Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) Executive Director Job Position

Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) Executive Director


Founded in 1965, Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) is a Minnesota non-profit organization that partners with communities in Tanzania, Kenya, and Madagascar to help them educate their children. Grounded in a "self-help" philosophy, Bootstrap works in partnership with local groups, uses local resources, and follows local priorities to improve access to education.

Today, OBA supports a broad range of East-African educational projects, from school construction to girls' education and post-secondary education. www.bootstrapafrica.org


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility OBA’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.


Leadership & Management:
  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals 
  • Actively engage and energize OBA donors, volunteers, board members, event committees
  • Supervise and direct office staff and volunteers
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board and donors
Fundraising & Communications:
  • Work with staff and board to create and implement a fundraising plan to meet and exceed the annual organizational budget
  • Expand local and national revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Develop a legacy giving program 
  • Promote OBA through The Dignity newsletter, year-end letter, brochures, website, video, and social media
  • Maintain communication with donors via email, phone, letters and in person
  • Lead annual trip to Tanzania to visit projects to promote OBA
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in nonprofit management, business administration, education, organizational development, or relevant field
  • Five years of management experience with a non-profit or foundation, preferably with an organization with projects in Africa
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds
  • Ability to point to specific examples of having developed strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organizational management skills with ability to manage a 1-2 person staff, evaluate programs, achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing and future board member relationships 
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders 
  • Computer proficiency and familiarity with data base management programs
How to apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to: info@bootstrapafrica.org

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