Executive Director – Organic Health Response – Minneapolis, MN

Position Description

The Executive Director will serve as the organization’s strategic leader, and reports directly to the Executive Committee (President, and VP’s) of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will lead a global team, develop and implement OHR’s fundraising strategy, steer our programmatic vision, and liaise between the organization and its Board of Directors. Responsibilities include managing a growing yet motivated team, cultivating partnerships and increasing the organization’s profile in Kenya and in the United States, and raising the funding necessary to advance the mission of the organization.

OHR is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic Executive Director committed to our mission of strengthening the health, resilience and voice of the greater Mfangano Island Community. We seek an ED who is interested in growing with our organization as a leader in our future progress. The ideal candidate has an aligned vision with the organization’s mission and experience in international development, operational and program management, and fundraising skills to support the organization’s expanding impact.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

The Executive Director will lead a team of 35 full-time programmatic staff in Kenya and 1 administrative staff member in the US, as well as collaborate with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors in the US. This position will be based approximately 50% in the United States and 50% in Kenya. US location and travel schedule are flexible. However, preference will be given to those in close proximity to OHR’s current base of operations in Minneapolis, MN.

1. Leadership & Strategic Management of MIssion (40%)

Collaborate with the Board of Directors (BoD) to refine and implement OHR’s strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, team, and priorities are aligned with our core mission
Core oversight and organizational leadership
Understand and promote mission
Monitor trends in the field
Ensure the quality and effectiveness of programs bymonitoring day-to-day delivery
Develop future leadership; play active role in developing board leadership
Support board, provide direction and encouragement to the board

2. Development (40%)

Work with the BoD to identify an annual fundraising strategy to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
Proactively seek out and manage relationships with high net-worth individuals, foundations and corporations with assistance from OHR President
Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans, supervise the organization of fundraising campaigns and events, and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization
Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts
Build relationships with community stakeholders, funders and other organizations and serve as an advocate to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization

3. Administration/Communication (20%)

Direct responsible financial stewardship for the organization
Develop and operate human resource systems, accounting systems, and volunteer coordination
Further organizational promotion, public relations, and internal reporting systems
Communicate with stakeholders to inform them of progress markers, successes, and needs
Oversee management of the OHR website and social media platforms


University degree required; MBA, MPH, MDP or other related advanced degrees will be considered with preference


At least 3 or more years of professional experience in the non-profit sector with a focus on international development
Demonstrated leadership with measurable impact
Fundraising and grant writing experience in a non-profit is highly desirable
Extended international field experience, ideally in Kenya/East Africa

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit organizations
Proven dedication and interest in community development, community health and well-being, and environmental stewardship
Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization
Knowledge of human resources, financial and program management
Fluency in English; Swahili or Dhuluo proficiency highly desirable

Personal characteristics

The ideal candidate should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:

Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency. Our work is implemented in a rural Kenyan community where patience and flexibility is greatly honored.
Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities

Start Date: August 1, 2015

The first 6-8 weeks will include a US-based training in Minneapolis, MN, followed by a 3-month on the job-orientation at the Ekialo Kiona Center on Mfangano Island, Kenya. Location and travel schedule are flexible and will be determined thereafter.
Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience
Health and travel insurance
Travel reimbursement to and from Kenya
Housing and cell phone while on Mfangano Island, Kenya
3 weeks paid vacation each year

How to apply

To apply, please send the following:

A cover letter outlining personal desire for this position and unique qualifications
A brief development-focused writing sample such as recent grant application or funding proposal.
CV/resume with 3 references

Send to: khines@organichealthresponse.org, subject line “Executive Director Application – [Full Name]” by June 1, 2015.