The AHA is seeking a visionary Executive Director with a track record of non-profit leadership, and a demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice community building. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overall strategic and operational leadership of a national non-profit including building awareness of humanism, defining the organization’s strategic direction, ensuring adequate resources are in place to support the mission, and leading the staff.
- Drive AHA’s mission, vision, and strategy: Work with the board to provide strategic direction, guide the staff in linking strategy to specific programs and projects, with big picture, bold, strategic thinking
- Lead and supervise in a collaborative fashion, with a focus on transparency and accountability in decisionmaking
- Oversee recruitment of a diverse and inclusive staff, work with directors to develop department work plans, evaluate performance of direct-report staff members
- Lead the AHA’s transition to a truly equitable and just workplace, ensuring fair hiring, promotion, salary and workload policies and a culturally responsive climate
- Act as primary spokesperson and the “face of the AHA”
- Develop a comprehensive communications plan: Work with the staff to formulate messaging and deliver captivating content through social and earned media
- Lead and coordinate fundraising efforts to ensure adequate resources to implement mission: Work with development staff and board on overall funding strategies; create relationships with and communicate with current funders, especially cultivation of major donors; help identify new prospects for funding
- Broaden membership and supporter base, reaching out to underrepresented communities within our movement to develop innovative, culturally responsive programming, initiatives, and policies utilizing the input of historically underrepresented communities
- Cultivate relationships and deepen the AHA’s network: Engage in meaningful and regular communications with current members; identify needs and opportunities to support programs of chapters, alliances and affiliate organizations; collaborate on mobilization tactics; recruit new organizational members
- Engage with the board, regularly update board members on AHA activities, challenges, and opportunities
- Oversee affiliate organizations, especially the Center for Freethought Equality, the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, and the Humanist Society
- Passionate commitment to the humanist life stance; to supporting the flourishing of local humanist groups; and to formulating rational, compassionate responses to theistic and/or unsubstantiated claims of public officials and thought leaders
- Strong team leadership style and proven ability to effectively manage supervisory, mentoring, partnering and collaborative relationships with staff, volunteers, board members, donors and supporters, government and elected officials, and leaders of peer organizations
- Sense of humor, creativity, patience, and entrepreneurial drive
- Compelling writing and inspirational speaking skills
- Proven experience in social justice community building and outreach, including racial equity, LGBTQ rights, anti-racist/intersectional feminism, and youth leadership development
- Lived experience and proven skills centering communities of color traditionally at the margins of secular organizations and society
- Strong philosophy of stewardship with a clear vision and plan for AHA’s financial sustainability and growth
- Commitment to the AHA Strategic Priorities and the ability to accomplish the AHA Strategic Implementation Goals
- Proven ability to broaden the base of support of the AHA through equity, diversity and inclusion with regard to both staff and membership
- Proven fundraising ability, especially the cultivation of major donors
- Willingness to acquire and maintain up-to-date technical skills and the ability to effectively utilize them across a broad scope of electronic media
Education and Experience Required:
- A relevant advanced degree or equivalent professional experience
- At least 10 years of non-profit experience or the equivalent
- Significant staff supervisory experience
Persons with mental and physical disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) are eligible for this position as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodations are made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible for this position.
American Humanist Association provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, genetic information, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, marital status, citizenship status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $120,000 – $140,000. The AHA offers good benefits, including full health insurance, a generous leave program, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan that includes a partial match.
We encourage you to explore our website for more information about our work. The American Humanist Association advocates progressive values and equality for humanists. Our motto is: Good Without a God.
The American Humanist Association has internships available year-round for students, recent grads, and volunteers in Washington, DC. Interns will develop a more comprehensive understanding of how a progressive, national nonprofit organization works, while gaining valuable skills for the future.
An internship at the AHA will provide an opportunity to support the organization’s current work: advancing humanist values and progressive issue advocacy, focusing on church-state separation, civil liberties, reproductive freedom, human rights, and equality.
Internships are currently available in following areas:
The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center accepts interns year-round. Our Summer 2021 Internship has been filled. Watch this space for Fall 2021 application information. The AHA’s legal arm, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, handles constitutional litigation and church-state separation cases, with clients ranging from parents and students to federal inmates.
The legal intern is primarily responsible for researching and writing legal memoranda and assisting in litigation under the supervision of the legal center’s attorneys. The intern may also be assigned the task of investigating new complaints, maintaining case files and submitting public records requests. This internship will be a 10-week, full-time position with hourly pay at DC minimum wage. Start and end dates are negotiable. Learn more here!