Executive Director

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary: $45,000 – $55,000 annually, with  a yearly health insurance stipend, 10 paid  holidays, 3 weeks of paid vacation, and  parental leave 

Hours: Full-Time, 40 hrs/week. Flexible work  schedule, with the possibility of working  remotely dependent on program needs


Apply by November 5, 2021 (details below)


The Executive Director provides leadership in planning, directing, and coordinating the activities and programs of the First  Day Shoe Fund (FDSF) (a 501(c)(3) organization) in collaboration with the Board of Directors. Successful execution of the  role involves community partnerships, marketing, fundraising, volunteer coordination, and purchasing/managing shoe inventory to fulfill organization’s strategic goals and objectives. 


Positively represent and promote FDSF to the community, business leaders, and stakeholders.  Collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop overall direction and strategic plan. 

Collaborate with local schools, nonprofits, and sponsors to coordinate shoe distribution, communication, and access. Demonstrate a commitment to embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all activities.  

Supervise temporary or part-time staff as needed for distribution and sorting. 

Oversee and coordinate volunteer activities, recognition, and scheduling. 

Maintain shoe inventory; seek vendor partners, order shoes, maintain a variety of sizes and styles. Maintain records for FDSF (i.e., tax documents, financial statements, inventory systems, etc.) Submit reports to the Board and funders on the status of objectives and goal attainment. Maintain fundraising records  and documentation. 

Manage and maintain office and storage facility. 

Recommend yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manage organizations’ resources within those budget  guidelines according to current laws and regulations. 

Develop, implement, and evaluate FDSF marketing strategies with Marketing Committee. 

Support volunteer committees: Finance, Fund Development, Human Resources, Public Relations/Marketing, and the  Program Committee.

Competencies and Skills

Review, create, and revise printed materials and website maintenance. 

Ability to effectively communicate to groups/ create and facilitate presentations. 

Able to generate and explain detailed proposals, guidelines, and procedures. 

Able to analyze, make decisions and resolve issues using independent judgment. 

Use office hardware/software (computer, printer, email, Facebook, zoom, spreadsheets) with or without  accommodation. 

Routinely lift 20-50 lbs. in shoe distribution facility, with or without accommodation.

Qualifications/Work Experience Preferred

Commitment to excellence in programming; serving kids and families with respect and dignity. Demonstrated effective managerial skills (time, people, office management). 

Excellent organizational and planning skills. 

Database/donor software experience preferred. 

Previous experience in Nonprofit Management, inclusive of grant writing and nonprofit business development. Hand-on experience of having led a nonprofit organization or program. 

Fund raising and nonprofit campaign experience. 

Proven track record of high performance. 

Experience with recruitment and selection of volunteers in nonprofit organizations. 

Proven track record in developing and implementing innovative marketing strategies to communities and businesses. Experience in networking with community and business leaders. 

Excellent social and interpersonal, skills, public speaking experience, and writing ability. 

Familiarity with Kalamazoo County, diverse cultures, and residents. 

Experience working with civic groups, universities, faith-based organizations, 

corporations, foundations, private donors, governments, and diverse demographic groups. 

Experience in fundraising, coalition building, and strategic planning. 

Ability to collect and report measurable outcomes. 

Training in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Education/Special Training Required

Bachelor’s or associate degree in nonprofit management, business, marketing or similar, or 3+ years equivalent leadership experience in a nonprofit or educational organization.

To Apply: 

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Please submit a detailed cover letter and current resume to  HR@Firstdayshoefund.org by November 5, 2021. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

This description is not intended to represent an all-inclusive list of job responsibilities, but to outline the essential functions of the position. First Day Shoe Fund Board reserves the right to change, alter or revise this job description at any time with or without notice.