Executive Director

This fulltime permanent position is for immediate hire and reports to a supportive and professional Board
of Directors. This impactful leadership position is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of High Point Discovered. It requires a dynamic, missiondriven leader who is passionate about leading handson operations, fostering growth through fundraising and partnerships, marketing, and community outreach, as well as developing and managing the programs of High Point Discovered.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Creative Director, Hannah Ray at hannah@highpointdiscovered.org.

General Responsibilities

BOARD GOVERNANCE: Works with Board to fulfill the organization’s mission.

  • Lead High Point Discovered (HPD) in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as
    defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Effectively communicate with the Board providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information
    necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Attend all Board meetings and provide reports and updates on staff as well as all current work, project
    timelines, and project and organizational progress.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as exofficio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for rolling Board seats.

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE AND VIABILITY: Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial longterm health of the organization.

  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support HPDs mission.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of HPD, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual
    budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget,
    ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Plan, actively manage, and oversee the operations, programs, and fundraising while ensuring financial
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

ORGANIZATION MISSION AND STRATEGY: Works with board and staff to oversee the daytoday operations to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.

  • Responsible for strategic planning in conjunction with the Board of Directors to ensure that HPD can successfully carry out current and future programs to fulfill its Mission into the future.
  • Assure that HPD makes consistent and timely progress in achieving mission and target programmatic impact.
  • Create and maintain strong relationships with nonprofit organizations and community leaders throughout the region in order to understand and articulate evolving needs in the city of High Point by working closely with the Board of Directors, HPD team, and other High Point professional, civic, and private organizations.
  • Effectively represent HPD and promote a positive organizational image to ensure adequate community
  • Actively engage and energize HPD volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering
    organizations, and funders.

ORGANIZATION OPERATIONS: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of a competent, qualified team.
  • Provide thoughtful leadership that is inclusive, transparent, and empowering to the team in a manner that supports and guides HPD’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Foster a collaborative working environment, encourage professional development, and champion accountability amongst team, Board of Directors, and volunteers.
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Job Responsibilities

  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
  • Supervise, collaborate with organization staff.
  • Strategic planning and implementation.
  • Planning and operation of annual budget.
  • Serve as HPD’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance HPD’s Mission.
  • Engage in fundraising and developing other revenues.
  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
  • Oversee donor CRM administration to run regular reports and track donor relationships.
  • Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
  • Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the daytoday operation of the nonprofit including hiring, team reviews and compensation recommendations.
  • Review and approve contracts for services.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


The ED will be thoroughly committed to HPD’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Five or more years of non-profit management experience.
  • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
  • High-level strategic thinking and planning.
  • Ability to envision and convey HPD’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers, and donors.
  • Ability to effectively communicate HPD’s mission to donors, volunteers, and the overall community.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding
  • Preferred experience implementing and administrating Blackbaud eTapestry (or comparable nonprofit
    donor CRM).
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including
    funders, partner agencies, and volunteers.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.