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The Society for International Development Exec Dir position (Wash DC)

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The Society for International Development-Washington D.C. (SID-Washington) (www.sidw.org) is seeking an energetic executive to lead the Washington D.C. Chapter of a global network of individuals and institutions concerned with sustainable economic, social and political development.

The Organization

SID-Washington is a membership organization that serves as a global forum of international development practitioners and as a knowledge broker for ideas and best practices. SID-Washington provides a space for dialogue and bridges a dynamic community of individuals and institutions working in international development.

The organization is membership-driven, bringing together diverse organizations, disciplines, and constituencies in a neutral, independent forum - a "global town square." The Washington D.C. Chapter is the largest and most active chapter of the Society for International Development (www.sidint.net). SID-Washington's mission is to advance equitable development by bringing diverse constituencies together including the U.S. Administration; Congress; NGOs; U.S. Government Agencies; multilateral institutions; the diplomatic community; academics; and the private sector to debate critical ideas, policies, and practices that will shape our global future.

SID-Washington is governed by a Board of Directors and a full-time staff of four.


SID-Washington hosts numerous events throughout the year, including:

Annual Dinner
Annual Conference
Monthly Chapter Programs
Career Fair
Topical and Regional Workgroups
Inter-Organizational Initiatives

The Position

Reporting tothe Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide leadership to the organization, inspirational management to staff, and represent SID-Washington in the community. The incoming Executive Director will be joining the organization at an extraordinarily opportune time. SID-Washington intends to strike a balance between growth and maintaining quality of programs, while adhering to its mission. The Executive Director will be responsible for working closely with the Board, staff, and membership to maintain the quality programs and identify growth opportunities. Toward these ends, the priorities the Board has outlined for the first 12-18 months of the incoming Executive Director's tenure include:

Provide visionary and strategic leadership to the organization and translate that vision and strategy into concrete actions that advance the mission;
Establish strong working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, members, and funders;
Quickly understand the business model and approach of SID-Washington, learn the structure of the organization, including an understanding of programs, and the needs of the members;
Establish an external presence and become the face of SID-Washington to the community;
Initiate and lead a strategic planning process;
Develop a vision for a communications and public relations strategy to raise awareness and visibility, increase and retain membership, and raise funds;
Build and support the staff;
Initiate and support programming initiatives; and
Look for upcoming opportunities, including developing new partnerships/collaborations, and setting the strategic platform for growth.

Key Responsibilities

Oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization, provide effective management and direction to staff, and work collaboratively with the Board on governance, fiscal and programmatic issues;
Develop, augment and expand relationships with key constituencies, including international development organizations, U.S. Government Agencies, Congress, the Administration and other stakeholders;
Conceptualize and implement program ideas, and manage program activities;
Provide resource development leadership for the organization, and increase the organization's profile, financial base and impact;
Increase visibility of the organization and communicate the mission of SID-Washington to target audiences;
Oversee finances and ensure fiscal responsibility and security; and
Serve as primary point of contact to SID Secretariat in Rome and other SID Chapters around the world.

Desired Skills/Experience/Attributes

The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate a commitment to international development and bring a variety of experiences and attributes to SID-Washington including:

In-depth knowledge of international development and a working familiarity with key international development constituencies in Washington, D.C.;
Intellectually engaged in the issues of development and be current with the technical trends in the field, with vision and an ability to conceptualize programs and topics around which to convene diverse groups of people;
Facilitative leadership style with ability to motivate a group of people to work toward a common goal;
Exceptional event planning/conference planning and facilitation skills with experience convening high-level dialogues;
Strong and effective written and oral communication skills, diplomatic, with an ability to digest complex issues and make a compelling case that compels people into action and generates support;
A people person with exceptional interpersonal skills and proven successful record of building and maintaining strong working relationships with internal (staff and Board) and external stakeholders;
Financial literacy and management ability to ensure that SID-Washington continues to be an exceptionally well-managed, financially sound organization;
Demonstrated networking skills with an ability to build partnerships and sustain established collaborations;
Proven successful track record of fundraising, including creating and managing connections with members and other funders, and experience securing and managing grants;
An interpersonal management style that includes willingness to work until the job is done, a sense of humor, and ability to listen, support and mentor staff;
Possess unquestioned integrity and morality in the conduct of business, intellectual ideas and interaction with others; and
Ability to learn quickly and manage time efficiently.


Minimum 5 years experience in senior management and networking with a preference for having worked within an international development organization;
Experience directly supervising staff;
Bachelor's degree required, graduate degree preferred;
Understanding of or experience working in Washington, D.C.; and
Proficient in use of computers and electronic communication methods.

Salary & Benefits

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. SID-Washington offers a salary and benefits package that is comparable to other organizations of similar size and budget.

Application Process

To apply, email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: sid(at)transitionguides.com (Email application required.) Other inquiries should be addressed to: Ginna Goodenow at TransitionGuides. Phone: (301) 439-6635. Resume review begins immediately and continues until position is filled with a target date of late January.

The Society for International Development - Washington is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental handicap, matriculation, or political affiliation.

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