Executive Directtor

American Humanist Association
Washington D.C.
$120,000 - $140,000
Feb 08, 2021
Mar 10, 2021
Focus Areas
Associations / Union
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
50 - 75%
Experience Level

PNP Staffing Group is proud to have been retained by the American Humanist Association to lead their search for an Executive Director.

The American Humanist Association (AHA) has stood as the voice of humanism in the United States for more than 70 years.

Organization Overview
AHA strives to bring about a progressive society where being good without supernatural assumptions is an accepted way to live a good life. We accomplish this through our defense of civil liberties and secular governance, by our outreach to the growing number of people without traditional religious faith, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview centering the fundamental worth of every human being.

Humanism encompasses a variety of nontheistic views (atheism, agnosticism, rationalism, naturalism, secularism, and so forth) while adding the important element of a comprehensive worldview and set of ethical values---values that are grounded in the philosophy of the Enlightenment, informed by scientific knowledge, and driven by a desire to meet the needs of people in the here and now.

The AHA is a non-profit membership organization with an annual budget of $2-2.5 million, a paid staff of 18, and a network of almost 250 chapters and affiliates nationwide. Core programs include legal work, advocacy, social justice, education and grassroots.

Position Summary
The AHA is seeking a visionary Executive Director with a track record of non-profit leadership, and a demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice community building. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overall strategic and operational leadership of a national non-profit including building awareness of humanism, defining the organization's strategic direction, ensuring adequate resources are in place to support the mission, and leading the staff.


  1. Drive AHA's mission, vision, and strategy: Work with the board to provide strategic direction, guide the staff in linking strategy to specific programs and projects, with big picture, bold, strategic thinking
  2. Lead and supervise in a collaborative fashion, with a focus on transparency and accountability in decisionmaking
  3. Oversee recruitment of a diverse and inclusive staff, work with directors to develop department work plans, evaluate performance of direct-report staff members
  4. Lead the AHA's transition to a truly equitable and just workplace, ensuring fair hiring, promotion, salary and workload policies and a culturally responsive climate
  5. Act as primary spokesperson and the "face of the AHA
  6. Develop a comprehensive communications plan: Work with the staff to formulate messaging and deliver captivating content through social and earned media
  7. Lead and coordinate fundraising efforts to ensure adequate resources to implement mission: Work with development staff and board on overall funding strategies; create relationships with and communicate with current funders, especially cultivation of major donors; help identify new prospects for funding
  8. Broaden membership and supporter base, reaching out to underrepresented communities within our movement to develop innovative, culturally responsive programming, initiatives, and policies utilizing the input of historically underrepresented communities
  9. Cultivate relationships and deepen the AHA's network: Engage in meaningful and regular communications with current members; identify needs and opportunities to support programs of chapters, alliances and affiliate organizations; collaborate on mobilization tactics; recruit new organizational members
  10. Engage with the board, regularly update board members on AHA activities, challenges, and opportunities
  11. Oversee affiliate organizations, especially the Center for Freethought Equality, the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, and the Humanist Society


  1. Passionate commitment to the humanist life stance; to supporting the flourishing of local humanist groups; and to formulating rational, compassionate responses to theistic and/or unsubstantiated claims of public officials and thought leaders
  2. Strong team leadership style and proven ability to effectively manage supervisory, mentoring, partnering and collaborative relationships with staff, volunteers, board members, donors and supporters, government and elected officials, and leaders of peer organizations
  3. Sense of humor, creativity, patience, and entrepreneurial drive
  4. Compelling writing and inspirational speaking skills
  5. Proven experience in social justice community building and outreach, including racial equity, LGBTQ rights, anti-racist/intersectional feminism, and youth leadership development
  6. Lived experience and proven skills centering communities of color traditionally at the margins of secular organizations and society
  7. Strong philosophy of stewardship with a clear vision and plan for AHA's financial sustainability and growth
  8. Commitment to the AHA Strategic Priorities and the ability to accomplish the AHA Strategic Implementation Goals
  9. Proven ability to broaden the base of support of the AHA through equity, diversity and inclusion with regard to both staff and membership
  10. Proven fundraising ability, especially the cultivation of major donors
  11. Willingness to acquire and maintain up-to-date technical skills and the ability to effectively utilize them across a broad scope of electronic media

Education and Experience Required

  1. A relevant advanced degree or equivalent professional experience
  2. At least 10 years of non-profit experience or the equivalent
  3. Significant staff supervisory experience

ADA/EEO Statement:

Persons with mental and physical disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) are eligible for this position as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodations are made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible for this position.
American Humanist Association provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, genetic information, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, marital status, citizenship status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

Salary and Benefits

The AHA offers good benefits, including full health insurance, a generous leave program, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan that includes a partial match.

Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Wade Savitt, Executive Recruiter with PNP Staffing Group. wsavitt@pnpstaffinggroup.com