Travel Executive Director | Internal Applicants Only

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Full Time | Exempt | Remote

Internal Applicants Only

POSITION SUMMARY (Basic purpose or primary function of job)

The Traveling Executive Director (ED) will lead markets in an interim capacity where staff leadership openings exist with assignments lasting for 60-90 days or until a permanent ED has been hired. While in the market, the Traveling ED will work with staff and volunteers to focus on 3-5 of the most pressing issues – such as overall operational execution, achievement of fundraising goals, volunteer recruitment & stewardship, sponsor & donor cultivation – ensuring that progress continues towards the market’s business objectives.


JOB RESPONSIBILITIES (Principal responsibilities or job duties)

  1. Manages multiple markets, as assigned, in an interim capacity to ensure that fundraising and programmatic objectives are achieved.
  2. Conducts exit assessments with the Region Vice President and the outgoing Executive Director to become familiar with market objectives and activities, staff and volunteers.
  3. Triages top priorities and formulates effective plans to drive optimal outcomes. Manages time, people, and money effectively to accomplish goals.
  4. Participates in the onboarding of new Executive Directors to smoothly transition responsibilities.
  5. Maintains strong engagement between the Arthritis Foundation and volunteers, donors, and the community at large during interim assignment(s).
  6. Establishes clear lines of communication with volunteers and quickly builds partnership rapport to execute on revenue and mission-related strategies.
  7. Manages staff in assigned markets for duration of assignment(s); furthers an environment of ownership, excellence and tenacity where staff and volunteers are committed to achieve business and team goals.
  8. Ensures the productivity of key relationships including the Leadership Board, top corporate partners and major donors.
  9. Ensures compliance with the letter and spirit of all operational protocols to maintain the highest levels of performance and accountability.



  1. Bachelor’s degree in related discipline.
  2. Minimum of 5 (five) years of non-profit experience directing staff and partnering with volunteer boards.
  3. Distinguished track record of donor and volunteer stewardship, formulation of high-impact corporate partnerships and consistency in exceeding established goals.
  4. Proficiency in applying sales technique to a non-profit setting.
  5. Ability to relate and leverage the Arthritis Foundation’s mission into effective, sustained relationships and successful fundraising projects.
  6. Experience providing strategic direction and practical oversight to a full range of special event fundraising activities such as pledge-based and ticketed events; demonstrated success with major & individual giving programs is essential.

Desired Competencies

  1. Awareness, understanding and accountability for financial performance including planning, budgeting and forecasting.
  2. Mission-driven and empathetic.
  3. Balance and calm amidst complexity, competing demands and expectations.
  4. Tactfulness with the ability to anticipate reactions and respond well to challenges.
  5. Prompt in decision-making, including managing performance and addressing difficult situations.
  6. Able and willing to influence powerful personalities, and professionally and candidly communicate points of view to authority.
  7. Models and builds coalitions through collaboration, diversity and teamwork.
  8. Skilled communicator, effectively sharing and receiving key messages and content through multiple mediums as befits a remote colleague and leader.
  9. Comfort operating within a matrixed environment and with being “part of the whole”.


Staff Development


Volunteer Development


Donor and Partner Development


Operational Oversight






Equal Employment Opportunity