Executive Director - Legacy Decatur

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Decatur, Georgia
Part-time, averaging 20 hours per week at $700 - $800 weekly.
Oct 01, 2020
Oct 30, 2020
Position Type
Part Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

Founded as the Decatur Legacy Project in 2015 to facilitate the planning, community engagement, and fundraising efforts associated with the city’s 2023 bicentennial celebrations, Legacy Decatur has since broadened its ambitions and, with them, its focus. Today, the organization cultivates a broadly-defined, tangible legacy for future generations — reinforcing community values through partnerships and programs that support the City of Decatur.

To those ends, Legacy Decatur organizes its priorities around the city’s strategic goals, particularly as they relate to long-term housing affordability, community building, and environmental sustainability. Of particular interest is the City’s 77-acre Legacy Park, a former United Methodist Children’s Home, where implementation of the property’s master plan constitutes Legacy Decatur’s principle interest.

The board consists of eleven members encompassing a mix of City of Decatur elected officials, City staff, and committed residents. 

The first Executive Director of Legacy Decatur will be responsible for shaping and building the organization in alignment with the board’s vision and policies. This position is responsible for administration, finance, organizational operations, staffing, fundraising, programs, and public relations. The Executive Director has significant autonomy in performing key duties, with general oversight from the Board of Directors. 

Essential functions include: 

Working with the board to fulfil Legacy Decatur’s mission. Ensuring program implementation, in accordance with board and funder plans. Providing staff support to the board of directors. Serving as ex officio member of each committee. Administering contracts, including a management agreement with the City of Decatur. Ensuring financial performance, accountability and viability, including the implementation of accurate and transparent accounting procedures, and meeting auditing, tax and registration requirements.   Leading fundraising and grant management efforts to ensure sufficient resources to meet the organization’s mission. Ensuring compliance with funder and donor requirements. Managing all aspects of recruitment, supervision and retention of staff and contractors and all aspects of recruitment, training and retention of volunteers. Enhancing Legacy Decatur’s external relationships by developing and nurturing relationships with partners and serving as the liaison with the City of Decatur. Serving as the public face of the organization.

Minimum qualifications include: An action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning with a minimum of 10 years of senior management experience within a government, nonprofit or association entity; prior experience reporting to a board of directors preferred. Bachelors degree in a related field; a graduate degree in public administration, management, planning or related field preferred. A deep understanding of the City of Decatur’s civic, business and government sectors, and a proven ability to build partnerships across these sectors. A proved ability to design and implement programs with a strong commitment to equity, inclusion, and sustainability. A general understanding of human resources, accounting, board relations and nonprofit management. Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures. A persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent written, oral and interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills with the ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people. 

Legacy Decatur maintains a healthy work environment free from harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender identity or expression, or political affiliation.


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