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Executive Director, International Child Welfare Sector
What If Foundation in Berkeley, California
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Date Posted April 16, 2020
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


The What If Foundation is thrilled to build on our success and impact as we look for our next Executive Director. The ideal candidate will be a results-oriented leader with strong interpersonal skills, a dynamic and inclusive approach to leadership, and be able to successfully communicate across cultures and audiences. The next Executive Director will have the ability to build external relationships and networks, inspire funders and program partners, drive the continued success of the What If Foundation’s current fundraising efforts, and work with the board to identify new areas of growth. Our next Executive Director should demonstrate a proven track record in fundraising and communications, experience working internationally with community-led initiatives, an entrepreneurial attitude, and be passionate about our mission. This position will have overall responsibility for the organization’s staff, partner relations, donor relations, program funding, and revenue growth, and will report to the Board of Directors. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, this is a great opportunity for personal impact, leadership and growth.


About Us

The What If Foundation invests in the future of Haitian children living in poverty. Founded in 2000, we work in close partnership with the grassroots Haitian organization Na Rive to deliver food, education, and community support through funding programs that are transforming young lives in the Ti Plas Kazo community of Port-au-Prince, and beyond.

We are a small but mighty organization. We focus on one community in Port of Prince, and our commitment and love for them runs deep. The programs we fund are Haitian-led and Haitian-run, which is why they are so effective. We believe in a culture of inclusiveness, warmth, thoughtfulness, nimbleness and hope.


Partnership with Na Rive
The Executive Director will initially develop a deep knowledge of the binational context in which the What If Foundation operates, the dynamics of our partnership with Na Rive, our operations, and funding priorities. Candidates should have proven leadership, excellent communication skills, and relationship management experience. They should be collaborative, adaptable, and thoughtful to be successful in nurturing our partnership model.


Key Responsibilities

Fundraising and External Relations:

  • Serve as our chief fundraiser and be a compelling spokesperson for the What If Foundation’s vision, strategy, and programming among the board, staff, donors, other key stakeholders.

  • Forge new connections in philanthropic communities to enable successful fundraising activities, recommend and execute on new streams of revenue, and position the What If Foundation as an attractive option for sponsorships, family foundations and individual giving opportunities.

  • Deepen existing relationships with existing funding sources, including foundations, corporations, religious organizations, and individual donors.

  • Oversee and manage all aspects of external marketing communications, from web presence and social media channels to more traditional avenues, in order to increase brand awareness.

  • Maintain existing external relationships and create new ones to garner new opportunities (in fundraising, partnerships, communications and program development).

  • Effectively enlist Board members and Founder to support revenue- and visibility-generating efforts.

Financial, Operational, and Program Management:

  • Uphold the fiscal integrity of the organization, ensuring it maximizes its resources, operates within budgets, maintains a positive financial position, and complies with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Lead the development of organizational, financial and project plans, monitor progress, and lead corrective actions as necessary.

  • In partnership with the Board, develop and present the annual budget for Board review and approval.

  • Maintain high standards of financial management and reporting.

  • Nurture the relationship with our partner Na Rive and source the information needed to support an effective collaboration. Willingness to travel to Haiti at least twice per year is highly recommended.

  • Recruit, lead, and retain high-performing staff, volunteers, and contractors.

Leadership & Management:

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors, facilitating new board recruitment, board involvement with strategic planning, fundraising, and financial and legal oversight.

  • Ensure that Board members, staff, contractors and volunteers work in alignment to our mission, values, and goals.

  • Ensure operational excellence across the organization.

  • Support and grow a strong Board of Directors.

  • Collaborate with the Board and staff to ensure that current strategic plans are executed; and develop a corresponding fundraising plan to support immediate and long-term strategic priorities.

  • Facilitate and supervise volunteer work of Board members participating in special projects.

  • Ensure that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization, alerting them to emerging challenges and opportunities.



  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

  • At least 5 years of senior management experience in a related field.

  • Proven track record of fund development (five figure + gifts), setting and implementing fundraising strategy, and growing an organization’s overall budget.

  • Experience working internationally in partnership with community-led initiatives.

  • An interest in Haiti and child development.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to set and achieve strategic objectives, form and manage teams, and manage a budget.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills - a persuasive and passionate communicator, with the ability to motivate and nurture relationships with different stakeholders.

  • Solution-oriented approach, and experience working in a fast changing and highly collaborative environment.

  • Programmatic experience is welcome but not necessary as the programs we support are run and led by our partner in Haiti.


Compensation and Terms

  • Annual salary commensurate with experience.

  • Flexible hours with possibility of working remotely some of the time.

  • Generous holidays and PTO.


Applying for this position
Please send a one-page cover letter and your resume. In your cover letter, please explain your interest in the What If Foundation and why you think you are a good fit for this role. Please send your complete application to: submissions@whatiffoundation.org

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but preferential review will be given to candidates submitting their application by March 6th, 2020.

The What If Foundation is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy, childbirth, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic as established by applicable federal, state, or local law, and encourage anyone with the aforementioned qualifications to submit an application.

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