The Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) has an exciting opportunity available for the Executive Director position in Seattle, Washington. The Executive Director reports directly to the ACAP Board of Directors and has strategic and operational responsibility for the ACAP program, including, on-site direction of the Summer Residency Program, fundraising, and other tasks needed to fulfill the mission.
The Executive Director brings expertise and guidance across a range of business-critical areas including operations management, student outreach and recruitment, grant writing and revenue management, and strategic business development.
ACAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and this position requires strong attention to detail to maintain our exempt status and achieve our mission. The Executive Director is responsible for:
• Budget management, including the ability to manage and mitigate across variance revenue streams
• Brand elevation, increasing ACAP’s presence and name recognition by being a credible and compelling advocate for the organization
• Scheduling and facilitating monthly Board of Directors meetings
• Organizing and scheduling activities for the one-week Summer Residency Program. Activities include, but are not limited to, the following: Recruiting Residency Week applicants, negotiating contracts for services, leading a systematic student selection process, training and managing program counselors, coordinating various guest speakers, organizing student activities (e.g. BBQ, movie night, ropes course), and coordinating tours with accounting firms and other locations.
Student Outreach & Recruitment
• Working year-round with high school counselors, teachers and staff to recruit students for the ACAP Summer Residency Program by distributing applications and promotional materials and attending high school career fairs / visits.
• Promulgating ACAP mission with alumni base by coordinating events such as an ACAP holiday party and summer residency banquet.
Grant Writing and Revenue Management
• Managing, maintaining, and developing ACAP’s business plan which is comprised of corporate and individual sponsorships and grants. This includes writing and submitting grant applications, filing grant reports, and identifying new opportunities.
• Managing corporate and individual sponsorships. This includes developing and maintaining relationships, periodic communication of ACAP events, and participating in the Seattle marketplace.
Strategic Business Development
The Executive Director will identify and pursue opportunities to expand the resources available to ACAP. The position is responsible for ensuring the long-term financial viability of ACAP by promoting a culture of disciplined growth with explicit priorities and strategic management of financial resrouces. This requires:
• Understanding our existing funding base and maintaining close relationships with donors
• Promoting and maintaining program excellence, including quality of finance and administration as well as program delivery to our students
• Cultivating enduring relationships with funders, partners, high schools and universities, the WSCPA, and the accounting profession marketplace
• Representing ACAP to Puget Sound Area businesses by attending business association meetings (e.g. NABA, ALPFA, etc.), and soliciting support (e.g. donations, internships) from community supporters.
The ideal candidate will be a proactive problem-solver, persuasive writer, communicator, and a good listener. S/he will have background or knowledge of accounting or general business (BS or BA in a related field or relevant equivalent experience), a passion for helping others, be self-motivated, be comfortable around teenagers and have an interest in longevity in the position. S/he will have the humility to lead (and follow) and wear many hats. Outstanding financial acumen and discipline are a must.
Specifically, applicants should demonstrate the following qualifications:
• Management experience, including program leadership and very strong interpersonal skills;
• Experience in developing budgets and managing financial resources to achieve organizational goals;
• Proven track record of successfully acquiring grant funding;
• Experience with nonprofit leadership, including board development, governance, and financial oversight; and
• Background in nonprofit administration or business management.
The position allows for work schedule flexibility and a signifcant amount of the tasks may be completed from home, but also has a seasonality aspect. Expectations for the workweek are an average of 20 hours per week during the year, and 40+ hours during an approximate two-week period in the month of August for the Summer Residency Program week. Annual salary is $18,000 to $25,000 DOE.
Please email your resume and brief letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Executive Director Application” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The mission of ACAP is to increase the understanding of accounting and business career opportunities among high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups. For additional information , please refer to the ACAP website at www.seattleacap.org