Chief Executive Officer

Washington, DC or Remote (US)

The Role

As it celebrates 20 years of impact, GlobalGiving is seeking their next CEO. This is an unrivaled opportunity to take the reins of an innovative organization that is transforming the field of international development through community led-giving. GlobalGiving’s ability to innovate at scale is underpinned by its financially self-sustaining business model. The next CEO will be charged with evolving the organization's structures and processes as it matures and continuing to scale its impact.

Reporting to the board of directors and based in Washington, D.C., with offices in the UK and China, the CEO will oversee an engaged staff of 80 (and growing). This includes a management team with experience that spans the technology, international development, financial services, and nonprofit sectors. GlobalGiving’s current operating budget is $15 million and last year they facilitated more than $95 million in donations from individuals and companies to support nearly 9,000 projects in 168 countries. The new Chief Executive Officer will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for GlobalGiving’s staff, programs, finances, future strategy development and fulfillment of its mission.

The CEO must be able to shape and successfully implement innovative and visionary strategies and models, managing change as necessary to meet the demands of a continuously evolving environment. The CEO will work with the Board and staff to drive the long-term strategy and further unleash the organization’s potential, looking for ways for GlobalGiving to be a more visible market innovator and continue to scale its impact. They will identify and lead strategic opportunities—partnerships, collaborations, business deals, grants/investments—that increase the platform’s reach and impact.

The CEO will be an open, dynamic and inspirational leader to the staff, driving strategic focus to ensure all staff are clear on how their specific roles contribute to the wider strategic context. Sustaining internal inspiration and creating alignment across the organization as it grows is critical. They will cultivate and develop a highly effective leadership team, helping to unleash their full potential. It’s critical that the next CEO embrace and exemplify GlobalGiving’s core values and maintain a strong organizational culture that motivates the team to deliver its best.

The next CEO will also continue to raise the organization’s visibility, building the brand and reputation as a sector leader and trusted partner among players driving resources to community-led nonprofits globally. They will serve as the primary public face and key spokesperson for GlobalGiving, representing the organization with credibility and enthusiasm, leveraging its strong brand and clearly communicating its vision and value proposition to diverse stakeholder audiences.

Candidate Profile

The CEO will be an experienced and dynamic captain who has led an organization of similar scale and complexity through periods of growth and maturation. They should be impatient to transform the effectiveness of aid and philanthropy to eliminate the systemic barriers hindering bottom-up change. They should be a storyteller and visionary who is passionate about the potential of leveraging technology platforms for social impact. This leader will bring a global perspective and a keen belief in and commitment to community-led change, and to GlobalGiving leading by example in this area. The successful candidate will be an action-oriented, entrepreneurial and adaptable leader who will motivate and support GlobalGiving’s next phase of growth and development. The ideal candidate has the business acumen and nuanced understanding of change management to move a successful and healthy organization to a higher level of impact by building on what’s working, scanning the horizon for what lies ahead and managing the right level of risk, all without sacrificing the values-driven culture.

The successful candidate will be versatile: a servant leader who inspires, invests in, and empowers the team and develops followership– but also decisive and able to make hard decisions, while ensuring a transparent style that brings the team along. This is a leader who will set direction, help the team prioritize and focus on what matters, and then ensure they have the resources and support to execute. They will be an outstanding leader of people with very high organizational and interpersonal EQ and excellent communication and listening skills who is open, approachable and readily engenders trust. They must be committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment that is collaborative and enfranchising.

The CEO is the external face of the organization. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are required to be an effective and inspiring public-facing advocate for the organization. A high level of emotional intelligence, diplomacy and impeccable relationship-building skills will allow the CEO to easily and comfortably engage with a wide variety of audiences around the world, be they grassroots community leaders or Fortune 500 executives. The CEO will also leverage and support the external facing roles of others in the organization, understanding that every interaction with donors, nonprofit leaders, corporate representatives and government officials is an opportunity to transform the system of aid and philanthropy. The role requires someone who is a natural storyteller and influencer. Equally important is humility in recognizing that in this work, the world’s greatest experts are GlobalGiving’s community partners.

In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:

Mission and Strategy Alignment

  • Deep and demonstrated belief in the promise of community-led change, and an orientation towards empowering the people closest to a problem or opportunity (both nonprofit partners and staff).
  • Ability to balance (and help staff balance) the tension between being customer-centric and community-led.

Knowledge and Experience

  • CEO experience or GM/P&L/people leadership at similar or greater scale is important.
  • Track record of leading an organization through critical inflection points.
  • Strategic and operational chops drawn from wide-ranging professional experience -- ideally at the intersection of social enterprise, international development/philanthropy, and tech -- would be considered ideal.
  • Experience with business development, fundraising, or running a revenue generating social enterprise, along with the financial acumen to oversee a complex P&L, is important
  • Experience leading a tech-enabled organization. Demonstrated capability to manage and further develop GlobalGiving’s complex platform.
  • Brings global experience (beyond the U.S.) and a global perspective to their work.

Setting Strategy

  • An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the industry.
  • Demonstrated record of setting operational priorities; a strategic thinker who will be capable of partnering to refine and implement an operational vision, framework, and culture that has the potential to forge a lasting legacy of impact.

Executing for Results

  • The ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the organization to improved performance; tenacious and accountable in driving results.
  • A decisive leader who will help move the organization forward while balancing multiple perspectives and bringing the team along.
  • A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in their approach to making decisions; the ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always taking into account what is best for the organization.
  • Experience managing investments in core organizational functions while evolving structures and systems that allow for increased customer, partner and staff satisfaction and impact.

Leading Teams

  • The ability to attract and retain top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; widely viewed as a strong developer of others.
  • The ability to persevere in the face of challenges, and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to high standards, which inspires respect from others
  • A leader who is self-reflective and aware of their own limitations; leads by example and drives the organization's performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and selfimprovement.

Relationship and Influence

  • Naturally connects and builds strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • An ability to inspire trust and followership in others through compelling influence, powerful charisma, passion in their beliefs, and active drive.
  • Encouragement of others to share the spotlight and visibly celebrates and supports the success of the team.
  • Authenticity, diplomacy, flexibility, warmth, sensitivity, drive, passion, and determination.
  • Exceptional communication and external representational skills, including as a public speaker and communicator.
  • An ability to be equally at ease with leaders of grass-roots social change organizations in countries around the world as with foundation leaders, business executives and international development professionals is critical to success in this role.
  • Multi-constituency sensitivity and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Contact Information

Kate Nihill
Russell Reynolds Associates
277 Park Avenue, Suite 3800
New York, NY 10172
Direct: +1 (212) 351-2537
Mobile: +1 (617) 335-0258

Nada C. Usina
Russell Reynolds Associates
2 Alhambra Plaza, Suite 660
Coral Gables, FL 33134-5202
Direct: +1 (212) 351-2182
Mobile: +1 (469) 441-7089

In efforts to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, GlobalGiving requires all employees to adhere to the GlobalGiving Vaccination Mandate policy upon their start date. New employees will be required to be fully vaccinated upon their start date, if expected to work from the office. New employees working remotely who will have occasional contact with the office and/or co-workers will also be required to be fully vaccinated.

Applicants must reside in the United States. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have legal authorization to work in the United States for the duration of the position. GlobalGiving does not sponsor employment visas.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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