Executive Director Position

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Executive Director Position2019-12-14T22:48:06+00:00

Position for Executive Director

Position Summary:

The Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiation (CDN) is seeking an energetic leader for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director will be responsible for managing the overall operations of CDN to support its mission. With a dedicated team and an engaged Steering Committee, the successful candidate will help forge new partnerships to build on CDN’s working groups and programs, increasing the organization’s impact, and financial resources. The Executive Director will establish, cultivate, and maintain strong working relationships with Steering Committee members, key stakeholders, and with a network of donors including businesses, other nonprofits, and citizens of conflict affected communities in the Cameroons.

Depending on the specific candidate this position could be full-time or part-time and may require the Executive Director to travel to Cameroon occasionally. For more information on The Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiation, please visit http://www.coalitionfdn.org

Core Competences:

The Executive Director reports to the Steering Committee and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, programs, and financial objectives.

Provide strategic direction and drive fulfillment of organization’s mission

  • Assure that the strategic goals and objectives of the organizations are carried out
  • Develop, with the Steering Committee, a work plan to ensure the optimal functioning of CDN programs.
  • Communicate the organization’s performance and progress against goals using quantitative and qualitative metrics developed jointly with the Steering Committee and other staff.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with domestic and international regulations and insulate CDN from any failures.
  • Provide leadership in fundraising plans with the Steering Committee
  • Develop communication strategies with the Communications Lead to promote and enhance CDN activities.
  • Serve as the organization’s primary public representative and liaison with partners.

Manage staff and operations

  • Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers
  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resources policies and practices are in place
  • Encourage and support staff and volunteer development and education
  • Maintain an environment that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse team of top quality people

Establish a budget and manage organizational finances

  • Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices
  • Work with the staff and the Steering Committee in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines
  • Jointly, with the Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents

Partner with the Steering Committee

  • Align and gain approval for annual and long-term objectives
  • Meet regularly with the Steering Committee and discuss progress, address obstacles, and report on performance


  • A Master’s degree in management, business administration or equivalent is preferred but not mandatory
  • Experience in managing nonprofits
  • Track record in project management and community engagement
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking with both large and small audiences
  • Ability to lead both experienced and junior staff
  • Financial management background
  • Experience working with Steering Committee
  • Passion for the Mission of The Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiation

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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