Executive Director


  • Leadership: 5+ years (Preferred)
  • Start Up Experience

Full Job Description

  • You are a social entrepreneur passionate about creating a safer environment for children throughout their educational journey. Under your inspirational leadership as the First Executive Director of Defend our Children (DOC), our organization will thrive and increase the impact of equipping schools with Safe Space Desks.

  • Defend our Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2019.

  • Our mission is to equip schools with Safe Space Desks to improve Quality of Life, Health and Safety of Children throughout their educational journey. This includes but is not limited to addressing safety in the event of imminent dangers such as school shootings, unexpected inclement weather, bullying and sexual abuse.

  • Our resources include a patented Safe Space Desk that is ready for manufacturing, Guidestar 2020 Seal of Transparency, Google Adwords Grant and Google Drive.

  • Hiring our First Executive Director is first key to the start of launching the National Awareness Campaign via televised interviews and structuring Defend our Children.

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate will offer the following skills, experiences, and attributes:

  • 5+ years of leadership-level experience with strategic and operational expertise

  • Understanding of the digital media landscape, including content strategy, distribution, and emerging platforms

  • Strong financial literacy and experience managing a budget

  • A persuasive and passionate communicator, with exceptional written and verbal skills

  • Skilled at doing more with less and attracting resources from others

  • A proven record of philanthropic engagement or building of trusted and productive partnerships

  • Proven ability to develop strategic and collaborative working relationships

Responsibilities and Strategic Vision

  • Create, provide vision and direction for the 2021-2025 strategic plan

  • Ensure organizational focus by setting clear goals: tactics, milestones, and metrics

Board Engagement

  • Recruit and Refine Board

  • Partner with the Board of Directors to refine strategic priorities

  • Work with the Board Chair to ensure strong board partnership and collaboration

  • Actively communicate and engage with the board to build meaningful involvement and decision-making participation

  • Support board leadership in managing the process of scheduling meetings, establishing committees, and setting annual board goals

  • Assist in the efforts to diversify its membership and build an engaged Board of Directors

  • Recommend Board member positions and persons to join those positions

Finance & Administration

  • Create a financial plan that allows for immediate program growth and long-term stability

  • Prepare an annual budget and keep organizational operations within budget guidelines

  • Develop and maintain sound financial practices: the review of monthly statements, management of cash flow, and knowledge of internal controls

  • Conduct official correspondence and execute legal documents

  • Maintain official records and documents in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations

Program Leadership

  • Develop short and long-term program strategies that advance the mission and are consistent with the strategic plan

  • Implement procedures for the measurement and evaluation of new and existing programs

  • Ensure programs are developed through a lens of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and social justice

Fundraising & External Communications

  • Work with the Board’s Development Committee to identify and secure diverse funding streams

  • Develop and oversee a communications strategy to increase awareness of the organization, deliver educational content, and engage existing and future donors

  • Serve as a chief marketer, communicator, and spokesperson

  • Cultivate an organizational culture of philanthropy

Organizational & People Management

  • Manage the day-to-day operations in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including personnel, legal, financial, and budgeting functions

  • Develop and implement effective reporting systems to track membership, financial, and strategic performance for regular review by the Board

  • Create an organizational culture that attracts and motivates staff, board members, volunteers, and stakeholders

  • Manage, hire, and serve as HR support all positions

Inclusivity Statement

  • Defend our Children is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences and is especially interested in candidates whose background and experiences have prepared them to advance our organization in the areas of diversity, equality, inclusion, and accessibility.


  • This is a remote based position which might involve regional travel. Occasional weekend or evening participation at events is required. DOC is currently located in Kiln, MS.

Application Procedure

  • Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Submit your letter of interest, resume, an in-depth 90 day growth plan and a 5 year plan to the Executive Search Committee using the "Apply Now" link below. 


Job Type: Full-time

  • Based off of applicable experience

  • Compensation tied directly to donations


  • Paid time off


  • 8 hour shift

  • Monday to Friday

Work Location:

  • Remote and in person


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EIN: 83-4644192

DLN: 29053200370039


Defend Our Children Charity

P.O. Box 554

Kiln, MS 39556

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