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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis County
  • Salary: $65,000-$85,000
  • Organization Type: Other

World Affairs Council of STL

The Executive Director role is to serve as the administrative officer of the Council, with a focus on fundraising, development, and strategic leadership. Reporting to the Council’s Executive Committee with supervision provided by the President of the Board, the Executive Director oversees the organization’s fiscal management, staff, office operations, programs, development, marketing, and planning.  World Affairs STL serves:  college and university students and faculty, corporate members, international visitors, and the general public. We cultivate a vibrant network of citizens, businesses, students, and local leaders, enriching regional and international resources. Financially, we sustain ourselves through membership dues, corporate sponsorship, and grants, with over 100 actively engaged members representing a broad spectrum of society.


·         Develop and implement a long-term strategy aligned with the organization’s mission.

·         Engage stakeholders to promote a positive work environment and uphold non-partisan values.

·         Develop and execute ambitious fundraising plans, meeting or exceeding revenue targets.

·         Lead membership and sponsorship initiatives, fostering positive donor relationships.

·         Ensure fiscal integrity and compliance with reporting requirements.

·         Manage programs effectively, including budgeting and resource allocation.

·         Increase the Council’s presence in the community by strengthening existing collaborations with individuals and building new ones among other professional, civic, academic, business, educational and governmental groups.

·         Develop and execute a media strategy to promote the organization’s work regionally and nationally.

·         Adhere to Board policies and maintain transparent communication.

·         Support an engaged and inclusive Board representative of the community.

·         Ensure the smooth functioning of the office, including oversight of employees and volunteers on behalf of the organization.

·         Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Directors, attending all Board meetings and oversees the preparation of the orientation manual for new directors, and prepares the agenda for board meetings in consultation with and at the direction of the President.  The Executive Director shall not be required to attend board committee meetings.

·         Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

·         Seeking a forward-thinking leader with strong executive presence and team-building skills.

·         Demonstrated commitment to the mission, integrity, and diversity awareness required.

·         Proven track record in fundraising and membership development.

·         Must possess exceptional communication and relationship-building abilities.

·         Financial acumen and non-profit experience preferred.

·         Political savvy, sound judgment, and strategic planning expertise are essential.

·         Knowledge of St. Louis community is a plus.

·         Minimum 5 years of experience, including 2 years in management, and a bachelor’s degree required.

·         Professional demeanor and presence

·         Creativity, flexibility, collaborative effort, ability to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously and problem solve.

To apply, submit cover letter and resume to Pierce W. Powers, Jr., This condensed job description emphasizes the Executive Director’s key responsibilities in fundraising, strategic leadership, and organizational management, reflecting the World Affairs Council of St. Louis’s commitment to promoting global understanding within the community.