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Executive Director

Administrative | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description


Changing Perceptions is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping returning citizens reach their full potential personally and professionally.  We work to create a family-like atmosphere of support and love, while also creating a culture that expects hard work, professionalism, and excellence.  The goal of the Changing Perceptions program is to build emotional intelligence and resiliency and teach entrepreneurial and business skills that create an ownership mentality in participants, allowing them to launch businesses or acquire employment that will lead to living wage careers as well as become community and family leaders.

Specifically, Changing Perceptions works with cohorts of 12-15 individuals across a six month period, teaching basic business and entrepreneurial skills, with the ultimate goal of supporting life stabilization and economic opportunity, either through a full-time job leading to a career or in starting one’s own business.

Changing Perceptions currently has a government partnership through the Aspire program with the goals that are outlined above, but the way in which the program is deployed can be reimagined into whatever is most effective.  The Executive Director will be responsible for finalizing this strategic plan, ensuring its effective delivery, and, ultimately, ensure positive outcomes for all participants. 


The Executive Director is responsible for vision, strategy, and execution of the organization’s mission.  Success in this role requires a deep commitment to the mission of Changing Perceptions, the ability to be a strategic thinker, create and sustain organizational partnerships, and manage day to day operations and staff.  There is a significant administrative component to the role.

Responsibilities include:

  • Program leadership- Ensure high-quality programming and teaching is taking place along with life stabilization support from the Navigators.
  • Administrative management- Handling the day-to-day operations and business functions
  • Strategy and vision- Develop and execute on the long-term vision of the organization.
  • Staff management- Ultimate management responsibility for all staff members.
  • Organizational partnership lead- Maintain and grow relationships with government, corporate, non-profit, and foundation partners.
  • Fundraising- Lead fundraising strategy for the organization
  • Financial Performance and Viability - Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the organization, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization as well as on-going fiscal management.
  • Board Governance - Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Community Relations – Responsible for the enhancement of Changing Perception’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.  Serves as the primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
  • Ensuring everything comes together- At a small, lean organization “hustle” is required to make sure everything works.  The ED must ensure we support participants effectively no matter what.



  • Ability to create a positive, close-knit, family-like culture of accountability and action
  • Understanding of returning citizens and challenges they face, ideally from personal experience
  • Administrative and programmatic excellence- Ensure well thought out program and its execution
  • Willingness to work in evolving environment at small organization, taking a leadership role in creating the culture and growth of the organization
  • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience with a track record of transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong public speaking ability