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Art of Conservation Executive Director

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August, 2012

Art of Conservation, a nonprofit organization, provides health and environmental education to support Mountain Gorillas while empowering children and building community in villages adjacent to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.  The AoC Executive Director reports to the Board President and is responsible for supporting the mission and the vision of the organization.

The AoC Executive Director co-manages the organization with the AoC Program Director.  The AoC Program Director is located in Musanze District in Rwanda and is responsible for all of AoC’s operating programs and projects including the year-long classes, workshops, the Ibirunga Tennis and Running Club program, and other special events.

The AoC Executive Director is responsible for these three, critical areas:

  1. Fundraising – Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan that includes donor database management, donor communications, major gifts solicitation, corporate sponsorship, grant applications and reporting, and donor stewardship (thank you process).  Execute all grant prospecting, writing and reporting.  Maintain and utilize the donor database to execute the annual fundraising plan including major gifts solicitation and stewardship.  Work with partners who support AoC’s fundraising.  Over three years, build AoC’s fundraising program to raise $300 K annually.
  1. Budgeting, Accounting, and Finance – Work closely with the Program Director to manage cash, develop and adhere to an annual budget, and ensure that sound fiscal processes and procedures are established and maintained.  Work closely with the Finance Committee of the board to develop annual program-specific and organizational budgets – and report actual expenditures at board meetings.
  1. Communication and Partnerships – Work closely with the Program Director to ensure that AoC’s success story is shared with donors, partners, and the public.  Ensure that AoC’s partnerships are proactively supported and mutually beneficial.  Ensure the AoC web site is a positive reflection of the organization.  Produce the quarterly newsletter and the annual report.   Use social media to promote AoC.  Communicate effectively with all stakeholders.

AoC Executive Director Qualifications:  Minimum five years of experience as an Executive Director or Program Manager.  Additional experience required in the following:  Fundraising, Grant-writing, Finance and Budgeting, Communications and Marketing.

Previous work experience with organizations that focus on education, health or the environment, community building, primates or animals is a plus.  Appreciation for the complexities of working in Africa is a must.

The candidate must be a self-starter who is able to work independently with a remote organization and a remote board.  The person in this position will help develop the strategy as well as execute the tactics.  There are no direct reports to the Executive Director position.

Our ideal candidate wants to play a key role in influencing the future and success of a small, high-impact organization in Rwanda.

AoC Executive Director Position Details

Position is Full Time, located in the United States

Salary to be negotiated based on experience

Interested parties please email your CV and cover letter with salary requirements to Julie Ghrist, Founder and Director, AoC  ([email protected])



Art of Conservation has the following volunteer opportunities available:

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Art of Conservation is currently accepting applications for short-term and medium-term volunteer placements. To apply, please send your resume and a completed Volunteer Application to [email protected]

Please click here for the Volunteer Application.

Thank you for your interest.

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