media, and to create supporting promotional materials

  • Develop relationships with strategic partners in the international education field to further awareness of FEA


Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Minimum of five years of work experience in a nonprofit leadership role

  • Experience managing a team

  • Demonstrated fundraising experience and a passion for stating the organization’s case for support

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Strategic and analytical capabilities

Desired Skills

  • Masters degree or higher

  • Connections to potential donors

  • Experience working for or with DEI and/or social justice organizations


$105,000, negotiable based on experience.

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