Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise

Location: Reston, Virginia

Opening: Immediate

The Director will coordinate Young America’s Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise’s efforts to provide quality free enterprise programs to college and high school students.  These may include the Center’s programmatic efforts to administer a nation-wide campus free enterprise lecture program; organize and conduct seminars; identify allies in the collegiate and business communities; commission polls of attitudes and values; and all appropriate evaluation of such activities.

This position has three responsibilities:  (1) Planning, execution, and expansion of the educational programs of the Center, including its free enterprise-related campus activities;  (2) Creating growth and public exposure opportunities in external media for the Center; and (3) Assistance with identification, cultivation, and stewardship of individual supporters and bequests.

The director of Young America’s Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise in Reston, Virginia, reports directly to the president and is responsible for the program’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

In program development and execution, the Director will:

a. Provide leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans with the staff.

b. Promote active and broad participation by students in all areas of the program including coordinating activities with existing Young America’s Foundation student programs.

c. Maintain an excellent level of technical knowledge regarding all areas of the Center’s programs and a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of free enterprise, burdensome regulations, and campus attitudes toward these issues.

In communications, the Director will:

a. Keep the staff fully informed on the condition of the program and all important factors influencing it.

b. Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals, utilizing the talent and resources of Young America’s Foundation, including its public relations, program, and development teams.

c. Establish sound working relationships with agreed-upon allies.

d. Represent the program’s mission to organizations, supporters, young people, and the general public at the direction of Young America’s Foundation’s president.

In relations with staff, the Director will:

a. Be responsible for the recruitment, training, and supervising of all of the Center’s personnel, both paid staff and interns, under the direction of the President and in consultation with other YAF team members.

b. Ensure that regular performance evaluations are held.

c. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a staff of top quality people.

In financial management, the Director will:

a. Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.

b. Work with Young America’s Foundation’s finance and development teams in preparing an annual budget; see that the program operates within budget guidelines.

c. Develop and write relevant proposals and evaluation reports and participate in meetings with key funding sources when appropriate.

The candidate should have a passion for advancing the free enterprise system among young people and be comfortable working in an environment that promotes traditional values and a strong national defense.  The candidate must also show ability to take primary responsibility and initiative for several projects and complete them in a timely manner.

Position Qualifications:

A minimum of:

1. Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university.
2. At least five (5) years of experience in a related field.  Minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience.
3. Excellent communication and presentation skills to include:

a. Ability to discuss strategic and financial issues

b. Strong public speaking skills and a willingness to represent the Center as a speaker at Foundation programs and other outside events as necessary

c. Exceptional interpersonal relationship skills

d. Ability to write and deliver engaging reports on the progress of the Center for supporters, the Board, and management.

4. Excellent managerial skills and knowledge of the market

Salary will be based on experience and previous salary history.

Application: Please submit a comprehensive resume with full work history and organization affiliations/involvement, references, salary history, and a cover letter to Jessica Jensen at, fax 703-318-9122 or mail to: Young America’s Foundation, 11480 Commerce Park Drive, 6th floor, Reston, VA 20191 (candidates missing materials listed above will not be considered).

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