Committee for Better New Orleans is Seeking Its Next Executive Director

CBNO is announcing that after sixteen years, Keith Twitchell is stepping down as Executive Director.  The search for the new ED begins today.  Below is all the information for what Keith says is "the most interesting job in the world."  Applications are being accepted through September 30.  And Keith assures everyone he is not going anywhere, just ready to open a new chapter.

The Committee for A Better New Orleans (CBNO) is a multi-racial, multi-generational community organization, a catalyst and convener, working to create equity and opportunity for all New Orleanians by developing community leaders, fostering civic engagement, and advocating for open, effective, accountable government. CBNO will accomplish its mission by providing and maintaining an advocacy role that encourages the kinds of partnership, collaboration and candid conversation that reflect the interests of all the residents of New Orleans.  Our vision is a New Orleans where everyone has a voice and every voice is heard.

The Executive Director is currently working on a contract basis, linked to funds raised.  After taking the position, one objective for the incoming ED will be to work with the Board of Directors to reset this as a full-time employment position.  The primary responsibilities of the CBNO Executive Director are:

Organization Management: working with the Board of Directors and Board committees, including setting goals and directions for the organization and implementing activities in support of these objectives; maintaining regular communication with the Board; organizing Board meetings, including agendas and timely dissemination of documents for use during the meetings; setting operational policies, updating them as necessary, and monitoring compliance with them; hiring, firing and managing of staff; maintaining an efficient office and overall operation.

Fiscal Management:  setting organizational budgets (with the Board treasurer, formally approved by the Board); managing expenses, including check disbursements and supporting paperwork; providing revenue and expense information to the external accountant; providing financial statements to the Board at meetings and reviewing them with Board members; ensuring compliance with federal and state nonprofit requirements, including the timely filing of all required tax forms.

Project/Program Management:  helping to design and plan major projects and programs; ensuring that the right personnel are implementing projects; tracking their implementation and ensuring that quality work is performed; ensuring that budgets are maintained; ensuring that project work aligns with any grants obtained for the project; troubleshooting as necessary; keeping the Board and all appropriate stakeholders informed of progress.

Fundraising:  working with the Board to identify and solicit individual and corporate donors; identifying grant opportunities, with Board support, and preparing and submitting grant applications; ensuring compliance with all grant requirements; developing fundraising materials; preparing and overseeing fundraising mail and email campaigns; managing fundraising events, with the Events Committee, and other fundraising-related activities; ensuring that enough funds are raised to meet budgets and expenses.

Organizational Relationships:  maintaining productive relationships with partner organizations; representing CBNO in coalitions and collaboratives; maintaining productive relationships with city government officials, departments and personnel; maintaining relationships with neighborhood and community organizations.

Communications:  managing the overall messaging for all CBNO communications; working with the Social Media and Communications Committee, managing and keeping vital CBNO’s various social media platforms; maintaining and updating CBNO websites; serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization; assisting other CBNO spokespeople with messaging and preparation; maintaining communications with CBNO members, supporters and Leadership Forum alumni, including monthly blog; maintaining productive relationships with local media, including outreach, op-eds and responding to inquiries.

Depending on staff and Board abilities to accept them, some of these responsibilities are delegated.  However, the Executive Director maintains final responsibility for their successful completion.

Job Qualifications
To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

     *   A four-year college degree

  • A minimum of three years’ experience at nonprofit management level:  i.e., executive director, deputy director, senior program manager with staff supervision included, financial manager/controller, etc.; OR
  • A minimum three years’ experience at management level in a for-profit business, plus a minimum two years’ experience on at least one nonprofit organization board of directors
  • Proven fundraising experience, potentially including grant research, writing and reporting, event planning/production, memberships, donor campaigns, etc.
  • Reside in or near New Orleans; OR have demonstrable New Orleans connections and be willing to relocate to or near New Orleans

The following qualifications will be beneficial for applicants:

  • Experience in policy development
  • Experience in working with government officials and agencies
  • Experience in working with neighborhoods and/or other nonprofit organization partners
  • Advocacy experience
  • Social media and other communications expertise

Deadline for applications is close of business on September 30, 2020.  Applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information to

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