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Executive Director

National Kidney Foundation
Charlotte, NC 28204
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Fueled by passion and urgency, National Kidney Foundation is a lifeline for all people affected by kidney disease. As pioneers of scientific research and innovation, NKF focuses on the whole patient through the lens of kidney health. Relentless in our work, we enhance lives through action, education, and accelerating change.


The Executive Director is responsible for running all aspects of the business for the NKF serving North Carolina. The ED will lead the training and development of staff and volunteers at the local level and carry out the mission of NKF by successfully raising funds, engaging leadership volunteers, influential community members, and ensuring that mission impact goals are met.

In partnership with the Regional Vice President (RVP) the Executive Director leads their local team to achieve the market goals by maximizing impact through program execution, revenue diversification, advocacy and developing staff and volunteers. They serve on the regions senior leadership team, collaborate with other NKF departments and participate on organizational projects and committees as appropriate. This relationship should be characterized by implementing effective communication, a positive attitude and a strategic approach to ensure the growth of NKF, and the achievement of its mission. They need to ensure the engagement and mobilization of diverse constituents, staff, and volunteers who are representative of the market and reflect a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ideal candidate must have a proven success leading a team, fundraising and/or sales, relationship management and activation in a virtual environment.


Program and Advocacy Impact

Lead the execution of NKF programs locally (Live & Virtual):

  • Direct strategy for professional and patient programs.
  • Manage staff to maximize partnerships and ensure effective program implementation.
  • Represent NKF and engage advocates at the local and state level with key stakeholders.
  • Partner with health-systems, medical community, dialysis centers and community partners to garner financial and collaborative support.
  • Provide leadership for the Medical Advisory Board and provide substantive engagement opportunities to drive impact in the patient and professional communities.

Resource Development Impact

In keeping with national priorities, the executive director will lead the staff team, drive a donor centric culture, build relationships, and implement a comprehensive, year-round development program to accomplish financial and program goals:

  • Identify corporate sponsors, individual donors and family foundations.
  • Cultivate, recruit and steward donors and prospective donors to grow revenue and engagement across each fundraising channel.
  • Manage cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for a portfolio of existing and new corporate partners, individuals, foundations, and special event donors ensuring a high-touch moves management plan.
  • Partner with staff team in growing relationships for board / volunteer and corporate recruitment.
  • Develop contingency plans as needed to reach targets and pivot as needed to a virtual environment.
  • Utilize and maximize Salesforce (e.g., data input, updating, gift processing, report production) to ensure data integrity and moves management recording.

Staff Impact

  • Lead, coach and manage staff team and provide professional development opportunities.
  • Recruit, interview, hire, and train new staff in the department.
  • Provide constructive and timely performance evaluations.
  • Handle corrective action of employees in accordance with policy.

Board Impact

  • Lead, retain, and engage a local Board of Advisors with a shared commitment to NKFs mission, vision, and priorities.
  • Meet annually with board members to complete their individual engagement plan.
  • Recruit new members based on identified gaps and the needs of the local market.
  • Work with board chair to plan and execute substantive meetings.

Fiscal Oversight

  • Develop and execute the markets operational plan including budget, financial analysis, team development, corporate development and program needs in collaboration with staff, volunteers, and RVP.
  • Responsible for budget management ensuring quarterly forecast review, special event ROI targets are achieved, and all local financial reporting and records are processed in a timely and legal manner in accordance with NKF accounting procedures.

Market Planning:

  • Conduct an annual market plan in support of local, regional and national priorities.
  • Identify, cultivate & recruit volunteers, companies & organizations to participate in NKF.
  • Develop and activate the markets program, advocacy, donor engagement, stewardship, special events and communications plan.
  • Create/oversee event and program timelines and calendars for all activities.

Special Projects

Perform additional duties, as identified by the RVP and SVP.


  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 8 years fundraising experience in nonprofit (voluntary healthcare experience preferred).
  • Experience in obtaining major gifts and recruiting corporate sponsors and partners.
  • Proven experience developing and implementing virtual programs and special events.
  • Experience working with volunteer committees, board members and volunteers.
  • Managing a staff team.
  • Demonstrated competence in planning, budgeting, forecasting and volunteer motivation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organization and managerial skills.
  • Computer and database proficiency required.


Must have unimpeachable integrity and trustworthiness while possessing a high degree of tact, discretion, and professionalism. Verbal and written communication skills will be used daily. Maintain effectiveness under pressure. Ability to lift and transport equipment weighing up to 25 lbs. Flexible to work evenings and weekends as needed. Available for overnight business travel. Must have a valid drivers license.


At the National Kidney Foundation diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to kidney health and kidney disease prevention. It is the policy of NKF to provide equality of employment opportunity regardless of race, creed, color, qualified handicap or disability, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, gender, political affiliation or veteran status, or any other factor or reason prohibited by relevant local, state, and federal fair employment laws.

The Equal Employment Opportunity policy will apply to all employment practices of NKF including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, compensation, benefits, layoffs, transfers, and discipline. Implementation of the Equal Employment Opportunity policy is the shared responsibility of the management of NKF.



Posted: 2021-04-12 Expires: 2021-05-13

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