Executive Director

Peace PlayersWednesday, January 9, 20190 application(s)
Employer Name Peace Players
Job Title Executive Director
City Washington
State District of Columbia
Country USA
Job Region Rocky Mountain
Job Category Administration
Salary Range Salary with benefits
Job Reference 2895
Job Level Senior Level
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Leadership and Strategy:

  • Lead, build and inspire a talented and dedicated team, inclusive of national office staff and also in local, U.S. markets. Evaluation of current staffing needs and ability to identify core mission support roles – development, finance, communications – for support of U.S. programs will be an important part of this leadership role.
  • Collaborate closely with PeacePlayers-Global to develop a multi-year U.S. strategy focused on financial sustainability and programmatic excellence that is in line with the PeacePlayers Global Strategic Plan.
  • Work closely with U.S. markets to develop regional and local staffing strategies.
  • Recruit and develop a strong and impactful PeacePlayers-U.S. board of directors.
  • Proven ability to work with external stakeholders (e.g. Nike) and demonstrate professionalism and leadership to support the ongoing partnership needs.
  • Contribute to operational excellence as PeacePlayers refines tools and systems to most efficiently support the management of PeacePlayers U.S. entity.

Fundraising and Development:

  • Expectation to spend a significant amount of time of this role dedicated to working closely with PeacePlayers International’s Co-Founder and Executive Director to understand the current PeacePlayers’ financial landscape, existing donor base and to identify opportunities for new financial support in the United States.
  • Responsible for the development and expansion of local and national fundraising activities to support existing program operations and national expansion. Spend time in-market in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles to build relationships with staff and assess areas of need for local sustainability.
  • Collaborate with PeacePlayers-Global and U.S. staff to effectively steward existing U.S. focused donors and build a pipeline of future supporters of PeacePlayers work in the U.S.
  • Effectively leverage the current Nike partnership in the U.S. to raise sustainable local funds and inspire multiple financial supporters to secure a robust and diversified funding base nationally and in each, local city that PeacePlayers’ U.S. operates.
  • Support and identify tentpole, national opportunities to activate and sustain interest in U.S. programs, for example, MLK weekend in January holding basketball tournaments in all U.S. markets.

Financial Performance and Operations:

  • Adherence to PeacePlayers’ unifying principles. These “unifying principles” ensure all PeacePlayers’ sites are similar enough to each other to achieve the shared mission of the organization and also afford the flexibility for local leaders in each site to innovate and make contextually driven decisions for the greatest overall impact.
  • Identify and strategically partner with organizations and institutions to deepen, sustain and scale PeacePlayers’ programmatic impact across the U.S.
  • Work closely with PeacePlayers-Global to develop and implement a plan to transition existing U.S. operations into a separate PeacePlayers-U.S. entity.
  • Collaborate with Executive Directors of other PeacePlayers’ sites (Northern Ireland, Middle East, South Africa and Cyprus) to share learnings and best practices across sites for the good of the global PeacePlayers’ network.
  • Responsible for the budgeting and fiscal management of PeacePlayers-U.S.


  • A demonstrated passion and connection to the mission of PeacePlayers to unite divided communities through sport.
  • Possesses an understanding and passion for addressing challenges created by inequality across racial and socioeconomic divides in the United States.
  • 10+ years of senior management experience with a track record of effectively leading a regionally and/or nationally scaling nonprofit, or for profit, organization and staff.
  • Undergraduate degree required; MBA or relevant advanced degree preferred but not required.
  • Successful track record of developing and stewarding individual donors ($50,000+) and developing corporate partnerships.
  • Entrepreneurial and whatever-it-takes mindset.
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performing teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and oversee a budget.
  • Demonstrated success building an engaged and impactful board of directors.
  • An understanding of how sport can be used as a transformational development tool; interest and experience in basketball also helpful.
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally, and willingness to work some nights and/or weekends as needed to support key activities and programming.

The PeacePlayers U.S. Executive Director position is a full-time salaried position with benefits, including health insurance and an employer retirement plan matching program. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The U.S. Executive Director position will ideally be based in Washington, D.C. However, a strong candidate with a proven track-record may have flexibility to be based in one of our other U.S. markets.

To apply for this position, please email a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to PeacePlayers International at apply@peaceplayersintl.org with the subject header “U.S. Executive Director.” All applications for the position should be submitted by January 31, 2019.

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