IAVE exists to promote, support and celebrate volunteering throughout the world. With members in 70+ countries, we work to achieve a global culture of volunteering. Led by a 10-person international Board of Directors, IAVE is supported by a small professional staff working from various locations in the US and globally. The Executive Director position is based in our Washington, DC office. There is some flexibility with geographic location, although we have a preference for a US-based candidate. The successful candidate MUST have the ability to travel freely between the United States and the rest of the world. For more information on IAVE, please visit our website at www.iave.org.
The Executive Director leads the staff and works closely with the Board to execute the current strategic plan. With an eye toward the future, the Executive Director will develop IAVE’s next strategic plan, envisioning how the organization can serve its individual, organizational, and corporate members, building the network and re-imagining volunteerism and its role in society. The Executive Director will heavily focus on funding to build a sustainable revenue model. In addition to overseeing IAVE’s programmatic work, the Executive Director also leads the staff and manages all aspects of internal operations. For a full list of the position’s roles and responsibilities, please go to
The Executive Director is instrumental in building networks around the globe and advancing IAVE’s global agenda to promote, strengthen and celebrate volunteering worldwide. Primary responsibilities include ensuring that IAVE achieves its strategic goals; spearheading IAVE’s fund development strategy; leading a global organization with enthusiasm for building teams and volunteer relationships through virtual platforms and technology; ensuring IAVE’s convenings, research, advocacy and network development activities are of the highest quality and reflect IAVE’s values; and others which can be seen at the link above.
The Executive Director reports to the 10-person international Board of Directors.
The Executive Director is instrumental in building networks around the globe and advancing IAVE’s global agenda to promote, strengthen and celebrate volunteering worldwide. Primary responsibilities include:
- Partnering with the Board to ensure IAVE achieves its strategic goals; developing a new strategic plan and operationalizing it.
- Spearheading IAVE’s fund development strategy; identifying and cultivating strategic relationships and partners to support the organization’s programming and fundraising goals.
- Leading a global organization with enthusiasm for building teams and volunteer relationships through virtual platforms and technology.
- Liaising with partners to further volunteering and its role in tackling complex societal issues.
- Managing IAVE’s day-to-day operations, including budget and finances.
- Ensuring IAVE’s convenings, research, advocacy and network development activities are of the highest quality and reflect IAVE’s values.
- Managing a decentralized and autonomous staff and overseeing hiring, training and supervising team members across multiple geographies and time zones.
- Representing IAVE publicly, serving as a spokesperson and thought leader.
Ideal candidates for this position will bring a passion for IAVE’s mission and the following:
- Demonstrated commitment to volunteering and an understanding of its role in the world.
- Demonstrated global perspective and the ability to work effectively across a decentralized, diverse, and international group of stakeholders.
- Prior success in cultivating and securing funding and/or programmatic partnerships.
- Strong strategic thinking skills, with demonstrated ability to guide an organization from planning into successful implementation.
- Ability to balance strategic and tactical responsibilities, delegating or playing a hands-on role depending on what a particular situation requires.
- Experience building and engaging a diverse Board of Directors.
- At least 7 years of experience in an organization (for-profit, nonprofit, social enterprise) with a strong volunteer component (e.g. volunteer membership, corporate social responsibility).
- Positive and proactive approach, with the ability to take initiative and self-direct without compromising collaboration or stakeholder engagement.
- Excellent verbal and written communications.
- Familiarity with new technologies and experience leading a virtual team.
- Fluency (verbal and written) in English required; fluency in a language other than English a plus.
- Must be eligible to work in the United States and able to travel internationally on a regular basis.
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
IAVE provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy or recent childbirth or related medical condition, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, the use of a guide or support animal because of blindness, deafness or physical handicap of any individual, citizenship, veteran or military status, genetic information, marital status, familial status, domestic or sexual violence victim status, possession of a GED instead of a high school diploma, or any other protected characteristic under applicable federal, state or local laws.
How to Apply
To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: IAVE@marcumllp.com. Only complete applications will be considered. For other inquiries, contact Ginna Goodenow-Schirf at Ginna.Goodenow@marcumllp.com.