Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter

Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 31, 2018
Sep 14, 2018
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), Georgia
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), Georgia Chapter is seeking an energetic, 

Nonprofit professional to serve as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO)The mission of the Lupus Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Lupus is also a disease of flares and remissions. Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life. Our research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus; the actual number may be higher, however, there have been no large-scale studies to show the actual number of people in the U.S. living with lupus. It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age; however, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too. Women of color are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus. People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus.

POSITION OVERVIEWThe successful candidate will have the following credentials, skills and attributes:

·      Bachelor's Degree (Master’s preferred)

·      A minimum of 5 years of successful nonprofit management leadership

·      Significant fundraising experience and accomplishments

·      Experience leading a volunteer Board of Directors

·      Budgeting and financial acumen

·      An entrepreneurial skill set

·      A passion to make a difference

The Chief Executive Officer of the Lupus Foundation of America, GeorgiaChapter, is responsible for the overall operational management of the chapter, including fundraising/development, human resources, strategic planning, programs, finance, communications, and advancing the mission. The CEO reports to the Board of Directors. 


Vision and Planning

·  Articulates Chapter’s vision, enabling others to see where the organization is going and how will get there

·  Provides professional leadership to sustain a mission-driven organization

·  Assumes the initiative, in partnership with the Board of Directors, to define the organization's long-term goals and strategic focus

·  Develops and implements annual operating plans and corresponding budgets to achieve results

·  Proposes organizational goals and objectives for each fiscal year

·  Monitors and reports on achievement of goals

·  Works in partnership with the National Office to embrace LFA's research program, patient education, awareness, and advocacy programs and initiatives; as well as collaborate on all aspects of capacity building and organizational development essential to enhancing the Chapter's capacity to have a significant, positive impact on people affected by lupus

Fund Development

·      Provides overall leadership in fund development and all categories of fundraising, including grants, individual contributions, foundation and corporate giving, special events, membership

·      Establishes and implements an annual fund development plan with fundraising goals, strategies, action items, timelines, and assigned responsibilities

·      Participates directly in fundraising activities, including identifying and meeting with donors and prospective donors to generate support

·      Monitors and regularly reports on fundraising accomplishments and future action plans

·      Provides direction and supports board member involvement in fund development activities, including identification and solicitation of donors and involvement in special events

Management Skills and Abilities

·      Provides leadership and internal direction to ensure the effective management of the Chapter

·      Implements strategic plans and annual operating plans

·      Develops an effective management information system to track progress towards achievement of goals, evaluate results, and help make informed planning decisions for the future

·      Ensures necessary reports and accurate records are kept

·      Accepts ultimate responsibility for the Chapter's compliance with all agreements and contracts

·      Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communications skills

Fiscal Management

·  Prepares a balanced annual budget

·  Monitors the budget and reports regularly to the Board of Directors

·  Provides other reports, as needed and appropriate, to keep the board informed on the fiscal health of the organization

·  Ensures that fiscal management complies with all legal and grant requirements, and is in keeping with sound financial practices of the nonprofit community

·  Displays good judgment in business transactions

Relationship with Board of Directors

·  Works in partnership with the Board to set and accomplish the organization's mission

·  Works in partnership with the Board in identifying and cultivating community leaders for board membership and financial resources

·  Recommends to the Board improvements to policies and procedures

·  Makes sound recommendations for Board action

·  Facilitates the decision-making process for the boar

·  Assists Board and committees with the periodic review of agency policies

·  Keeps board informed of organizational activities, progress, opportunities, and challenges

·  Provides timely reports of organizational operations

·  Receptive to Board member ideas and suggestions

Program Oversight

·  Conducts strategic planning in partnership with Board and develops annual program plans to further the organization’s mission; implements plan accordingly

·  Assesses the needs of the organization, its clients and other constituencies

·  Manages programs to ensure the achievement of goals

·  Develops and implements methods for program evaluation

·  Reports progress to key audiences

Human Resources and Volunteer management

·  Provides overall management to staff and volunteers, including human resources policies, affirmative action policies, record keeping, legal compliance, selection of staff, organizational design, job design, compensation, motivation, supervision, performance appraisal system, career and professional development, diversity and inclusion and employee relations

·  Understands and articulates the value of volunteers to the organization

·  Creates an organizational environment in which volunteers feel valued and recognized for their contribution

·  Proposes the staff strategy for the organization

·  Oversees adherence to effectiveness of staff

·  Evaluates and recommends the need for staff positions

·  Develops written job descriptions and sets expectations for employee performance 

Community Relations

·  Provide leadership to build and maintain strong and positive relationship with community groups and organizations, government agencies, funders, corporate supporters and other stakeholders in the Chapter’s future

·  Sensitive and responsive to the increasing cultural diversity

·  Serves as the organization’s primary ambassador and spokesperson, actively promoting the Chapter and representing it in a positive and professional manner


·  Provides overall staff leadership in the areas of market research, market planning, development, promotion and public relations

·  Understands the organization’s markets and implements strategies to reach out to the perspective markets

·  Develop and maintain positive relationship with the media

·  Responsible for preparation of the annual report and other collateral material

·  Assures comprehensive unified marketing plan

Professional and Personal Attributes

·  A passion for with working with mission-driven organizations

·  Ability to translate goals into action in a cost-effective manner

·  An innovative and entrepreneurial self-starter who works well without direct supervision who can grow and strengthen a maturing organization

·  An individual with a firm understanding of current non-profit management principles anticipate and develop new funding for chapter activities

·  A creative thinker who can develop, communicate and implement a vision and a plan chapter’s growth

·  An individual who is both a strategic and tactical thinker, who can develop appropriate range plans for the Board’s approval and then execute appropriate programs

·  An individual who can effectively utilize Board member skills whole providing support

·  Excellent oral and written communication skills

·  A consensus-builder who can work with diverse individuals and groups to achieve the chapter’s mission and provide necessary programs and services


·  Established track record as a chief executive or senior staff member of a nonprofit

·Knowledge of and involvement in the volunteer health arena and current governance issues

·Demonstrated experience in identifying, soliciting, and cultivating donations from corporations and foundations

·Proven ability to provide leadership and inspiration to staff and volunteers

·Demonstrated excellence in communications and interpersonal skills

·Demonstrated positive track record in financial management

·Knowledge and experience in the application of current technologies and their nonprofit operational needs 

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The Lupus Foundation of America,Georgia Chapter, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify,suspend, delete, or depart from any and/or all parts of this position description, at any time. Nothing in this position description is intended to limit the chapter's rights in any manner.  

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