President & CEO Position Description

Our Legacy and Mission: 

Inspired by President John F. Kennedy, Partners of the Americas (Partners) was founded over 50 years ago as the people-to-people component of the Alliance for Progress. At Partners, our unique approach based on volunteerism brings together the right mix of players – local leaders, development professionals, governments, businesses, and higher education institutions from across the Americas – in order to match resources, knowledge and passion with need. We are guided by the belief that if solutions are to have lasting impact, local individuals and organizations must be equal partners who are actively engaged in the development process and not merely recipients of outside resources and aid. By connecting local organizations to broader funding opportunities and empowering citizens to become agents of change, together we develop lasting solutions to our hemisphere’s toughest challenges.

The Position: 

Partners is seeking an entrepreneurial, visionary leader who can thoughtfully and collaboratively guide and grow our organization. The President and Chief Executive Officer oversees the organization’s portfolio of development and exchange programs as well as a network of 4,500 chapter members, individuals, and organizations throughout the Americas. In the dual role of both President and CEO of Partners, key responsibilities include fundraising, financial oversight, cultivating strategic partnerships, and leading the vision and mission of the organization. In addition, the President and CEO manages  a team of over 30 staff in Washington, DC and oversee strategic consultants and field office personnel across Latin America and the Caribbean. The President and CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Assures that the organization follows a long-term strategy that will achieve its mission and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  • Provides leadership in developing strategic, programmatic, organizational, and financial plans with the Board and staff, and in carrying out plans and policies authorized by the Board in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Develops and implement strategies to identify and secure new sources of revenue for Partners based on organizational priorities.
  • Builds strategic alliances and partnerships across the spectrum of Partners’ audiences/stakeholders in order to grow new business opportunities for the organization.


  • Leads the implementation of the 2016 – 2018 Strategic Plan.
  • Leads the execution of Partners’ federally and privately funded programs under the organization’s jurisdiction.
  • Leads the execution of other projects/programs authorized by the Board of Directors.
  • Supervises performance and deliverables of key personnel, including Vice Presidents and Senior Directors.

Financial Management

  • Maintains a transparent and accountable organization which includes regular financial reporting to the Board, operating within approved budget scenarios, maintaining a strong financial pipeline of opportunities, and fully maximizing resources.
  • Institutionalizes policies, practices, and organizational oversight that assure budget accountability across the organization.

External Relations

  • Serves as the principal spokesperson and actively promote Partners’ brand through leadership publications, events, and professional forums in order to inform our primary stakeholders (donors, members, policymakers, government agencies, non-profits, higher education institutions) about the purpose and impact of the organization.
  • Establishes sound working relationships with key stakeholders, including members of government agencies, the community, local businesses, and elected officials, e.g. Mayors and legislators.
  • Represents the mission, vision, goals, and policies of Partners with the organization’s member network as well as with collaborators from various government agencies, businesses, media, and the general public.

Organization Management

  • Supports the operation and administration of the Board.
  • Be a dynamic and engaging team builder and empowering manager.
  • Be an inclusive motivational leader to nurture staff growth, and promote high performance and accountability.
  • Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices to manage annual budget of $10 – $12 million.
  • Works with staff, the Board and its Finance Committee in preparing budgets at appropriate intervals.
  • Oversees compliance with federal, state and local policies and regulations.
  • Designs and evaluates organizational structure and talent requirements in order to maximize quality and efficiency.
  • Champions an organizational culture that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse, highly qualified staff to execute the organization’s mission.
  • Assesses and guides communications strategies, while overseeing and protecting existing and new investments in digital tools and properties.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience across the public, private, and non-profit sectors with at least eight years of senior non-profit management experience.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and a record of achievement and accountability.
  • Unquestioned integrity/ethics.
  • Proven track record of securing private and public funding unique to the social impact, non-profit sector.
  • Direct experience in sound financial management, especially related to US government contracting.
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation.
  • Strong track record of innovative, inclusive, and transparent leadership.
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills with a strong comfort in engaging directly with diverse groups of stakeholders including donors and volunteers.
  • Solid, hands-on experience managing budgets of $10M+, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and working with a non-profit governing board.
  • Successful leadership and supervisory experience.
  • Ability to convey Partners’ vision and mission in a clear and convincing manner.
  • Proven success in conceiving and developing strategic alliances, institutional linkages, and people-to-people programs and exchanges.
  • Thorough understanding and experience of living and working in the Americas, and a clear understanding of the process of grassroots development in the hemisphere.
  • Strong organizational skills including planning and delegating tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple “hats”, as will be required in the dual-role of President and CEO.
  • While stationed in Partners’ International Office in Washington, DC, must be willing to travel frequently, both domestically and internationally.
  • Fluency in English and ability to communicate effectively in Spanish (Portuguese a plus). 

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

To Apply: Submit Cover Letter, Resume/CV, and Capabilities Statement with the subject line “Applying for President & CEO Position” to:

To Nominate a Candidate: Please send a note including the nominee’s name, contact information, and qualifications with the subject line “Potential Candidate for President & CEO Position” to

Applications accepted through March 1, 2017. Only final candidates will be contacted. No phone calls allowed.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

**All applications will be kept confidential**