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Executive Director, James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

Washington, DC
James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

Washington, D.C.
Job Description

About the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation
The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation’s mission is to advocate for the freedom of all Americans held hostage abroad and promote the safety of journalists worldwide. We work to raise awareness and support for US citizens kidnapped or wrongfully detained abroad, educating members of Congress, the White House, and other key government agencies to improve US hostage policy. In addition, we promote journalist safety by developing and implementing curricula at university journalism programs and increasing access to safety training and insurance for freelance journalists.

Position Summary
The Foundation is hiring an Executive Director to lead the strategic direction, program development and implementation, government relations, fundraising, and day-to-day administration of the organization. The ideal candidate will bring previous experience in a nonprofit leadership role, expertise in government relations in a relevant field (e.g., hostage affairs, international human rights), and a proven ability to develop and implement an organization’s strategic vision and mission. In addition, the top candidate will be skilled in relationship management and media communications.

Key Responsibilities
  • Vision and strategy: Lead the Foundation’s strategic direction; collaborate with Board, staff, volunteers, and other key stakeholders to ensure clarity and alignment around organizational priorities and metrics.
  • Program implementation: Develop and deliver a diverse set of programs that achieve the organization’s vision and mission; continually evaluate, improve, and create new programs based on evolving needs.
  • Government relations:  Serve as a primary spokesperson and passionate advocate for the Foundation and its mission; represent JWFLF in key alliances (e.g., Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs and Hostage Response Group)
  • Relationship management: Develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders (e.g., Members of Congress, nonprofit partners, staff, government agencies, and Board members and Advisory Council).
  • Operations and financial management: Oversee the successful implementation of the Foundation’s day-to-day operations, including effective financial management, reporting, and compliance.
  • Resource development: Manage existing funder relationships and generate new revenue from diverse sources, including individual donors, corporate sponsors, and foundation grants in collaboration with Board and Advisors.
  • Communications and Media Relations: Produce and edit written and visual content for website, social media, presentations, speeches, and grant applications and reports; regularly engage with members of the media.
  • Team leadership and culture: Build a collaborative, inclusive, and equitable culture among staff and volunteers.

Ideal Qualifications
  • Proven ability to develop and implement an organization’s strategic vision and successfully achieve its mission
  • Previous experience in a leadership role, including oversight of an organization or department’s human capital, operations, and finances
  • Demonstrated aptitude for building and cultivating strong relationships with key stakeholders (Founder, Board, Advisors, NGO partners and US government)
  • Successful record of initiating relationships with and cultivating new funding sources with Founder, Board & Advisors
  • Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s mission as evidenced through similar professional or volunteer experience
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