Executive Director
American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters

Posted August 18, 2019

Employment Type Full-time, Exempt

Compensation Depends upon Skills and Experience

Company American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters

Location 3450 Founders Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268
US


DESCRIPTORS

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

For 100 years, the American Legion Auxiliary has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans, helped military families through transition, and produced many important programs for our country’s youth. Today, ALA members across the country are helping veterans and military families with our programs. The Auxiliary’s efforts are focused in three primary areas, Veterans/Military Support & Advocacy, Family Support, &

Youth Development.


American Legion Auxiliary is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.
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JOB DESCRIPTION

The Executive Director is the chief executive of the American Legion Auxiliary and reports directly to the Board of Directors. S/he is responsible for the consistent achievement of the organization’s mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director leads and promotes the strategic vision of the organization and manages the day-to-day operations of the Indianapolis-based philanthropic operations, with a team of 40 staff and a budget of $15 million. The Executive Director can be designated as National Secretary of the Board of Directors of American Legion Auxiliary, if s/he is eligible for membership.  A key responsibility of the position is to earn and build ongoing trust from the volunteer leadership and staff in order to lead them toward common goals while resisting individual agendas.

 

Serving as the key staff liaison to the volunteer Auxiliary Board of Directors, the Executive Director works with the Board Treasurer to develops the annual budget; works with the Board of Directors to ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy that achieves its mission; works with the Board of Directors and staff to provide direction for the organization and leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans; and maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in veterans services.

 

The Executive Director also provides leadership by initiating, building and managing multiple constituencies and collaborations, including 52 state chapters of the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion itself.

 

Passion for the Mission of the American Legion Auxiliary:  The American Legion Auxiliary seeks a proven, accomplished leader with a passion for the mission of the organization and a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families, as well as in the lives of the Auxiliary staff and membership.  The ideal candidate will be committed to the mentorship and participation of volunteers in service to veterans and their families.

 

Candidates will ideally, but not necessarily, be eligible for membership in the Auxiliary, and shall be related to a person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during one of several specified periods of conflict. If the selected Executive Director candidate is eligible for Auxiliary membership, s/he may receive the additional designation as National Secretary of the organization.

 

Vision, Management Acumen, Strong Communication Skills: Candidates for the Executive Director position must have proven leadership qualities to bring vision, direction, a collaborative atmosphere and inspiration to an organization.  The ideal candidate will possess exceptional management abilities highlighted by a track record of high-level program administration, business and financial acumen, exceptional written and verbal communication skills, comfort and facility with public speaking, and a demonstrated presence within the association management, veterans services or other philanthropic communities. The next Executive Director will bring personal qualities of compassion, flexibility, humility and decisiveness. 

 

Strategic and Collaborative Planning Skills:  The American Legion Auxiliary’s next Executive Director  will be able to lead the organization in comprehensive multi-year strategic planning and will be able to establish a system of periodic review. The individual should be a strategic thinker and problem-solver without seeking or desiring to solve every problem herself or himself; a healthy and intentional reliance on staff and volunteers (including board members) is required. She or he must be able to demonstrate effective management approaches in building consensus, identifying solutions to multi-faceted problems and acting with decisiveness.

 

Board Relations and Governance:  Experience working with a volunteer board is required, and the successful candidate will be able to provide training and partnership to a board whose leadership shifts on an annual basis. An understanding of nonprofit governance will be needed, including effective board-staff collaboration to carry out the work of the organization.  The next leader must be collaborative as well as flexible to respond to and work well with a number of different personalities and board leaders.  Experience in diplomatically and transparently communicating and working with a broad base of volunteers is essential.

 

Ability to Establish Positive Organizational Culture of Transparency and Teamwork:  The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to firmly establish a positive organizational culture of mutual respect, cross-system communication and teamwork.  She or he will encourage and pursue an environment of integrity, transparency and service.  Candidates must invest in staff development and must bring a healthy appreciation for the efforts of others.

 

Fundraising:  The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate fundraising success and/or the ability to strategize around revenue generation and diversification, through active solicitation of contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations and through development of a supportive, diverse board of directors. 

 

Availability to Travel:  Periodic travel will be required, including weekend travel, to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Annual Convention and other scheduled meetings.

 

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required; an advanced degree is preferred. Alternatives to a traditional educational background will be considered in exceptional circumstances.  Demonstration of continuing professional education and/or certification in nonprofit management, association management or fundraising would be highly desirable.

 

To apply, please send a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://ww2.kittlemansearch.com/Jobs.

 

For more information about American Legion Auxiliary, please visit   www.alaforveterans.org

 

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for the consistent achievement of the organizations mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director leads and promotes the strategic vision of the organization and manages the day-to-day operations of the Indianapolis-based philanthropic operations, with a team of 40 staff and a budget of $15 million.
QUALIFICATIONS

  • Availability to Travel: Periodic travel will be required, including weekend travel, to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Annual Convention and other scheduled meetings. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required; an advanced degree is preferred. Alternatives to a traditional educational background will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Demonstration of continuing professional education and/or certification in nonprofit management, association ...
  • management, association management or fundraising would be highly desirable.
BENEFITS

  • 401(k)
  • AD&D Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Vision Insurance