Global Dignity is currently recruiting for an Executive Director, to be based in New York City. This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial non-profit builder to connect bottom-up activities with top-down influence, creating a well-run, dynamic organization.

Please see below for the position description and details on how to apply.

Global Dignity, Executive Director


Global Dignity was founded to raise awareness of ‘dignity’ in our increasingly interconnected world – and to promote the mission that every person can and deserves to lead a dignified life. Eleven years ago, three Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum began an independent collaboration which evolved into Global Dignity, and they remain board members of the organization. There are currently over 60 countries that participate in Global Dignity Day with various countries managing activities including and beyond Global Dignity Day. The 10th Annual Global Dignity Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th 2016.


Global Dignity’s achievements to date include:

  • Over 50 Global Dignity Country Chairs who manage thousands of volunteers and reach thousands more high school students during Global Dignity Day
  • In 2015, Global Dignity Day reached more than 485,000 students


Global Dignity has the ambition to further increase the impact and scope of the Dignity Days. By 2020, Global Dignity aspires to:

  • Facilitate the Global Dignity program for 1 million people annually
  • Establish Country Chairs in 100 countries
  • Develop the concept further to reach new target audiences (successful pilots have already taken place in prisons and psychiatric institutions)


In order to continue this ambitious journey, the organization must be professionalized with a sustainable framework and a resourceful, autonomous international team to maximize program effectiveness and coordinate best practices between volunteer hubs.


The next phase is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial non-profit builder to connect bottom-up activities with top-down influence, creating a well-run, dynamic global organization. The Executive Director is responsible for leading Global Dignity into a phase of strategic growth through sustainable revenue generation and management, non-profit compliance, volunteer management, and creative partnership and program development. Keys to success will include expanding operations geographically, supporting the overall system, and developing new avenues of engagement for the program to come to life across countries. Leadership at the Executive Director level is necessary to fulfill and enhance our vision and produce effective results.
Thanks to a generous grant the salary for the Executive Director has been secured for two years. The position will be based out of New York City in a shared working environment at the offices of BBDO New York.




  • Hire, develop and act as a catalyst to lead and motivate new staff working at the International Office, Country Chairs, the Board of Directors and volunteers while creating excitement and energy around Global Dignity’s mission and annual Global Dignity Days
  • Lead the professionalization of Global Dignity through the establishment of a sustainable framework and a more resourceful, autonomous international team to maximize program effectiveness and coordinate best practices between Country Chairs
  • Further strengthen and expand the impact of the Global Dignity Vision: “Empower people with and through dignity”
  • Identify opportunities for growth; initiate new, original programs, projects, and partnerships
  • Understand and clearly articulate the mission of Global Dignity while cultivating a shared vision for the organization’s future development
  • Develop a results-driven work environment through the use of clear metrics to measure and demonstrate the success of the organization’s Dignity Day events, and the lasting impact they have on students


Fundraising and Development

  • Significantly grow revenue through individuals, foundations, and corporations to connect local programs to a global system and provide organizational best practices, communications, and content support to local offices
  • Publicize the activities and mission of the organization to private and public donors to secure additional funding for future programming, including cash and in-kind contributions
  • Foster relationships with current and potential donors, and pursue additional fundraising partnerships at the national and international level
  • Provide strategies to the Board for expanding fundraising efforts and increasing outgoing grant proposals to support ongoing operations and finance new operational initiatives
  • Create benchmarks for success; set clear goals and maintain a rubric or other metrics to measure, leverage and build Global Dignity programs for social impact and communicating the success of the organization
  • Establish and maintain donor management and tracking systems, including donor receipts, annual reports, grant reports, etc.


Community Relations/External Communications

  • The ED is responsible for non-profit governance and management including the ‘program sharing and evaluation hub’, global fundraising, and the central point of Country Chair and organizational partner global coordination
  • Identify key organizations to extend the mission and vision of Global Dignity
  • Promote ‘dignity’ through innovation and growth of Global Dignity’s programs and partnerships, particularly through Global Dignity Day
  • Along with the Board, serve as the public face of Global Dignity; position Global Dignity as a leader in the larger social justice community and beyond
  • Act as the organization’s key point of contact while encouraging and supporting the Global Dignity Board, international Country Chairs, volunteers, and stakeholders to build the organization’s presence and reputation through a variety of media and public engagement opportunities
  • Ensure that Global Dignity’s web and social media presence remains up-to-date and reflects the best practices of international social justice organizations
  • Engagement of web, digital, print and video communications


