October 1, 2015 — The Board of Directors of the Religious Institute has announced the search for its next President and CEO. A detailed job description is posted at below. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to ReligInstitResumes@gmail.com by October 23, 2015.
President & CEO, Religious Institute
About the Religious Institute
Founded in 2001, the Religious Institute is a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. It continues to advance as the national leadership organization working at the intersection of sexuality and religion. Our staff provides clergy, congregations, seminaries and denominational bodies with technical assistance on addressing sexuality issues, and assists sexual and reproductive health (SRH) organizations on addressing religious issues and developing outreach to faith communities. Our partners include the leading mainline and progressive religious institutions in the United States, major sexual and reproductive health and LGBTQ advocacy organizations, and a national network of more than 8,500 clergy, seminary presidents and deans, religious scholars, and other religious leaders. The Religious Institute currently has four staff including the President and an annual budget of $475,000.
Summary of Position
The Religious Institute is looking for a dynamic, visionary President and CEO to lead the organization in its role in a changing religious, cultural and philanthropic environment. The President/CEO is responsible for developing the organization’s strategic and long-term vision. The President/CEO serves as the senior program officer for the Religious Institute. The President/CEO is also the primary spokesperson for the organization and engages supporters in the mission and vision for the work. The ideal candidate will understand the intersection of religion and sexuality, will mobilize supporters around a vision, and will exhibit a strong commitment to social justice.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership and Management
- Work with the Board to develop a long-range strategic plan that includes goals, objectives, and strategies consistent with the mission of the Religious Institute.
- Support a strong Board of Directors and assist in board development.
- Serve as the primary spokesperson and external face of the Religious Institute, including in public media, with partner organizations, religious institutions and funders.
- Direct the staff of the Religious Institute.
- Assure responsible financial management, including budget preparation, monitoring, audit and legal reporting.
Program Implementation and Development
- Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and rigorous evaluation of the Religious Institute’s programs on religion and sexuality, which can be communicated to stakeholders, funders, and the Board of Directors.
- Serve as the senior program officer and provide high-level direction to the programs of the Religious Institute.
- Responsible for the development of publications, program implementation, speaking, training and teaching.
- Advocate for sexual health and justice at the state and national level
Fundraising, Communications and Branding
- Serve as the senior development director, including revenue diversification and fund development from grants, individual donors, and other sources.
- Obtain contributions from individual donors through major gifts, direct mail, and email campaigns.
- Ensure that the organization’s mission, vision, and priorities are communicated in traditional and social media.
- Consistently monitor the cultural and religious zeitgeist through traditional media and social media channels and identify opportunities to move the Religious Institute’s agenda forward in that context.
- Deepen and refine all aspects of communication — from social media presence to external relations with the goal of creating expanding relationships and impact.
Graduate degree and/or religious ordination preferred but not required.
Required Skills and Knowledge
- Minimum of seven to ten years of progressive experience in non-profit management.
- Understanding of the intersection of religion and sexuality.
- Ability to address sexuality and religion in multiple settings for a variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated fundraising track record including grant writing, direct mail, and individual donor cultivation.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Experience in developing and managing a budget.
- Experience working with Board of Directors and staff management.
- 25-50% travel required
To Apply: Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position and resume to: ReligInstitResumes@gmail.com by October 23, 2015. All submissions will be acknowledged.