The American Legion Auxiliary has grown to be one of the largest organizations in the world dedicated to veteran service. Founded in 1919 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the organization consists of nearly 625,000 members in 6,800 communities across the United States. The American Legion Auxiliary operates with an annual budget of $15 million, invested assets of $38.7 million, and a team of 40 staff professionals.
Serving as the chief executive of the American Legion Auxiliary and the key staff liaison to the volunteer Auxiliary Board of Directors, the Executive Director works with the Board Treasurer to develop the annual budget; works with the Board of Directors to ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy that achieves its mission; works with the Board of Directors and staff to provide direction for the organization and leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans; and maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in veterans services. The Executive Director also provides leadership by initiating, building and managing multiple constituencies and collaborations, including 52 state chapters of the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion itself.
The American Legion Auxiliary seeks a proven, accomplished leader with a passion for the mission of the organization and a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families, as well as in the lives of the Auxiliary staff and membership. Candidates for the Executive Director position must have proven leadership qualities to bring vision, direction, a collaborative atmosphere and inspiration to an organization and be able to lead the organization in comprehensive multi-year strategic planning. Experience working with a volunteer board is required, and the successful candidate will be able to provide training and partnership to a board whose leadership shifts on an annual basis. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to firmly establish a positive organizational culture of mutual respect, cross-system communication and teamwork, as well as demonstrate fundraising success and/or the ability to strategize around revenue generation and diversification.
Periodic travel will be required, including weekend travel, to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Annual Convention and other scheduled meetings.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required; an advanced degree is preferred. Alternatives to a traditional educational background will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Demonstration of continuing professional education and/or certification in nonprofit management, association management or fundraising would be highly desirable.