Volunteer Management/Internal Communications

  • Cultivate a positive, motivated, and collaborative workplace environment for Global Dignity
  • Be an effective liaison by fostering greater internal communication, engage with Global Dignity leadership team to identify growth opportunities, and communicate their ideas to Global Dignity Board
  • Facilitate Country Chair relationships to cross-pollinate best programs and practices
  • Strong organization and project management skills; proven ability to lead in a fast-paced, virtual global volunteer team without staff at start (managing business units or regional offices strongly preferred)
  • Use of technology to communicate and engage Global Dignity leadership team


Financial Management

  • Develop the annual budget for Global Dignity, report progress to the Board, while ensuring compliance with all financial reporting and audit guidelines
  • Implement organization’s business and revenue plans and cultivate new revenue streams


Board Governance

  • Work closely with Board members, leadership, and staff to increase Global Dignity’s success
  • Facilitate current and build future Board relations for overall effectiveness
  • Assist the Board of Directors in planning, identifying capacity gaps, and recruiting to ensure the continued and sustained leadership of a highly engaged Board


Non Profit Management

  • Establish and direct short-term and long-range planning and budget development to support strategic organizational goals
  • Establish and direct organizational operations to meet US non-profit reporting, legal and financial compliance
  • Harness relationship management and operational systems to support global infrastructure



Industry Experience

  • Deep passion for human rights, social justice, empathy, inclusion, and diversity
  • Experience in education, curriculum development, and/or youth leadership (teaching, administration, educational non-profit) highly preferred
  • Commitment to inspiring social change, solving systemic problems, and creating measurable impact
  • Proven ability to build and foster internal and external relationships with people from various
 cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Proven track record of fostering and supporting international cross-sector community collaboration with direct experience in chapter or membership structures preferred
  • Experience working remotely with extensive volunteer network preferred


Revenue, Fundraising and Development

  • Record of successful fundraising development (five to seven-figure gifts) with demonstrated donor management (presenting, closing, contracting, delivering) including individual, foundation and corporate support
  • Experience with international and national level funding partners highly preferred
  • Proven record of managing grants across multiple foundations with a variety of metrics
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize, plan, and execute fundraising activities
  • Events management experience and expertise, especially large-scale event planning across multiple sites, highly preferred
  • Experience cultivating donations through digital platforms (social media, web-site, crowdfunding, etc.) preferred


Community Engagement

  • History of building and maintaining community-based partnerships and collaborations
  • Experience developing a strong community presence with an ability to speak to a variety of diverse constituents and stakeholders, particularly within the social justice community
  • Experience as a spokesperson and a demonstrated ability to convene public events
  • An excellent writer and strong communicator through multiple modes and media, including digital
  • Capacity to harness partnerships, social media, and Global Dignity website to enhance mission/vision and grow partnerships and brand
  • Experience working and communicating across cultures and languages


Non-Profit Management

  • Minimum five years senior-level organizational leadership experience in a non-profit and/or community-based setting including direct supervision of at least 5 staff members and an operating budget of at least $1,000,000
  • Proven track record of successful, results-driven institutional advancement
  • History of effective program planning and the ability to implement strategic vision
  • Proven management and leadership skills with the ability to galvanize and build strong staff and volunteer teams as well as develop and mentor staff through leading by example
  • Experience playing multiple roles within the office environment simultaneously; with a willingness to engage and assist staff members and volunteers at all levels
  • Strong internal communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze program effectiveness using data and outcome models
  • Experience working with and developing a high-level, engaged, founding Board


Project Development

  • Experience in program management and expansion within a community collaborative organization
  • Strong organization and project management skills; proven ability to lead in a fast-paced, virtual global volunteer team without staff at start; managing chapter or membership structured organizations strongly preferred
  • Experience building community recognition and reputation for an organization through designing and implementing effective communications and marketing strategies


Business Management

  • Strong financial acumen and budget management experience including the ability to operate on tight margins
  • Experience creating and implementing data-driven management systems to improve internal operations and track performance


Technological Capability

  • Experience using innovative technology to advance an organization’s mission and success
  • Proficiency in computer programs (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint), building relationship databases (Sales Force or other) and using virtual communication tools with international teams (Podio, WebEx, Google Hangout, Survey Monkey, etc)



  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred



The successful candidate will be offered a competitive compensation package.

Global Dignity is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking a diverse slate of qualified candidates for formal consideration.



This position is based out of New York City. Candidates must be already eligible to work and live in the United States.



Applicants should reply with a resume and cover letter that references their experience in relation to the qualifications listed in the position description. No phone inquiries will be accepted; all inquiries and resumes should be submitted via email to: