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Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Ike Foundation for  Autism (IFA) staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans. S/he is the public face of IFA. 


2. Responsibilities 

Leadership & Management:

• Ensure on-going local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals of IFA

• Actively engage and energize IFA employees, volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders

• Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both on-going local operations as well as for the national rollout

• Lead, coach, develop, and retain IFA  high-performance senior management team Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents 


3. Fundraising & Communications: 

• Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support and expand existing program operations and while simultaneously developing pipelines of new operations

• Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand

• Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities 


4. Planning & New Business: 

• Design the national expansion and complete the strategic business planning process for the program expansion into new markets

• Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders at each expansion site

• Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of IFA autism programs as model for national replication  


5. Qualification:

The Director will be thoroughly committed to IFA's mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

• Advanced degree,  preferably an MBA or MSc, with at least 5 years of senior management experience in similar position; track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth

• Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation

• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget

• Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships

• Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

• Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills

• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning

• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

• Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.


6. Salary:

Commensurate with Experience, and Competitive




Job Level

Executive (Director/CEO/CFO/COO)




NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years