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Position: Executive Director

Organization: American Diabetes Association

Reports to: Territory Vice President 

FLSA:  Exempt

Location: Remote/Within 100 miles of Philadelphia


On behalf of our client, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), we are seeking an Executive Director of Greater Philadelphia.  Are you looking for a career that directly impacts your community and beyond?  Over 37 million Americans have diabetes and over 96 million have prediabetes.  Joining the ADA team affords the gratification of knowing you will impact the lives and well-being of millions.

The ADA offers a rewarding career with one of the premier voluntary health organizations in the world supporting people with type 1 & type 2 diabetes.  ADA employees appreciate working at the ADA because of the mission, inclusive environment, work-life balance, benefits, and culture. 


The Executive Director is responsible for positioning the ADA as a leader in diabetes prevention and management in the community.  This executive establishes effective partnerships and collaborations with corporations, foundations, community/corporate leaders, government officials, other civic organizations/nonprofits and supporters.

The Executive Director serves as the leader providing overall management, planning, execution for all aspects of the organization. This includes effective programs/services, a diversified revenue and fundraising portfolio, donor stewardship, board/staff development, and finance/budget management.

Provide strategic leadership, creating and executing multimillion-dollar fundraising strategies annually through the following: 

Establish effective Community Leadership Board (CLB) to achieve organizational goals and objectives

  • Enable and support effective volunteer leadership recruitment, stewardship and engagement

  • Create a shared vision and sense of ownership and accountability with volunteers and staff

  • Support the development of a high-performing CLB by applying the Association’s Targeted Recruitment Process, an ongoing process of identifying, recruiting and activating an influential, financially strong and diverse volunteer leadership base to champion the success of the Association

  • In partnership with the CLB, establish business plan to achieve organizational strategic priorities, drive aggressive revenue growth and execute the mission in the community

  • Maintain effective communication with the CLB to inform of progress, opportunities, issues, and challenges and establish gap plans to course-correct and achieve financial targets

  • Provide and guide staff support for all CLB committees to enable committee success

Demonstrate Leadership and Effective Management

  • Model Association leadership competencies to staff. Set high goals for personal and team accomplishments; tenaciously work to meet or exceed goals while seeking continuous improvement

  • Align staff resources to maximize performance

  • Develop annual performance expectations with staff that includes goals, objectives, inputs and outcomes

  • Communicate effectively and inspire others to high performance; promote accountability; remove barriers; support others to be creative and action-oriented; anticipate needs before they appear

  • Manage staff in a manner that supports a productive, professionally competent work force in an environment respectful of personal well-being and cultural diversity

  • Proactively inform and assure understanding of Area activities and outcomes with the Regional Director and others as appropriate

  • Continuously work to assure Area alignment with the Region, Division, and National strategic direction and established policies and procedures


Increase Area Revenue

  • Develop and drive a focus for exponential revenue growth

  • Establish strategies and tactics to achieve and exceed revenue targets

  • Manage personal portfolio of high priority corporate and major gift prospects

  • Apply best practices and innovative ideas to optimize special events fundraising

  • Build diversified revenue streams beyond special events including corporate partnerships, foundations, retail campaigns, individual/major gifts and clubs and organizations funding

  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Region and organization to identify and maximize opportunities across the organization

  • Identify and steward community foundations and state grants to fund the work of the Association

  • Ensure effective stewardship strategies are deployed to maintain and further engage donors

  • Develop annual budget, monitor expenditures and income and forecast financial performance accurately

  • Provide periodic financial summary statements to the CLB

  • Position the Association as a leader in diabetes prevention and management

  • Develop a thorough understanding of organizational, community and key stakeholder priorities, needs and barriers to identify appropriate partners and form alliances that significantly accelerate the development of strategic partnerships that facilitate the distribution and implementation of Association’s education and programs into the communities being served

  • Position the Association as the key voice on strategic task forces and diabetes coalitions at the state and local level as well as with heads of important civic organizations and faith leaders

  • Identify, engage and integrate community partners to deliver ADA’s community-based programs as developed by the ADA Scientific, Medical and Mission Division

  • Create an advocacy strategy and build relationships with state and local government officials

  • Develop effective and ongoing relationships with media



  • Bachelor’s degree and 8-10 years of non-profit management  

  • Established success in fundraising and non-profit leadership

  • Proven record of success management and revenue growth

  • Knowledge of product marketing/sales concepts

  • Outcome-driven with ability to respond to changing circumstances and priorities

  • Ability to manage and motivate groups and individuals

  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Strong market, community and constituent perspective

  • Proficient in computer-based information systems

  • Ability to work some nights and weekends


Must live within 100 miles of Philadelphia, PA


Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of the American Diabetes Association to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  

Interested applicants should apply at

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