CEO/President/Executive Director/Head of School, Nonprofit and Social Impact, Social Justice and Advocacy

Executive Director

  • Democratizing Philanthropy Project
  • Remote, USA

This position has been filled.

About Democratizing Philanthropy Project

The Democratizing Philanthropy Project exists to shift power to chronically underfunded, BIPOC-led organizations working on the frontlines by helping them build long-term, reliable small donor revenue and an activist base that will respond to calls to action.  Nonprofits are overly dependent on grant-based, restricted purpose income, yet candidates and larger, white-led nonprofit organizations have unlocked power from diverse, democratized revenue streams from small donors.

Social justice, frontline, BIPOC-led, power building organizations need support to access different types of capital to build durable power. The Democratizing Philanthropy Project seeks to help hundreds of these organizations access and maximize this powerful capital by working directly with them to develop the knowledge, experience, and tools they need to build a larger activist base and independent revenue streams. We support organizations new to the worlds of digital fundraising, list building, and donor conversion, taking our time to educate organizations and their staff, provide capacity building grants, and help them establish a viable small donor program.

For more information on the Democratizing Philanthropy Project, please visit our website at

The Opportunity

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Democratizing Philanthropy Project, including holding the strategic vision, ensuring program success, building partnerships with core funders, building a successful and well-respected brand, managing the budget, promoting the program to potential participants, managing staff and consultants, and ensuring a high-quality experience for all stakeholders.

The Executive Director will bring experience in building organizations and in digital fundraising. They will have a multi-faceted background, with experience that may include philanthropy, ‘on the ground’ work in organizing or advocacy, organizational leadership, or other areas with the personal insight or passionate belief in supporting chronically underfunded and historically excluded organizations to thrive. They will bring analysis that centers racial equity with either professional or lived experience and will have knowledge about digital fundraising models and the challenge nonprofits face generating reliable revenue.

Candidate Profile

While no candidate will bring every qualification desired for the Executive Director role, the list below encapsulates the key skills, qualities, and experiences that would best prepare someone to serve in this leadership position.

The Executive Director’s responsibilities include: 

  • Fundraising: Maintain and grow relationships with existing funder partners and work with the Development Chair to build the network of foundations interested in supporting organizations to build independent power through small donor programs; Identify potential sources of investment and organize fundraising efforts.
  • Visionary Leadership: Collaborate with the Board of Directors to identify, create and implement strategic plans to actualize business objectives.
  • Program Management: Plan programs from start to finish, including identifying desired outcomes, processes, deadlines, and milestones; Ensure a high-quality experience with the DPP cohorts and programs; Initiate and set program goals based on the organization’s strategic objectives; Develop and manage operational and program; Focus on the overall goals of the organization and have a clear strategic vision for the organization’s potential impact.
  • People Leadership: Identify, recruit, train, and develop a talented team of employees who can lead critical departments and manage strategic business functions; Create and nurture effective communication within the organization; Develop the organizational culture and promote transparency and collaboration throughout the organization; Monitor company operations and ensure employees and business practices comply with regulatory and legal requirements.
  • Brand Building & Marketing: Ensure DPP is core to the small donor revenue ecosystem and independent power building spaces; Identify emerging needs and pitch ideas for new programs to better accomplish the organization’s mission; ensure DPP has a strong and positive brand and is recognized as an industry leader; Represent the organization at events in ways that strengthen the brand and communicate the company’s message.
  • Data Management: Regularly adapt programming to achieve the overall objectives for the organization based on program success and data and results.
  • Strategic Partnership Management: Ability to build relationships with new and existing funders and support growing our ecosystem of participants.


At least 6-8 years prior experience in executive leadership, program design, implementation, management, and execution ideally in small donor or revenue generating work with nonprofit organizations

  • At least 6-8 years prior experience in executive leadership, program design, implementation, management, and execution ideally in small donor or revenue generating work with nonprofit organizations;
  • Prior start up experience greatly valued;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial skills and strong sense of ownership for success with our programs;
  • Strategic mindset and be a strong visionary leader;
  • Ability to multitask and work independently;
  • Incredibly organized and able to keep track of business pipeline, communications, and ensure priorities are accomplished according to schedule;
  • Proactive, effective relationship-building with all participants, funders, partners, and experience managing external partnerships;
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and effectively manage projects;
  • Experience building and managing teams.
Compensation & Benefits

The Executive Director role is a full-time position with flexibility to work anywhere in the U.S., an excellent benefits package and salary range of $145,000 – $165,00, commensurate with experience.


Trisha Sutrisno and Shelby Woods of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Democratizing Philanthropy Project is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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