The job of executive director at For The Silent is an excellent opportunity for a leader with an unyielding commitment to end sexual exploitation while empowering the voices of vulnerable and trafficked youth. The organization has a solid foundation and is poised for exponential growth — an 11-year track record, a growing pool of donors, an excellent reputation, a committed staff, and an active board.
For The Silent began over a decade ago in response to the global epidemic of child sex trafficking. In the face of this injustice, Kenny & Julie Rigsby left their full time jobs to start a non-profit organization that would champion the voices of children and youth silenced by sex trafficking and exploitation. From very humble beginnings of simply raising awareness and serving other organizations in Southeast Asia, For The Silent has since become a beacon of hope to forgotten and silenced youth in East Texas and a forerunner in bringing about systematic change in the entire region.
After 11 years, the Rigsby’s, founders and current co-directors, are transitioning into the role of Visionary Advisors in order to devote more time to family and other personal projects. The Rigsby’s have spent the last decade laying a solid foundation in which to build a far-reaching and sustainable organization that will bring hope to at-risk and exploited youth, not only in East Texas, but throughout the country.
This position will be responsible for holistically leading the organization in its mission and managing the day-to-day operations — but also, building the capacity of the organization in order to increase effectiveness, influence, and reach!
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUMMARY: Guide For The Silent towards achieving its mission of ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic minor sex trafficking by empowering the voices of vulnerable and exploited youth.
- Assess, refine, develop and implement overall vision.
- Oversee programs through strategic planning and by ensuring thorough evaluation.
- Strategize for program growth and sustainability.
- Lead, coach, develop, and retain staff.
- Actively engage and energize volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and donors.
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction.
- Oversee the budget and finances.
- Help create yearly fundraising plan.
- Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations/expansion.
- Speak at events and help train community members and professionals.
- Develop and oversee a strong communications plan in order to deepen relationships with the public and donors.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
- Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
LOCATION: For The Silent’s principle office is located in Tyler, TX.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Salary is $40,000 per year + 4 weeks paid vacation per year
- Education: Bachelor's degree or higher required.
- Experience/Skills: 5+ years nonprofit experience OR senior management experience (while previous experience in the not-for-profit sector is not essential, it will be considered a significant benefit for this role; track record of effectively leading an organization and staff); ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
- Knowledge of issues related to minor sex trafficking and gender-based violence, comprehensive programming, child welfare, and court systems
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
- Experience working collaboratively with a Board of Directors
- Proven record of fundraising
- Experience managing the financial aspects of an organization or company including cash management, budgeting and financial reporting
- Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
- A passionate, mission-driven and self-directed organizational manager with demonstrated success managing and motivating staff, maintaining a high morale and inspiring teamwork