Job Description: CEO

Title: CEO

Reports to: The Board of Trustees

Salary: Commensurate with candidate’s skill and experience

Based: Preferably London, UK (with international travel required)

Deadline for applications: 21 February 2020

This is an exciting opportunity for a UK/Europe-based senior executive to lead an innovative organisation at a critical time of growth and development.

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The organisation

The Resource Alliance was formed in 1981 to become the steward, strategist and creative force behind the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) — the world’s largest, most diverse conference of fundraisers and changemakers.

Today, with the help of our regional partners and volunteer network, the Resource Alliance curates and delivers an integrated series of global conferences, local immersion experiences, and online knowledge exchange platforms that are raising the skills and enhancing collaboration of nonprofits and civil society organisations of every size and type around the world.

The Resource Alliance has an ambitious agenda to serve as a social impact accelerator for organisations that are committed to building a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

Read our Manifesto.


It’s hard to exaggerate the unprecedented pace of change that we are all facing.

How we operate now requires greater flexibility and adaptability. Simply put, things are changing fast, new innovations are constantly being introduced and things have become too interdependent for a top-down approach.

In this age of volatility, uncertainty and complexity, the foundation of business has changed and therefore so must our approach to leadership.

Whilst we will require some traditional aspects of management to run a robust organisation, we need to shift our leadership to one that can respond constructively and harness the velocity of change, diversity of participation and volume of interaction.

The role

The CEO of the Resource Alliance requires a truly unique combination of passion, vision and practical ability.

The ideal candidate will be business savvy, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and a strong network in the social impact community.

The CEO will have primary responsibility for operationalising the organisations strategy; providing leadership to leverage the talents of our team and our global volunteer community to the greatest possible effect; and ensuring the organisation has the tools, talent, and resources required to achieve our ambitious goals.

The CEO will also be the primary steward of the Resource Alliance’s financial stability by ensuring the organisation is well managed and supported through a diversified portfolio of funding sources.

Finally, the CEO will embody the voice, spirit and values of the organisation.

Primary responsibilities

Example responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Operationalise the organisation’s strategy.
  • Ensure revenue growth is achieved in a responsible manner; both organically and by building relationships and credibility with investors to provide necessary resources to fund and grow the Resource Alliance.
  • Working with the team and stakeholders to satisfy our community’s needs, develop and nurture new and existing audiences, partnerships, strategic alliances, and other opportunities.
  • Be the face and primary spokesperson for the Resource Alliance, ensuring that the organisation is well positioned externally.
  • Provide high-level strategic and tactical leadership to the Board and the team.
  • Provide vision and leadership that attracts willing partners and collaborators for joint action to achieve our Manifesto.
  • Motivate a high performance, innovative and results-driven organisation. Support the next-generation of leaders as they develop critical strategies and tactics, lead action teams to bring them to life.
  • Set the right tone and develop a culture of innovation.
  • Increase the volume and variation of input by generating diversity of thought, unlock the power and wisdom of our community; encourage participation and meaningful collaboration.
  • Forge cohesive teams and choreograph/shape an ecosystem of inter-linked complementary products and services.
  • Ensure the organisation complies with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements and, where appropriate, best practices.

Essential skills

  • Track record of building innovative, creative, and collaborative teams
  • Demonstrate a proven track record of success
  • Excellent leadership, negotiation, management and interpersonal skills
  • Agile decision-making
  • Extensive experience in strategic resource development and investor relationships
  • Experience in the sector and demonstrable understanding of the challenges of civil society and social impact organisations
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Solid understanding of financial management
  • Understanding of governance

Attributes of all Resource Alliance team members

Every member of the Resource Alliance team must demonstrate an abiding commitment to fulfil the mission of Resource Alliance and uphold the organisations values in everything they do:

  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and individual development
  • Emotionally and commercially astute and thrives as a member of a collaborative team
  • Self-motivated and willing to take the initiative
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Passion for excellence
  • Creative thinker with an ability to overcome challenges and develop practical solutions.

Outline of hiring process

Please submit your CV and a cover letter addressing the unique contribution you could make to our cherished organisation and community.

All applicants should send their materials to Bill Toliver, Board Chair, via email at bill@resource-alliance.org no later than 21 February 2020.

  • Candidate submissions: Jan 22 through Feb 21
  • Candidate interviews: Feb 24 through March 13
  • Final candidate interviews: March 20 (board meeting)
  • Offer/negotiations: March 20 through March 27
  • Acceptance: March 31
  • Announcement: TBD

Questions and clarifications

If you have any questions about the position or the organisation, please contact Bill Toliver, Board Chair, via email at bill@resource-alliance.org and you will receive a response within 48 hours.

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